Saudi Crown Prince: Most of the Shariah restrictions in the country come not from Islam
Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman stated, most of so-called religious restrictions in Saudi Arabia do not originate from the Islam doctrine, and that he put efforts to convince local religious leaders. According to the prince, through long and serious debates, he tried to convince conservative religious leaders that these restrictions are not considered as a part of Islamic beliefs, and that finally his efforts gave positive result. “The fact that number of likeminded people in religious establishment is increasing day by day is the result of long discussions,” the prince said. Mohammed bin Salman, during his two-hours long interview to Washington post, told about his efforts to reform domestic politics of the country and its social life, particularly, empowering Saudi women in society. “Islam is a moderate religion, comprehensive for minds. It is simple and easy. However, people always try to give it other directions,” said the prince. Before his visit to the USA, in his interview to American CBS TV channel, the Crown Prince, talking about moderate Islam, stated that he would inform the world about the work of the Saudi government against extremism. He also stated that previously, extremist ideas were spread in schools and universities, but now, he will never allow that these ideas have any influence on the educational sphere.