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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Uphold truth without fear: King Abdullah

P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News

JEDDAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah yesterday urged the newly appointed members of the Supreme Judicial Council and the Council of Senior Scholars to uphold the truth in all their dealings. “Truth is above everything,” he said.

In an extempore speech during a reception at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh, King Abdullah urged the officials to work hard in serving humanity, Islam and morality.

“I also advise you to promote virtue and prevent vice, and improve relations between peoples,” the Saudi Press Agency quoted the king as saying.

The reception was attended by Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh, grand mufti and chairman of the Council of Senior Scholars, and Saleh Bin-Humaid, chairman of the Supreme Judicial Council.

“I advise you and myself to be God-fearing in all matters. You should not be afraid of any blame while establishing the truth,” the king told the officials including Supreme Court chief justice and heads of the Court of Grievances and the Court of Appeals.

The king expressed happiness over the growth of Muslim populations all over the world. “It has been said that Muslims are the largest religious community in the world. This is a great blessing.”

He said Al-Qaeda militants in the Kingdom and elsewhere have tarnished Muslims’ image. He said most people have now understood the reality of Islam being a religion of peace and justice. “They know that you are good people and you work to guide humanity to the right path. I can tell you that Islam will remain powerful by the will of God and by the good work of its followers.”

King Abdullah, meanwhile, received Fahd Al-Zaid, Abdul Aziz Turkistani and Hani Sindi, the newly appointed ambassadors to Jordan, Japan and Burkina Faso respectively, and urged them to work to improve relations with those countries.

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