Shaykh Al-Yaqoubi denounces Hassoun’s threats
In a strong statement, the prominent Syrian scholar Shaykh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi denounced the threats made by the Mufti of Syria Ahmad Hassoun to send suicide bombers to Europe and the USA if Syria is attacked.
In his statement, shaykh Al-Yaqoubi said: “Hassoun does not represent the Syrian Clerics nor does he have a mandate from the Syrian people.” He added, “The Mufti has no right to threaten anyone on behalf of the Syrian people. These outrageous threats are an indication of his disrespect of the millions of Muslims living in Europe and the USA.
We strongly denounce these empty threats which would only distort the image of Islam and Muslims around the world. They would only lead to more paranoia of Islam and discrimination against Muslims. It is strange that he issues such threats to support the regime, while he was silent against Israel, even when Syria was attacked by Israeli warplanes. Instead, The Mufti sent a curse against Palestinian martyrs and condemned them, when he spoke at the European Parliament.
Shaykh Al-Yaqoubi also stressed that the regime lost its legitimacy when it started shooting its own people and after it sent tanks to bomb mosques. As such, all members of this regime including the Mufti have no authority to speak on behalf of the Syrian people.
Shaykh Al-Yaqoubi stated that while the people of Syria did not request military intervention by Europe and the USA, and are against it, the Syrian people “welcome all the support that these countries are offering to our people in their struggle for freedom.” “The Syrian people are grateful to all the peoples, governments, and politicians who have stood by their side.
It should be noted that shaykh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi is one of the driving forces behind the demonstrations with his fatwas and encouragements to the Syrian people and his denunciation of the the regime since the beginning of the uprising. For that he was sacked of his job as a lecturer at the Grand Omayyad Mosque and as the Chief Imam in the Al-Hassan mosque in Abu Remmaneh, the most affluent quarter of Damascus. He was banned from public speaking and had to leave the country.
العلامة الشيخ محمد أبو الهدى اليعقوبي يؤكد: المفتي حسون لا يمثل علماء سورية