Islamic Endowments Slams Rumors on Hizbullah Network at Dar al-Fatwa

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The director-general of Islamic Endowments slammed on Saturday what he said was a media campaign of lies by powerful politicians that there is a Hizbullah network at Dar al-Fatwa.

Sheikh Hisham Khalifeh said during a press conference that the rumors were causing divisions among Muslims.

Dar al-Fatwa, Lebanon’s top Sunni religious authority, “has never belonged to a certain faction,” he said. “It only has one stance … that calls for unity.”

Khalifeh appealed to politicians and Sunnis “not to get dragged behind rumors because Dar al-Fatwa is your house and its loyalty is to the Sunnis, to Muslims, to Lebanon and security forces.”

The Sheikh also said that Dar al-Fatwa hadn't been informed by the Shura Council about a decision to suspend the elections of the Higher Islamic Council that Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammed Rashid Qabbani had called for.

“Is the judiciary now sending its decisions through some media outlets?” he wondered.

On Thursday, a statement issued by Khalifeh said the elections for the HIC, which chooses the mufti and organizes the affairs of Dar al-Fatwa, will be held on April 14 despite the alleged decision of the Shura Council to cancel the polls.

The Council suspended a call for the elections last year after 21 HIC members, who are close to ex-Premier Saad Hariri's al-Mustaqbal movement, filed a challenge against Qabbani's invitation to hold the polls.

Differences between them spread when the 21 members extended the term of the council until the end of 2013 despite the objection of Qabbani, who argues that the extension is illegal and says the council’s term has expired.

Comments 6
Thumb lebneneh 30 March 2013, 14:30

I agree...it's stupid.

Thumb jcamerican 30 March 2013, 18:46

Maybe these clerics should be beheaded too. It is the trend in Syria.

Thumb phoenician 30 March 2013, 18:49

Notice what the plaque says " dar el fatwa FI al joumhouria el lebnaniya " , any more proof to the world of the real intention of islam, these guys are on a serious mission of " ONE ISLAMIC UMMA" the plaque didnt read " dar el fatwa el loubnaniya but instead it clearly said FI el joumhouria el loubnaniya".

Wake up people, Partition please.

Missing thinkingleb 30 March 2013, 23:23

Thank you my friend. I am surprised that there is someone else out there that can see the writing on the wall. their referral to al Jounhouriea is a clear sign of their intent. Partition is the only way i agree. as you spotted this plot first i give you first choice of the part or parts of lebanon you want. Oh but may i please have Beirut. also i forgot i like the mountains at times Jabal sanine its nice in summer there. I also like to gamble may i take jounie. Also there is a nice spot in Sour i remembered may i have that. Ahh yes my cousin he likes history so please include Baalbek. also the litany there is beautiful spot i enjoy picnicing at if it's not too much to ask may i have that as well. thank you my friend. Keep up the good work of reading between the lines so we the true Lebnese are kept safe from all evil Plots.

Thumb benzona 31 March 2013, 04:31

Mort de rire!

Missing whyaskwhy 31 March 2013, 07:32

No you dont say? Hizbullah Network at Dar al-Fatwa? shocking news loool about as shocking as say Clown being insane? or as mind bogoling as Mansour being a traitor?
The failed government will have a lot to answer to as history will catch with them and their anti-Lebanese works this is but a small segment of the damage they have insured upon Lebanon. But wait Clowns masters will also have democracy come their way soon. :-)