Thursday, August 26, 2010

Scholar slams extremism on TV show

JEDDAH: A Saudi scholar has slammed intellectuals who misinterpret religious texts for the promotion of extremist ideologies.

Abdul Aziz Al-Humaidi, who was a guest on the “Humumuna (Our Worries)” program, was discussing the ideological traps Muslim youths, particularly in the Kingdom, could fall into if they were influenced by incorrect interpretations of the Holy Qur’an and hadiths of the Prophet (peace be upon him)

Al-Humaidi, who is also an assistant professor specializing in the fundamental principles of Islam at Umm Al-Qura University, singled out scholars who promote extremism for criticism, Al-Watan daily reported.

In a series of discussions on the program, which started on the first Friday of Ramadan, Al-Humaidi aims to lay bare the fallacious foundations of extremist ideologies attributed to Islam.

He has already attacked the book “Millat Ibrahim (The Ibrahimi Creed)” by Abu Muhammad Al-Muqaddisi.

“The book reflects the narrow vision of the advocates of extremist ideology. Only a Muslim government can take certain actions (such as fighting a jihad war), not an individual as Al-Muqaddisi claims,” he said. He added that the book seeks to confuse and deceive Saudi youths.READ MORE

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