Saudi Arabia has announced that it will stop funding mosques in foreign countries due to “security reasons”, say reports.
Former Saudi minister of justice, Mohammed Bin Abdul-Karim Issa made the announcement, London-based news Middle East Monitor (MEMO) reported on Saturday (Jan 25) citing an Arabi21.com.
According to MEMO, Issa led a delegation on Jan 23 to visit the Auschwitz camp on the 75th anniversary of its liberation in honour the Jewish victims of the Holocaust who perished during WWII.
Citing a Swiss newspaper Le Matin Dimanche, the MEMO said Saudi Arabia is to establish local administrative councils for each mosque, in cooperation with the local authorities, in order to hand over these mosques to “secure hands”.
“The time has come to hand over the Geneva Mosque to a Swiss administrative council that represents Muslims in the area. It should have an elected cleric,” the minister was quoted by MEMO as saying.
He disclosed that Saudi Arabia is to take the same measures with all the mosques all over the world, referring to “security reasons”.