Lebanon News

Mufti warns against sectarian divisions

Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammad Rashid Qabbani speaks during a press conference in Dar al-Fatwa in Beirut, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammad Rashid Qabbani warned Sunday against any action that would incite sectarian strife, on the occasion of the Prophet’s Birthday.

“Lebanon is going through dangerous and critical circumstances and we should be aware that an action that does not unify will lead to division among the Lebanese which in turn would plague us with sectarian and confessional conflicts,” Qabbani said in a statement.

“Wise people should recognize the sensitivity of the situation in Lebanon because the country's security and stability are everyone's responsibility,” he added.

Lebanon has been reeling under a caretaker Cabinet for over eight months in the midst of a series of bomb attacks that mainly targeted the capital, killing dozens of people.

But a flurry of political activities has raised hopes that a new government would be formed before the presidential election scheduled in May.

“The occasion of the Prophet's Birthday comes this year as the Lebanese are preoccupied with their security and socio-economic situation and [there is] hope that trust would be restored between their leaders so that a government can be formed to restore normalcy,” the mufti said.

“The unity of the Lebanese is primary and [we] should refrain from making speeches and statements that engender divisions,” Qabbani added.





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