Shiites should regard the Arab Spring as a continuity of their own revolution in asking for freedom and dignity, a member of the Supreme Shiite Islamic Council in Lebanon said.
Sheikh Sayyed Hani Fahs was commenting on the recent political victory of the Muslim Brotherhood in the Arab world after popular uprisings shook the region in the past couple of years.
“Our Sunni brothers should not get overexcited about their victory, because a majority does not need to fight for its share, but for its role,” he said in an interview with Al Arabiya, aired on Thursday.
“The majority in our region [Sunnis] has the task of protecting the diversities, and not only between religions, but also within the sects,” he added.
“I like to call it the diversity within the unity and the unity between diversities.”
Sheikh Fahs urged people from all beliefs to embrace the Arab Spring.
“Some of us say we learned about freedom from the Christians in our region, and now, we see some Christians siding with the dictator under the excuse of being scared from Islamists. This is illogical.”
The Sheikh believes the building of civil democratic states, devoid of political Islam, is the best political solution for Arab nations.
“When Turkey was building a secular state, while embracing modern Islam, we were looking at it as a role model,” he said.
“This model should have been implemented as a result of the Islamic Revolution in Iran.”