Saudi Shiite clerics reject acts of terrorism

Shiite clerics in Saudi Arabia appeared to distance themselves from terrorist acts following a recent ban on the Muslim Brotherhood

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A group of Shiite clerics in Saudi Arabia on Sunday condemned extremist acts blamed on some Islamist organizations.

In a statement released by the clerics, the group appeared to distance themselves from terrorist acts following a recent ban by Saudi Arabia on a number of Islamist groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood.

“Our societies have been inundated with groups and factions that practice terrorism under the name of religion and politics, but religion is blameless from terrorism or any violence that can destroy nations,” said the statement, according to a copy obtained by Saudi-based newspaper al-Sharq.

The clerics condemned terrorism and the use of weapons against the state, also urging youth to avoid slipping into violence.

Unity between Muslims

“There is no doubt that the greatest purpose for religion and the most important requirement is for the community is maintaining security and stability in the country,” it read.

On Friday, Saudi Arabia blacklisted the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization, Al Arabiya News Channel reported, citing a royal decree.

The kingdom also designated the kingdom’s branch of the Shiite movement Hezbollah and Syria-based militant groups the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the al-Qaeda linked al-Nusra Front as terrorist.

Egypt was the first Arab country to designate the Brotherhood as a terrorist group in Dec. 2013, after accusing it of carrying out a series of bomb attacks in Cairo.

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