Letter to Mufti Qabalan Elie Aoun: May 27/2020 أيلي عون: رسالة إلى المفتي الجعفري الشيخ أحمد قبلان
Mufti Al-Jaafari Sheikh Ahmed Qablan stated that “we are required to protect the country, save Lebanon, and confirm coexistence by dropping the sectarian formula in favor of a country not sectarian.”
Anyone has the right to voice an opinion, regardless of what it may be. Some people call for “dropping the sectarian formula”; some call for federalism; and others have other ideas. The main issue is not in the “formula” but in (a) the politicians and clergymen who benefit from it and (b) the laws that govern it.
We cannot say that we have a “sectarian system” when the conduct of those who pretend to represent the respective communities reflect the behavior of pagans rather than true Christians or true Muslims. We cannot say that there is an adequate legal system when certain cases remain unresolved for more than ten years.
The problem is not in sectarianism itself. Even if the country is transformed within a single day into a non-sectarian system, the same problems will remain as they are, as long as the same mentality continue to rule the nation.
If they are serious about abolishing “sectarianism”, can the Shiite political parties abolish it now in their own community and provide us with an example on how it ought to be done?
Will the leaders of Hizballah and Amal place Lebanon first, and not the blind allegiance to their persona or to Iran?
Will the Shiites who do not believe in the policy of these parties be allowed to run for an elected office without threats, or will they be given political positions based on merit?
Will the political leaders refrain from falsifying the electoral process to benefit themselves?
Sheikh Qablan stated “we will not accept injustice and corruption.” Can you please ask the parliamentarian who stood up in parliament claiming to have evidence that would expose the corruptive practices of high-ranking officials to release that information? If he does not, can you take that information from him and expose it yourself? If you cannot do so, ask him to send us the information, and we will expose it ourselves. Otherwise, all the talk against corruption is hypocricy.
Sheikh Qablan added: “We want a rescue policy.” Sure, but the problem is that the political class is not adequate to implement any rescue policy. They do not even know how to hire the right individuals for the right job to perform the right functions. If they were fit for their positions, they would not be asking for a “rescue policy.” They would be drafting it and implementing it themselves.
What they often call a “rescue” is nothing more than a prolonged mismanagement of a crisis, rather than a viable solution.
Sheikh Qabalan, as a clergyman, it is not your responsibility to call for a non-sectarian system. Your first priority is to speak in spiritual terms. Your responsibility is to speak in favor of the truth and to educate people about the dark spirituality that rules all political parties in Lebanon – beginning with the phallic symbol on Hizballah’s flag, to the phallic symbol planned to be erected at the so-called FPM office to be built on Nahr Al-Kalb (and as shown by the diagram of the planned structure).
Your priority is to speak about ethics and to educate the public on the ethical standards that should govern the political practice.
As a clergyman, you should know that the politicians who run the country lack (1) the proper spiritual fabric, (2) the vision, and (3) the ethics to establish a viable nation. If they do not hire individuals who have these criteria, all that they do is being done in vain.
Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain. (Psalm 127)
Sheikh Qabalan, the only message you or any other clergyman should preach to the politicians is this: Repent or commit suicide. At the moment, there is no other rescue plan.