Riyadh, 20 March (AKI) – No churches
should be permitted in Saudi Arabia, unless Pope Benedict XVI
recognised the prophet Mohammed, according to a Middle East expert.
While Saudi mediators are working with the Vatican on negotiations to
allow places of religious worship, some experts believe it will not
occur without this recognition.
Anwar Ashiqi, president of the Saudi centre for Middle East strategic
studies, endorsed this view in an interview on the site of Arab
satellite TV network, al-Arabiya on Thursday.
“I haven taken part in several meetings related to Islamic-Christian
dialogue and there have been negotiations on this issue,” he said.
“It would be possible to launch official negotiations to construct a
church in Saudi Arabia only after the Pope and all the Christian
churches recognise the prophet Mohammed.”
“If they don’t recognise him as a prophet, how can we have a church in
the Saudi kingdom?”
Well we can meet them half way since we
already recognize Mohammed as a prophet, a false prophet that is.