Islamic Council plans to fire the Grand Mufti

Lebanon’s Higher Islamic Council plans to fire the country’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammed Rashid Qabbani and elect a new leader during its meeting next Saturday, Turkish Anatolia news agency quoted sources as saying Saturday. Prime Minister Najib Mikati and Future bloc leader MP Fouad Siniora formed an undeclared alliance against Lebanon’s Grand Mufti

Bishops: Civil and religious marriages can coexist

The Maronite’s Bishop council said on Wednesday that civil marriage can coexist with religious marriage but cannot replace it. “Marriage is one of the church sacraments and civil marriage cannot replace this sacrament. However, those who hold civil marriage, if they are believers, can later hold a religious marriage

Lebanon president praises Hariri’s civil marriage stance

Lebanese President Michel Suleiman praised former PM Saad Hariri’s backing of the controversial issue of legalizing civil marriage, calling his stance “reasonable and logical” , al-Joumhouria reported on Saturday. During a phone call with Hariri, Suleiman hailed the former prime minister’s ‘brave stance’ supporting civil marriage,

Lebanon Mufti declares war on civil Marriage

Lebanon’s top Sunni Muslim cleric, Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammed Rashid Qabbani declared war  on civil Marriage by   issuing a fatwa branding as an apostate any Muslim politician who approves its legislation. “Any Muslim with legal or executive authority in Lebanon who supports the legalisation of civil marriage is an apostate and outside the religion of Islam,”

Civil marriage issue may split Lebanon cabinet

Justice Minister Shakib Qortbawi reiterated his support for civil marriage on Sunday despite the objection of  Prime Minister Najib  Mikati  who called  the  debate of the issue  a waste of time and useless   amid the current circumstances in the country. In an interview with Voice of Lebanon radio , Qortbawi said that if  Mikati […]

Lebanon PM: Civil marriage debate is ‘useless’

Despite President Michel Sleiman’s call for resuming the debate in the Cabinet over legalizing civil marriage in Lebanon , Prime Minister Najib Mikati said on Tuesday after returning from Saudi Arabia that such a debate is useless amid the current circumstances in the country. “This issue is not on the table at the moment, since […]

Jumblatt calls for establishing a Senate in Lebanon

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt also jumped on the civil marriage bandwagon and voiced his support for it a day after President Michel Suleiman called for legalizing civil marriage in Lebanon to help build unity in the multi-faith country. In his weekly article in PSP’s al Anbaa newspaper ,Jumblatt lauded Suleiman’s “progressive thinking,”