The Iranian-born cleric called on all Muslims to work to overcome sectarian differences and calm the passions, which serve only “those who want to dominate the Islamic country and control its resources to achieve their aims.”
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Top Iraqi religious cleric Grand Ayatollay Ali al-Sistani once again called for peace and unity in Iraq.
Radio Free Europe reports:
Iraq’s top Shi’ite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, called today for Muslim unity and an end to sectarian conflict.
In his first public statement in many weeks, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani said differences between Sunnis and Shi’ites have existed for centuries but should not be the cause for bloodshed.
The Iranian-born cleric, one of his country’s most influential figures, cited what he called a “desperate need for unity and for renouncing divisions” and for “avoiding sectarian fanaticism.”
Al-Sistani also accused unspecified individuals and groups of working to widen the schism among Muslims.
Al-Sistani was apparently referring to Abdullah bin Jabrain, a key member of Saudi Arabia’s clerical establishment, who recently described Shi’ites as “the most vicious enemy of Muslims.”
Long live Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani!
The Ayatollah shows considerable restraint considering the absolute horror the terrorists are dumping on his beloved country.