30-12-13

Syria: delegation from the Gathering of Muslim Scholars in Lebanon

President al-Assad: Extremism and takfiri Wahabi mentality distort true compassionate nature of Islam

Damascus, Dec 30, 2013 (SANA) – President Bashar al-Assad on Monday received a delegation from the Gathering of Muslim Scholars in Lebanon, head by chairman of the Gathering's administrative board, sheikh Hassan Abdullah.

The meeting tackled the latest developments in the region, particularly in Syria and Lebanon, and the threats posed by the takfiri mentality which targets the history, future and coexistence of the region's people.

President al-Assad affirmed that extremism and the takfiri Wahabi mentality distort true compassionate nature of Islam, underlining the role of religious figures, particularly the scholars of the Levant, in confronting the Wahabi mentality which is alien to our societies, exposing the plots of the people advocating this mentality, and promoting Islam in its correct and moderate form.

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For their part, members of the delegation said that what is happening in the region constitutes a struggle between the path of moderation and mediation on one side and takfiri, barbaric and exclusionist mentalities on the other side.

They voiced support for Syria in its battle against terrorism and extremism, affirming their confidence in the Syrians' ability to stand fast and emerge victorious.

H. Sabbagh

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/12/30/520078.htm

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