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‘Iran’s Influence and Incursion Led to Spread of Terrorism’: Muthanna al-Dhari

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Secretary General of the Association of Muslim Scholars Dr. Muthanna Harith al-Dhari
Secretary General of the Association of Muslim Scholars Dr. Muthanna Harith al-Dhari
Riyadh, Ashaq Al-Awsat, Sept. 8, 2016 - In an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, Secretary General of the Association of Muslim Scholars Dr. Muthanna Harith al-Dhari confirmed that the association is still carrying out its work even though he is not residing in Iraq.
Muthanna al-Dhari succeeded his late father Sheikh Harith al-Dhari, who was the Secretary General of the Association of Muslim Scholars, and his name was included in the list of wanted terrorists in 2010.
Al-Dhari talked about Iran’s actions in Iraq, stressing that its influence and incursion have let it occupy the country, thus leading to the spread of terrorism.
Al-Dhari said that there is a continuous scenario to kill all those related to Sunni groups in Iraq for many years now.
He described crimes carried out by Popular Mobilization militia as sectarian since they target those who reject the Iranian influence and occupation.
On the other hand, al-Dhari seemed to be optimistic when it came to Iraq’s future through the call he launched in June as he confirmed the association’s readiness to provide all the appropriate conditions for Iraqi forces to express their opinions and discuss different visions to reach a point of agreement.
When asked why the meeting among Sunni parties in Iraq did not come up with any party, Sunni component or any official – who can act parallel to the Shi’ite component on the other side in Iraq – al-Dhari said: “The Sunni meeting resulted in the appearance of names, characters, powers, factions and opposition forces that carried out their duties for their religion, homeland and citizens. However, they were abandoned for political necessities and immature readings for the Iraqi scene following the occupation regardless of the decisions that dominated the official Arab one.”
He added: “The scene now cannot be redrawn as we desire for several reasons. Mainly because of the determinants of the political process that divided Iraqis into two separate parties, Arabs and Kurds, following an ethnic basis; then, it divided Arab component into Sunnis and Shi’ites, following a doctrinal basis. This is how the Sunni component was divided twice unlike other components.”
Moreover, he said: “lack of support played a major role since the Kurdish party received international support for unknown reasons and special circumstances and so did the Shi’ite party, in the framework of supporting the so-called Iraqi opposition prior to the occupation in addition to the presence of a strong ally, which is Iran.”
He further noted that this division did not only happen in Iraq but also in countries that were cursed with Iranian invasion in Syria, Yemen and Lebanon before them.
Al-Dhari explained that the association was established after the invasion of Iraq in 2003, and the harsh circumstances led to its foundation.
He said that the association, for many years, was responsible for performing national actions against the occupation and its political process, defining Iraqi case outside Iraq, supporting the resistance option, defending Iraqis’ rights and interests, disclosing and documenting human rights violations and providing necessary services for those in need, according to the association’s modest abilities, circumstances and potentials.
He stressed that the association is still following this path despite all obstacles and despite the fact that “we are not receiving our least right, which is listening to our point of view to end the crisis and bloodshed in Iraq.”
Al-Dhari said that the Association of Muslim Scholars is cooperating with a number of organizations and Islamic bodies and associations in different Arab countries.
He noted that cooperating with other parties is one of the association’s working principles that were applied from the date it was founded up till today as it is a member in many organizations, and it cooperates with others.

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