Mohammed al-Issa, former justice minister, head of the Muslim World League (MWL) speaks during an interview with Reuters at a hotel in Paris, France, November 23, 2017. REUTERS/Clotaire Achi
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The head of a Saudi-based organization that for decades was charged with spreading the Wahhabi school of Islam around the world has said those times were over and his focus now was aimed at annihilating extremist ideology.Former Justice Minister Mohammad al-Issa, appointed secretary-general of the Mecca-based Muslim World League just over a year ago, told Reuters during a European tour that his organization would no longer sit by and let Islam be taken hostage by extremists.The push for a more moderate Islam underscores efforts by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to modernize the kingdom, which finances groups overseen by the organization, and cleave to a more open and tolerant interpretation of Islam. As part of those efforts, Issa said he was also working with other faiths.
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