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Mohamad Hussein Fadlullah (11/16/1935--7/4/2010)

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Addressing the American people following the 2008 election: "We have always been and still are as Muslims looking forward to friendship with the American people as part of our message to be open to all the nations of the world. Islam has called on us to establish friendships with all people, respect them, and protect their rights, regardless of their colour, religion and race. Dealing with the spirits of justice and with the morals of mercy and love with other people makes us closer to the Creator, who honored all human beings and favored them above all other creatures "But at the same time, we used to face American administrations which worked in one way or another to confiscate our rights as Arab and Muslim people. These administrations looked to the region with an Israeli eye, thus overlooking the tragedy of the Palestinians who were displaced by Israel, which practiced all kinds of displacement, murders and massacres against them. It also refused to allow them to return to their homeland, while bringing Jewish people to replace them.
The current US Administration proved to be the most biased one, as it ignored negotiations in the beginning, and allowed Israel to destroy Palestinian infrastructure and to commit cruelest crimes against them. It also justified the [presence] of the separation wall although the International Justice Court confirmed its illegitimacy. Moreover, the American president has announced recently the Jewish character of the state at the expense of Palestinian rights that were ratified by the United Nations in its successive resolutions"The American nation and its aware and thoughtful level, which monitors the facts and realizes their backgrounds, knows very well that the Arab and Islamic people have never employed the weapon of hatred against them or against their countries, as there was no kind of antagonism between them. They also know that the Arabs and Muslims did not colonize the region as others did". 2/10/08

On rejecting terrorism "We must concentrate on rejecting terrorism against innocent individuals, irrespective of their identity and political and religious affiliation. We must emphasize our respect for peoples' movements in resisting the occupiers and usurpers, being movements that truly represent a right that cannot be denied and exercise this right according to legitimate and moral rules that are characterized by the highest degrees of honor, pride, and dignity." 7/24/08

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On encouraging Women to participate in politics: "God created the human being from one soul, from which He created its spouse in order to allow diversity. History has often described the woman as a weak creature and some might refer to this description as a religious label. But the holy Koran talks about the weakness of human beings in general. Woman should share with man in producing education, enhancing the wheel of knowledge, creating civilization, being open to all issues, and partaking in political action. We know that some women succeeded in assuming the highest level in experience and positions, while man in our east is in a position of illiteracy and backwardness"We must fight superstition and backwardness and illiteracy with knowledge, which is the responsibility of the woman who should specialize, as men do, in all fields of knowledge. We read in the Koran that God does not want the human being to restrict himself to one field of knowledge, but to be in an accumulating process as said by the honorable verse: "Please God, grant me more knowledge". God wants us to be part of a nation that shares with the world its movement and knowledge and culture and to have a role in the decision-making process."

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"It is the responsibility of both men and women to work towards making our nation powerful and able to make security, economic and political decisions"

"A wise, educated, and knowledgeable woman has the right to partake in political action at the level of parliament, cabinet or any senior position, because she has a mind just as a man has. She has to integrate with man to rescue the country and create a better future. A woman's motherhood is not restricted to breastfeeding and looking after the children, but she has to raise well-informed children to live in a free, knowledgeable and educated country. This is her religious responsibility. You should have confidence in yourselves because I am concerned about the woman who lacks self confidence. I call for self-confidence and not arrogance, through education, knowledge and experience. You have to be active in society so others have confidence in you." 9/11/08

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