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In the holy city of Najaf, home to Imam Ali's shrine and Iraq's most revered Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali Al Sistani, there was a similar feeling of disillusionment ... Even Sistani seems unhappy with the performance of the politicians, issuing a fatwa recently implicitly calling on Shiites to vote for new blood.
But the outpouring of sectarian solidarity was far from unanimous among Iraqi Shiites, who make up about 60% of the population. More than a few of them gleefully, if privately, delighted in seeing the big brother to the east get taken down a notch. Officially, the country's most senior Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, ...

During the April 13 Friday sermon, the representative of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Ahmed al-Safi, reiterated how the Shiite religious establishment in Najaf insists that politicians who have previously failed to live up to executive or legislative responsibility not be elected. Safi warned against voting for ...
Many candidates reflect a popular resentment against Iran's meddling in Iraq, which is driven by Tehran's desire for a land bridge through Syria and to the coast of Lebanon. At a deeper level, many Iraqis accept the ideas of a leading Shiite theologian, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, who disagrees with Iran's ...
Long denied freedom of movement at their holy sites, Shiites – from Iraq and around the world – now converge every year for massive holiday gatherings at shrines in Karbala, Najaf, Samarra and Baghdad. The opinions of the country's highest Shiite authority, Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, carry great weight.
Ayatollah Sistani in 2014 called for Iraqis to take up arms against ISIL, which inadvertently led to the creation of Shia militias under Iran's control. This development has convinced high-ranking clerics that Iran's meddling in Iraq must be contained. There is also a theological dispute dating back centuries: the ...

The PMF includes groups with competing ideologies and rivalling allegiances to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, and Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. However, the most powerful groups and leaders in the PMF come from a network of conservative Shia Islamists who ...
But the intention to alter society's image of clerics backfired, with many social media users condemning the sight of a turban-wearing, robe-wearing cleric playing a musical instrument. According to Ayatollah Ali Sistani, Iraq's most powerful Shia leader and a religious guide for many Shias around the world, ...
Ayatollah Ali Sistani, the highest Shi'ite leader in Iraq, and one revered by many Lebanese, has said that neither the piano nor classical music are prohibited in Islam. But Husseini has received online criticism and has heard that some religious leaders consider his video as “an insult to the turban”.
To combat the fictional fatwa, Al-Hamdani had to go to the revered Grand Ayatollah Al-Sistani and convince him to write a real fatwa forbidding looting from archeological sites. Soldiers near a replica of the Ishtar Gate in September 2003 (Thomas Coex / AFP / Getty). But even aside from looting, some of the ...
Iraqi Kurdish leaders reportedly appealed to the Iranian authorities as well as to the Najaf-based Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani to help them mediate with Baghdad. “Kurdish parties, specifically the Kurdistan Democratic Party [led by Masoud Barzani], sent more than one letter to Sistani asking to meet with ...
Masoud Haidar, a parliament member for the Kurdistan Alliance, on March 3 called on Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani to help the Kurds in their plight. Sistani is well-known among Shiite parties, so the Kurds hope he will pressure Baghdad and resolve the situation. On Feb. 28, a Kurdish delegation ...
He moved from Marija al-Shirazi to Ayatollah Sistani's reference in Iraq. Many of Shirazis entered Bahrain's parliament and reconciled with the government. Kuwaiti MP Saleh Ashour is considered the godfather of the Shirazis in Kuwait and the supervisor of “al-Anwar” channel, which is managed by the ...
The Hashd al-Shaabi was formed upon a call by Iraq's grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in the summer of 2014 when ISIS captured large parts of the country. It is an umbrella organization of more than 40 militias of mostly Shia fighters, some of which have pledged spiritual allegiance to Iranian Supreme Leader ...
So far, clerics they have held meetings with Ali Mousavi, head of the Shia Endowment, and Ayatollah Ali Bashir Najafi, among others. It is not clear whether or not they will meet with Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the cleric most influential with Iraq's Shia politicians and community. A spokesman for the Patriotic ...
As usual, Velayati failed to meet with top Shiite cleric Ali al-Sistani and other religious authorities during his trip to Najaf, because of the policy of the city's religious figures not to receive Iranians who make inflammatory statements about Iraqi domestic affairs. Lebanese Shiite activist Mustafa Fahs said that ...
In June 2014, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, one of the leading Shiite clergyman in the world, called on all able-bodied Iraqis to defend their country against the Islamic State. Iraq's U.S.-trained armed forces had collapsed, fleeing the advance of ISIS as it seized Mosul and much of northern Iraq. Sistani's ...

February 14, 2018 (El Cajon) -- Adnan Al Jaafari is a journalist who has published a video criticizing corruption, including harsh words for Iraq's highest ranked religious figure, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. A blog on Huffington Post, as well as an East County resident we interviewed, credit Sistani with ...
While some of the most powerful and influential groups are indeed Shiite and Iranian-backed, including Badr, many are small local units that responded to nationalist calls from powerful religious figures such as Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. And not all are linked to Tehran, according to the U.S. military.
As ISIS overran vast swathes of the country and appeared poised to take the capital, Baghdad, the leader of Iraq's highest Shiite religious authority, Ayatollah Sistani, issued a fatwa, or religious edict, compelling all the faithful to protect their homeland from ISIS. GettyImages-610087080 (1) Members of the ...
Iraq's top Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has condemned a controversial decision by the United States to recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as the ... Ayatollah Sistan's office issued a statement on Thursday and said Washington's move “hurts the feelings of hundreds of millions of Arabs, Muslims.”.
In the wake of its Sept. 25 independence referendum, Iraqi Kurdistan is at its weakest since 2003. Turkey severed its relations with Kurdistan. Iran closed the Kurdistan border. Iraqi ministers cut financial ties, halted international flights to and from Kurdistan, and even threatened to expel Kurdish members ...
In the holy city of Najaf, home to Imam Ali's shrine and Iraq's most revered Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani, there was a similar feeling of disillusionment ... Even Sistani seems unhappy with the performance of the politicians, issuing a fatwa recently implicitly calling on Shiites to vote for new blood.
The role of Iraq's revered Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, who is highly influential in Iraqi politics, will be crucial in this peace-building process. Nevertheless, there is only so much that can be done as a moderating force unless serious progress can be made both towards interfaith dialogue between Sunnis and ...
... roller marked with camouflage paint in the southern city of Basra on March 1, 2018. Tens of thousands of Iraqis mobilised in 2014 and formed the Hashed al-Shaabi, a paramilitary umbrella organisation set up to fight Daesh, in response to a call by the country's top Shiite authority, Ayatollah Ali Sistani.
The fatwa led to the formation of the Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF)), which attracted around 60,000 fighters organised into some 60 units. Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei directs at least 44 of these 60 Shia paramilitaries; others are under the authority of Sistani or are ...
Hadi al-Hisnawi, the representative of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in Karbala, told Al-Monitor that wax sculptures are acceptable because they contribute to cultural knowledge by introducing important figures to new generations. He pointed to a fatwa permitting “owning carved statues that do not promote ...
The May elections provide a potential entry point for some groups with political aspirations. After a call in late 2017 from Ayatollah Sistani for groups to lay down their arms, some simply split their political and military wings. Other PMF leaders, such as Amiri, are former government ministers seeking office ...
Politics is about shared power in Iraq.” The May elections provide a potential entry point for some groups with political aspirations. After a call in late 2017 from Ayatollah Sistani for groups to lay down their arms, some simply split their political and military wings. Other PMF leaders, such as Amiri, are former ...
Jassem's brigade—Liwa Ali al-Akhbar—is affiliated to the Shrine of Imam Hussein in the southern city Karbala and views Sistani as its spiritual guide. By law, all of the militias that make up the Hashid Shaabi are under the authority of the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, but the reality is far more ...
In an interview with The New York Times, Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, described the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, as “the ... Referring to its close ties with Shiites in Iraq including Sistani and other Iraqi Shiite clerics who studied in Qum, the Director of the Gulf and Middle East ...
While some of the most powerful and influential groups are indeed Shiite and Iranian-backed, including Badr, many are small local units that responded to nationalist calls from powerful religious figures such as Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. And not all are linked to Tehran, according to the U.S. military.
Not every Shieh Ayatollah has has bought the Velayat nonsense. Grand Ayatollahs like Sistani and many other less well known ones have never subscribed to that concept, which has created a governing monster in Iran solely dedicated to self preservation through oppression and reactionary rule. What do ...
The militias are part of the Hashed Al Shaabi, also known as the Popular Mobilisation Units or Popular Mobilisation Forces, which was formed in 2014 after after Ayatollah Ali Al Sistani, Iraq's top Shiite cleric, urged citizens to take up arms against ISIL militants who had swept aside government forces and ...
When the country's top Shiite cleric, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, demanded Dec. 15 that the government escalate operations to put all weapons under its control, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced a plan to do just that. At times in the past, sales were blatant and widespread; after the fall of Saddam ...
The militias known collectively as the Hashed Al Shaabi, Popular Mobilisation Units (PMUs) or Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF), were formed in 2014 after Ayatollah Ali Al Sistani, Iraq's top Shiite cleric, urged citizens to take up arms against ISIL militants who had swept aside government forces and ...
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Under pressure from allies in the West, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is staking his career on reining in the Shi'ite militias that helped him defeat Islamic State. The task will not be ... They also have the blessing of Iraq's most influential Shi'ite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani.
Ayatollah Khomeini initiated this policy after Saddam Hussein's invasion of Iran in 1980, which led to the creation of popular militia units that would eventually become the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and Basij. Ayatollah Sistani, Iraq's most senior religious leader, emulated this model of mobilizing ...
The Hashed emerged after Iraq's top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, called for volunteers in June 2014 to join jihad against IS militants. Tens of thousands heeded the call, enlisting in multiple militia factions. After victory, the mix of religious tradition and pop culture, poetry and song has become ...
FILE: Members of the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Moblisation units) flash the victory gesture as they drive past a pickup truck hanging on its hood portraits of Iraqi Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani (L) and Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on 10 December 2017. Picture: AFP.
The Hashed emerged out of a call in June 2014 by Iraq's top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, for volunteers to join jihad against IS militants, who had overrun the northern city of Mosul and swept nearly to Baghdad and Shiite shrines farther south as the military and security forces collapsed.
Iraqi-Shiite Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani announced his support of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) and “requested that all weapons come under government's control” in a statement earlier this month. He also urged Shiite armed groups to stay away from political participation. While it appears that ...
Iraqi Shia paramilitary groups who took part in the war against Islamic State militants should be incorporated into state security bodies, the nation's top Shia cleric said. In a message delivered at the Friday sermon in the holy city of Kerbala through one of his representatives, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani ...
In the wake of its Sept. 25 independence referendum, Iraqi Kurdistan is at its weakest since 2003. Turkey severed its relations with Kurdistan. Iran closed the Kurdistan border. Iraqi ministers cut financial ties, halted international flights to and from Kurdistan, and even threatened to expel Kurdish members ...
Even the Shiite authorities, most importantly Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, stood against it before parliament rejected it. Many Iraqis blame political Islam for the tragedies and corruption plaguing their country, as the Islamists have held the reins of power since 2005. In this regard, Wassim Sizif, a social ...
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The Hashd al-Shaabi played a “pivotal role” in the Iraqi takeover of the disputed areas, a high ranking commander in the ... The Hashd al-Shaabi was formed after a fatwa by Iraq's Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in the summer of 2014 when ISIS captured several Iraqi provinces.
All eyes are now on the leading Shia religious authority Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, a fatwa by whom had established the PMF. For his part, Abadi's entire political future now hinges on his ability to resolve the thorny issue of the PMF and the prospects of disbanding the militias or integrating them into the ...
Back then, Iraqi security forces were on the back foot. The fight against IS truly began when Ayatollah Ali Sistani, the spiritual leader of the country's Shia majority, called for general mobilisation against the outfit. This led to the formation of the Hashed al-Shabi paramilitary units. According to Al Abadi, the ...
A fatwa issued by Iraqi Shia Spiritual Leader Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani rallied the militias into engaging with IS to protect the southern regions after the Iraqi Army collapsed. Iraq is set to hold general elections in May and a number of Hashd al-Shaabi leaders have indicated their desire to run, despite Abadi asserting ...
But during our visit here, we learned that Iran's influence is not as clear-cut, not as simple, and not as extensive as many in Washington describe. There are powerful barriers to Iran's influence in Iraq. Among them is Iranian-born cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani. Sistani is Iraq's highest religious authority.


 

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