Top Shiite cleric calls for backing Lebanon army

Sheikh Abdul Amir Qabalan

The top Lebanese Shiite cleric , deputy head of the Higher Shiite Islamic Council, Sheikh Abdul Amir Qabalan called on Sunday during his sermon on the occasion of Eid al-Adha on the Lebanese to distance themselves from strife and to support the army.
Qabalan , who hoped for peace and security said:
“We should steer clear of conspiracies … and strife.”
He also urged the Lebanese to back the military which for the past two months has been fighting militants near the border with Syria.

The army should win in the battlefield, Qabalan said and urged the Lebanese to back the military

The Islamist extremists from al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State group crossed into the northeastern border town of Arsal from Syria in early Augustand captured soldiers and policemen.

Two of the soldiers have since been beheaded and one has been killed in captivity.

Qabalan’s comments come after Grand Mufti of the Republic Sheikh Abdul Latif Daryan warned during his Eid al-Adha sermon at Mohammed al-Amin mosque in downtown Beirut that the nation was under threat because of political divisions and stressed that those committing inhumane acts in the name of religion were not faithful.

“The atrocities committed in the name of religion confirm that they (the perpetrators) don’t have faith,” said Daryan who was recently elected as the new Mufti.

This weekend marks Eid al-Adha, one of the most celebrated holidays by all Muslims across the world commemorating the Prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail as an act of obedience to God.

Many March 14 leaders are of the opinion that the involvement of Iran and Hezbollah in the ongoing conflict in Syria is the main reason behind the emergence of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Iran is reportedly calling all the shots in Syria and , Lebanon’s Shi’ite Hezbollah militants are fighting alongside Syrian president Bashar al Assad’s forces.

Hezbollah fighters have played a significant role in helping Assad recapture border towns from Sunni rebels.

Bekaa Valley towns loyal to Hezbollah have come under rocket fire by Sunni rebel fighters .

Experts fear that pro-Assad or rebel fighters may move the conflict deeper into Lebanese territory.

  • arzatna1

    Dear Sheikh Qabalan
    I Have seen during the past year tens of pictures of very young Shiite Hezbollah fighters who have been killed in Syria while defending the regime of president Bashar al Assad.
    These kids are so young they have no idea what they are fighting for . I am sure if they were more mature they would have never gone to Syria to defend a dictatorship that is on its way out.
    I urge you to pressure Hezbollah to pull out of the Syrian fight . Hezbollah is supposed to be a resistance movement to defend Lebanon , but what is happening right now is that the Lebanese army is defending Hezbollah at a great cost of lives . If Hezbollah is truly a Lebanese resistance movement it has no business being in Syria.

    • Hannibal

      During the civil war the army captured a unit of libyans fighting with the Palestinians in Ain el Rumaneh and when asked do you know where you are they were convinced they were fighting in Israel. At least those shiites know where they are going 😉

      • 5thDrawer

        LOL ….

  • 5thDrawer

    Aside from all the added useless ‘reportage’ in two SEPARATE articles …. does anyone see a difference between the quoted statements of two ‘Men of Allah’??

    “The atrocities committed in the name of religion confirm that they (the perpetrators) don’t have faith,” said Daryan who was recently elected as the new Mufti.”

    Qabalan , who hoped for peace and security said:
    “We should steer clear of conspiracies … and strife.” ‘The army should win in the battlefield, Qabalan said, and urged the Lebanese to back the military’

    • sweetvirgo

      “urged the Lebanese to back the military”?? Yeah the true Lebanese do back the military but there are so many divisions in the country. There is hezbollah, there is the LF and LAF. There should be only one great army in Lebanon following a leader chozen by the Lebanese with no outside interference.