Dated: 20 June 2014 (Friday Prayers Sermon – Video)
Original source (Arabic): http://imamhussain.org/fri/101vie.html
Translation starts here:
The representative of the Marja’iya [Sistani] his Excellency Saiyd al-Saafy, in his Friday sermon in Holy Karbala, held at the Imam Hussein Shrine, 20th June 2014, dealt with a number of points as follows:
The previous Friday, the Marja’iya [Sistani] called for volunteers to join the security forces to defend Iraq in light of the difficult situation the country is going through, the following points must be added to this:
Firstly: this call was directed at all the citizens, not towards any specific sect over another. The goal of this call was to prepare and be in readiness for confronting the takfiri group known as Da3sh and which has gained the upper hand and has the strongest presence in what is happening in a number of provinces. Da3sh has announced, with all clarity and frankness, that it is targeting the rest of the Iraqi provinces, such as Holy Najaf and Holy Karbala, just as it announced with all clarity and frankness that it is aiming at everything it can get it hands on, including the shrines of the Prophets and the Imams, the Companions and the Righteous, as well as the temples of the non-Muslims from churches to other places.
For Da3sh targets the holy places of all Iraqis without distinguishing between faiths and doctrines just as they target with death and torture all who do not agree with them and refuse to submit to their authority, even those who share the same faith and doctrine.
This takfiri group is a great scourge that plagues our region. The call to volunteer was with the goal of urging the Iraqi people, in all its components and sects, to oppose this group which, if it is not confronted today and expelled from Iraq, all will regret having left it too late, but regret will avail them not at all.
The call to volunteer had no sectarian dimension, and it could not possibly have. For the Marja’iya [Sistani] has demonstrated over the past years, in more severe conditions, that it has rejected any sectarian practice and that he is the author of the famous quote (“Do not say they are our brothers, but they are ourselves), emphasising again and again to all the politicians and those in control of things, that they must respect the rights of all Iraqis, from all the sects and components on an equal footing. It cannot be the way of the Marja’iya to incite strife amongst the sons of the unified people. The Marja’iya urges all to work to strengthen the bonds of affinity and love amongst them, and unify their words in confronting the foreign takfirist.
Secondly: The call of the Marja’iya, was for enrolment in the official security forces and not for the formation of armed militias outside the legal framework. The Marja’iya’s principled position is the necessity of limiting weapons to the hands of the government. It has been clear since the fall of the previous regime that no one could conceive that the Marja’iya supports any armed organisation that isn’t authorised under the law.
It is for the relevant authorities to prevent the armed manifestations outside the law, and to take the initiative in organisation the process of volunteering and announce specific rules for those needing them such as the armed forces and security organs to make the picture clear to the volunteers desiring to volunteer…
The Marja’iya directs it deep thanks and appreciation to the hundreds of thousands of the dear citizens who responded to its call and went to see the volunteering centres in different neighbourhood in Iraq during the previous week and regrets what harm happened to many of them as a result of the lack of sufficient preparations to accept their service and hopes that the issues will improve in the near future.
The federal court has ratified the results of the parliamentary elections and there are constitutional timings for convening the new Council of Representatives and choosing the Speaker, the President and the Prime Minister. Forming a new government in line with these timings and without exceeding them is very important, similarly the necessity of dialogue amongst the winning political blocs to arrive at the formation of an effective government which has wide national acceptance and rectifies the previous errors and opens the prospect of a better future for all Iraqis.
Fourthly: The current situation makes it imperative that Iraqis find greater solidarity and cohesion amongst themselves. In light of this there must be cooperation to relieve the suffering of displaced persons and the delivery of necessary help to them. Similarly, traders in food goods and other things needed by the general public must refrain from rising prices and monopolising food stuffs which form the strength of the people and acting as a monopoly, in addition to being against the laws of Islam, does not harmonise with the nobility of Iraqi ethics.
We ask God Almighty that He take all by the hand towards goodness and righteousness, He is the most merciful.