EXCLUSIVE – The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem publishes fatwa condemning murder of Egyptian copts

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SHAFAQNA – His Eminence Sheikh Muhammad Hussein—the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestine/the preacher of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque—is denouncing the murder of the 21 Egyptian Copts in Libya. His Eminence said: this criminal assault is incompatible with religion and the noble moral values; it is but a form of spreading corruption in the land and the spirit of conflict and division between members of the Arab peoples. It aims at unsettling security and stability in the Arab and Muslim World and realizing suspicious goals of parties lying in wait for the Ummah along with its security and values. His Eminence describes the group which carried out this criminal act as astray, without values and morals that divine religions call for. Then, he added: Islam forbids any act that threatens the lives of safe and peaceful people, clarifying that the human soul is protected and honored and that Islam is the religion of tolerance, peace, justice, and love. His Eminence expressed his trust that the Arab peoples will overcome this crisis with wisdom and perseverance to make those who target them with evil, chaos, and sectarian strife miss their opportunity to realize such a criminal incident. He finally presented his warm condolences to the Arab Republic of Egypt, its president, government and people, especially the Coptic community on this momentous calamity. (Translated by Dr. Said Mentak, University Mohammed I)

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