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6/30/2014 (8 months ago)

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He vows to not let religious extremists terrorize Muslims during holy fasting month

In a speech marking the start of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, Saudi King Abdullah sharply criticized religious extremists, vowing not to let "a handful of terrorists... terrify Muslims."

The Saudi monarch also wished Muslims 'security, prosperity and stability' over Ramadan, which began in most countries this past weekend.

The Saudi monarch also wished Muslims "security, prosperity and stability" over Ramadan, which began in most countries this past weekend.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

6/30/2014 (8 months ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: Saudi King Abdullah, Ramadan, ISIL, Iraq, terror


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Islam, the king declared is a "religion of unity, fraternity and mutual support" but some people "lured in by false calls... are confusing reform with terrorism."

"Their goal is to sow discord among Muslims," the king said, in what was an apparent reference to insurgents from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.

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The group, which has gained speed in recent months has spearheaded an offensive by Sunni militants in Iraq beginning this month. ISIL is wresting control of northern cities and capturing vast swathes of territory.

Operating in both Syria and Iraq, ISIL aims to establish an Islamic state straddling the border of those two countries. The group's rapid advance directly threatens Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia is an ultra-conservative Sunni Gulf kingdom. It is home to both Mecca and Medina, Islam's holiest sites. The country shares a 505-mile border with Iraq.

"We will not allow a handful of terrorists, using Islam for personal aims, to terrify Muslims or undermine our country and its inhabitants," Abdullah said.

"We are continuing, with God's help, to face and tackle this scourge," he said.

The Saudi monarch also wished Muslims "security, prosperity and stability" over Ramadan, which began in most countries this past weekend.

Ramadan is sacred to Muslims because it is during that month that the Muslim tradition claims that the Koran was revealed to the Prophet Mohammed. During this time, believers abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and engaging in sexual activity with their spouses from dawn until sunset.

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