Saudi deputy minister of Islamic affairs: Political Islam caused much bloodshed

Deputy Minister of Islamic Affairs in Saudi Arabia Dr. Tawfiq al-Sudairi expressed his disapproval for the “political interpretation of Islam” slogan. (Archives)
Deputy Minister of Islamic Affairs in Saudi Arabia Dr. Tawfiq al-Sudairi has expressed his disapproval for the “political interpretation of Islam” slogan, arguing that it is a “self-serving interpretation” for religion which resulted in a bloodbath of the impeccable.

Al Sudairi explained, during a seminar held in cooperation with King Saud University on the sidelines of the National Festival for Heritage and Culture Festival, that political Islam as a theory has influenced a lot of Muslims’ paths. And it is regarded as the crux of numerous theories and opinions that have ignited uprisings, were established by its theoreticians and advocates: Jamal al-Din al-Afghani, Abul A'la Maududi, Sayyid Qutb and Hassan al-Banna.

He pointed out that the embracing of political Islam that prevailed in the corridors of contemporary Islamic philosophy, launching platforms for an assortment of Islamic movements, resulted in beliefs, creeds, worship and all Islamic laws, being considered as methods to institute a political system. Al Sudairi cited Wahiduddin Khan’s statement in his book "The political interpretation of religion, which was a rebuttal to Abul A'la Maududi, the spiritual leader of the political Islam movement.

 Source: Al arabiya

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