Press Shia – A senior Lebanese Sunni scholars described the reaction of the international community to the attack on Shi’ahs from al-Fu’ah and Kefraya in Aleppo as “hypocritical” and criticized the West’s double standards.

Press Shia Agency – In an interview with Press Shia News Agency, Shaykh Ahmad al-Qattan, the head of Lebanon’s Qawluna wal-Amal [We Say and Act] Society, condemned Sunday’s car bomb which was detonated against civilian evacuees from the besieged predominantly Shi’ah towns of al-Fu'ah and Kefraya in the al-Rashidin area, west of Aleppo, Syria. 

The bombing killed at least 126 people.

The Lebanese Sunni cleric and said contrary to the criminal claims of those who perpetrated this tragedy, we cannot kill innocent people in the name of religion by any means. “Not only does the killing of the people of al-Fu’ah and Kefraya have nothing to do with Islam but the footprints of the Takfiri-Zionist coalition can be clearly seen in this crime,” he said.

Shaykh al-Qattan described Islam as a religion of moderation and said, “In the Holy Quran, God says, ‘Oh mankind! Indeed, We created you from a male and a female, and made you nations and tribes that you may identify yourselves with one another. Indeed, the noblest of you in the sight of God is the most Godwary among you [49:13].’” 

“Imam Ali has emphasized ‘people are either your brothers in religion or your brothers in creation.’ Religious discourse demonstrates that no one is allowed to kill innocent people in the name of Islam,” he added. 

He stressed that the raising of the flag of ‘La Ilaha Illa-Llah’ by the Takfiris doesn’t mean that they’re practicing Islam. The perpetrators of the suicide bombing of the people of al-Fu’ah and Kefraya are the mercenaries of Israel and said, “The international community and some Arab countries are hypocritical. They have presented some very dark scenarios but it isn’t necessary to carry out such actions in the form of terrorist attacks.”

Shaykh al-Qattan stressed that these governments have a share in any crime that the Takfiris perpetrate in Syria and added, “Fighting terrorism rather than releasing statements is one of the practical measures which are needed. How can we be indifferent to the shedding of the blood of thousands of innocent women, children and elderly people in Syria?”

He called for all Muslim countries to set aside their differences and to seriously engage in a battle against terrorism and added that if the Arab countries truly had a problem with the Takfiris, they should meet them on the battlefield. “Unfortunately, some countries in the region have become a mediator for Takfiris and by using the Takfiris, they seek to achieve political goals,” he noted.

The Lebanese cleric added that in the past few years, state sponsors of terrorism have failed to achieve their objectives and from now on, they won’t make any achievements in this arena. 

Shaykh al-Qattan criticized some media outlets which have claimed that the Syrian government was responsible for the chemical attack on Khan Shaykhun which occurred on April 4th and said, “Unfortunately, in regard to every event which has occurred, some people have accused Iran, Hezbollah and the Syrian army of being involved even though such claims don’t conform with any reason or logic.”

The head of the Qawluna wal-Amal Society said the existence of a scenario to link Islam with acts of terrorism is a clear issue and stated, “There is a serious determination to seriously harm moderate Islam.” 

Shaykh al-Qattan said the best response to Takfiri terrorism is greater unity among the Resistance Axis in order to destroy this phenomenon and said, “We shouldn’t forget that the aim of all this fighting in Syria is so that the issue of Palestine and fighting against the Zionist regime is forgotten. By liberating various areas in Syria, the Resistance Axis can pave the way for the main fight against the Zionists.”