Even sheik Hamza Abbas al Isaawi, the grand mufti of Fallujah, had to leave his spiritual home, like a pope banished from Rome.
“We provide every kind of support we can to the Syrian rebels,” said sheik Shadi Jebara, a Salafi leader in Bab al-Tabbaneh.
The sheik also appeared to lash out at Sunni Arab nations for their backing of the mainly Sunni insurgency against Assad.
"head of an Arab family," also "head of a Muslim religious order," 1570s, from Arabic shaykh "chief," literally "old man," from base of shakha "to grow old." Popularized by "The Sheik," novel in Arabian setting by E.M. Hull (1919), and the movie version, "The Sheikh," 1921, starring Rudolph Valentino, which gave it a 1920s sense of "strong, romantic lover."