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MRN saddened by death of Ayatollah Sayyed Fadlullah

By Dr Firoz Osman – Secretary General,MRN

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MRN’s Dr Anver Suliman with the late Sheikh Fadlullah during a visit to Beirut in 2001

The Media Review Network is saddened with the news of the demise of the Islamic luminary and leader Ayotollah Muhammed Husseini Fadlallah, on Sunday, 4th July, at the age of 75 years, in Lebanon.Sayyed Fadlullah served as a highly influential beacon of truth for all the oppressed peoples of the world.

He often explained that Judaism, Christianity and Islam were all Divine religions. However he always differentiated between a Jew anywhere in the world and the Zionists that came to Palestine and occupied the Holy Land.

He supported the ideals of Iran’s Islamic Revolution and advocated the corresponding Islamic movement in Lebanon. In his sermons, he called for armed resistance to the Israeli occupations of Lebanon, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip, along with opposition to the existence of Israel.

He once said that the slogan "land for peace‌ was a betrayal of Palestinian blood and of the sacred cause of Palestine." His extensive charitable works added to his popularity. Sayyed Fadlullah established a network of schools and orphanages in poorer suburbs of Beirut and in southern Lebanon. His outspoken political views made him a target.

A 200kg car bomb exploded near Fadlallah’s Beirut home in 1985. He was unharmed, but dozens of people were killed in a nearby apartment building, which was demolished by the blast.

Bob Woodward, an American investigative journalist, linked the blast to the US Central Intelligence Agency, though US officials have long denied any involvement.

Dr Anver Suliman of the MRN had the honour of meeting with the esteemed Ayatollah in Beirut in 2001. His erudition and spiritual advice will be missed by many, but his legacy of justice for the worlds oppressed will remain an inspiration forever.