On May 2nd, 2016, the Daily Mail published a damning article about Dr Hassoun, the Grand Mufti of Syria, claiming that he had issued a fatwa calling for the ‘extermination’ of civilians in Aleppo. Of course there was no such fatwa, and the only quote from the Mufti that appears in the article is a call to take action against the criminals causing the violence in Aleppo.
Even so, this story spread worldwide and it quickly became common knowledge that Dr Hassoun had apparently called for the extermination of every man, woman and child in the city (and this despite the fact that he has family living in Aleppo)!
I thought I’d give Dr Hassoun a quick chance to respond to these allegations. Once he got started though, the Mufti’s passions got the better of him and he spoke at length of his great anguish for the city and for its people.