Dated: 25 March 2014
Original source (Arabic): http://jawabna.com/index.php/permalink/7374.html
Translation starts here:
His Excellency Sayyid al-Qaid issues a statement on current events in the beloved Diyala Governorate
In the name of God.
It is of great regret that that the governorate of Diyala has fallen between the two jaws: the jaw of the extremist Wahhabis who pursue slaughter and trapping; and between the jaw of the ignorance of the Shi’a who violate the sanctities of the mosques… in order to destabilise Islamic unity. For both moderate Sunnis nor the fair-minded Shi’a are the victims of this childish, reckless and irresponsible actions. The results of these actions are moderate Sunnis leaving behind their moderation, and the Shi’a their fairness, to join the darkness of the terrorists and extremism pursuing violence, abandoning the basis of Islamic humanism. The most badly affected will be Iraq and its unity, security and peace, as well as its independence to the benefit of those countries and blind authorities, and Iraq will be overcome by the dictator.
I am convinced that those who through cast our name (al-Sadr) into this turmoil and strife are followers of the dictator from the impudent militia exploiting some the naivety and simple-mindedness of our followers, or of others.
The ardent of Iraq, from the marji’ and the ulema and the wise, the faithful and beloved tribes, cry out for the unity of the country and its subjects, and for the salvation of this province from these two jaws……