Dar al-Fatwa: Higher Islamic Council Elections Set for Sunday

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The elections of members of the Higher Islamic Council will take place on Sunday, said Dar al-Fatwa on Saturday.

It announced in a statement that the elections will take place at 10:00 a.m. in all centers of the authority throughout Lebanon.

The Higher Islamic Council elects the mufti and organizes the affairs of Dar al-Fatwa, Lebanon’s top Sunni religious authority.

Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammed Rashid Qabbani stressed on Friday that a new Council will be elected on Sunday, denying reports on any postponement.

Divisions within Dar al-Fatwa began to surface last year when the 32-member council extended its own term until the end of 2013, a move Qabbani deemed as illegal.

The mufti refuses to hold or join any meetings at Dar al-Fatwa and called last month for elections of council members to be held on April 14.

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

Comments 7
Thumb benzona 13 April 2013, 15:04

Depressing.... It's all about the power and money, nothing about Allah. Let's not get fooled.

Missing VINCENT 13 April 2013, 20:40

They should follow the election with a cocktail party. Lets see, how can we distract the people while the few amass wealth and riches beyond imagination? Hemm, I got it. Under the disguise of religion. So now, they robbed the people blind, gave them some "none sense" emotion triggering issue to occupy their minds and lives with and brought their filth inside a holly/sacred institution that should be unfettered from politics and greed.

Thumb shab 13 April 2013, 23:17

religion is poison

Missing VINCENT 14 April 2013, 03:18

Kind of. More specifically, practice of religion should not be made available to some people or cultures. Like owning a gun. You know what I mean?

Thumb primesuspect 14 April 2013, 06:26

or having kids. people should pass tests before being allowed to concieve children.

Thumb jabal10452 14 April 2013, 14:57

They extend their own term just like that, eh? So what do the bylaws of the Council state regarding term limits of the council? Anyone with some knowledge care to enlighten us?

Thumb banima3roof 14 April 2013, 18:06

according to most legal sources and different sunni factions from march 14, march 8 and independents, the extension of the term was legitimate and it is qabbani who is in violation of the rules, laws and bylaws!