Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un. To God we belong and to Him we return.
In the last few years I was often pleasantly surprised at how often Arab Sunnis would tell me of their admiration for Shaykh Muhammad Husayn Fadlallah despite his Shi’i background. They regarded him as an exceptionally brave Imam and guide who established a number of educational institutes and orphanages and was also a strong advocate of Sunni/Shi’i cooperation. He also understood the importance of ridding the Middle East of its various corrupt US client regimes and establishing governments that were genuinely representative of their people.
It is important to recall that in 1985 Shaykh Fadlallah was the target of a CIA-organised/Saudi-funded assassination attempt which killed over 80 people in Beirut. Remember that the next time you hear some rep from the US government talk about human rights. If the US was sincere in its talk of human rights it should apologise to the people of Lebanon for that terrorist attack.