The Sayyed received in Holy Mecca a delegation of Sunni and Shiite scholars in Iraq
|Fadlullah: Internal unity is the best weapon for the Iraqis alongside the resistance|
His Eminence, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah received at his residence in Holy Mecca a delegation of the Iraqi Muslim Scholars Union that embraced Sunni and Shiites political and religious figures. The delegation included: Iraqi Transportation Minister Sayyed Amer Al-Batat, the Chairman of the Foreign Relations' Committee in the Iraqi Parliament Sheikh Hisham Hamoudi, the Big Mosque's Imam in Al-Sulaimaniya Sheikh Majed Al-Hafid, Al-Hadra Al-Qadiriya Imam Shekh Mahmud Al-Isawi and Sheikh Fouad Al-Moqdad, the Head of THE Iraqi Ulama Group in Basra Sheikh Khaled Al-Malla, and the Chairman of the Higher Studies in the Islamic University in Baghdad, Dr. Ahmad Mohanna.
Sheikh Mahmud Al-Isawi, the Imam of Al-Hadra Al-Qadiriya, spoke for the delegation and addressed His Eminence the Sayyed saying: Young men are always in need for the experience of old great men. We in Iraq are following up on you in Lebanon, particularly your Eminence, to benefit from your wisdom and experience so as to encounter the crisis engulfing us in Iraq. You in Lebanon have passed through a difficult ordeal which you managed to overcome thanks to your efforts and those of the loyal people. We in Iraq are hoping to transcend this ordeal too.
He added: "We had followed up on your positions and confrontations with the Israeli enemy during the July war in 2006. We felt that you defended the entire nation and conferred honor upon us all. Your Eminence, you are a very respected and esteemed Islamic reference, not only among the Muslim Shiites, but also among the Muslim Sunnis.
It is no secret to say that our youths are following up on your words, citing your positions, and working upon your fatwas. We in Iraq, in view of our particularity and diversity, are in need for you to face the schemes plotted against Iraq, the Iraqis, Islam and the Muslims in general.
The Religious Reference Fadlullah:
His Eminence addressed the delegation saying that Iraq is an important place of Islam and it is the land that embraced the ancient civilization movement since the Babylonian civilization. It was also open to the modern civilization, from the window of the Islamic civilization which made large contributions to the civilizations that followed, namely the Western civilization. In this sense, the Islamic civilization was the mother of the modern civilizations par excellence.
He added: Ever since we started off in the Holy Najaf, we noticed that Iraq does not only differ from other Islamic countries in terms of its cultural, literary, and Islamic aspects, but also in terms of its Islamic unity that grouped the Muslims aside from any elements that lead to sectarian rifts. We also noticed that sectarian and confessional fanaticism never existed in Iraq, up until the occupation profaned its land and worked on the following two tracks: fragmenting the unity of the Iraqis through supporting one Iraqi side against the other and through its attempts to stir up the historical sensitivities in a complicated and malicious manner. With respect to the second track, the occupation planned to liquidate the Iraqi powerful figures in favor of Israel, since Iraq represented a strategic threat to Israel which worked to destroy this power that stems from the Iraqi people themselves, not from a regime that was likely to fall down at any time or under any appropriate political circumstances in the region.
He continued: The best weapon the Iraqis can use to face the occupier alongside the resistance is the weapon of unity, namely the Islamic unity that brings the Sunnis and the Shiites together on the basis of obeying Allah and his Prophet [p] and extending efforts to expel the occupier from Iraq as soon as possible. The Islamic unity is not only a cultural project, but a matter of life or death for us, because penetrating the internal Islamic fabric and disrupting the internal Arab or Islamic security through provoking confessional and partisan sensitivities bring about fatal divisions in the nation.
His Eminence pointed to the experience of the Muslim Scholars Union, stressing that everyone – each within his medium and according to his capacities, should endeavor to encounter the mines planted by the occupier and the attempts of the arrogant powers to create schism and divisions in the ranks of the nation.