Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammad Rashid Qabbani leaves after attending a press conference in Dar al-Fatwa in Beirut, Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammad Rashid Qabbani said Monday that injustice inflicted by the state on a group of Islamist prisoners and ongoing campaigns against Dar al-Fatwa by Sunni politicians were contributing to the rise of extremism in Lebanon.Qabbani's remarks came one day after Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awad Asiri slammed Dar al-Fatwa, Lebanon's top Sunni religious authority, saying it no longer represented the voice of moderation that should combat extremism in Lebanon.Qabbani said that the second factor accounting for the rise of extremist groups in Lebanon was the "systematic" undermining of the moderate role played by Dar al-Fatwa and its scholars.
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