MECCA: Saudi Arabian newspapers have dismissed a report in ‘The Independent’ British newspaper on a purported plan to relocate the tomb of Prophet Muhammad from the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah.
The Arab News, in its website, reported that the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques has strongly denied the report.
It quoted Ahmed Al-Mansouri, the presidency’s media spokesman, as saying on Thursday that “this is the personal opinion of a researcher who had expressed his views in a study, and it does not reflect the views of the Presidency or the Kingdom.”
Ahmed Al-Mansouri was quoted urging the media and researchers to refrain from spreading speculative rumours about significant holy sanctuaries, affirming that a provision was made against such action in the presidency’s charter.
The Saudi Gazette, on its website also quoted Ahmed Al-Mansouri as saying that the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques had stated that the report was based on the personal opinion of a researcher and the presidency had nothing to do with it.
“What is being circulated in the media about the chamber where the Prophet’s grave is situated at the Prophet’s Mosque is related to a special study carried out by a researcher.
“It does not represent either the opinion of the presidency or the directive of the state, which has utmost keenness in serving the two holy mosques and maintaining their sanctity,” it quoted him as saying.
According to the Saudi Gazette, Ahmad Al-Mansouri said: “Researchers and various outlets of media should not engage in publishing reports that create confusion and incite sedition.
“The reports should be based on wisdom, objectivity, truthfulness and lack of exaggeration, especially in those matters related to the holy mosques.”--BERNAMA