Sheik Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, spoke out that all churches in the Middle East region should be destroyed. The Grand Mufti is the highest official of religious law in the Kingdom and head of the Supreme Council of Islamic Scholars. As a result, when he speaks, his words carry weight and many listen and follow his teachings or orders.
According to the Grand Mufti, his words are simply echoing the words of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) that only one religion is to exist in the Arabian Peninsula and that religion is Islam.
When you think about it, most other Arab states, unlike Saudi Arabia, do allow the presence of churches.
The Grand Mufti’s edict has already impacted on Egypt’s Coptic Christian community with mobs surrounding facilities known to practice Christian teachings.
It is going to be very interesting and telling whether the Grand Mufti will be directed by the King of Saudi Arabia to retract his words. After all, the Grand Mufti’s words directly contradict King Abdullah’s programs for Interfaith Dialogues and peace.