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Qabalan: Muslims work on preserving Christian presence

Iraqi Christian women pray during Sunday mass at the Virgin Mary Chaldean church (Church of Our Lady of Sacred Heart) in the Karrada neighborhood of the capital Baghdad on July 27, 2014. AFP PHOTO/AHMAD AL-RUBAYE

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s Grand Jaafarite Shiite Mufti Sheikh Ahmad Qabalan said Tuesday that Muslims work tirelessly to maintain religious diversity, including a Christian presence, urging regional Muslim institutions to combat radical groups.

“We insist on preserving religious diversity within our eastern society, particularly Christians, and we work with all our might to protect it,” Qabalan said, during his sermon on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr.

“But there is a dollar-oil alliance working on serving a blow to the sectarian balance in favor of radical, Takfiri, Zionist and geostrategic goals, which would preserve interests of Washington and Tel Aviv.”

“Beware of this regional plot because it aims to eliminate religions with religions,” he added.

He called on all Shiite and Sunni religious authorities in the Muslim world to quickly take the initiative "to neutralize the blood of Muslims."

"We should criminalize what should be criminalized and ban what should be banned. We should put pressure on oppressive regimes and take to the streets to awaken people so that they would revolt on governments that feed into ISIS.”

 

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