Sheikh al-Yaqoubi Elected to the NC—its first non-Brotherhood-aligned religious figure

The Rise of the Sufis

Matthew Barber

by Matthew Barber—This story first appeared on Syria Comment


Newly-elected to the Syrian National Coalition, Sheikh Mohammad al-Yaqoubi is moderate, influential, and ready to go to work


From the beginning of the uprising, mainstream Syrian Sunni ‘ulema—the traditional scholars who have spoken for Islam for centuries and who most Syrians recognize as the quintessential voices for religious interpretation—have been marginalized in the Syrian opposition, as Islamists of Salafi and Muslim Brotherhood persuasion steamrolled their way to dominance in both the SNC and the National Coalition. But an emerging Sufi current within the Syrian resistance could soon provide an alternative to Muslim Brotherhood hegemony and change the dynamics of the political opposition.

Sheikh Muhammad al-Ya’qoubi has just been elected to the National Coalition, the first figure of the Sufi ‘ulema to break through the Islamist exclusivity that has kept them out until now. His appointment will be announced shortly at a National Coalition conference. Along with other Sufi sheikhs, al-Ya’qoubi is heading up efforts to solidify a Sufi bloc of political leadership and nationalist-oriented rebel groups fighting in Syria who give allegiance to the leadership of Sufi ‘ulema. He also supports efforts to train Syrian rebels in Jordan.

Early on in the uprising, the Muslim Brotherhood worked to dominate the political opposition. The SNC primarily consisted of parties loyal to the Muslim Brotherhood. The National Coalition was later created to break this one-sided disparity, but ended up being dominated by others with Muslim Brotherhood connections, as well.

Sheikh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi

Sheikh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi

While this was the reality of the external opposition, an imbalance also formed on the ground inside Syria, as Islamist rebels received more foreign support and rose to prominence. Sheikh al-Ya’qoubi feels that the U.S. made the mistake of “leaving of the ‘Syrian file’ to the regional powers,” which allowed this trend to intensify as Gulf powers targeted Islamist groups with their aid. Qatar and Saudi Arabia have been primarily involved in arming rebels, but the Saudis recently pulled back their level of support. They have an ambivalent relationship with Islamist movements; on the one hand, they support the proliferation of one of the most extreme and anti-Sufi forms of Islam, Wahhabism, throughout the Muslim world. Simultaneously, they fear Islamist movements such as the MB who pose a political threat to monarchy. As the character of the militarized opposition has evolved increasingly toward Islamism, with a recent climax of Jabhat al-Nusra announcing allegiance to al-Qaida and declaring an Islamic state in Syria, reports suggested that the Saudis decided to cut off support they had been offering.

Declining aid, however, has ironically resulted in the end of much of the support that nationalist-oriented rebels were receiving, and many rebels have complained that the remaining contributions from Qatar are reaching only the Islamist fighters. Continuing trends solidifying Islamist domination of both the political and military oppositions have further weakened the desire of the international community for intervention in Syria, though the fact that several regions are now controlled by al-Qaida-linked groups has prompted some to call for the preparation of a drone strategy for Syria, prompting fears that it will end up looking like another Afghanistan.

Sheikh Muhammad al-Ya’qoubi’s entrance into the political opposition marks a development running counter to the dominant Islamist trend. Al-Ya’qoubi is respected as one of the leading scholars and Sufi clerics in Syria, and has been ranked as the second-most influential Muslim religious figure of the country. The brand of Islam he represents is expressed in a statement of sympathy he issued following the Boston Bombing. He studied in the West and is fluent in English and Swedish.

Traditional ‘ulema like Sheikh al-Ya’qoubi served for centuries as the interpreters of Islamic sources and traditions, but after the fall of the last Islamic empire, the process of modernization that accompanied the rise of the nation state presented a challenge to their role of traditional authority. The erosion of their power was further aggravated by the emergence of Islamist movements like the Muslim Brotherhood who introduced new interpretations of Islamic texts, contrary to the classical traditions that had existed for centuries.

Under the Ba’athists, some of Syria’s ‘ulema became seen as coopted figures who stayed close to the regime and lent it legitimacy. Others however, remained at arm’s length from the regime, and when the uprising began, they asserted their criticism of it, as did Sheikh al-Ya’qoubi. In addition to his widespread recognition among Syria’s majority Sunni Muslims, his credibility is bolstered by being the cleric who issued the first fatwa against Bashar al-Assad, in July of 2011.

After publically criticizing the regime’s violence against demonstrators in two sermons delivered at mosques in April and May 2011, he fled Syria and issued his fatwa against the regime. Sheikh al-Ya’qoubi represents the kind of moderate, traditional Islam that most Syrians are familiar with, the Islam challenged by both the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafists. Though taking an unambiguous stance against the regime’s violence, injustice, and terror, he also continues to exert his influence encouraging rebels to avoid terrorism through fatwas condemning tactics such as car-bombings, kidnapping, landmines, the killing of prisoners, and violence against non-combatants politically aligned with the regime. Sheikh al-Ya’qoubi has combatted the fatwas of extremist clerics who have called for the targeted sectarian killing of Alawite women and children by issuing his own fatwas prohibiting the killing of civilians of the Alawite minority. He maintains a very clear position defending the rights of all minorities, including those condemned by extremists as heterodox.

Sheikh al-Ya’qoubi also differs with the Islamist agenda to “Islamize” Syria’s laws. The Muslim Brotherhood and Salafist groups promote a kind of activism that seeks to implement a greater degree of Islamic law in the state. The growing use of “Islamic law” by Jabhat al-Nusra and other Islamist groups in territory controlled by rebels likely prompted the announcement by Mu’az al-Khatib of an effort to introduce a “code” of Islamic law sanctioned by the opposition that the rebels could implement—an apparent attempt to assuage this desire manifesting in a stampede toward “shari’a” while ensuring that such a law would be relatively moderate. Where does Sheikh al-Ya’qoubi stand on this issue? He thinks Syria’s current family laws are just fine, and are already sufficiently compatible with the shari’a. He also believes that legal reform should not be pursued before a constitutionally-based committee can be formed which would tackle any needed changes, after the regime has fallen and a new Syrian government has been created.

Despite being well-known in Syria and playing an important role in the history of the uprising, Sheikh al-Ya’qoubi and other Sufi ‘ulema like him have been excluded from the political opposition. Desperation following the slow, groaning crisis of the opposition’s ineffectiveness, as well as fears that figures like al-Ya’qoubi may band together and form an alternative opposition have led to his appointment to the National Coalition, following a letter he drafted to Mu’az al-Khatib, signed by 25 Sufi sheikhs and containing an ultimatum about the need for their participation in the political process.

One obvious question is: what level of real influence will the Sheikh have? Does his participation mark the beginning of a trend, or will he merely be the NC’s token member of the ‘ulema?

In addition to having already played an important role throughout the uprising, Sheikh al-Ya’qoubi and other Sufi leaders have been building influence lately, working together for about six months to form an umbrella organization for rebel groups comprised of Sunnis and Sufis aligned with Syria’s mainstream values, rather than Islamist agendas. The organization is called the Movement for Building Civilization. He and his peers have produced a charter document which rebels groups can sign, pledging agreement with a set of foundational principles, including:

  1. Removing the regime while not destroying the state—protecting public institutions;
  2. The rejection of revenge, retaliation, and execution during the uprising, keeping the trials of war criminals for after the collapse of the regime and the establishment of a new government;
  3. After the collapse of the regime, rebel groups should cease to carry arms and their members should return to civilian life or join the national army;
  4. All ethnic and religious communities are to be defended as equal citizens under the law;
  5. No ethnic or religious group is to be held responsible for the crimes of the regime;
  6. A future Syrian government must operate according to a separation of judicial, legislative, and executive powers;
  7. The future government must be a democracy of political multiplicity and the 1950 Constitution should be in effect during the interim period until a new parliament is elected and a new constitution is agreed upon.

Many young sheikhs who joined the Syrian uprising are frustrated with their lack of options regarding conservative political movements to be aligned with. The three main options are Salafis, Hezb al-Tahrir, and Muslim Brotherhood movements, none of which well-represent mainstream Syrian Sunnis who look for the legitimacy of ‘ulema leadership. This concern was a primary motivation for the creation of the Movement for Building Civilization. Al-Ya’qoubi and the sheikhs he works with are in contact with over 200 rebel groups who consult them regarding principles, goals, and methods, but many of these groups are disillusioned with the inability of the Sufi and ‘ulema leadership to offer them any kind of practical monetary support. Lacking funding, groups that would like to follow moderate figures of the ‘ulema will remain vulnerable to recruitment by Islamist forces.

The formation of a Sufi bloc within the opposition could provide an alternative to the Muslim Brotherhood, one that would represent far greater numbers of Syrians. Sheikh Ya’qoubi has stated that he supports a government in which the Muslim Brotherhood can operate, but that he opposes a monopoly of any one faction. He told me in a recent conversation: “We may have to deal with an Ikhwaani prime minister in the future Syria. That is democracy. But the real question is: will the government be of all one color, or will it be inclusive?”

There’s no question about which demographic will win this war: the next power in Syria will be Sunni. And the question goes beyond “how big” a Sunni win will occur. The real question is: which Sunni group’s brand of Islam will define the political paradigm of the new state? The influence of ‘ulema who respect Syria’s diversity, promote a tolerant social sphere, and support an inclusive government structure will be extremely important in the nation’s future, and the international community should be in conversation with them.


Addendum: see the following post for an update on how Yaqoubi, though confirmed as a new member of the NC, subsequently had his appointment reversed at an opposition conference in Istanbul.

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351. apple_mini said:

When the west are saying they are very concerned about the Syria war spilling into Lebanon and Iraq, they kinda use this argument to warn the regime and looking for excuse for direct intervention. But in reality, we know for sure unrest and war will spill into Iraq and Lebanon if the rebels wins in Syria. On the other hand, if the regime can hold its ground, Iraq and Lebanon will do just fine. I would say those countries will be almost problem-free.

When the opposition accuse the regime and Hezbollah for agitating sectarian conflict, do they know the very reason that Hezbollah being involved in Syrian conflict is that the overwhelming my dominating Sunni rebels have been raging a sectarian war in Syria.

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May 26th, 2013, 3:29 pm


352. The Hunchbacked Mufti of Homs said:


“Qusayr is a done deal – it has already fallen. Those who remain inside are waiting for the Grim Reaper to enter and collect their souls for Jahannam. They have no hope.”

Not so fast, slick. There might be a power out there ready to intervene on behalf of the defenders. The Turks, for example. Or those al Qaeda lads in Iraq. Or the Sunnis in Lebanon. Like the song says, the darkest hour is just before dawn.

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May 26th, 2013, 3:37 pm


353. Juergen said:

Tripoli Lebanon, this is what Shabiha finds is a child worthy game

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May 26th, 2013, 3:50 pm


355. The Hunchbacked Mufti of Homs said:

More on Generalissimo Reverso’s Battle for Qusayr

…a well-placed source reported that Sheikh Nasrallah has initially tried to minimise his group’s involvement in Syria. But after receiving orders from Iran, Hizbollah’s deputy leader, Naim Qassam, sanctioned military operations without Nasrallah’s full consent. The missile strikes against Hizbollah in Lebanon will add to the sense of urgency at a high-level meeting on Syria in Brussels on Monday, where Britain will attempt to persuade other European nations to relax the EU embargo on arming Syrian rebels. William Hague, the British Foreign Secretary, believes that arming more secular factions of the rebel movement is now necessary to curb the rising influence of groups linked to al-Qaeda.


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May 26th, 2013, 4:01 pm


356. ann said:


11 killed as “Syria rebels”, Kurds clash – May 27, 2013

KURDISH militants are battling rebels in northern Syria near the border with Turkey a day after deadly clashes killed 11 insurgents

Sunday’s fighting in Ras al-Ein village near the border with Turkey pitted militants of the People’s Protection Committees (YPG) – the armed group of the main Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) – against rebels battling to overthrow Assad’s regime, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

“It came after an attack launched last night (Saturday) by the (jihadist) Al-Nusra Front against an YPG position and abductions by Kurds of the jihadists,” the Observatory said in a statement.

“Fighting last night in the Afrin region between PYD armed wing the People’s Protection Committees (YPG) and rebels left 11 dead and 20 wounded” among rebel forces.

A YPG militant told AFP the fighting erupted when the pro-Muslim Brotherhood armed group, Liwa al-Tawhid, “stormed our village and demanded they take over one of our checkpoints”.

“They accused YPG fighters of allowing resident of Nabel (a majority Shi’ite village) safe passage across the checkpoints,” the Kurdish militant said.

The Kurdish militant said Liwa al-Tawhid insurgents pounded their positions, wounding several YPG fighters.

The Observatory also reported clashes in the same area of Aleppo province several days previously at a checkpoint installed by rebel forces south of the town of Kubani, without saying whether there were any casualties.


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May 26th, 2013, 4:14 pm


357. revenire said:

SAA on manhunt for the wounded cannibal!

Syria Report Source: Syrian army elite unit is “looking forward” to capturing the notorious “cannibal” Abu Sakkar who was recorded eating the internal organs of a dead Syrian soldier. Army engineers are dealing with a booy-trap IED in a house, referring to it as an “Al-Qaeda Death Trap”. The battle for the final 20% of the city continues.

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May 26th, 2013, 4:31 pm


358. Tara said:


The appropriate thing for you is not to say alhamdulilah. It is: praise Jesus.

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May 26th, 2013, 4:32 pm


359. The Hunchbacked Mufti of Homs said:

The darkest hour is just before dawn…

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May 26th, 2013, 4:35 pm


360. The Hunchbacked Mufti of Homs said:

The darkest hour is just before dawn…

Click on ‘Watch on YouTube’

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May 26th, 2013, 4:40 pm


361. ann said:


West concerned as Europe Muslims join Syria fight – 05/26/2013

Intelligence information indicates a rise in European Muslims travelling to Syria to join Islamic groups fighting the Assad regime

Western leaders are concerned about the increasing amount of European Muslims who are fighting in Syria for ideological reasons. Since the fall of 2012, intelligence information indicates a rise in European Muslims travelling to Syria in order to join Islamic groups fighting the Assad regime. Hundreds of Muslims from the United Kingdom, Ireland, France and Belgium, among other places, are reported to have left for Syria over the last year. In the Netherlands, the amount has increased from a few dozen a couple of months ago, to at least one hundred in April 2013.

In March 2013, video footage appeared of Dutch-speaking Islamist fighters active in Syria. About a hundred Dutch jihadists are said to have joined radical combat groups such as Jabhat al-Nusra, which they themselves refer to as ‘an Islamic resistance army.’ Their objective in travelling to Syria is to help “their brothers and sisters” in their struggle against the Assad regime. Among them are boys and girls in their twenties, especially but not exclusively from the cities of Delft, the Hague and Rotterdam. So far, at least two Dutchmen have been killed in Syria, the 21-year old Mourad and the 20-year old Soufian.

The jihadists are from various ethnic backgrounds – Moroccan, Turkish, Kurdish or other – but also include converts to Islam. One convert planning to travel to Syria told his story during an interview on Dutch television in March. The 26-year-old Rogier converted to Islam two years ago and quickly radicalized. In a recording that he had prepared by a way of a farewell message to his parents, he declared that he had answered Allah’s call and had left in order to stand by the Muslims who are suppressed in Syria. In the interview, he explains that he “could not sit and watch his sisters in Syria being raped and his brothers being beheaded,” convinced that it is his duty “to defend his brothers and sisters.” Radical youth romanticize the battle in Syria but are likely to be disillusioned once they arrive, often having barely any knowledge of Arabic and lacking combat experience. The parents they leave behind have stated in interviews that they are extremely worried. One Belgian father personally travelled to Syria to find his 18-year-old son, contacting leaders of rebel groups in a desperate attempt to locate his child.

The Dutch government fears that that those who leave for Syria will return to the Netherlands traumatized, even more radicalized, and trained in the use of weapons and explosives, posing a threat to home security. The shooting attack in Toulouse in 2012 is seen as a precedent for possible incidents: the perpetrator, a Muslim of Algerian origin, is said to have radicalized both in prison and as a result of his journeys to Afghanistan and Pakistan. German and Austrian police have already carried out arrests among jihadists who have returned from Syria and are suspected of planning attacks on European soil. Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Frans Timmermans expressed worries about the trend during a meeting with European colleagues, noting that “once this youth returns, they are likely to be traumatized and brainwashed, and may pose a potential security risk in the Netherlands.” The Belgian and Danish ministers shared his concerns. However, no concrete measures have been taken on the European level to counter the trend.

The Dutch General Intelligence Security Services (AIVD) and counterterrorism experts give several possibilities regarding the means of recruiting jihadists for the war in Syria. It is believed that youth are primarily attracted by Internet propaganda. It has also been reported that Dutch radical Islamist movements such as Sharia4Holland, Street Dawa and Behind Bars play an active role in promoting the jihad in Syria among Dutch Muslims. The same phenomenon is apparent in Belgium, where Sharia4Belgium has been distributing pamphlets and reaching out to youth in and around the mosque for the same purpose.

As for the role of mosques, the Dutch security services estimates their involvement limited to a facilitation of the goals set by radical Muslims themselves. According to security officials, recruits are likely to have ‘self-radicalized’, while the mosque may have facilitated their plans by providing them with contacts or travel instructions once they have already made their decision to leave. Moreover, Dutch imams have recently started to explicitly call on Muslims not to travel to Syria. Yet, there are exceptions too: for instance, the ‘Al-Qibla mosque’ in the Dutch town of Zoetermeer, which is run by an Iraqi imam, is suspected of having played a role in radicalizing the 21-year old Soufian who has been reported death.

The Dutch AIVD closely monitors people suspected of planning to travel to Syria. Over the past months, a handful of suspects has been arrested and prevented from exiting the country. However, the liberal Dutch legislation imposes limitations on taking strict measures against Dutch Muslims seeking to join the fighting in Syria. Members of Dutch Parliament have called for the withdrawal of the passports of people who are caught – not necessarily implying the withdrawal of their citizenship.


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May 26th, 2013, 4:42 pm


362. ghufran said:

The involvement of Hizbullah in Qsair is not good for anybody even if it produces short-term gains, however, that involvement was a disaster waiting to happen after the influx of jihadists from Lebanon and the attacks on shia villages and people. There are people who have a genuine interest in making this a sunni-shia war to benefit Israel and weaken Iran, freedom and democracy are empty slogans now,that adds one more reason to negotiate an end to this war.
The NC has not given an answer about Geneva yet, KSA is said to be pushing for a more inclusive NC to make the US happy, but Turkey and Qatar are not interested, this clearly shows how the expat opposition operates and why it is irrelevant today.
The honey moon between rebels and the kurds may be coming to an end, two serious incidents reported in the last 24 hours, this is one of hem:
محافظة الحسكة – المرصد السوري لحقوق الإنسان:: تدور اشتباكات عنيفة بين وحدات حماية الشعب والكتائب المقاتلة على حاجز تل حلف في مدينة رأس العين، وأنباء عن استشهاد أربعة مقاتلين من الكتائب المقاتلة، بعد هجوم للكتائب المقاتلة على حاجز لوحدات حماية الشعب في قرية بعيرير القريبة من بلدة أبو راسين بين مدينتي تل تمر ورأس العين، كما كانت اشتباكات قد اندلعت بين الكتائب المقاتلة ووحدات حماية الشعب في منطقة عفرين بريف حلب، واستشهد مقاتل من وحدات حماية الشعب الكردي خلال اشتباكات اليوم في المنطقة ، حيث لا تزال الاشتباكات مستمرة بشكل متقطع حتى الآن
Kurds supreme council wants to participate in Geneva, but as of now the NC does not want them to be part of their team !!

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May 26th, 2013, 4:45 pm


363. Uzair8 said:

An interesting comment on a radio discussion on the aftermath of the Woolwich attack:

Imam Asad Zaman:

In terms of connecting religion with what’s happened and these sort of people that indulge in this sort of behaviour, MI5’s own Behavioural Science Unit in June 2008 said ‘Far from being religious zealots a large number of those involved in terrorism do not practice their faith regularly. And indeed more interestingly..’ they continue to say ‘…very few have been brought up in strongly religious households. There is evidence that a well established religious identity actually protects against violent radicalisation.’

Comment at 2:14:16 on BBC Radio 5:

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May 26th, 2013, 4:49 pm


364. Tara said:

The involvement of HA and Hassan’ vows for victory will trigger a universal call ipon Muslims for Jihad to protect the people. The responsibility to protect is universal and the “hadd” is now established.

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May 26th, 2013, 4:51 pm


365. ann said:

Humanitarian AID To Al-Qaeda in Syria 😉

Germany to send bulletproof vests to Syria militants: Report – Sunday May 26, 2013

A report says that Germany plans to send hundreds of bulletproof vests to militants fighting against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

According to the report due to be published in Der Spiegel magazine on Monday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government also plans to send medical supplies, known as “Medipacks,” to the foreign-backed militants.

This comes after the head of Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service (BND), Gerhard Schindler, visited Syria to discuss the presence of German extremists in the Arab country.

On May 10, Schindler met with the chief of the Syrian national security agency, Ali Mamluk, and other Syrian officials in Damascus.

The visit comes after Berlin expressed concerns about the return of German extremists who have been fighting against the government of President Bashar al-Assad along with foreign-backed militants including the terrorist al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front.


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May 26th, 2013, 4:54 pm


366. revenire said:


Bashar Assad and a loyal Syrian army continue to make gains in the battle against terrorist bands sponsored by the US, NATO, the Gulf Cooperative Council, Turkey and Israel. If you do not understand why this is important for the prospect of democracy in your nation, you need to hear the story.

Syria is the front line against expansion of the global corporate Empire that is seeking to create a permanent fascist New World Order. If they succeed, freedom and democracy will die everywhere and the only means of resistance will be violent. Such a world society would be the end of civilization as we know it.

Join us on SFPI Radio on May 25 at 10 AM PST/ 1 PM EST. Our guest will be Syrian-American attorney, Ba’ath Party member, PhD candidate in Mideast Studies and blogger Ziad Fadel. He will help us put this bewildering series of actions into context.

Check out Ziad’s blog Syrian Perspective here for more information.

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May 26th, 2013, 5:02 pm


367. revenire said:

Ghufran no, the involvement of Hezbollah is GOOD for everyone. I knew you were against Syria but you played your cards close to the vest for a long time. Now we see your true colors.

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May 26th, 2013, 5:05 pm


368. Dawoud said:

Attn: Mathew Barber


The story that I am posting below about the leader of the Lebanese terrorist militia, which is now invading al-Qasir and Syria, is very important. Given the current unfortunate sectarian divisions in Syria and the Middle East, this story about him is very relevant to his involvement in Syria. You should write a whole post on it! When a leader says that Iran’s Wilayet al-Faqih is more important to him that Lebanon, one should keep this in mind while analyzing the Lebanese Shia terrorist militia’s current involvement in Syria!

Please make Professor Landis aware of it.


Top Secret Video released showing a video of Hasan the Devil حسن نصرالشيطان showing him propagating for “one Islamic state in the world ruled by Wilayat al-faqih!” I guess his speech yesterday wasn’t unexpected from a filthy sectarian! He also said that his allegiance is NOT to Lebanon, but to Iran’s Wilayat al-Faqih Shia theocracy!

آخر تحديث: الأحد 16 رجب 1434هـ – 26 مايو 2013م KSA 18:39 – GMT 15:39
حسن نصر الله: “الولي الفقيه” هو حاكم البلاد الإسلامية
قال إن لبنان جزء من الجمهورية الكبرى التي يحكمها صاحب الزمان ونائبه الخميني

لوجه الذي ظهر به الأمين العام لحزب الله، السيد حسن نصر الله، ليلة السبت إلى الأحد، حيث اعترف بالقتال لأول مرة في سوريا، أي خارج حدود دولة لبنان، له رواسب “عقائدية” عمرها عقود من الزمن، بالنسبة لشخص يرى في لبنان جزءاً من “الدولة الإسلامية الكبرى” وليست دولة مستقلة أو حتى دولة إسلامية.
وفي فيديو منشور على الإنترنت، اعتبر حسن نصر الله أن الولي الفقيه هو الحاكم الفعلي لكل البلاد الإسلامية، وهي البلاد التي يوجد بها مسلمون أينما كانوا، حيث قال: “بخصوص صلاحية ولاية الفقيه في تعيين الحكام ويعطيهم الشرعية في جميع البلاد الإسلامية، فنعم، لأن ولايته ليست محدودة بحدود جغرافية، فولايته ممتدة بامتداد المسلمين”.
وتزامن خطاب نصر الله، عن سوريا ليلة السبت إلى الأحد، مع نشر نشطاء على الإنترنت فيديو يظهر فيه حسن نصر الله وهو يشرح استراتيجية حزب الله وعلاقته المتينة مع إيران، وأكثر من ذلك، أظهر حسن نصر الله ولاءه التام لـ”الولي الفقيه” وصاحب الزمان.
استراتيجية الحزب
وفي هذا الإطار، قال حسن نصر الله رداً على مجموعة أسئلة تخص استراتيجية الحزب، إن “مشروعنا الذي لا خيار لنا أن نتبنى غيره، كوننا مؤمنين عقائديين، هو مشروع دولة إسلامية وحكم الإسلام، وأن يكون لبنان ليس جمهورية إسلامية واحدة وإنما جزء من الجمهورية الإسلامية الكبرى، التي يحكمها صاحب الزمان ونائبه بالحق، الولي الفقيه الإمام الخميني”.
ويظهر في كلام نصر الله إلغاء تام لفكرة الدولة المدنية في لبنان، فهو يرى أن لبنان ليست سوى جزء من دولة إسلامية كبرى تقودها إيران. وحاكم هذه الدولة هو “صاحب الزمان”، وله نائب بالحق اسمه الإمام الخميني. وقياساً على القاعدة، فنائب “صاحب الحق” اليوم هو مرشد الثورة الإيرانية علي خامنئي.
ورداً على سؤال يخصّ علاقة حزب الله بالجمهورية الإسلامية بقيادة الثورة الإسلامية في إيران، قال نصر الله: “هذه العلاقة أيها الإخوة بالنسبة لنا، فأنا واحد من الذين يعملون في مسيرة حزب الله، وفي أجهزته العاملة، لا أبقى لحظة واحدة في أجهزته لو لم يكن لدي يقين قاطع بأن هذه الأجهزة تتصل عبر مراتب إلى الولي الفقيه القائد المبرئ لذمة الملزم قراره.. بالنسبة لنا هذا أمر مقطوع ومُطمأن به”.
ويظهر هنا لدى حسن نصر الله إيمان راسخ بولاية الفقيه، وبسلطته المعنوية عليه شخصيا وعلى تنظيم حزب الله.

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May 26th, 2013, 5:16 pm


369. Dawoud said:

358. Tara

Yes, or the pro-dictator Ann should say: “praise Ali Khameini” 🙂

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May 26th, 2013, 5:20 pm


370. revenire said:

Dave your video didn’t embed. Maybe try one of your favorites – we’ve only seen them 48 times already.

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May 26th, 2013, 5:32 pm


371. Citizen said:

at the trebune of terrorism: in the World Summit on Counter-Terrorism Our Russian Sergey Kurginyan with the difficult English is trying to drain the juice of brain !

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May 26th, 2013, 5:45 pm


372. revenire said:

This made me laugh because it is so true:

“Hizbullah fighters and sources in Western media
The citation of Hizbullah fighters FROM Qusayr, mind you, has been comical. Basically, Hizbullah fighters have been calling Western reporters, especially those who are close to Israel and its interests, like Nicholas Blanford, to basically tell them this: we are in deep sh_t. We are really not doing well. This is a mess. The other side are brave and great fighters. We are cowards and suffering a lot. And they end each call with this: Hizbullah approves this message.”

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May 26th, 2013, 6:30 pm


373. dawoud said:

More on the terrorist Hasan the Devil: He wants Imam Khomeini the Iranian to rule Lebanon!

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May 26th, 2013, 6:49 pm


374. revenire said:

That would be okay with me.

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May 26th, 2013, 7:01 pm


375. ann said:

Aleppo : From Resistance to Victory – May 26, 2013

SyriaTube | Aleppo : From Resistance to Victory / حلب: من المقاومة إلى النصر

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May 26th, 2013, 7:16 pm


376. ann said:


Report: Rocket fired from Lebanon toward Israel – 11 minutes ago

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s state-run National News Agency says a rocket has been fired from southern Lebanon towards Israel.

The news agency said the rocket was fired late Sunday night from a location near the southern town of Marjayoun, about six miles (10 kilometers) north of the Israeli border.

It was not immediately clear who fired the rocket or whether it caused any damage or casualties. There was no immediate comment from Israel.

In addition to the Shiite Muslim Hezbollah group, militant Palestinian groups are known to operate in south Lebanon.


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May 26th, 2013, 7:25 pm


377. ann said:

FSA [Terrorists] Denies Involvement In Beirut Rocket Attacks – May 26, 2013

The Free Syrian Army chief of staff denied that his organisation had any involvement in the rocket attacks that struck southern Beirut on Sunday morning, Al Arabiya reported.


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May 26th, 2013, 7:32 pm


378. ann said:

6 killed in car bomb blast near Syrian capital – 2013-05-27

DAMASCUS, May 26 (Xinhua) — At least six people were killed and 10 others wounded when a booby-trapped car went off Sunday evening in a southern suburb of the Syrian capital Damascus, the pro-government Sham FM radio reported.

The blast’s exact location couldn’t be determined but the car bomb went off in the southern suburb of Kisweh, according to the report.

Similar explosions used to target military checkpoints and the government always blames al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front of being behind them.

The blast came as the Syrian army was making strides in battling the western-backed rebels, particularly in the central city of al-Qussair where at least 50 rebels were killed on Sunday alone.


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May 26th, 2013, 7:39 pm


379. Dawoud said:

A principled courageous Shia cleric, Ali al-Amin, criticizes the participation of the Lebanese Shia TERRORIST party Hizbass of Hasan the Devil حسن نصر الشيطان in Syria fight!

علي الأمين ينتقد مشاركة حزب الله في القتال بسوريا
فتفت: نصر الله هو المستفيد الأول لما حدث في لبنان وتصريحاته غير مسؤولة

انتقد المرجع الديني اللبناني، علي الأمين، تصريحات الأمين العام لحزب الله، حسن نصر الله، المتعلقة بخوض عناصره القتال في سوريا.
وحذر الأمين، في حديث لـ”العربية”، من مشاركة أحزاب لبنانية، لا سيما حزب الله، في القتال في سوريا، متوقعاً أن ينتقل القتال إلى لبنان.
وفي حديث لـ”العربية” قال النائب في البرلمان اللبناني، أحمد فتفت، إن “ما حدث هو جريمة فعلية، وهذا ما رأته جميع القوى السياسية في لبنان”، مؤكداً أن “المستفيد الأول حسن نصر الله، الذي يريد أن يبرهن على وجود قوة تريد الشر بالطائفة الشيعية”.
وأضاف “هناك شك كبير بأن الصواريخ التي أحدثت التفجير مصدرها حزب الله”، مستنداً بذلك إلى وجود الحزب في منطقة التفجير وسيطرته عليها خلال أحداث مايو/أيار 2008، متسائلاً: هل افتعل حزب الله القضية لمكسب سياسي؟
وأوضح فتفت أن ما قاله نصر الله “كلام غير مسؤول”، موضحاً أن القتال اللبناني في سوريا سيتسلل إلى داخل لبنان، الأمر الذي يريده نصر الله، لاعتقاده بأنه يملك الإمكانيات، فمنذ سنوات وحسن يسعى لتدمير الدولة اللبنانية، وفرض سيطرته عليها، بحسب تعبيره.
من جهة أخرى، هناك أطراف سياسية وتحليلية شيعية تقول إن حزب الله ليس بحاجة إلى أن يقوم بهذا العمل حتى يستقطب التعاطف، فضلاً عن أن هناك جهات أخرى مستفيدة لتفريق الشيعة، أو رداً لما قاله نصر الله “حاربونا في سوريا وليس في لبنان”، وهو سنحاربك في لبنان وسوريا.

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May 26th, 2013, 7:42 pm


380. revenire said:

Preach it brother Dave!

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May 26th, 2013, 7:49 pm


381. Dawoud said:

More on Hasan the Devil. The Lebanese TV presenter exposes the hypocrisy of Hasan the Devil of Hizbass by showing that he supports the Syrian dictator, whose forces beat Syrian demonstrators and force them to say prayers the murderous Syrian dictator (they force them to say “there is no God, but Bashar al-Assad!” Shame on them and shame on the Lebanese Shia Terrorist Hasan the Devil for supporting him. The TV anchor warns viewers that the pictures are very graphic and children should not see them!

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May 26th, 2013, 7:54 pm


382. dawoud said:

Hasan the Devil’s Hypocrisy. The Lebanese TV presenter exposes the hypocrisy of Hasan the Devil of Hizbass by showing that he supports the Syrian dictator, whose forces beat Syrian demonstrators and force them to say prayers the murderous Syrian dictator (they force them to say “there is no God, but Bashar al-Assad!” Shame on them and shame on the Lebanese Shia Terrorist Hasan the Devil for supporting him. The TV anchor warns viewers that the pictures are very graphic and children should not see them!

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May 26th, 2013, 7:57 pm


383. Dawoud said:


P.S., my above post/comment shows that I am NOT against ALL Shia or Shiites, I am ONLY against Shiite who support the Syrian murderous dictator-like Hasan the Devil and his Lebanese terrorists.

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May 26th, 2013, 8:12 pm


384. dawoud said:


—–P.S., my above post/comment shows that I am NOT against ALL Shia or Shiites, I am ONLY against Shiites who support the Syrian murderous dictator-like Hasan the Devil and his Lebanese terrorists.

انا لست ضد كل الشيعه, أنا فقط ضد الشيعه الذين يدعمون ديكتاتور سوريا المجرم, مثل حسن نصر الشيطان

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May 26th, 2013, 8:13 pm


385. revenire said:

Gee, Dave what political association could that Lebanese fellow be part of? The US-backed March 14 Alliance?

The Future Movement of Saad Hariri, himself implicated in arming Takfiri terrorists in Syria, right Dave?

Now why would anyone believe THAT?

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May 26th, 2013, 8:22 pm


386. revenire said:

Dave put a sectarian spin on this one. Maybe say the Iraqi army is “Shia” or something?

HNN Homs News Network

Special Black Forces from the Iraqi Army have seized control of the largest Al-Qaeda Terrorist Training Camp in the “Al-Anbar” Desert near the border with Syria, in a major stealth Operation which began yesterday, and involved more than twenty thousand Troops to secure Al-Anbar desert from Al-Qaeda Terrorists …


Syria24 Arabic

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May 26th, 2013, 8:51 pm


387. revenire said:

“With just two words, I can muster tens of thousands of volunteers to fight for Bashar Assad.” – Sayyed Nasrallah

Nasrallah said that he receives daily letters from parents begging him to send their only sons to fight in Syria.

To victory!

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May 26th, 2013, 9:22 pm


388. Ghufran said:

Ford according to reports spoke in Arabic , at the end 8 new members were added to the nc including Jamal Slaiman who has not said anything yet about his inclusion in the nc.
Even after ford pressured the nc to add few women, less than 10% of the nc higher body are women:
قال رئيس المكتب الاعلامي “لهيئة التنسيق الوطنية لقوى التغيير الديمقراطي المعارضة” منذر خدام الاحد٢٦/٥/٢٠١٣، إن السفير الامريكي السابق في دمشق روبرت فورد وصف الائتلاف الوطني لقوى الثورة والمعارضة بأنه “حيض”.
وكتب خدام في صفحته على موقع التواصل الاجتماعي “فيسبوك”: “البارحة تابعت السيد زهير سالم الناطق الرسمي باسم جماعة الاخوان المسلمين على قناة الحوار التلفزيونية وقد بدا متوترا، بل معصباً، وهو يجيب على أسئلة مضيفه حول مواقف الإتلاف من مؤتمر جنيف2”.
وأضاف المعارض السوري: “لقد إستخدم (سالم) عبارات غير مألوفة منه وهو يتحدث عن تدخل الأخرين في شؤون الإئتلاف(…) أغلب الظن ليس هذا هو السبب الحقيقي فالإئتلاف كما المجلس قبله لم يملك يوماً إرادة سياسية مستقلة وهذا ما جاهر به بعض قادته”.
وأشار خدام إلى أن “أغلب الظن إن السبب وراء تعصيب زهير سالم هو نعت روبرت فورد الإئتلاف بأنه “حيض”.” مضيفا “ولو خسئت يا سيد روبرت فورد، معقول هالكلام منك !!!!”.

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May 26th, 2013, 9:49 pm


389. revenire said:

The Failed Syria Army is going to take on THESE guys?

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May 26th, 2013, 10:09 pm


390. Ziad said:

Rand Paul: Senate Is Arming Al-Qaeda and Rushing to War in Syria

“This is an important moment. You will be funding, today, the allies of al Qaeda.”

That was the declaration Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.; pictured) made on May 21 during a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Paul’s comments were directed at his colleagues, nearly all of whom voted to send arms to Syrian rebels.

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May 26th, 2013, 10:23 pm


391. Ziad said:

حسين مرتضى – تقرير ميداني من القصير 26-05-2013

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May 26th, 2013, 10:30 pm


392. Ziad said:

REV #387

Nice interview. Fawwaz Trabulsi is great. Thankx for posting it.

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May 26th, 2013, 10:43 pm


393. Dawoud said:

Free Syria, Free Palestine, Stop Hizbass terrorist occupation of al-Qasir!

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May 26th, 2013, 11:03 pm


394. Ziad said:

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz is reported to be clinically dead as the monarch is not recently seen in the public.

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah clinically dead: Report says

A Saudi journalist working for London-Based Asharq Alawsat says the Saudi monarch has been clinically dead since Wednesday.

He also quoted medical sources in Saudi Arabia as saying that the king’s vital organs, including his heart, kidneys and lungs, have stopped functioning.

Doctors are said to have used a defibrillator on him several times. He is also reported to be alive with the help of a ventilator.

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May 26th, 2013, 11:11 pm


395. Dawoud said:

6 days of resisting the terrorist occupation of Lebanon’s Shia Hizbass and the dictator’s air force/artillery: besieged al-Qasir is still resisting the terrorist Hizbass occupiers!

22 Hizbass terrorists killed today in al-Qasir! Good Riddance to terrorist sectarian occupiers!

آخر تحديث: الأحد 16 رجب 1434هـ – 26 مايو 2013م KSA 21:19 – GMT 18:19
حزب الله اللبناني يسجل خسائر بشرية جديدة في القصير
الجيش الحر ينجح في صد هجوم جديد لقوات الحزب في اليوم السادس على التوالي

لقي 22 مقاتلاً من حزب الله اللبناني مصرعهم في المعارك الدائرة في القصير بريف محافظة حمص السورية، بحسب ما أفاد مصدر مقرب من الحزب.
وأشار المصدر إلى ارتفاع عدد قتلى الحزب منذ بدء مشاركته في المعارك داخل سوريا قبل أشهر إلى 110 عناصر.
وذكرت المصادر الإعلامية للمعارضة السورية أن الجيش السوري الحر يتصدى لليوم السادس على التوالي لمحاولات حزب الله والنظام اقتحام المدينة.
وتركزت محاولات الاقتحام الأخيرة من جانب قوات حزب الله على قرى الضبعة والحميدية الواقعة في الريف الشمالي للقصير، لكن قوات الجيش الحر نجحت بصدهم وإبعادهم عن القرى.
كما شهدت تلك البلدات خمس غارات جوية لطيران النظام، 3 منها على مطار الضبعة المحرر، الذي نفى ناشطون ما نقله الإعلام الرسمي التابع للنظام السوري عن اقتحامه من قبل الجيش السوري.
وإلى ذلك، تشن قوات النظام السورية غارات على القصير كغطاء جوي لقوات حزب الله الذي يحاول التوغل في المدينة.
ونجح الجيش السوري الحر، ليل السبت، في صد محاولة اقتحام المدينة، وقتل 8 عناصر من الحزب و3 من قوات النظام، ليرتفع عدد قتلى الحزب في القصير إلى أكثر من 130 عنصراً، وهي حصيلة بحسب مصادر المعارضة ووكالة الأنباء الفرنسية.

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May 26th, 2013, 11:14 pm


396. zoo said:

Turkish opposition leader accuses Erdogan of training terrorists

“You have no idea about Reyhanlı, you do not know their problems. You do not know the locals’ crafts issues. You are the man who trains members of terrorist organizations and sends them into Syria. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, you are the terrorist leader for Syria,” Kılıçdaroğlu said May 26 in Antalya where he met the leaders of his party’s regional city branches.

Kılıçdaroğlu also said he knew that Erdoğan would file a claim for compensation for his words likening him to Syria leader Bashar al-Assad, but added Erdoğan would be “a coward” if he would not do so.

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May 26th, 2013, 11:36 pm


397. zoo said:

The pathetic Syria opposition is now caught in a fight between Qatar and KSA over who will influence the opposition…

Syrian Opposition Disputes Prevent Decision on Peace Talks

VOA News

May 26, 2013
Syria’s main opposition coalition has held an unscheduled fourth day of meetings in Istanbul (Turkey) as internal disputes prevent it from deciding whether to join a U.S. and Russian-backed peace conference with Damascus.

Syrian National Coalition members on Sunday said the main dispute concerns whether to grant Saudi Arabia a bigger role in the group, by expanding its membership to include Saudi-backed opposition figures such as veteran dissident Michel Kilo. They said the Qatar-backed Muslim Brotherhood faction of the coalition is resisting such an expansion.

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May 26th, 2013, 11:42 pm


398. ghufran said:

Fareed speaks with Fawaz Gerges, professor of Middle Eastern Politics and International Relations at the London School of Economics, about the state of the al-Assad regime in Syria.

Does Assad have an incentive to make peace?

Yes, I think he does. Of course, on his own terms. He wants a political solution. He wants, basically, Syria to be in charge of this particular political solution. He wants the outside opposition to be marginalized.
He basically believes that the external powers, particularly Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, are funding the most extremist elements in the opposition.

And obviously he wants to stay in power.

Oh, absolutely. I’ve no doubt in my mind that he and his associates believe that they are winning the fight. They have survived more than two years a very powerful campaign by regional international powers. They have gone on the offensive. They tell you, if you meet with Assad’s people, they tell you they are winning this war. And any political settlement will most likely reflect the balance of power on the ground inside Syria. That’s what it means.

And do you buy that? You’ve been there. You know lots of people. On the ground right now, do you think Assad has regrouped and is actually in a stronger position?

Well, look, I have to say, Assad is not winning, but the opposition also is not winning. Assad has survived some of the most two brutal years any particular dictator can face. His military machine remains intact.
In fact, he has gone on the offensive. He has made some major gains on the ground. His allies, Hezbollah and Iran, are deeply committed to his survival. Iran and Hezbollah have made it very clear, Assad is a red line. The Russians are deeply invested in Syria and he has a social base of support. And the emergence of radical elements within the opposition, I would argue, has consolidated the social base of support for Assad.

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May 26th, 2013, 11:50 pm


399. The Hunchbacked Mufti of Homs said:

392. ZIAD said:

“A Saudi journalist working for London-Based Asharq Alawsat says the Saudi monarch has been clinically dead since Wednesday.”

That’s nothing. Hafez al Assad has been clinically dead for thirteen years.

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May 27th, 2013, 12:18 am


400. Ziad said:

Assad makes small but strategic gains in Syrian civil war as rebels begin to lose hope

The rebels are in disarray and the regime is gaining ground. Two Telegraph correspondents report from the front lines in Damascus and Aleppo

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May 27th, 2013, 12:33 am


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