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On the evening of April 25th 2015, I had the great privilege of spending half an hour one-on-one with Dr Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun - the Grand Mufti of Syria.
Dr Hassoun is a man I have come to deeply admire since I first met him two years ago. I appreciate that he is a controversial figure on account of his support of the Assad government, but I believe him to be a true man of peace, and someone who embodies the hope for reconciliation of his fractured country.
In this interview Dr Hassoun share with us something of his own understanding of Islam as a faith that embraces all Abrahamic religions through affirming the legitimacy of all the prophets of Judaism and Christianity as well Prophet Muhammad.
Whether or not we all agree with Dr Hassoun's theology, the contrast between the Mufti's understanding of Islam and that of his ISIS counterparts could not be more stark!
I pray for the welfare of this man every day. I believe that his ongoing spiritual leadership in Syria is a shining beacon of hope for the future.
P.S. A special thanks to Dr Ali Esmaiel for his role as translator