Saudi Mufti Attacks Calls for Civil State and Democracy

Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti criticized the calls for democracy in the Muslim world, saying such calls contradict the teachings of Islam.

Addressing hundreds of thousands of Muslim pilgrims who came to Makkah for Hajj, Sheikh Abdulaziz Al Alsheikh rejected “slogans spread among Muslims nowadays calling for a civil, democratic state that is not bound by Sharia,” according to AFP.

Nearly three million people stood at Mount Arafat today in the most important ritual of the annual pilgrimage. The Mufti also called for unity of Muslims. “We want the call of the faithful, not a factional one. Avoid raising national and factional slogans,” he said.