The Grand Ayatollah, Ali al-Sistani, during a meeting with a delegation of Sunni clerics from the southern governorates and the Kurdistan region and a representative of the Sunni Endowment, on the sidelines of the first national conference of religious scholars Shiites and Sunnis in Iraq to be held in the city of Najaf, issued Fatwa in sanctity of Iraqi blood in general and Sunni in particular, emphasized spilling the blood of Iraqis in general, and Sunnis in particular, is forbidden.
Grand Iraqi Shiite Cleric, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani said that there is no real difference between Sunnis and Shiites or Kurds and Christians, adding we are servants for all Iraqis.
The Grand Ayatollah, Ali al-Sistani, during a meeting with a delegation of Sunni clerics from the southern governorates and the Kurdistan region and a representative of the Sunni Endowment, on the sidelines of the first national conference of religious scholars Shiites and Sunnis in Iraq in the city of Najaf, issued Fatwa in sanctity of Iraqi blood in general and Sunni in particular calling on Shiites to ward off danger from the Sunnis in Iraq. He emphasized that spilling the blood of Iraqis in general, and Sunnis in particular, is forbidden.
Ayatollah Sistani affirmed: Today the Shi’ite must defend the human and political rights of the minority Sunnis. The rights of the Sunni, who are being persecuted, needs to be protected by the shi’ite and everyone else in Iraq – it is all of our responsibility.
He added that our call is for unity, we do not differentiate between an Arab and Kurd, that Islam is the one who brings us together.
The head of the Sunni delegation in southern Iraq, Sheikh Khalid Al Mulla, after the meeting with Grand Ayatollah Sistani said: The Grand Ayatollah called on Shiite brothers to protect their Sunni brethren and ward off danger for them.
Mullah added: Sayyed al-Sistani said that I am a servant of the Iraqis, and there is no difference between Sunni or Shia or Kurd or Christian.
Meanwhile The Secretary General of the People Trend, Ali al-Sajri, called the Sunni clergymen to follow the stance of the Grand Ayatollah, Ali al-Sistani, to save Iraq from the sectarianism created by the politicians.
In a press statement, Sajri appreciated “Ayatollah Sistani’s stance in the current critical time created by the politicians who do not care for the interests of the Iraqi people.”
“The religious authorities have to settle the crisis because the politicians failed to settle it and they keep it for their electoral propaganda without realizing its consequences,” he added.
“The national project is not related to the politicians, but it is related to calls of the religious authorities to settle the crisis and start a new phase in Iraq,” he concluded.
Also Iraqiya coalition Eman Mosa al-Mohammadi described the fatwa of religious authority, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in sanctity of Iraqi blood and Sunnis in particular as a bright picture of the religious authorities and their keenness on the unity of the country.
She said “The religious authorities have always been and will remain a real safety valve to maintain the unity of the nation and the unity of its social fabric.”
Mohammadi added that “the Fatwa, in its pure and obviously form, in this time is a painful blow to advocates of sectarian strife who are trying to drag the country into a dangerous slider.”
(Source / 27.03.2013)