Syria regime, Iran-backed groups propagating Shia faith
Local imams forced to recite Shia call to prayer in Deir ez-Zor province, sources say
By Mohamed Misto, Levent Tok and Adham Kako
The Assad regime and Iran-backed terror groups are attempting to propagate the Shia faith in Sunni-majority Syria, local sources told Anadolu Agency.
In Syria’s eastern oil-rich Deir
At least 20 imams who refused to recite the Shia call to prayer were dismissed, the sources said, while a number of others were detained.
Unlike the Sunni call to prayer, Shias add the refrain, “I bear witness that Ali is the guardian of Allah”.
Located near the Iraqi border, Deir
Syria has only just begun to emerge from a devastating conflict that began in 2011 when the Assad regime cracked down on demonstrators with unexpected ferocity.
Reporting by Mohamed Misto, Levent Tok
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