What? Jihad? Not “dialogue”? Why doesn’t Pope Francis sit down with Sheikh Muhammad-Rashid al-Qabbani and explain to him how “authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence”? That will clear up the Grand Mufti’s misunderstanding of Islam in a trice.
“Former Grand Mufti of Lebanon: No way except jihad to liberate Palestine,” Iran’s state-run Ahlul Bayt News Agency, September 27, 2015:
Ahlul Bayt News Agency – In regard to the Israel army’s storming of Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa Mosque and its precincts the former Grand Mufti of Lebanon, Sheikh Muhammad-Rashid al-Qabbani, said in a statement that the superpowers have supported and continue to support state terrorism against Palestine and the Palestinian people since the establishment of the so-called State of Israel as a Western colony on the Arab lands of Palestine in 1948.
He added that these Zionist terrorist groups, including the Haganah and the Stern Gang, committed massacres in Deir Yassin and burned and shelled many Palestinian homes and villages with their tanks and artillery.
Shaykh al-Qabbani added that the Western countries who established the Zionist colony in Palestine are responsible for the extermination of the Palestinian people and their expulsion from their homeland and all the crimes committed by Israel since 1948, which included brutal massacres and genocide.
The Lebanese Sunni scholar said that the Zionists’ recent acts of terrorism against the al-Aqsa Mosque and its precincts, which included the storming, siege and the killing of worshipers at his holy site, should be nothing except the signs of the beginning of a battle to liberate of Jerusalem and all of Palestine and completely eliminate this Western colony of terrorism in Palestine [Israel].
His Eminence stressed that all Arab and Muslim armies must participate in this battle.
He explained that Israel and all the countries which support it are involved in schemes to ignite sectarian wars between Arabs and Muslims and divide them in order to prevent their unity as this will lead to liberation of Palestine.
“Do Arabs and Muslims and their countries realize this apparent and hidden deception among their people and countries?” he asked….
The former Grand Mufti of Lebanese added that in the Holy Quran, God told us: “Do not slacken in the pursuit of these people. If you are suffering, they are also suffering like you, but you expect from God what they do not expect” [4:104] and added that there is no way to liberate Palestine without jihad in the way of God and that compromise with the Zionists will only cause further damage and keep Palestine in the hands of the occupiers.
“God has promised victory over the deceptive Israeli enemy and the promise of God is the truth,” he added.