File - Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awad Asiri. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awad Asiri slammed Dar al-Fatwa Sunday, saying the functions of Lebanon's top Sunni religious authority have deteriorated and it no longer represents the voice of moderation. Speaking to a local radio station, Asiri held external powers responsible for what was happening in Dar al-Fatwa. Who ruined Dar al-Fatwa after it was considered to be the moderate voice of Lebanon?" Asiri asked.He said Dar al-Fatwa should play a role in combating extremism. While noting that Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammad Rashid Qabbani was "good and qualified," the Saudi diplomat said that the institution of Dar al-Fatwa should not be affiliated with any group.Arwadi said that Qabbani might indirectly respond to Asiri during a speech he is to deliver from his house Monday.Sheikh Hisham Khalifah, the director general of Dar al-Fatwa's Islamic Endowments, said Asiri's remarks were not typical.
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