Islamic summit at Dar El Fatwa: We hope Lebanon sets example on how to treat crisis

June 2, 2015 (REFERRING TO THE NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY – LEBANON) The Islamic Summit held on Tuesday an emergency meeting at Dar El-Fatwa in Beirut during which the attendees discussed general issues on both the Lebanese and Arab scenes, and renewed hope that Lebanon would be able, through electing a new president, to set an example to many Arab countries on how to deal with the crises that storm them.

The Mufti of the Republic, Sheikh Abdel Latif Derian, Higher Islamic Shiite Council Vice President Sheikh Abdel Amir Qabalan, Sheikh Akl Al-Mouahedeen Al-Druze Sheikh Naim Hassan, Alawite Sect president in Lebanon, Sheikh Assad Assi, and a number of scholars from the four Islamic rites attended the meeting.

The attendees discussed with concern the repercussions of the crisis that storm the Arab countries on the Islamic- Islamic and Islamic- Christian relations.

The Summit expressed in a statement “its intense concern over the ongoing disturbances that storm the Arab countries and which take a sectarian, religious and racism approach; an issue that would endanger the communities’ unity in these countries including Lebanon and its security and stability,” warning that these turbulences only serve the Israeli enemy’s project which aims at tearing apart the national fabric.

The attendees showed concern over the politicians’ exchange of accusations based on sectarian background, calling for attention that this would give their disagreements a sectarian dimension which would deepen the gap that the Israeli enemy is attempting to dig and use.

The attendees condemned in the statement all kinds of extremism and terrorism, as well as the act of accusing believers in God of being atheists; calling to adopt the right approach in the Islamic-Islamic and Islamic- Christian relations; the approach of justice, moderation and respect to different points of view and diversity among people.

The Islamic Summit called upon all Muslims from various sects in Lebanon and Arab and Islamic countries to commit to the faith principles of the Islamic religion to avoid falling into the strife trap into which the Israeli enemy and its supporters are trying to drag them.

The Islamic Summit also condemned all the attacks against the Levant Christians, describing these aggressions which were committed in the name of Islam and which also targeted Muslims as attacks against the Islam itself: religion and approach.

The Summit stressed its respect to the human dignity, to private and public freedoms, as well as to the freedom of religion; stressing its commitment to the national state in which all citizens enjoy the same rights and duties.