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Be aware of enemy conspiracies, Saudi Grand Mufti warns

He was addressing the Muslims on the Islamic New Year which began on Saturday

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In a weekly program, Saudi Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz al-Asheikh, who is also head of the Senior Scholars Commission and Ifta Council, urged the Muslim world to stand united and be aware of the "conspiracies of enemies."

He was addressing the Muslims on the Islamic New Year which began on Saturday.

“Our Ummah [Muslim world] is passing through turbulent times. There are challenges of various kinds from the enemies of Islam. They want to divert the Muslims from Allah’s path so as to preoccupy them with conflicts and divisions,” the Grand Mufti said, calling on Muslims to adhere to the teachings of the Quran and Sunnah.

“What the Muslim and the Arab world is passing through is painful and very sad. These blasts and conflicts have destroyed the countries and their infrastructure, agriculture, bounties and land. They have caused divisions and displaced their sons.

“There is no escape from the seditions and ordeals unless they return to Allah and follow Shariah and the teachings of the Prophet (peace be upon him). So long as the Muslims have differences and are away from the religion of Allah, they will continue to face tribulations,” the Grand Mufti said.

He added: “The new year 1436 has started. I pray to Allah to make it a year of good and blessings. I pray that He grant us success in what He likes and forgive our sins and mistakes and accept our repentance.”

This article was first published in the Saudi Gazette on Oct. 27, 2014.