The People's Assembly and the government on Thursday condemned the assassination of scholar Mohammad Said Ramadan al-Bouti along with other prayers at al-Iman Mosque in al-Mazraa area in Damascus.
In a statement, the People's Assembly said this crime aims "to spread the takfiri obscurantist thinking and silence the voice of the tolerant Islam."
The statement considered that the assassination came in implementation of fatwas issued by "sheikhs of oil and NATO" against clergymen in Syria.
Syrian government: The Coward Act Would Not Go Unpunished
The Syrian government said that the coward and malicious act which targeted scholar al-Bouti will not pass without punishment, adding "those who perpetrated the act are sinners until the day of Resurrection.. the teachings of Late scholar, his sciences and morals will remain as a torch for the honest souls which rejected humiliation."
Al-Baath Party Condemns the Heinous Crime
Regional leadership of al-Baath Arab Socialist Party condemned the brutal crime in al-Iman mosque in Damascus which claimed the lives of the great scholar and the prayers.
"This massacre adds to the crimes perpetrated by the mercenary terrorists against the Syrians.. they target everything including the mosques and houses of worship," the leadership said in statement.
Archbishop al-Khouri: Al-Bouti Remains the Word of Right
Archbishop Luka al-Khouri, the general vicar of the patriarchate of Antioch and all the East said that the late scholar al-Bouti will remain the word of right that we have learned from.. his teachings will remain remembered in the brains of all Syrians.
"We all pray for the rest of our martyr whom we respect..," Archbishop Khouri said in a speech to the Syrian TV.