Qabalan Describes President as 'Imam Michel Aoun'

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Higher Islamic Shiite Council chief Sheikh Abdul Amir Qabalan on Thursday described President Michel Aoun as “Imam Michel Aoun” in appreciation of his stances on Jerusalem.

“It turns out that the representatives of Muslims are (Foreign Minister) Jebran Bassil and Michel Aoun and the representatives of Christians are (Speaker) Nabih Berri and (Prime Minister) Saad Hariri,” said Qabalan at a Christian-Islamic summit on Jerusalem in Bkirki.

The summit was called by Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi to discuss the developments after U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital and ordered the relocation of the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to the disputed holy city.

“They represent me,” Qabalan added, referring to Aoun and Bassil.

“Michel Aoun represents the Lebanese and I call him Imam Michel Aoun,” the Shiite leader went on to say.

“We are one nation. We draw strength from God and we work for his sake. We support the aggrieved and we stand in the face of the aggressor,” Qabalan said.

Turning to Lebanon, the Shiite leader said the country is “small and weak, but also strong through its unity and its strenuous efforts to support rightful causes.”

“Bkirki is not for Maronites but rather a Lebanese land where all Lebanese are represented,” Qabalan added.

During an emergency summit for the Organization of Islamic Cooperation on Wednesday, Aoun had called on the international community to recognize Palestine as a state and urged Muslim nations to penalize any state that recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Bassil for his part has called for an Arab popular uprising and for diplomatic, political and economic Arab measures against Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

“Jerusalem cannot belong to a unilateral state… Jerusalem is for Jews, Christians and Muslims. We are the sons of Abraham, Jesus and Mohammed, we all want to pray in Jerusalem and we will not accept to be prevented,” said Bassil at an emergency Arab League meeting in Cairo on Saturday.

SourceNaharnet
Comments 12
Thumb s.o.s 14 December 2017, 12:35

not true, he's an ayatollah!

Thumb ex-fpm 14 December 2017, 13:05

Could he be the expected Imam Michel Mahdi Aoun?

Thumb shab 14 December 2017, 19:03

loool

Thumb marcus 14 December 2017, 13:11

In heresy it is very easy to bestow the title of Imam. Nouh Zoaiter also is an Imam according to most shias.

Thumb s.o.s 14 December 2017, 13:18

nowadays, everyone is a sheikh, imam, general, beik or a basha.

Thumb Puppet 14 December 2017, 13:14

General aoun who is now president has earned my utmost respect and captured my wildest imagination for many reasons, chief among them:

1) A bullet proof dissociation policy
2) Loving Jerusalem as much as or even more than Rabiyeh
3) Making the FPM the 3rd Shia Force in Lebanon

and finally for

4) Becoming an Imam

Thumb ___flamethrower___ 14 December 2017, 13:20

Best Shia-Imam-President Combo, ever!

Thumb barrymore 14 December 2017, 16:02

what an honor to be called Imam. Another feather in his hat....

Thumb Elemental 14 December 2017, 18:36

Remember what I said about selling out?

Thumb i.report 15 December 2017, 02:49

I wonder how many carpets for his 5 daily prayers Imam Michel Aoun received for Qabalan?

Thumb whyaskwhy 15 December 2017, 04:24

The syrian quisling in Lebanon. I am sure his followers smart as they are now gleaming with pride lol

Missing humble 15 December 2017, 11:50

Aounallah the running Caporal.