Hassoun has been the Grand Mufti of the Republic of Syria since 2005 when he succeeded the late Sheikh Ahmed Kuftaro. He is an advocate of interfaith dialogue and is very vocal in his opinion that states should be ruled on a civil, rather than religious, basis, believing that secularism is not synonymous with atheism, a sentiment that holds great sway in Syria’s religiously diverse society. He has remained loyal to the Syrian regime, calling upon its supporters of all backgrounds to remain united.
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