Lebanese Mufti Sheikh Mohammad Rashid Qabbani stressed Friday that broadcasting the movie that insulted prophet Mohammad (PBUH) was a step towards instigating Christian-Islamic tension during the Pope’s visit to Lebanon.
Lebanese Mufti Sheikh Mohammad Rashid Qabbani stressed Friday that broadcasting the movie that insulted prophet Mohammad (PBUH) was an attempt to instigate Christian-Islamic tension during the Pope's visit to Lebanon.
Speaking to Al-Manar TV Channel, the Lebanese Mufti indicated that the time of which the movie was spread in was not a coincidence, as the Pope had announced about his visit to Lebanon three months earlier, and we welcomed him.
As he pointed out that this offensive movie production was a deliberate act, especially that five million dollars were reportedly donated by Jews for its accomplishement, he assured that the movie was intensly painful and disgusting.
However, Sheikh Qabbani said that this mockery of Islam was not new, as it started 1,400 years ago when the people of Mecca criticized the noble prophet (PBUH).
In parallel, he indicated that violations against Islam are many now, and that the film was an attempt to stir tension between the muslims and Christians, adding that German organizations had recently stated that Europe is threatened by Islam.
In this context, Qabbani referred to the double standards that the European countries adopt, considering that "they practice sectarianism under the guise of secularism, and they are waging a racist war against Muslims."
On another hand, the Lebanese Mufti reassured that he was not concerned of a sectarian tension between the Shiites and the Sunnis in Lebanon, pointing out that differences between them are practical and not religious.
"It is a political conflict that turned into an international one, and foreign countries are trying to intervene in order to create tension between Sunnis and Shiites, and Muslims and Christians, to serve the Israeli goal," he said.