Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Speaks in Favor of Returning to ‘Moderate Islam’
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Riyadh will put an end to extremism in Saudi Arabia, according to the country’s crown prince.
DUBAI (Sputnik) — Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has spoken in favor of returning to “moderate Islam.”
“We will return to the former state or affairs, to moderate Islam, which is open to the world, and all other religions. We will not wait for 30 years, we will swiftly deal a blow to extremist ideologies,” the crown prince said during the Future Investment Initiative forum held in Riyadh.
The crown prince also pledged to bring an end to extremism in the country in the near future. The forum participants applauded his words.
Saudi Arabia’s legal system is based on Sharia law, outlining, particularly, harsh restrictions for representatives of other religions. For example, the public practice of non-Muslim religions is banned in the country.
According to the US State Department, over the past four decades Saudi Arabia has invested over $10bn into charitable foundations in an alleged attempt to replace Sunni Islam with Wahhabism, an Islamic doctrine and religious movement described as “fundamentalist.”