posted 09-14-2001 02:01 PM PT (US)
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Muslims Denounce Terror
12:49 pm PST, 13 September 2001
A number of prominent Muslim clerics in the Middle East have used Friday prayers to denounce the suicide airliner assaults in the United States.
The spiritual leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah movement, Sheikh Mohammd Hussein Fadlallah, a harsh critic of U.S. policy, called the attacks barbaric and un-Islamic.
The head of Saudi Arabia's Islamic judiciary, Sheikh Salih al-Luyahdan, said what happened in the United States was a criminal act which could not be excused in any way. He said the killing of innocents was a major sin and a horrendous crime.
Sheikh Mohammad Al-Tantawi of Al-Azhar in Egypt told worshippers that God would punish those who attacked innocent people.
In Tehran, conservative Ayatollah Mohammad Emami-Kashani said Iran condemned the assaults on U.S. cities as tragic terrorist acts. He said the events were heartbreaking and worrisome to all humanity.
In contrast, state-run Iraqi television carried a sermon from Baghdad protesting what was termed "the tears shed by hypocrites for the sake of the American tyrant."
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