Sheikh Holds Friday Prayer At Gas Station In Lebanon In Protest

Sheikh Holds Friday Prayer At Gas Station In Lebanon
Ahmad M. Yassine

A sheikh led the Friday prayer at a gas station south of Beirut on Friday morning.

Sheikh Ali Hussein and a group of people placed their prayer mats in the middle of a Coral gas station in the southern town of Jiyeh and commenced their congregational prayer.

During his Friday Khutbah, Sheikh Hussein said that the move was a form of protest against the worsening conditions in Lebanon.

“This is a call for politicians to compromise… Lebanon no longer has the ability to persist,” he said.

The unconventional prayer, which went viral on social media in Lebanon, protests people’s continued struggling at gas stations across the country and their suffering from the crippling economic crisis, the cleric indicated.

“You must facilitate the issue of the government and its formation, the issue of depleted medicine, depleted oil, and all that citizens need,” Sheikh Hussein continued, addressing Lebanon’s political leaders.

It is to note that the gas station suspended its operations throughout the course of the prayer.

Despite ongoing raids against black-market fuel sellers and hoarders, the scene at gas stations remains the same in Lebanon, with crowds, long lines of cars, and regular fights.

In an attempt to control the situation, an energy company has launched an online platform that enables people to book appointments to refuel their cars in the Mount Lebanon region.

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