Hezbollah Secretary General Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah expressed the organization's condolences following the death of Lebanon's Grand Ayatollah Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, one of Shi'ite Islam's highest religious authorities. He said the death was a blow for Lebanon, but Hezbollah would continue his path.
"Today we lost a merciful father, a wise teacher and a strong staff," Nasrallah said. "At his school, we learned to reject injustice, oppose the occupation and crave our meeting with Allah. He was the light in whose splendor we walked. His good word and determined stance will stay within us and guide us in acting for jihad. In the name of the fighters, the families of those fallen, wounded or imprisoned, and in the name of all the resistance, we send our condolences."
Fadlallah (R) and Nasrallah, Jan. 2010 (Photo: AFP)
Hezbollah also issued an official condolences notice. "Lebanon and the Islamic nation lost a wise man and outstanding fighter, who stood bravely… against the Zionist enemy," the notice said.
Fadlallah, who was 75 at the time of his death, was considered one of the most important spiritual leaders among Shi'ites, in and outside Lebanon. He was also known as a harsh critic of Israel and the US. Because of his religious stance, he was also considered the unofficial spiritual leader of Hezbollah.
Fadlallah was hospitalized on Friday after suffering a brain hemorrhage, and died Sunday. He had a long history of health problems, including complications due to diabetes and high blood pressure. Over the last six months he was hospitalized twice and also underwent surgery.