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The Arab rejection of Hezbollah and the war they started continues to grow, and the outrage appears to have reached the Wahhabi in the streets. An influential Wahhabi sheikh has issued a fatwa that forbids Wahhabis from supporting Hezbollah in any way -- including the offering of prayers:
One of Saudi Arabia's leading Wahhabi sheiks, Abdullah bin Jabreen has issued a strongly worded religious edict, or fatwa, declaring it unlawful to support, join or pray for Hezbollah, the Shiite militias lobbing missiles into northern Israel.
The day after Hezbollah abducted two Israeli soldiers on July 12, Sheik Hamid al-Ali issued an informal statement titled "The Sharia position on what is going on." In it, the Kuwaiti based cleric condemned the imperial ambitions of Iran regarding Hezbollah's cross border raid.
The surprising move demonstrates that Sunni Muslim fundamentalists in the Middle East are deeply divided over whether Moslems should support Hezbollah, Iran's Shiite proxies in the war raging in Lebanon.
When members of the Arab League condemned Hezbollah, it produced some well-earned cynicism by commentators in the West. Despite the singularity of any Arab nation criticizing Muslims in battle against the Israelis, most figured that the statements did little more than appease Western allies. This latest development seems to demonstrate that the enmity reaches into the so-called Arab street, and the League's criticism reflected a reality for Arabs in general.
Ali's fatwa reveals a deep distrust and anger against the radical Shi'ites of Iran and their support of organizations that kill other Muslims, specifically in Iraq. Hezbollah being an agent of the non-Arab Iranians, the Sunnis have split on their support or opposition for the terrorists in southern Lebanon. The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt hold rallies in their support while the Wahhabi Sunnis in Saudi Arabia issue fatwas against them. The conflict shows that the damage done in Iraq has reverberated through the Islamic world, and that the Iranian-backed militias there have isolated Teheran even further from the Arabic peoples.
Their proxies did not count on this when they launched the war on Israel. Sheikh Nasrallah, if still alive, must be rather disillusioned with his fellow Muslims, a good chunk of whom want him cast out, and none of whom have lifted a finger to assist him. (via K-Lo at The Corner)Sphere It View blog reactions
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