Syrian Authorities Call for 'Million Man Prayers' on Friday
[An Nahar] Syrian authorities have called for "million man prayers" at mosques on Friday to appeal for the re-establishment of security in the country, ravaged by 22 months of bloodshed, a minister said.
"Prayers will be held after Friday services in Syria's mosques with the appeal for a return to security and safety in the homeland," Minister of Religious Endowments Mohammed Abdel Settar said in a statement.
Syria "will prevail against the conspiracy launched by hostile states, carried out by their proxies and slaves, and led by Wahhabi infidels from abroad," he said in the statement released Thursday by state news agency SANA.
Wahhabism is a strict form of Sunni Islam practiced mainly in Saudi Arabia.
Syrian authorities have consistently labeled the uprising against President Bashar Assad's regime as a "conspiracy" backed by the West, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey.
Posted by: Fred 2013-01-25