The former Grand Mufti of Lebanon called on Muslim scholars and governments to rise up and liberate Palestine, saying it is the duty of Arab and Islamic peoples to support Palestine and its people.
Ahlul Bayt News Agency – In regard to the Israel army’s storming of Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa Mosque and its precincts, the former Grand Mufti of Lebanon, Sheikh Muhammad-Rashid al-Qabbani, said in a statement that the superpowers have supported and continue to support state terrorism against Palestine and the Palestinian people since the establishment of the so-called State of Israel as a Western colony on the Arab lands of Palestine in 1948.
He added that these Zionist terrorist groups, including the Haganah and the Stern Gang, committed massacres in Deir Yassin and burned and shelled many Palestinian homes and villages with their tanks and artillery.
Shaykh al-Qabbani added that the Western countries who established the Zionist colony in Palestine are responsible for the extermination of the Palestinian people and their expulsion from their homeland and all the crimes committed by Israel since 1948, which included brutal massacres and genocide.
The Lebanese Sunni scholar said that the Zionists’ recent acts of terrorism against the al-Aqsa Mosque and its precincts, which included the storming, siege and the killing of worshipers at his holy site, should be nothing except the signs of the beginning of a battle to liberate of Jerusalem and all of Palestine and completely eliminate this Western colony of terrorism in Palestine [Israel].
His Eminence stressed that all Arab and Muslim armies must participate in this battle.
He explained that Israel and all the countries which support it are involved in schemes to ignite sectarian wars between Arabs and Muslims and divide them in order to prevent their unity as this will lead to liberation of Palestine.
“Do Arabs and Muslims and their countries realize this apparent and hidden deception among their people and countries?” he asked.
Sheikh al-Qabbani believes that the foreign mandate which divided Arab countries after World War II through the Sykes-Picot Agreement sought to distract Arabs from the Palestine issue by creating internal differences among them so that they could take over Palestine and establish a Western Zionist colony for their own imperialist purposes there.
He called on Muslim scholars and governments to rise up and liberate Palestine, saying it is the duty of all Arab and Islamic people to support Palestine and its people and not to fear their weapons.
The former Grand Mufti of Lebanese added that in the Holy Quran, God told us: “Do not slacken in the pursuit of these people. If you are suffering, they are also suffering like you, but you expect from God what they do not expect” [4:104] and added that there is no way to liberate Palestine without jihad in the way of God and that compromise with the Zionists will only cause further damage and keep Palestine in the hands of the occupiers.
“God has promised victory over the deceptive Israeli enemy and the promise of God is the truth,” he added.