Dated: 25 July 2014
Original source (Arabic): http://jawabna.com/index.php/permalink/7519.html
Translation starts here:
His Excellency Sayid al-Qaid Muqtada al-Sadr (may God preserve him) issues statement on the vicious aggressions against the shrines of the prophets and the saints.
In the name of the Almighty.
The hands of the enemy, the hands of the ferocious enemy who carry no religion in their hearts or wisdom in their minds, who want only to spread corruption in the land, have wrongfully assailed the shrines of the saints, one after another… without a religious, ideological and military restraint, for their hearts were filled with hatred for the Ahul al-Bayt [Shi’a] (peace be upon them), for they are like cattle that have strayed from the path [of God].
Today, they have revealed the true face of their corrupt, bestial. predatory beliefs when they blew up the shrine of the Prophet Jonah (peace be upon him). This painful event has a number of meanings, including:
Firstly: this shrine is not Imami [Shi’a], nor Sufi only but he is a Prophet for all the religions, so it is an aggression against all religions and must be met with severe firmness. For they have shown you they observe nothing in you and there is no protection, and they do not care about any sinful act.
Secondly: their aggression towards one of the prophets of God and his Messenger, it only the beginning for they will destroy even the grave of the Messenger (blessings of God upon him and his family) and the Holy Kaaba – God forbid – this would be the greatest of all disasters, in a manner of speaking.
Thirdly: the silence of the government, and Iraqi society and the international community regarding this [crime] will lead to dire consequences, both in this world, and in the hereafter. Silence regarding the truth is a muted devil, and all that are with him [the devil] will deserve the punishment of God. So wait, and I am waiting with you.
Fourthly: I say to this impudent, criminal group, I shall reserve my response to any time, for you are a group that does not deserve life, for you are murderers of prophets and saints and destroyers of graves and shrines where God worships, except for your small minded and arrogance toward the voice of truth, so pay heed to the war from God and his Messenger.
We will not consider you from the Sunnis of Iraq, for you are from the lost people that have strayed from the path of God. We will not target in response anyone but you, for we have protected the blood, lives, and money of the Sunnis of Iraq, and while today you target them, tomorrow you will target the Christians of Iraq with the same impudence and sin.
Peace be upon the Prophet of God, and peace be upon all the heavenly religions, and peace be up the Sunnis of Iraq and the Christians of Iraq from the Shi’a of Iraq… damnation on the band of stray savages… peace be upon the people of peace.
Muqtada al-Sadr 26 Ramada al-Mubarak, 1435