Sayyed Nasrallah: Aleppo Battle A Major Victory, Daesh Distorted Image of Islam

Zeinab Essa

Hizbullah Secretary General, His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, delivered a speech on Friday in which he tackled various regional and internal issues.

Hizbullah Secretary General Hus Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah


Daesh and Ditortion of Islam

Addressing thousands of Hizbullah university students, Sayyed Nasrallah congratulated the Muslims, Christians and all Lebanese over the blessed birth of the Noble Prophet and his grandson Imam Sadiq [PBUH] and the birth of Jesus Christ.

In parallel, His Eminence extended gratitude to the Resistance fighters on the frontlines in Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Gaza and other areas south of the Bekaa.
On another level, he viewed that “Islam has not been subjected to media distortion as has happened in the past few years because of the abuses that are broadcasted to every house within minutes.”

“No distortion has happened over the decades as what has happened by the armed groups, especially ‘Daesh’ [the Arabic Acronym for the terrorist “ISIS”/ “ISIL” group] that raises flags that are sealed with the slogan Messenger of Allah,” Sayyed Nasrallah added.

He also mentioned that the terrorist groups, mainly Daesh, have committed massacres at different levels, displaying hideous means to carry out their crimes. “He who is silent over this abuse is a partner in the distortion of Allah’s religion and His Messenger.”

“Wahhabism does not recognize the birth of Prophet Mohammad. Their scholars went to the extent that they reject and consider all those who celebrate it as atheists,” he said, noting that “this holiday is known for all Muslims, Sunnis and Shiites.”

According to the Hizbullah Secretary General, “Our religion and our prophet Mohammad [PBUH] have been greatly abused in recent years. Takfiris are those who have been abusing our religion and our prophet, because they are committing their crimes in the name of this religion and this prophet. Takfiris’ atrocities are real massacres on the humanitarian and cultural level.”

The Resistance leader also recalled how the Wahhabis bombed celebrations for the Prophet Mohammad and sought to impose their ideology by force of arms. “Those who reject the celebrations of the Holy Prophet will definitely refuse the Christmas celebrations.”

As His Eminence urged all sides to condemn such acts, he emphasized that denouncing these acts should be a daily responsibility for us and we must raise our voices.

“Their crimes, killings, slaughter, burning in cages…and destruction of Islamic, Christian and other religious sites and everything linked to history. It’s a comprehensive massacre,” he cautioned.

In response, Sayyed Nasrallah confirmed that we have a moral, religious and historic responsibility to say a word, write a sentence, express opinions that reject and condemn such crimes. “Those who remain mum are partners in the crimes against this religion [Islam],” he added.”

In a similar context, Sayyed Nasrallah stated that there is a terminology that is much spread in the Western and Arab media i.e. the talk of “Islamic” terrorism, “radical” Islam and “Islamic” terrorist groups. This comes as the media insists on using the “Islamic state” and not Daesh. This has an impact on media and psychological warfare.”

Daesh Criminalities

Meanwhile, His Eminence firmly denounced the heinous act of sending a female child to commit suicide in Syria.

“It is unacceptable to take advantage of little children in suicidal attacks or to carry out killings similar to the burning of the two Turkish soldiers today. The criminals are harming the image of Islam,” he said.

In addition, Sayyed Nasrallah underscored that “that monster appeared after that to say that he had sent his scared little child to God.”

“Everyone and every Muslim in the world should condemn the criminal and barbaric monster who sent a child to carry out a suicide bombing at a police station in Damascus.”

Commenting on Daesh’s attack against the Jordanian police in al-Kark, he wondered if the latest incident does not urge the Jordanian government to be warned and take a firm position in stopping support for terrorists and armed groups who carry the same ideology.

His Eminence also denounced the heinous crime that Daesh recently committed by burning two Turkish soldiers alive. He recalled that the whole wide world knows that Turkey has provided support for Daesh more than any other country in the world.

“Turkish people are invited to take a decisive position regarding Daesh,” he highlighted, pointing out that “the Turkish government does not want its people to acknowledge how it supported Daesh through oil, arms and money and all what Erdogan has offered for terrorists.”

Sayyed Nasrallah went on to say: “Islam doesn’t direct us to do such acts. We should raise [our] voices [against these acts], whether those harmed are our allies or not.”

Aleepo Victory Major Achievement

Regarding the recent victory scored by the Syrian army and its allies in Aleppo, His Eminence highlighted that “what happened in Aleppo in recent months is one of the most brutal battles in Syria for years. The battles in the west of Aleppo included tens of thousands of militants from different parts of the world. It was a daily continuous battle with the aim of overthrowing Aleppo.”

He also described the battles in Syria’s second city as one of the harshest battles the region has seen in years.

“Aleppo’s battle is one of the major defeats of the other camp and it is a victory for the anti-terrorism front and an important military development for our camp. But this does not mean the end of the conflict but rather that the scheme that was seeking to oust the regime has ended,” Sayyed Nasrallah added.

As he unveiled that the support and mobilization provided for the battles in Aleppo cost billions of dollars at the financial and logistical levels, Sayyed Nasrallah said this astonishing support in terms of facilities and capabilities support has surpassed the amount provided by the whole Arab world for the Palestinian people over a period of 60 years.

Meanwhile, His Eminence assured that the Syrian government’s victory in Aleppo could pave the way for a political settlement to the conflict, saying that “We should fortify our success in the field and politically.” He emphasized that this could lead to the end of the conflict in Syria through political means.

He also lashed out at deceptive media reports that he said launched false campaigns about the battle in Aleppo. “Pictures of children and devastation from the July war in Lebanon and “Israeli” aggression against Gaza were claimed to be of children of Aleppo. They further brought pictures from starving children in Yemen claiming that they are in Aleppo.”

In parallel, Sayyed Nasrallah stated that none of the children in Aleppo have died of starvation while thousands of children in Yemen are dying of starvation as the result of the Saudi blockade.

He continued, “all over the last week, civilians went out of the east of Aleppo, as militants fled the city.”

He asked, “Is there a city that either Daesh or al-Nusra Front had entered and emerged victorious, in which they have allowed the civilians or fighters to get out or flee?”

Refuting all claims that the Syrian army or its allies seek to establish demographic changes, His Eminence elaborated that armed groups were behind the demographic changes that happened. “There are no people of other faiths or other political affiliations in the areas that they control.”

He also assured that residents of Aleppo will return as those of Daraya.
He also reminded that both Saudi Arabia and the US sought to block any political solution. Thus, according to His Eminence, what had been scored in Aleppo is a major achievement for the Syrian army and its allies.

“The credit goes to the Syrian leadership, army and people, who took the decision to fight. Syria’s allies offered help but the Syrians are the ones who are creating the future of their country and the entire region,” the Resistance Leader underscored.

Hailing the fact that some countries have become realistic in dealing with the Syrian file, Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that the next stage will be focused on consolidating the victory in the city of Aleppo and its suburbs because the armed groups will seek to target the city and its suburbs.

Proportionality and Open for Dialogue

Moving to the Lebanese internal political front, the Hizbullah Secretary General assured that there exist no hurdles in the way of the Lebanese cabinet’s policy statement.

However, he urged the government not to consider itself as a merely ‘elections government. “The government must shoulder its full responsibilities towards the people at all levels, he said, noting that “it must not use the excuse of being an ‘elections government’ to justify any impotence or negligence.”

Sayyed Nasrallah also refused allegations that this government is controlled by Hizbullah. The Resistance movement only wants to ensure that the new Lebanese government represents people from all walks of life.”

“Some like to claim that this is “Hizbullah’s government” and that Hizbullah wants to seize control of the country and the institutions. These are false claims that some impotent and weak parties hide behind. We do not want to seize control of the country even if all political forces and parties ask us to do so…No one can accept to shoulder the responsibility of a country facing this amount of difficulties,” he said.

Regarding the electoral law, Sayyed Nasrallah reiterated that Hizbullah supports an electoral law based on proportionality.

However, he said that his party is open to dialogue as it understands the concerns of some parties which must be taken into consideration. “We do not back a return to the 1960 electoral law.”

“Our country is entering a state of stability [on the] political and security (levels). We’re awaiting the next parliamentary elections and we must remain alert at the security and political level because the terrorist groups are angry over their defeat. The country’s future hinges on everyone’s cooperation and understanding.”

Sayyed Nasrallah also denounced the stupid and dangerous attempt of the Bahraini regime and its supporters to storm the house of Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassem with what it carries from devastating repercussions.

Source: al-Ahed news

23-12-2016 | 17:47

 

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Syrian Mufti Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun is part of a delegation of Syrians currently visiting Ireland. The delegation consists of medical professionals as well as religious leaders. The above video shows Mufti Hassoun giving a talk before the Irish Parliament on December 1, comments in which he discusses the toll the war has exacted upon the Syrian people as a whole as well as a personal tragedy in his own family, with the death of his son.

The delegation’s visit reportedly also included a visit to Trinity College Dublin, and the visit has been reported on by a Catholic website (see article below).

Back in August I put up a post on a visit to Syria by a US delegation of peace activists, who had a chance to meet with Mufti Hassoun while they were in the country. Upon returning to the US, the delegation gave a presentation at the UN. You can find more on that here.

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In Ireland, Doctors, Church Leaders Tell Horrors of Life in Syria

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DUBLIN (CNS) — Fifty percent of Syria’s hospitals and medical centers have been destroyed or looted and their staff kidnapped, tortured or slaughtered, a leading Syrian surgeon told members of the Irish Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee.

Dr. Bashir Mohammad, a cardiologist, was part of a delegation of high-profile Syrian medical and religious leaders who appealed Dec. 1 for an end to punitive European Union sanctions against his country.

Mohammad was accompanied by Melkite Catholic Patriarch Gregoire III Laham; Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II; Syria’s grand mufti, Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun; and Dr. Ahmad al Khaddour, a cardiothoracic surgeon.

Khaddour, a professor of medicine at Damascus University, explained that the group had come to Ireland “to pass the message that Syria needs help.”

“The European sanctions have affected our medical system very badly. We have a shortage of medical supplies on a daily basis. We have children dying because there is no medicine and children suffering because there is no fuel for heating.”

He highlighted how the sanctions had depleted Syria’s “capacity and capability in a very devastating way to manufacture medicines and to treat our patients.”

“The sanctions have killed more people than ISIS,” he said, referring to the Islamic State.

Prior to 2011, when the conflict in Syria erupted, hospitals had always been a safe place, but they became a “soft target,” and the country’s pharmaceutical industry was now no longer able to meet Syria’s medical needs, Mohammad explained.

He contrasted this to the situation five years ago when the country was able to meet up to 95 percent of its own medical needs and was exporting its products to more than 54 countries.

Syria is now “reliant on medication from the black market and, with the weak purchase power of our currency, we are unable to buy medication,” he said.

He told Catholic News Service: “We have lost half of our hospitals and three-quarters of our factories for medication — lift the sanctions please. We are friends to America and to the West.”

Patriarch Laham described the delegation as “ambassadors for peace.” He also asked, “as patriarch, that the bishops’ conferences of Europe gather together to raise their voice for peace.”

Speaking to CNS, the 83-year-old indicated his own personal exhaustion with the conflict. “It is war, war, war. Enough war!”

Referring to the 1,435 years in which Christians and Muslims co-existed together in Syria, Patriarch Laham stressed that faith is “part of the solution” to Syria’s war.

“Faith can really help us to make peace in the world. My slogan is ‘We should stay together to build a new world; we can stay together to build the world; we want to stay together to build a new world,” he told the Foreign Affairs Committee.

Patriarch Ignatius told the committee, “We feel sometimes we are abandoned by the international community because all they talk about are the rebels and what the rebels are suffering. But nobody is talking about the real Syrian people who are under government-controlled areas and what they are suffering.”

“Suffering has gone beyond all bounds,” Patriarch Ignatius said.

The Orthodox patriarch, who escaped a suicide bomb attack last June, spoke about the difficulty of trying to live life in such a dangerous context.

“I live in Old Damascus, not far from the street where St. Paul was led to be baptized. Occasionally we get bombs thrown on us by rebels who live about 2 kilometers away. There is no safe place left in Syria for anyone, and all Syrians need peace.

“We want a new Syria — for all Syrians — that respects diversity and gives a chance to every Syrian to serve Syria. I don’t think that having an opposition that is armed will help Syria; no country in the world would accept that, be it a moderate or unmoderate opposition. Obama and the U.S. government trained thousands of people and spent $500 million on the so-called moderate opposition, but they all joined Daesh (Islamic State) or al Nusra — except for maybe four or five groups.”

As to the situation of Christians in Syria, he confirmed that, along with other people of faith, Christians were being targeted because they were not willing to take sides.

“Our archbishops have been kidnapped and we don’t know anything about them; there are many priests who have been killed and many churches have been destroyed and Islamic scholars are also being killed. All people of faith are being targeted because Daesh and others act in the name of Islam, but they do not represent the real Islam,” he said.

Hassoun, the grand mufti, recalled how when the conflict erupted in 2011, he was told to leave but refused because he wanted to be a “bridge of peace between the opposition and the regime.”

His refusal to leave resulted in his son’s assassination outside his university. Later, his son’s remains were dug out of his grave by the rebels and have never been recovered.

“This is the revolution in Syria — if it were a revolution to reform the regime I would have been with them, but it is a revolution to kill men,” he said, urging legislators to go to Syria and see for themselves “what they have done to us.”

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The goals of the visit are to firstly send a fact-finding medical, religious, political and humanitarian mission to the Syrian Arab Republic from Ireland, as well as from other independent-minded countries; to encourage Irish charity and NGO groups to send aid to Damascus via Trócaire/Caritas and other transparent and credible conduits Syria’s venerable religious leaders recommend and to lay the foundations for a major international fact-finding and medical delegation to visit Damascus and environs on March 17th 2017, St Patrick’s Day.
The situation in Syria, as East Aleppo’s human shields show, remains very grave for all Syrians. Although this visit is strictly non-political it must be clearly stated that EU sanctions, in which Ireland is fully complicit, are responsible for more deaths than even ISIS. The bulk of the Irish people do not accept that rampant collusion or that of our media, which is a crimson blight on our neutrality.

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Mustafa Akyol is a columnist for Al-Monitor’s Turkey Pulse, a columnist for the Turkish Hurriyet Daily News, and a monthly contributing opinion writer for The International New York Times. His articles have also appeared in Foreign Affairs, Newsweek, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and The Guardian. He is the author of Islam Without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty
Since its founding by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in 1923, the People’s Republican Party (CHP) has been the staunch defender of Turkey’s French-style secularism. It always opposed using religious references in politics, arguing that it would amount to the “exploitation” of religion for political ends. It also opposed, for decades, “religious symbols in the public space,” such as the Islamic headscarf…

 

Yet the CHP has been changing lately, especially since Kemal Kilicdaroglu became its leader in 2010. First the CHP abandoned its intolerance for the headscarf, accepting hijab-wearing women’s right to go to college or get public jobs. Then it welcomed some conservative politicians with Islamic credentials to its ranks, such as Mehmet Bekaroglu. Moreover, Kilicdaroglu began to allude to Islamic values to support his arguments.

One notable example of the latter trend came last weekend, when Kilicdaroglu gave a press conference criticizing the mass purges and arrests the government initiated after the failed coup attempt of July 15. One of the violations he criticized was the arrest or suspension of the family members of some of those who are accused of the coup plot. For example, when the police could not find Adil Oksuz, a suspected civilian mastermind of the coup who is on the run, the man’s mother-in-law, father-in-law and sisters-in-law were detained. Against such persecution, Kilicdaroglu said:

“There is a principle called individual criminal responsibility. They [the government], however, created a notion of collective crime… Let me refer to the farewell sermon of our beloved prophet, which is accepted as one of the most important human rights declarations in history. Here our beloved prophet said, ‘Everybody is responsible for his crime; a person’s crime can never be associated with his mother, father or child.’ This, in fact, is a universal rule. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights declares the same norm.”

The farewell sermon Kilicdaroglu referred to was delivered by the Prophet Muhammad to his followers near Mecca in 632, soon before his death. It has been one of the key documents in Islamic history, with important moral injunctions on various matters including, indeed, human rights. “O people! Your Lord is one and your father is one,” it reads, for example. It continues, “There is no superiority of an Arab over a non-Arab, nor of a non-Arab over an Arab, nor of a white over a black, nor a black over a white.”

There are various versions of the text, and not all of them have the line that Kilicdaroglu referred to. But it does exist in the version presented by Turkey’s Encyclopedia of Islam, which has the following clause: “Everybody is responsible for his own crime. The father cannot be held responsible for the son’s crime, nor can the son be held responsible for the father’s.”

What is more important for Turkish politics today, of course, is not the content of the farewell sermon, but how it has become a reference for human rights — and in the hands of the all-secular CHP, among all parties. This, I believe, underlines two important facts.

The first is that the CHP is now finally “getting religion.” It is, in other words, understanding that religion, in particular Islam, is deeply rooted in Turkish society, and a political party that does not comprehend this fact is doomed to be marginalized. One could argue that this change was forced on the CHP by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). The latter not only ended the secularist hegemony in the state, but also spearheaded the rise of a more religious rhetoric in society. But then the CHP is only wise to adapt this transformation, as its old, rigid secularism was already out of fashion.

The second important fact is that in the past few years, the CHP gradually established itself as the party that defends human rights, civil liberties and rule of law against an authoritarian state. That, too, is a novelty in Turkish political history. Because, with the exception of its short-lived flirtation of “social democracy,” the CHP has traditionally been the party that defended the state against those who defended human rights, civil liberties and rule of law. This was true even in the first decade of this century, when the AKP controlled the government and the CHP was in the opposition. As paradoxical as it may sound, the AKP was the defender of liberal values in those years, whereas the CHP still identified with the draconian state, which was then still under the control of the secularist military and judiciary. With the AKP’s full dominance of the state, however, that anomaly ended. The CHP is now a real opposition party that opposes a growing authoritarian state.

What does this all mean? It all means that those who hope for a more liberal and democratic Turkey, including religious conservatives who are disillusioned with the AKP, should give the CHP a chance. Yes, the party’s 20th-century heritage includes many unpleasant episodes of authoritarianism. Yet there is a increasingly “New CHP” that Kilicdaroglu has promised to mold. The very fact that the party now defends human rights with references to “our beloved prophet” is a remarkable indication of that new reality in Turkish politics.

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