BEIRUT: Dar al-Fatwa slammed Monday a security apparatus under the office Prime Minister Najib Mikati, accusing it of fabricating false reports that some Muslim scholars had formed “armed gangs.”
However, a statement from the PM’s office dismissed Dar al-Fatwa’s claims and said the religious body was trying to involve security agencies in political disputes.
“We have received some information recently that the security agency directly linked with the Prime Minister is fabricating reports about some Muslim scholars in Dar al-Fatwa and falsely accusing them of forming armed gangs,” the statement from Dar al-Fatwa, Lebanon's top Sunni religious authority, said.
According to the statement, the reports are aimed at tarnishing the reputation of the scholars over their political stances.
“Such slander is a very dangerous issue and we cannot be silent over it and we are not used to giving in to such [fabrications],” the statement said.
Lebanon’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammad Qabbani has been at odds with Prime Minister Mikati over a dispute at Dar al-Fatwa.
The PM’s office responded to Dar al-Fatwa, saying "the statement issued from Dar al-Fatwa claiming there are fabricated security reports about some scholars in Dar al-Fatwa are full of false claims."
“Unfortunately, some in Dar al-Fatwa are trying to involve security agencies in [political] disputes,” the statement said.
“[Such attempts] will not stand in the way of setting things on their right course.”