Saudi Arabia rejects use of religion for personal interest

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Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz and Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz rejected on Tuesday any exploitation of religion for personal gains and any association with political parties that lead to conflict and failure.

The assertion was made in a joint statement read out on state television by Minister of Culture and Information Abdulaziz Khoja to congratulate the Muslim world for the coming of the holy month of Ramadan.

“The kingdom would never allow extremists as well as mischievous people to misuse religion as a garb to hide behind it in order to serve their own interests. These people are doing harm to the sublime image of Islam through their overt practices and wrong interpretations,” the statement said. 

The king and the crown prince stressed that Islam rejects division in the name of one ideology or the other, according to Saudi Gazette.

They also warned against parties that move in the midst of darkness and calculate in the midst of sedition that they are for a cause.

“Therefore, the Kingdom announces that it will never accept under any circumstances anyone in the country to be part of or affiliated with any parties.”

They also prayed for lifting the tragedy that befell the Syrian people and urged the international community to take up their moral obligations, the Saudi Gazette reported.

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