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Leading Sunni Cleric calls for “Jihad” in Syria

by VOA News
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Leading Sunni Cleric Calls for Holy War in Syria

By: VOA News

Source: VOA News

A leading Sunni Muslim cleric has called on Sunnis from across the Middle East to go to Syria to fight against the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, an Egyptian Islamist based in Qatar, fanned sectarian flames in the region Saturday by telling his followers to support rebels trying to topple the Assad government.

Al-Qaradawi,  whose television broadcasts are seen by millions, denounced Assad’s Alawite sect – an offshoot of Shi’ite Islam – and referred to Iranian-backed Shi’ite Hezbollah forces fighting alongside Assad loyalists as belonging to “the party of Satan.”

Al-Qaradawi’s call came as activists reported new fighting in the western Syrian border town of Qusair between rebels and government forces.

The two-week fight for the beleaguered town drew new warnings Saturday from U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who warned that all parties will be held accountable for atrocities against civilians in the region.

Near Qusair on Saturday, Western and Lebanese news organizations reported cross-border rocket fire striking a Hezbollah stronghold in Lebanon’s Baalbek area.

Beirut’s Daily Star newspaper reported more than 16 rockets hit the area late Friday and early Saturday. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

Sectarian tensions on Syria’s western border rose sharply in mid-May, when Lebanese-based Hezbollah fighters were reported to have joined forces with Assad loyalists in a push against rebels in and near Qusair.

The town has since become one of the war’s major political and military flashpoints, and the focus of Western concerns over the fates of hundreds of civilians believed trapped there.

Abdulrachman X Roger
Abdulrachman X Roger 5pts

Is this how we Muslims treat our fellow Muslims here? The highest form of jihad is against one's NAFS. Go fight it and erase your arrogance from the face of the earth.

indian_observer 5pts

Shaikh QARADAWI calls for “Jihad” in Syria is a wrong conclusion. This will only gladden Israel and America and this will make their job to finish Syria and Palestine much easy. Is this what he wants? Syria was a prosperous country once. Now it is in ruins. Who is gaining out of this destructive annihilation of human lives and properties? Israel of course. Yes, shia views in many Islamic aspects and affairs are not acceptable and even offensive. But still they are Muslims. It is up to Allah the exalted to judge them. Today we talk about inter-faith dialogue, and feel the ardent requirement of peaceful co-existence in the global context, irrespective of religious affiliation. This isa necessity. So just as in the noble Quran our celestial Guardian has advised “Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from Error:” (Al-Quran 2:256) or “To you be your Way, and to me mine.(Al-Quran 109:6), we need to talk about dialogue and tolerance.

GeorgeKafantaris 5pts

We are made of stone when it comes to Syria, and Qusair is proof positive of this. 

As for the U.N., it is impotent as presently constituted. Why even bother to have it around? 

We need another world body with power to timely act when need be. The results of inaction are now all over the Middle East, and we reap what we have sown.

We were naïve to expect neighboring countries to remain indifferent while the Syrian people on both sides suffer.

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