The old geezer is the most powerful Shiite cleric in Iraq. He has steadfastly refused to meet with any representative of the kafir armies and keeps pulling the strings from behind the scene. Falsely portrayed as a ‘moderate’, this Ayatollah has a website Â that describes unbelievers as “things najis”, google it!
If you’re too lazy to google it, here’s a quick exerpt:
The following ten things are essentially najis:
4. Dead body
8. Kafir (that’s you and me!)
9. Alcoholic liquors
10. The sweat of an animal who persistently eats najasat [i.e., unclean things].
The entire body of a Kafir, including his hair and nails, and all liquid substances of his body, are najis.
If the parents, paternal grandmother and paternal grandfather of a minor child are all kafir, that child is najis, except when he is intelligent enough, and professes Islam. When, even one person from his parents or grandparents is a Muslim, the child is Pak (The details will be explained in rule 217).
A person about whom it is not known whether he is a Muslim or not, and if no signs exist to establish him as a Muslim, he will be considered Pak. But he will not have the privileges of a Muslim, like, he cannot marry a Muslim woman, nor can he be buried in a Muslim cemetery.”
Believe it or not, the loons from the liberal media once suggested the nomination of Al-Sistani for the Nobel Prize……
President Hussein Obama has made a last-ditch attempt to resolve Iraq’s election impasse by writing to the country’s most powerful Shia cleric beseeching him to intervene to end the crisis.
A secret letter was reportedly sent to Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani last month as fears grew that America’s combat troop withdrawal next month would give way to renewed instability.
Mr Obama‘s letter, whose existence the White House has refused to confirm or deny, represents an unprecedented US attempt to reach out to Mr Sistani, who is widely revered amongÂ Iraq’s Shia majority.
The reclusive leader of the country’s Shia Muslims has been widely seen as the country’s most influential figure since Saddam Hussein was overthrown by the US-led coaltion in 2003.
An official close to the cleric’s office told Foreign Policy magazine thatÂ Ayatollah Sistani was urged “use his influence with Shiite groups and get them to compromise.”
It is far from clear how obliging the Grand Ayatollah is likely to prove. Mr Sistani, who lives in a modest house in the holy city of Najaf, is an adherent of the Quietist school of Shia Islam which holds that clerics should play no direct role in government.
He has intervened in politics before, however, both by urging Iraqis to vote in elections and by brokering an end to an uprising against American troops in 2004 led by Moqtada al-Sadr, a portly cleric who champions the Shia urban poor.
But Mr Sistani’s prestige was damaged after he endorsed a Shia coalition in 2005 only to see it become quickly embroiled in turmoil and infighting.
Even so, the cleric’s aides have hinted that he could be persuaded to mediate if the impasse persisted.
Sessions in the Iraqi parliament have been suspended indefinitely, with the result that not a single piece of legislation being passed since March, including vital bills on increasing foreign investment and sharing oil revenues.
More worryingly, the impasse has deepened sectarian divisions, raising fears that a waning Sunni Arab insurgency could be given fresh impetus.
In a sign of what some observers fear could become a regular pattern, 43 people were killed inÂ a multiple bombing attack on the predominantly Shia city of Basra over the weekend.