Sunday, July 23, 2006

Shite! Saudi Fatwa Against Support for Hezbollah

Abdullah bin Jabreen, one of Saudi Arabia's leading Wahhabi sheiks, has issued a fatwa declaring it illegal to support Hezbollah. (NY Sun)

CAIRO, Egypt — 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.

It was previously thought that the condemnation coming from the Arab world against Hezbollah may have been little more than lip service.

However, it looks like the Sunni-Shiite split has now become so deep that Saudi Wahabists are even prepared to back Israel against them.

It is quite possible that many in the Arab world feel Iran is becoming increasingly powerful and they are worried about the effects of a change in the balance of power in the region.

This would explain why the Saudi government recently purchased $6bn dollars of arms from America.


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