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AFP

Saudi top cleric blasts Qaeda,
IS as 'enemy No 1' of Islam

Saudi Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh listens to the speech of Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud at the Saudi Shura Council (Hassan Ammar/AFP.)

RIYADH - Saudi Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh on Tuesday blasted Al-Qaeda and Islamic State jihadists as "enemy number one" of Islam, in a statement issued in Riyadh.

 

"The ideas of extremism, radicalism and terrorism ... have nothing to do with Islam and (their proponents) are the enemy number one of Islam," the kingdom's top cleric said.

 

He cited jihadists from the Islamic State, which has declared a "caliphate" straddling parts of Iraq and Syria, and the global Al-Qaeda terror network.

Saudi Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh listens to the speech of Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud at the Saudi Shura Council (Hassan Ammar/AFP.)