‘Imam Mousa Sadr wins heart of all segments of society’


“Imam Moussa as-Sadr behaved in a way that all stratums of the society including Christians and Muslims were attracted to him,” said President of Safiran Sobh (Ambassadors of Morning) Center.

President of Safiran Sobh (Ambassadors of Morning) Center, Seyyed Amir Housein Jouzie in an exclusive interview with Taghrib News Agency (TNA) appraised the key role of Sayyed Moussa Sadr very influential in safeguarding unity and promoting rapprochement among Muslims in the World of Islam.

To Seyyed Amir Housein Jouzie Imam Moussa as-Sadr won the heart of all Lebanese people and in his term, “Imam Moussa Sadr behaved in a way that all stratums of the society including Christians and Muslims were attracted to him; given that he was the leader of all people’s heart in Lebanon.”

“Imam Moussa Sadr got along well with Lebanese Christians or people from other religions and sects, urging Muslims to do the same,” said Seyyed Jouzie noting thereupon such well behavior Christians liked and supported him.

“Imam Moussa Sadr enjoyed a special status among Lebanese Christians,” said the religious thinker stressing he was invited by Lebanese bishops to preach sermons in Christians’ special occasions and his speeches were warmly welcomed by them.

Sayyed Moussa as-Sadr was born on the 15th of May 1928 in the famous Iranian city of Qum. He attended his primary school in his hometown and then moved to the Iranian capital Tehran where he got in 1956 a degree in Islamic Jurisprudence. He went back to Qum where he started to give religious lectures in the various religious institutes of the city.

In 1960, he came to Lebanon to hold the position of the Islamic Shiite religious leader in the southern city of Tyre following the death of Sayyed Abdelhussein Sharafeddine. He began to be interested, in addition to the religious field, in the social and living conditions of the Islamic Shiite sect. In 1969 the Higher Islamic Shiite Council was founded and Sayyed as-Sadr was elected as its president for a duration of 6 years, and he became to be known as Imam.

Imam Musa Sadr and his two companions Mohammed Yaqoub and Abbas Badreddin were kidnapped in August 1978 during an official visit to the Libyan capital, Tripoli.

Sadr had been scheduled to meet with officials from the government of the Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. The three were never seen or heard from again and their fate is still unknown even after the overthrow of Gaddafi regime in 2011.

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