The Grand Mosque at Mecca, occupied on Wednesday (21 November) by armed religious extremists, is the most sacred shrine for the world's six hundred million Moslems.
GV: Mosque at Regents Park London.
SV: Islamic followers at prayer.
CU: Moslem scholar Doctor Zaki Badawi talking to John Darby in London.
DARBY:"To people in the Islamic world...would this attack have the same significance as say for Christians, an attack on the Vatican?"
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Background: The Grand Mosque at Mecca, occupied on Wednesday (21 November) by armed religious extremists, is the most sacred shrine for the world's six hundred million Moslems. The attack took place on the anniversary of the Prophet Mohammed's departure from Mecca to spread the Islamic faith. Every Moslem hopes at least once in his life to make a pilgrimage to Mecca. Though little news has come from the scene of the attack, the Kuwaiti news agency says Saudi soldiers sealed off the mosque and stormed the building. In London, a leading Islamic scholar, Doctor Zaki Badawi, said the force used to remove the extremists was totally justified. The shrine at Mecca has been the scene of pilgrimages by most Moslem leaders from around the world who customarily kiss the Black Stone in the courtyard of the Mosque.
SYNOPSIS: In London, the Moslem community gathered to pray for the safety of Mecca and later Dr. Badawi spoke to Visnews' John Darby.