Lebanon News

Qabbani meets Rai over proposed respect pledge

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammad Rashid Qabbani Tuesday proposed a Muslim-Christian pact during a visit to Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai. 

The mufti, who headed a delegation of preachers, said his proposal came in the wake of attacks against churches in the region, citing Iraq and Egypt. 

Under the pact, which would be signed by the heads of various sects in Lebanon, Muslims and Christians would pledge to respect each other’s beliefs.

“No one will force the other to convert to another religion or inflict physical harm on them or target their house, shop or wife,” it says. 

Speaking after the visit, Qabbani said he shared Rai’s concern that “some are working to destroy ties between Muslims and Christians in the Middle East.”

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on May 14, 2014, on page 4.




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