NNA - Secretary-General of Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, spoke at a memorial service organized by the "Gathering of Muslim scholars" in memory of Sheikh Judge Ahmed Al-Zein, whom Nasrallah described as "a high and upscale model distinguished by honesty, knowledge, sincerity and purity," underscoring his "presence in all the squares and forums; the rebellious resistance clear in his vision and his courage in expressing opinions."
"Sheikh Al-Zein was consistent in his stances and firm in his belief in unity, and in the face of major entitlements he did not weaken or waver," Nasrallah said, noting that "wavering is one of our Arab world's calamities."
"Sheikh Al-Zein favored everyone who stood with Palestine, so he stood next to Imam Sayyid Musa al-Sadr on the day he founded the Front for the Support of the Palestinian Resistance, then with the Islamic Resistance, and with the Islamic Revolution in Iran that toppled the Shah, who was a Shiite in sectarian affiliation but was in reality an American collaborator and an instrument to it, thus a strategic ally of Israel and an enemy of the Palestinian people."
"The Islamic revolution in Iran, on the day it triumphed, brought down the flag of Israel and raised the flag of Palestine in Tehran, so Sheikh Al-Zein was one of the first to go and support Imam Khomeini to the point of pledging allegiance to him," he added.
In this context, Nasrallah criticized "the huge torrent of sectarian tension against the Islamic revolution in Iran since its victory," pointing to "the insults suffered by Sheikh Al-Zein and all Sunni scholars because of their stance on the events in Syria."
"Resistance is the only hope for the liberation of Palestine," he stressed, praising the role of "Islamic movements, Sunni and Arab personalities, and the Gathering of Muslim Scholars in their refusal to classify the war on Yemen as one between Sunnis and Shiites." He said: "The most difficult stage for our fellow Sunnis was in the past ten years. Their stances were the most daring, especially since they were few."
He thus recalled "the interaction of the Arab and Islamic peoples with the victories of the Resistance in Lebanon and Palestine, and how the enemies of the Resistance tried to mislead the public."
"The conflicts going on in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt had nothing to do with Sunnis and Shiites, but when they reached Syria, the enemies tried to render it a sectarian conflict, but the positions of Sheikh Al-Zein shattered this image."