Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah urged Muslim scholars on Monday to defend Islam from proponents of deviant ideologies who are trying to destroy the Muslim world through division and sedition.
“You scholars should uphold the basic principles of Islam which are principles of love, principles of loyalty and principles of sincerity and faith,” he told a reception for the leading scholars of the Muslim world at the king’s palace in Jeddah.
The scholars included participants of a conference organized by the Muslim World League (MWL) in Makkah earlier this week.
Grand Mufti Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah Al-Asheikh and MWL Secretary-General Abdullah Al-Turki accompanied the scholars, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
King Abdullah asked Al-Turki to make the conference of Muslims scholars an annual event.
Also present during the reception were Prince Muqrin, chief of General Intelligence; Prince Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah, deputy foreign minister; Saleh bin Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh, minister of Islamic affairs, endowment, call and guidance; and Abdul Aziz Khoja, minister of culture and information.