Text of statement on the current situation in Iraq from Friday sermon held by His Eminence, Sayid Ahmed Safi, representative of the Grand Marja’iya, 02 July 2014. نصّ ما ورد بشأن الوضع الراهن في العراق في خطبة الجمعة التي ألقاها فضيلة العلاّمة السيد أحمد الصافي في يوم (5/ رمضان/1435هـ) الموافق (4/تموز/2014م)

Dated: 02 July 2014 Original source (Arabic): http://www.sistani.org/arabic/archive/24921/ Translation starts here: Text of statement on the current situation in Iraq from Friday sermon held by His Eminence, Sayid Ahmed Safi, representative of the Grand Marja’iya, 02 July 2014. In the name of God the Compassionate and the Merciful. Concerning the current situation there are a

Muqtada al-Sadr withdraws militia from front line of fight against ISIS: Washington Post article

Dated: 17 Feb 2015 Original source (English): http://goo.gl/WsoV3k Authors: Loveday Morris and Mustafa Salim Discusses decision by Muqtada to freeze the activities of his militias the Peace Brigades and the Promised Day Brigade following killing of a Sunni tribal leader and eight of his entourage. Exert: “Smyth estimates the strength of the Peace Brigades at 25,000 to 40,000

Muqtada al-Sadr interview with al-Nahar: “Hashd al-Shaabi operates under Shiite Marja (authority) and should not intervene in Iraq’s political matters,”

Dated: 17 June 2015 Original source (English): http://rudaw.net/english/middleeast/iraq/170620154 Speaking to Al-Nahar newspaper, the leader of the Sadrist Movement said the escalation of religious conflict between Shiites and Sunnis in Iraq was the result of the “authoritarian rule” of former Iraqi governments. “Former governments are accountable for the escalation of violence in Iraq. The authoritarian treatment of

مكتب المرجع السيستاني يوضح ما ورد بخطبة الجمعة من ( ان الدفاع واجب كفائي – al-Sistani clarifies the “jihad fatwa”

Dated: 14 June 2015 Original source (Arabic): http://www.sistani.org/arabic/in-news/24909/ Nun News Agency Translation starts here: The Office of the Marja’ al-Sistani clarifies what was reported in the Friday sermon (that defence is a wajib kafai [collective duty]) The Office of the Marja’ya representing Grand Ayatollah al-Sayyid Ali Al-Sistani has clarified 4 points with respect to what was

ممثل المرجعية الشيخ عبد المهدي الكربلائي – الواجب الكفائي – al-Sistani collective jihad fatwa – al-Stistani’s representative Sheikh Abdul Mahdi al-Karbalai delivered fatwa at Friday prayers

Dated: 13 June 2014 Original source (Video, Arabic):  This is my attempt at translating the fatwa that initiated al-hashd al-sha’bi in June 2014. Delivered by Sistani’s representative Sheikh Abdul Mahdi al-Karbalai. Translation starts here: Oh brothers and sisters… The situation that Iraq and its citizens are going through is very dangerous, we must be aware of