Sunday, August 06, 2006

Safar al-Hawali: Don't pray for Hizbullah

JP reports he' issued a Fatwa
A top Saudi Sunni cleric, whose ideas inspired Osama bin Laden, issued a religious edict Saturday disavowing the Shi'ite guerrilla group Hizbullah, evidence that a rift remained among Muslims over the fighting in Lebanon.

Hizbullah, which translates as "the party of God," is actually "the party of the devil," said Sheik Safar al-Hawali, whose radical views made the al-Qaida leader one of his followers in the past.

"Don't pray for Hizbullah," he said in the fatwa posted on his Web site.
I don't see it there yet on the English version. Here's the Arabic one.

According to Wikipedia he has a soft spot for American Unitarians,
Al-Hawali wrote an article in Al-Bayan magazine on unitarianism among Christians. He traced the history of those who reject the doctrine of the Trinity, and believe in One supreme God. He claimed that monotheists had been subject to great persecution, by both Catholics and Protestants; and that five among the US presidents had been Unitarians.


Paul said...

I confess that I haven't been praying for Hizbullah or for Reuters! :)

Bill Baar said...

They're not high on my list for sure.