Saudi Arabia is to monitor interpretations of the Prophet Mohammad’s teachings to prevent them being used to justify violence or terrorism, the Culture and Information Ministry has said.
In a decree, King Salman ordered the establishment of an authority to scrutinize uses of the “hadith”, accounts of the sayings, actions or habits of the Prophet that are used by preachers and jurists to support teachings and edicts on all aspects of life.
The ministry said that the body’s aim would be to “eliminate fake and extremist texts and any texts that contradict the teachings of Islam and justify the committing of crimes, murders and terrorist acts”.
The body will be based in Medina and overseen by a council of senior Islamic scholars from around the world, according to the decree.
Judges at the International Criminal Court, ICC, on Tuesday issued an arrest warrant for Mahmoud al-Werfalli, a Libyan National Army (LNA) Commander accused of allegedly executing dozens of prisoners.
Prosecutors at the world’s permanent war crimes court are seeking Mr. al-Werfalli’s hand-over to face charges of murder during the armed conflict in Libya.
According to the ICC, Mr. al-Werfalli “is alleged to have directly committed and to have ordered the commission of murder as a war crime” during seven incidents, involving 33 persons in June and July 2017 in and near Benghazi.