Yemen: Fatwa Condemns Terrorism and al-Qaeda

News article, posted 03.24.2010, from Yemen, in:
Yemen Post

The Fatwa has recently become part of the war on terror as the Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al Al-Sheikh condemned all acts of terrorism and further stressed that informing about criminals and terrorists is a national and religious duty, hinting providing a cover for terrorists is religiously forbidden.

Al Al-Sheikh also mentioned that there is nothing riskier on Islam than Muslims who, under the molestation of the demons of Jinn [spirits]and mankind, turned to be arms directed against Islam and its people.

In a recent visit to Mareb province, President Ali Abdullah Saleh called on the tribal Sheikhs of Mareb, Al-Jawf and Shabwa provinces to help the government in its war on terror. Saleh also demanded them to hand over Al-Qaeda militants who are provided protection by tribal Sheikhs. He assured as well that the constant violence and chaos in these provinces will undermine the development efforts.

For his part, Foreign Minister Abu Bakr Al-Qirbi belittled the importance of the recent merge between Al-Qaeda wings in Saudi Arabia and Yemen and forming what is known to be Al-Qaeda Organization in Arab Peninsula. Al-Qirbi told the Saudi Al-Madinah newspaper that both Yemen and Saudi Arabia know very well who are Al-Qaeda elements and their whereabouts, noting they are under constant security watch.

He added that Al-Qaeda elements provide nothing but destruction, violence and harm to countries, Islam and Muslims. He also revealed that Yemen is working right now on establishing a rehabilitation center for the Yemeni detainees in Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp who are due to be sent back home soon.