Darian from Germany: No room for extremist thought in Lebanon

APRIL 21, 2015 (REFERRING TO THE NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY – LEBANON) Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdullatif Darian on Tuesday began a state visit in Germany, upon the invitation of the German Foreign Office.

The Mufti firstly met in Berlin with Deputy President of Bundestag, Edelgard Bulmahn, who hailed Darian’s role as the head of Dar-al-Fatwa and his openness and moderation.

The pair took up extremism in the Middle East and his causes, in addition to the means of prevention.

Both agreed to cooperate and coordinate in order to enhance the forces of moderation in the region and to reinforce the capacities of Dar-al-Fatwa institutions so that should carry on their message of anchoring stability and religious tolerance.

For his part, Darian maintained that the Lebanese were against terrorism and that there wouldn’t be any room for extremist thought in Lebanon.

“Communities and sects in Lebanon are a source of diversity and a wealth. There is no religious dispute but a political one,” he said.

“Islam denies extremism and calls for moderation,” he corroborated.

Moreover, the Mufti had an encounter with a number of officials of EXIT and Claudia Dantschke from the Centre of Democratic Culture (ZDK).

Talks touched on Germany’s experience in rehabilitating youth who had been dragged into the extremist thought and how the institution helped them.