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Saudi King Abdullah urges ‘firm standing’ for reform of Muslim Ummah

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Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz on Wednesday called for a “firm standing” to reform the Muslim Ummah and steadfastness against “callers for sedition, misguide and deviation.”

King Abdullah made his call as he congratulated Muslims throughout the world on the coming of the Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the holy month of Ramada.

“No doubt that the deviant thought which was designed to stage a deep injury in the waist of the Islamic Ummah is more dangerous for our nation than the weapons of its visible enemies. However, this is Allah's rule for his creatures,” the king said in a statement published by the state news agency.

He added that “no tyrant will ever evade the ramifications of his own hands' deeds.”

“I say this with deep pain and sadness as I see the situation in which our Islamic nation is experiencing: sedition and struggle leading to more bloodshed, demolition of achievements, defaming of values and principles, and ignorance of Islam's values which were based on co-existence, rightness and equality, King Abdullah said.

Following is the full text of King Abdullah’s statement:

No doubt that the deviant thought which was designed to stage a deep injury in the waist of the Islamic Ummah is more dangerous for our nation than the weapons of its visible enemies. However, this is Allah's rule for his creatures.

Our nation is heading for the good, God willing, and no tyrant will ever evade the ramifications of his own hands' deeds as per the holy verse 'And soon will the unjust assailants know what vicissitudes their affairs will take.'

I say this with deep pain and sadness as I see the situation in which our Islamic nation is experiencing: sedition and struggle leading to more bloodshed, demolition of achievements, defaming of values and principles, and ignorance of Islam's values which were based on co-existence, rightness and equality.

Faced with this sad status quo, we are obliged to make a firm standing and, firstly, self-criticism to rectify the affairs of our nation which starts with the reformation of oneself and then agreeing with others based on the holy Quran and Sunna (Prophet's deeds and sayings) and to steadfast against the callers for sedition, misguide and deviation who seek the defame of Islam which has inspired the hearts of Muslims and incubated the humanity and whose leaders' mentality was the cause of human civilization and advancement as testified by the world's scientific, cultural and civilizational minarets.

Amid such great challenges which face our Islamic and Arab nation, in particular, and the world at large, in general, we are seriously required more than any time before to stand stiff before terror thought by activating the international center for combating terrorism through hiring anti-terror experts and specialists in this facility so that experiences, and information could be exchanged at a speedy rate to either evade or cope with the incident in the beginning.

We have initiated the call to establish this center during the international center for combating terrorism conference held in Riyadh on 5 February 2005.

Fortunately, the call found a good response from the attendees who welcomed the idea and determined to put it into effect. In this regard, Saudi Arabia donated immediately $10 million but the following days did not reflect the same enthusiasm. On the contrary, some slackness on the other side to activate the initiative was witnessed. Whoever is sincere and candid to his people, nation and humanity as a whole would not accept any hesitation to carry out this international project with its humanitarian and ethical dimensions or become subject or affected by doubts in the sincerity of wills. This center is aiming at serving all humanity away of any religious, sectarian, ethnic or color segregation as its wide umbrella is for the whole humanity according to our religion.