Imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque: 'Inviting to Jihad in Syria is treachery'


3 May 2013

'The Imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque says inviting to Jihad in Syria is treachery'

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)

The Imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque stressed the point that those who call themselves Ulamas and issue Fatwas (religious decrees) inviting for Jihad in Syria, are liars and traitors. According to Al-Alam, Salahudeen Abu-Arafeh one of the Imams of Al-Aqsa Mosque in an interview with Al-Mayadeen Television Network said Jihad amongst followers of the same religion is meaningless. He asked how come some see the gates of paradise as Damascus whilst in Syria’s neighbourhood the Palestine, Gaza and Al-Quds are under Israeli occupation and no one has declared Jihad in Palestine so far.

Abu Arafeh attacked those who issue Fatwas for Jihad in Syria and asked if these people are truthful why they have not lifted a finger to free the occupied Palestine for more than 60 years. He said Fatwas and invitations for Jihad on behalf of the so called Ulamas are lies and fake and their aim is to make enemies of Islam happy. The Imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque explained that the groups fighting in Syria under Islamic banner are extremely distant from Islam because anyone who is after shedding the blood of a Muslim and violating his/her dignity is a traitor and liar.