Addressing his followers on national television, Saudi imam
Mohamed Al-Arifi said that anyone following Jesus must be executed because he is a false prophet who came to distort the teachings of Allah (PBUH).
His statement made a week ago attracted huge criticism from across the world as it was a renewed call for killing Christians. The Imam is respected and followed widely in middle east and travels extensively for preaching. He has visited Europe three times during this year preaching Islam what critics believe the most extreme version of the Koran.
During the year 2016, some 90,000 Christians were killed for their faith around the world, CESNUR an independent research organization reported. The amount of killings this year is yet to be published.
Christians are the most persecuted religious group in the world, and the numbers of those affected are staggering. “Islamic ultra-fundamentalism” has taken its place as the number-one agent of persecution says CESNUR. This findings coincide with those of other scholars and human rights groups. According to the 2016 “World Watch List,” for example, published by the Open Doors organization, nine out of the top ten countries where Christians suffer “extreme persecution” had populations that are at least 50 percent Muslim.
The 2016 report found that “Islamic extremism is by far the most significant persecution engine” of Christians in the world today and that “40 of the 50 countries on the World Watch List are affected by this kind of persecution.”.
"Over the last 12 years, the most reliable estimates assess at more than 10,000 the Christians killed by the Islamic ultra-fundamentalist organization Nigeria’s Boko Haram.” Yet while some groups, like Boko Haram, are private organizations, in a number of countries, “persecution of Christians is actually promoted by the governments,” Introvigne from CESNUR said.
“Several Muslim countries still have laws punishing apostasy—converting from Islam to another religion,” he noted. “Others have laws against blasphemy, and some tend to consider any criticism of Islam as blasphemy.” While tens of thousands of Christians are killed for their faith, Introvigne said, they are just the tip of the iceberg and much persecution takes place on a daily basis that never makes news.
Saudi Imam Says Jesus Is a False Prophet and Anyone Worshiping Him Must Be Executed4.55SEEKER Monday, 28 August 2017 Addressing his followers on national television, Saudi imam Mohamed Al-Arifi said that anyone following Jesus must be executed because ...