" Al - Azhar expresses strong opposition to and condemnation of a potential military strike against Syria, ” Al - Azhar said in a statement cited by Agence France Presse(AFP) on Sunday, September 1.
Such strikes would amount to " an aggression against the Arab and Islamic nation… which endangers peace and international security, ” the statement added.
The US has been beating war drums since last August 21st suspected chemical weapons attack near Damascus which killed more than 1300.
Last Saturday, US President Barack Obama said that his country should use military force to punish Syria for using chemical weapons but said he will first seek congressional approval.
The surprise announcement has effectively delayed any US military operation in Syria until after the summer recess, which ends on Sept. 9.
The US declaration comes as UN experts have gathered evidence in Syria to determine whether chemical weapons attacks have taken place. They are now analyzing samples
Arab League foreign ministers have also urged the world community to " take the deterrent and necessary measures " against Syria. But several members - including Lebanon and Iraq - did not back the call.