Former Lebanese Grand Mufti: All Muslim sects victim of Takfiri terrorism
Shaykh Qabbani, the former Grand Mufti of Lebanon, said that the killing of Sunni and Shi’ite Muslims in the recent suicide bombings against mosques in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia proves the true intentions of Takfiri extremists.
In a speech in regard to the recent terrorist attacks in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, Shaykh Muhammad-Rashid Qabbani, the former Grand Mufti of Lebanon, said that terrorism represents a comprehensive plan by the enemies to strike against Islam and the honour of Muslims.
The prominent Lebanese Sunni cleric added the enemies’ suicide attacks against Shi’ite mosques, and more recently against Sunni mosques as well, are attempts to create sedition and discord among Muslims and between Islamic sects and to destabilize the security of the region.
He questioned whether the ISIL Takfiri terrorists have any other aim besides distorting the image of Islam through murdering and committing crime under the flag which contains the name of God and the Prophet Muhammad (S) saying: “They have claimed responsibility for the bombing of mosques and the murder of worshipers in crimes under a flag on which ‘there is no god but God and Muhammad is the messenger of God’ is written, but Islam does not allow such acts.”
Shaykh Qabbani also referred to the enemies’ aims to strike at Islam and against Muslims and said that when the enemies realized that they cannot arm our religion through the use of weapons, they struck at the Islamic community by using the name of Islam and killed numerous Muslims.
“Extremists, with the aid of the enemies of Muslims, seek to introduce the peaceful religion of Islam as a violent faith to the world,” he said.
He added that Islam is a religion of mercy, which enjoins justice and kindness and safety and security among the people of different colours, races and nationalities.
He also cited the Holy Quran, reciting: “Surely those who disbelieve spend their wealth to hinder (people) from the way of God; so they shall spend it, then it shall be to them an intense regret, then they shall be overcome; and those who disbelieve shall be driven together to hell” [8:36].
The former Grand Mufti of Lebanon called on the Arab Islamic countries to implement unity in all areas of their work and prevent the enemies from creating an atmosphere from where their evil aims can be achieved through creating sedition among Muslims.