Indian Christians against the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, who wants to eliminate all churches

Indian Christians against the Grand Mufti of Saudi
Arabia, who wants to eliminate all churches

The appeal of the All India Christian Council (AICC) to the
Indian government. In Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region home to many Indian and
Filipino Christians who suffer violence and discrimination. The mufti’s words
contrary to United Nations Charter.

Mumbai (AsiaNews) – In mid-March, Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah, the Grand
Mufti of Saudi Arabia, said
that all existing churches in the Arabian Peninsula should be destroyed.

Reacting to this the All India Christian Council (AICC) organization
has condemned this statement as “bigoted” and “dangerous” for the many
Christians who live in Arab states.

 

The All India Christian Council (AICC) condemns the statement of the
Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah, who claims it is
“necessary to destroy all the churches in the region.”

 
According to Joseph D’Souza, president of the AICC, the muftis’
controversial demand endangers the Christian Churches throughout the Arabian
Peninsula, and could have repercussions for religious minorities in other
countries.

 
John Dayal, AICC General Secretary, calls on the Government of India and
other civilized countries to ensure that the nations of the Arabian Peninsula
clearly reject the Wahhabi imam’s bigoted statement, and ensure security and
protection to the churches in Yemen, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman and UAE.
Christianity is already banned in Saudi Arabia, there are no churches.

 
Local media reported the controversial statement together with the
proposal of the Parliamentary Assembly of Kuwait, calling for the “removal” of
the churches in his country.

 
Kuwait’s parliament recently proposed to introduce laws on the removal of
Christian churches from the country and imposition of strict laws inspired by
sharia. Later, it clarified that the law was not talking about removing the
churches, but forbade the construction of new churches and Christian places of
worship in the Islamic country. The Grand Mufti stressed that Kuwait, as a State
of the Arabian Peninsula, should destroy all the churches on its territory.
There are many Christians living in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries, many
of whom come from India and the Philippines: More than 3.5 million in total, of
which at least 800 thousand just in Saudi Arabia.

 
The All India Christian Council has been following the
developments in the region for some time with growing alarm and concern, given
that Christians continue to suffer violence and discrimination. The situation is
particularly disturbing, because India has many of its citizens – mostly
workers, but also businessmen, engineers and medical personnel – in the region.
A large number of migrants from the southern states of India are
Christian.
The All India Christian Council reiterates that the
declaration of the Grand Mufti is contrary to the Charter of the United Nations
and the UN Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and
Discrimination based on religion or belief.

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