Saudi students ‘who travel for jihad are traitors’

‘If they want to wage jihad, they should do so in Palestine, which has been occupied for more than 100 years,’ said a royal court consultant

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Member of the Senior Scholars Commission and consultant at the Royal Court Sheikh Abdullah Bin Menaie said Saudi scholarship students who traveled to Syria for extremist causes are traitors, al-Eqtasadiah business daily reported.

Sheikh Menaie said the Saudi government sends students abroad so they can continue their education and they betray their government’s trust in them if they give up their studies and travel to Syria for jihad.

He said he considers anyone fighting in Iraq, Syria, Libya or Yemen as “followers of Satan.”

“If they want to wage jihad, they should do so in Palestine, which has been occupied for more than 100 years,” he said.

He explained that the events in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen are not considered jihad, but are the work of evil, and the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, has said that if two Muslims fight each other, they will both end up in hell.


Menaie also said using Zakat funds to pay for blood money is impermissible, especially in cases where murder is premeditated.

“The exaggerated amounts of blood money, which can run into the millions of Saudi riyals that victims’ families ask for, is not actually to reconcile the case but it is an exploitation of the situation,” he said.

He added that it is much better for a victim’s family to relinquish their rights and seek a reward from God, but if they ask for blood money, then they should consider asking for a reasonable amount.

Menaie denounced the pressure tactics adopted by victims’ families and tribes on an offender’s family or tribe, which includes threats of severing relations with them as a means of forcing them to pay the required blood money.

The head of Madinah’s General Court, Sheikh Saleh Al-Mehaimeed, said qisas (retribution) is the private right of the victim’s family and Islam encourages relinquishing such rights.

The head of the Islamic University in Madinah, Dr. Abdulrahman al-Sanad, concurred and said such acts distort the true image of Saudis and put an unreasonable strain on offenders’ family resources.

This article was first published in the Saudi Gazette on Oct. 11, 2014.