By Grand Mufti Sheikh Sadiq Al-Gharyani
Those who do not want Libya to be under international sanctions, they should turn their real concerns toward the fear of division and separation because the sanctions imposed by the international community will not affect Libya except through division or preferring personal interests to the country’s ones.
When the international community says that it has asked the Libyan people to reconcile, to spare one another the bloodshed and to found a state that exacts the rules of law, which is of course a just demand that everyone wants, but when the international community circles meet Libyan parties and individuals, they unveil irrational intentions.
The international community does not see anything but division, it sees only the greedy desires for positions and money except for those few who are hurt by the things they hear about and sometimes they even refuse to come back. Some of those who were present in the dialogue returned sad and depressed as well as disappointed by the gravity of the carelessness about others have for their homeland.
We are more worthy of the reconciliation than the international community is, so why don’t we roll our sleeves up and become initiators? Why don’t we make agreement and reconciliation with our own hands and then present them as a material concord plan that can secure the country so that the west ensures its security, if indeed it was afraid from Libya for its security! Reconciliation will absolutely strip the west of the excuse of “fighting terrorism” by which the Arab countries are being destroyed one by one.
The logical development of incidents requires two things:
The first, getting rid of negativity and weakness; the same weakness that made “Tantoush” and Gaddafi brigades come back in the scene again and speak of dreams that we thought had vanished. Allah says in the Koran: (help ye one another unto righteousness and pious duty. Help not one another unto sin and transgression), and Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) said in his hadith: “Either you command good and forbid evil, or Allah will soon send upon you a punishment from Him, then you will call upon Him, but He will not respond to you."
The second, all those who care about the country, the Squares Gathering, the elders and dignitaries, the elected members of all councils, and the patriot Libyans across the country are all invited whether from Tobruk, Benghazi, Al-Jmail, Ras Ejdir or from the north, the center or the south. Everybody is required to exert considerable efforts to start a Libyan-Libyan dialogue with a clear road plan and specified dates where all Libyan regions are represented, both agreeing and disagreeing. In such a dialogue, they all should preserve the consents of Islam and Libya as well as the aims of the revolution.
All the Libyan cities are invited for the dialogue, even those which are fighting one another, the well-mannered and the religious ones, who have paramount responsibility in their cities more than others because they are required to follow the Prophet’s hadith that says: "Help your brother, whether he is an oppressor or he is an oppressed one. People asked, "O Allah's Apostle! It is all right to help him if he is oppressed, but how should we help him if he is an oppressor?" The Prophet said, "By preventing him from oppressing others.”
Besides, they are the ones who can reconcile with the oppressor and do not accommodate an innovator (in religion) who is cursed by Allah, as the Prophet said, and of course this is what all the Libyans want and what the Fatwa House have always asked for.
Moreover, with the constant attempts to prevail a comprehensive Libyan reconciliation that sets the basis for a government capable of exacting the force of law and put an end to the outlaws, the General National Congress is required to follow in the same direction within their institution, they are urged to make reconciliation among themselves so that they get closer to Allah as Allah said in the Koran: (To him who does this, seeking the good pleasure of Allah, We shall soon give a reward of the highest (value).
There should be reconciliation in the GNC that brings people together and preserves the constants of Islam, which undoubtedly most of them do not accept to let go of. Even if the thoughts differed, knowing that the difference in thoughts that leads to division should be abandoned right away to preserve the most important aim of Islam, which is unity.
If the GNC members held tight on to the Islamic constants, the country will be fine and they will be more capable of practicing their observing role to better the malfunctioning bodies in their government. Besides, the citizens’ daily lives improve, knowing that the citizens are the ones most affected by the division on many levels including the basic services received by the government.
A Libyan-Libyan reconciliation is the only way to rescue the country if the Libyans want to live dignified and masters not humiliated and slaves on the soil of their homeland, defending it against the avarice of those who keep making up excuses to destroy it and to strip it of its resources. As Khalifa Haftar is doing today, he is destroying cities under the pretext of fighting terrorism although he is the one who is making it.
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