07-28-2005, 03:10 AM #1
Al-quaida assassination threat to hezbollah and shiite leaders in Lebanon
By Mohammed Zaatari
Daily Star staff
Thursday, July 28, 2005
BEIRUT: Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammad Rashid Qabbani and Higher Shiite Council Vice-President Sheikh Abdel-Amir Qabalan spoke out in denunciation of a recent communique claiming Al-Qaeda is targeting prominent Lebanese Muslims. Qabbani and Qabalan said that the communique aimed to stir sectarian strife among Muslims in Lebanon by attacking religious figures known for their piety and care for Islamic and national interests.
The threats were made in a communique signed by "Qaidat al-Jihad Fi Bilad al-Sham" and faxed Tuesday to the Shiite community's religious center, known as Dar al-Ifta, in the port city of Tyre.
Qabbani's and Qabalan's word came in reply to the letter's announcement that Al-Qaeda's Abu Musab al-Zarqawi of Iraq has established a cell in Lebanon that is planning to assassinate nine Shiite leaders, including Speaker Nabih Berri and high-ranking Hizbullah leaders.
According to the communique, the death list targets "leaders in the country of Muslims who authorized cooperation with the Crusaders and Jews against the soldiers of God on earth, the sons of Islam, who are fighting the Americans and Jews in the country of the two tributaries and al-Sham."
Among the individuals marked for assassination are: Sheikh Abdul-Amir Qabalan, senior Shiite cleric Sayyed Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah, the Tyre and Jabal Amel Mufti Sayyed Ali Amin and religious scholar Sheikh Majed al-Khafaf. The death list of Zarqawi's alleged hit team also targets the head of Hizbullah's bloc in Parliament, MP Mohammad Raad, Hizbullah's Commander for the South Sheikh Nabil Qaouk, the party's Shura Council member Sheikh Mohammed Yazbek and Hizbullah's deputy secretary general Sheikh Naim Qassem.
The threatening fax stated that a list of additional assassination targets will be released in a future communique.
Qabbani and Qabalan branded the communique's charges against the Shiite leaders as complete fabrications. They stressed that the actors behind the threats are not linked to Islam and asserted that their claims could not have been issued by any "reasonable believer or patriot."
The Tyre and Jabal Amel Mufti Sayyed Ali Amin expressed his indifference about the communique.
He said: "Muslims of all confessions are united against colonialist dangers threatening the Islamic nation and Arab region."
As reports spread about Islamic extremist movements threatening Lebanese officials, senior Shiite cleric Sayyed Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah accused foreign governments of backing such groups.
During his weekly seminar on Wednesday, Fadlallah said Muslims should differentiate between two forms of fundamentalism. The first form is represented by Muslims who adhere to the principles of Islam but are also characterized by openness to the world and its evolution. "The second, is threatening people's lives and distorting Islam, and it is represented by intolerance and narrow-mindedness."
07-28-2005, 09:31 AM #2
Not even other Arabs are safe from delusional islam extremist freaks...
07-28-2005, 09:38 AM #3Originally Posted by Mesomorphyl
07-28-2005, 09:50 AM #4Originally Posted by zOaib
07-28-2005, 09:51 AM #5Originally Posted by zOaib
07-28-2005, 12:17 PM #6Originally Posted by zOaib
Agreed, I have been asking for years why this isnt the case.
07-28-2005, 12:43 PM #7Originally Posted by singern
07-28-2005, 01:29 PM #8
A step in the right direction
U.S. Muslims issue anti-terrorism 'fatwa'
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top U.S. Muslim scholars issued a "fatwa," or religious edict, against terrorism on Thursday and called on Muslims to help authorities fight the scourge of militant violence.
The fatwa was part of efforts by U.S. Muslims to counter perceived links between Islam and terrorism and avert any negative backlash after this month's bombings by suspected Islamic extremists in London and Egypt.
"Having our religious scholars side by side with our community leaders leaves no room for anybody to suggest that Islam and Muslims condone or support any forms or acts of terrorism," said Esam Omeish, president of the Muslim American Society, one of the groups which announced the fatwa.
Ibrahim Hooper, spokesperson for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said it was the first time Muslims in North America had issued an anti-terrorism edict, although they had repeatedly condemned such acts of violence.
American Muslims this month launched a nationwide advertising campaign in which they declared that those who committed terrorism in the name of Islam were betraying the teachings of the Koran.
Muslim organizations say they have not so far detected any widespread reaction against their community after the most recent bombings.
Hooper said Thursday's religious ruling, issued by the Fiqh Council of North America, said: "We clearly and strongly state (that) all acts of terrorism targeting civilians are 'haram' (forbidden) in Islam."
"It is 'haram' for a Muslim to cooperate with any individual or group that is involved in any act of terrorism or violence, and it is the civic and religious duty of Muslims to cooperate with law enforcement authorities to protect the lives of all civilians," he quoted the ruling as saying.
The Fiqh Council is an association of Islamic legal scholars that interprets Islamic religious law. Hooper said it was the only one of its kind in North America.
Some 130 North American Muslim organizations and leaders have signed and endorsed the fatwa.
Similar anti-terrorism fatwas have been issued by other Muslim communities. After the bombings in London religious leaders from about 500 British mosques issued such an edict and presented it to local politicians.
According to Islam, only responsible, religious authorities which are recognized by a Muslim community may issue fatwas. Many Muslims say extremists such as Osama bin Laden have given these edicts a bad name in the West because they have used them without authorization and to call for acts such as murder.
Because Islam is not based on a world-wide hierarchical structure, the edicts are not globally binding, and only affect the community whose religious leaders have issued the rulings. (additional reporting by Caroline Drees)
07-28-2005, 11:57 PM #9
It's funny watching a convicted murderer kill a convicted child rapist in the prison yard.
07-29-2005, 05:50 AM #10Originally Posted by kis55
07-29-2005, 06:55 AM #11Originally Posted by kis55
07-29-2005, 09:21 AM #12Originally Posted by kis55
I’ve been saying this for years.
Let all the terrorists kill each other, end of problem.
Sell tickets to the event, end of deficit.
bury the body’s as fertilizer in Africa, end of famine.
Win Win situation for the planet.
Last edited by singern; 07-29-2005 at 09:24 AM.
07-29-2005, 09:37 AM #13Originally Posted by singern
07-29-2005, 09:52 AM #14
You are a homosexual terrorist
07-29-2005, 10:00 AM #15Originally Posted by singern
07-29-2005, 10:05 AM #16Retired Vet
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