New Lebanese Grand Mufti Derian slams extremism
Derian, who received 74 votes out of the 93 votes cast in the election, will officially begin his term on Sept. 15
Following his election as Lebanon’s new Grand Mufti, Sheikh Abdel-Latif Derian on Sunday slammed extremism in the region.
“The elections express the strong will of all Muslims in Lebanon, to confront the problem and straighten the course,” Derian said in his speech after the results were announced.
Derian, who received 74 votes out of the 93 votes cast in the election, will officially begin his term on Sept. 15. He was up against the head of the Sunni Court in Baabda, Judge Sheikh Ahmad Darwish al-Kurdi, who received nine votes.
“Our religion is a religion of moderation, tolerance and coexistence,” Derian said, stressing that extremism was never good for Muslims and the Islamic world.
After the election, former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who returned to Beirut earlier this week after his three-year self-imposed exile in Saudi Arabia, congratulated Derian.
“It is a blessed day, in which we are gathering united as Muslims in Lebanon.”
Hariri called on the new mufti to allocate all his institution’s efforts “to safe-guard the Muslim unity and enhance and coexistence in Lebanon.”
“Dar al-Fatwa’s responsibility in this phase of the nation’s life is a great one, one that does not accept any hesitation or reluctance in fighting extremism," Hariri said. “We will not accept that a few extremists drive Muslims and Islam to a confrontation with their partners in the country and the nation.”