On Sunday, reports claimed that Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) has sent notices to Christian property owners in the Syrian city of Idlib to evacuate their homes by the end of November. As a result of this, the Dar al-Ifta in Egypt issued a condemnation to this act.
Egypt’s Dar al-Ifta condemned Sunday reports that Hayat Tahrir al-Sham had sent notices to Christian property owners in Idlib to hand over their properties by the end of November.
A copy of one of these reports, which was issued by an official in the movement’s Bureau of Studies, was circulated on social media and entitled “Attendance Note.”
It requested the recipients to review the office within three days.
The note called on the people who receive it to review the so-called “Office of Real Estate and Booty” in a move that comes within the framework of what it calls “Christians’ property.”
The statement issued by Dar al-Ifta pointed out that targeting Christians is one of the constants of extremists and terrorists, who have always killed Christians under different pretexts.
In Egypt, the statement explained, extremists say they Christians are “warriors” and “spearhead of the crusade,” and in Syria they are seen as “war booties.”
In all cases, these crimes are usually carried out for sectarian motifs, and it is certain that targeting part of the national fabric based on its religious belief is the gateway to spread toxins of sectarian strife and ethnic conflicts.
An index for Dar al-Ifta revealed that 60 percent of the fatwas against Christians worldwide were issued by unofficial sources and figures, and 95 percent of the fatwas incited turbulence because they were issued by inept parties.
The index also pointed out that the expiation fatwas represent 90 percent of those issued against Christians, indicating the imbalance in the mentality of those issuing fatwas and their lack of understanding of the Sharia texts, their misrepresentation of the facts, and their erroneous application of the jurisprudential rules.