Hezbollah Commemorates Missing Shiite Leader
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Lebanon’s Hezbollah remembered the 36th anniversary of disappearance of the country’s revered Shiite leader Imam Musa al-Sadr and his two companions Sheikh Mohamad Yacoub and Sayyed Abbas Badr al-Din.
It is widely believed in Lebanon that Imam Moussa al-Sadr, the founder of the Lebanon's Amal movement, was kidnapped on the orders of senior Libyan officials while on an official trip to Libya on August 31, 1978.
Accompanied by two of his companions, Mohammed Yaqoub and Abbas Badreddin, Sadr was scheduled to meet with officials from the government of the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
In a statement, Hezbollah highlighted that August 31 incident marks the most painful date in the history of Lebanon.
"Imam Musa al-Sadr is the imam of the resistance, the imam of dialogue, openness and moderation; and amid the circumstances prevailing in our nation, we remember his critical positions on the conflict with the continuing Zionist aggression on our nation," the statement read.
Hezbollah slammed the Libyan authorities for not taking enough action to shed light on the fate of the missing cleric and his companions.
"Arab and international communities are partners in crime to hide Imam Sadr for not bearing the responsibility for working to release the Imam and his companions," it said.
"On this day, Hezbollah confirms keenness to keep this issue at the top of priorities, and stresses the need to exert all possible efforts in order to reach the happy conclusion," the statement added.
Hezbollah also emphasized that "the path, approach and ideas of Imam Sadr will remain the lighthouse that lights our way to face threats that target our nation, especially the growing Zionist danger, the danger posed by the Takfiri trend and terrorism, as well as by the deprivation which Imam Sadr considered one of the greatest threats to our people and our nation."