By Asharaf Abdul-Wahab
Tripoli, 16 December 2013:
The Grand Mufti, Sheikh Sadik Al-Ghariani, has called on Libyans to put differences aside and work together . . .[restrict]in the nation’s interests. Speaking to a large gathering in the Amazigh town of Jadu in the Jebel Nafusa, to which he had travelled with a delegation of elders from Tripoli, he praised the people of the Jebel for their role in the revolution and their present solidarity with Tripoli.
He said that the unity of purpose that had been demonstrated during the revolution was now needed more than ever as the country’s enemies looked to exploit its weaknesses . He pointed to divisions between tribes, ethnicities and religious groups as examples of national disunity.
“God has given victory to Libya in its national unity. When people spoke with one voice, the sound of Takbeer (“Allahu Akbar”), the sound of Islam, united us. The situation today requires national unity again. Disunity brings nothing but evil and results in weakness, failure and loss, and finally humiliation and shame”.
He had a stark warning for the various communities that have been putting their own agendas above those of Libya’s.
“We must all realise that we are all in the same boat,” he said. “If this boat sinks, there will be no survivors”.