Published: 00:00 GMT Daylight Time - Thursday 10 May 2012
Daily Prayer - Thursday 10 May 2012
The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah, declared on 12 March that it is “necessary to destroy all churches” in the Arabian Peninsula. His ruling is in accordance with sharia; it is based on a tradition in which Muhammad declared that there should not be two religions there. (There were churches in the Arabian Peninsula before the coming of Islam.) Churches have always been banned in Saudi Arabia itself, but some do exist in other Arabian countries, such as Kuwait, although they are subject to severe restrictions. There are also some sizeable expatriate Christian communities in the region, and a very small number of converts from Islam, who practise their faith mainly in secret. Pray for their protection in light of the mufti’s statement, and for greater religious freedom in these countries.