Sunday, June 03, 2007

Voices from the Middle East-Part I: Friday Sermon of Lebanese Grand Ayatullah Muhammad Husayn Fadlallah

"The Bush Administration continues to play the role of the cop that protects its interests in the Middle East, and points its political, economic and security weapons against the region’s interests, claiming deceitfully that it is seeking to promote democracy and human rights, at a time it is planning to establish a political and security alliance of several Arab dictatorships which it claims to be moderate..."

*Grand Ayatullah Sayyid Muhammad Husayn Fadlallah

Friday Sermon; May 25, 2007

Article on Fadlallah's library, reportedly destroyed by the Israelis last summer:

"There is no censorship over any of the titles," Fadlallah said in his office a few blocks away. His thin eyebrows arched under his black turban, which framed his ascetic face and snowy beard. "You can't silence an idea by imprisoning it."

Fadlallah has long been alleged (falsely) to be or have been Hizbu'llah's "spiritual leader." Both the party and the grand ayatullah have consistently refuted this. The party's adherence, at least formally, to the false-ayatullah and Supreme Leader of Iran, Sayyid 'Ali Khamenei, disproves allegations that Fadlallah is its "spiritual leader." Recent scholarly works by Ahmad Nizar Hamzeh and Jamal Sankari have done much to show the falsity of these often-repeated claims. Nonetheless, Israel bombed Fadlallah's house, offices, and library last summer.
At that time relations between the grand ayatullah and Hizbu'llah leader Shaykh Sayyid Hasan Nasrallah were tense due to criticisms Fadlallah had of some of the party's political stances. Fadlallah was also one of the first major Muslim leaders to condemn the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

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