It is not easy for Sayyed Ali al-Amin, the Shiite scholar, to stand along with the few people who are against an influential Shiite figure like Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, a man who heads 70,000 fighters, owns an arsenal bigger than any militia in the world and receives $1 billion from the Iranian regime in addition to other funds from religious organizations supporting him.
Despite this, Ali al-Amin reiterated his criticism of Hezbollah’s actions and involvement in the Syrian conflict. He frankly and eloquently spoke his mind regarding Nasrallah’s support for those Lebanese Shiites who seek to protect the Assad regime. Sheikh Sobhi al-Tufaili, a Lebanese Shiite leader, did the same. He addressed Nasrallah saying that Shiite fighters “are not defending Sayyidah Zainab (granddaughter of the Prophet Muhammad, whose shrine is located in Syria) but president Bashar al-Assad and that Iran is dragging them into any war it wants.”
The wars and strife we are currently witnessing have nothing to do with Shiites or Sunnis. They are a result of political exploitation.Abdulrahman al-Rashed
Had religious leaders Mohamed Hussein Fadlallah and Sheikh Mohamed Shamseddine been alive, they would have taken similar stances against Hezbollah as they were known for their moderate and brave stand. They were also known for their call for co-existence with all religions and sects and stood against all historical myths used to ignite hatred and clashes amongst different sects.