Even Sheik Hamza Abbas al Isaawi, the Grand Mufti of Fallujah, had to leave his spiritual home, like a pope banished from Rome.
At the end of his prayer, the Grand Mufti whispered aloud: “May God accept it.”
Monday morning Francis will visit the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem in a nod to the substantial Muslim community in the Holy Land.
Unfortunately, Grand Mufti Abdulaziz al-Sheikh and his colleagues who issued the fatwa against The 99 fit that description.
Thoene, for example, told me the Grand Mufti “was given a bulletproof vest by Hitler himself.”