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Syria: Imams condemn violence against Christian town01:27

Syria: Imams condemn violence against Christian town

Syrian Arab Republic, Damascus
December 4, 2013 at 21:29 GMT +00:00 · Published

Syria: Imams condemn violence against Christian town

Several respected Syrian Imams spoke to the press on Wednesday, commenting on the dire situation in the predominantly Christian Syrian town of Maaloula following the abduction of twelve nuns to the rebel held town of Yabroud earlier this week.

Sheikh Abdul Rahman Abdallah said "Those people came here to fight under the illusion, if killed, they would be martyrs in Paradise (Janna) and would be awarded for that the most beautiful nymph-like virgins. So they came to kill and kidnap; kill Muslim Imams and Christian priests and Archbishops alike; they kidnap priests and priestesses; the events of Maaloula show a dangerous conspiracy which aims at putting an end to the role of the Church in Syria which they want to take back to the stone age; with continued sectarian fight all over the country."

A second Imam, Sheikh Abd as-Salam Harash, said: "The holy Hadith of Prophet Muhammed (Peace be upon him): you would come across people who isolated themselves in temples; you are to leave them pursue what they've locked themselves for?"

"These words are our weapons that we shall use to fight terrorism; and to stand firmly and strongly against such inhumane and monstrous acts carried out by those savages who have kidnapped our sister priestesses; our priestess are free women; free as humans; and free as our religion tells us. Those savages have hurt the two archbishops before they commit this savage act."

"Therefore, we denounce their deeds with the strongest and confirm that terrorism is a savage monster which wants to devour all religious and humanitarian values and for this reason we have to prevent it from achieving this objective by working together to eliminate its power until we kill this monster which is already devouring itself."

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Syria: Imams condemn violence against Christian town

Several respected Syrian Imams spoke to the press on Wednesday, commenting on the dire situation in the predominantly Christian Syrian town of Maaloula following the abduction of twelve nuns to the rebel held town of Yabroud earlier this week.

Sheikh Abdul Rahman Abdallah said "Those people came here to fight under the illusion, if killed, they would be martyrs in Paradise (Janna) and would be awarded for that the most beautiful nymph-like virgins. So they came to kill and kidnap; kill Muslim Imams and Christian priests and Archbishops alike; they kidnap priests and priestesses; the events of Maaloula show a dangerous conspiracy which aims at putting an end to the role of the Church in Syria which they want to take back to the stone age; with continued sectarian fight all over the country."

A second Imam, Sheikh Abd as-Salam Harash, said: "The holy Hadith of Prophet Muhammed (Peace be upon him): you would come across people who isolated themselves in temples; you are to leave them pursue what they've locked themselves for?"

"These words are our weapons that we shall use to fight terrorism; and to stand firmly and strongly against such inhumane and monstrous acts carried out by those savages who have kidnapped our sister priestesses; our priestess are free women; free as humans; and free as our religion tells us. Those savages have hurt the two archbishops before they commit this savage act."

"Therefore, we denounce their deeds with the strongest and confirm that terrorism is a savage monster which wants to devour all religious and humanitarian values and for this reason we have to prevent it from achieving this objective by working together to eliminate its power until we kill this monster which is already devouring itself."