Updated: Muqtada al-Sadr wears military uniform: Some thoughts on the secularisation of Muqtada al-Sadr

Update: 19/07/2016 Following from my post providing some analysis of Muqtada al-Sadr’s recent appearance in military garb, @toaf kindly forwarded some fascinating photos he recently took in Iraq. These photos indicate a strategy of integrating a military, nationalist-secular symbology alongside images of Sadr’s religious heritage (Baqir and Sadeq al-Sadr) in campaigns in various parts of Iraq. These

Translation: Ali Al-Sistani’s guidance to fighters engaged in Fallujah

Mustafa Al-Khaqani ‏@Khaqani_M shared the an interesting picture (below) showing the guidance on battlefield rules issued a few days ago by Shi’i marja’ Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani spreading amongst fighters engaged in the Fallujah operation. What follows is a rough translation of this guidance with the original Arabic text below: “So it comes to the fight with those

السيد السيستاني يدين اعتداءات الأعظمية ويدعو إلى إعادة بناء المؤسسة العسكرية العراقية وفق المعايير والضوابط المهنية الدولية – Sayyid Sistani condemns the aggression in Adhamiya and calls for the rebuilding of the institutions of the Iraqi army according to international standards and rules.

Dated: 15 May 2015 Original source (Arabic): http://imamhussain.org/fri/4723vie.html 15 May 2015 Sayyid Sistani condemns the aggression in Adhamiya and calls for the rebuilding of the institutions of the Iraqi army according to international standards and rules. The Marja’iya [al-Sistani] condemned the attacks which happened in the area of Adhamiya last Wednesday night and praised the speedy

المرجع السيستاني يدعو القيادات العسكرية الى ضرورة التنسيق مع المجاميع المشاركة في قتال داعش والكوادر الطبية العناية بالجرحى – The Marja’ Sistani calls for the necessity of military leaders to coordinate with the groups participating in the fight against Da3sh and for medical staff to treat the injured cadres. (Friday Sermon – Sistani representative).

Dated: 26 June 2015 Original source (Arabic): http://imamhussain.org/fri/4730vie.html Translation starts here: The Marja’ Sistani calls for the necessity of military leaders to coordinate with the groups participating in the fight against Da3sh and for medical staff to treat the injured cadres. (Friday Sermon – Sistani representative). Representative of the Marja’ Sistani call the military leaders to

Sistani: Advice and Guidance to the Fighters on the Battlefields

Dated: 12 Feb 2015 Original source (English): http://www.sistani.org/english/archive/25036/ and Arabic source: http://www.sistani.org/arabic/archive/25034// Advice and Guidance to the Fighters on the Battlefields  In the Name of God, Ever-Merciful, Ever-Compassionate In the Name of God, Ever-Merciful, Ever-Compassionate Praise belongs to God, Lord of the Cosmos, and ever-lasting peace be upon the best of His creation, Muhammad and his noble

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

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

المرجع السيستاني يرفض قرار مجلس النواب الامريكي ويطالب القوى السياسية بموقف واضح لرفض هذا الاسلوب بالتعامل مع الشعب العراقي – al-Sistani rejects moves in US HoR to arm Kurds and Sunni-tribal groups directly.

The purpose of this blog is begin to build up enough source material to make possible a comparative analysis of the discourse on political identity constructed by key figures in the Iraqi-Shi’a religious field. Consequently, finding fatwas, bayans or articles from different figures addressing the same political events and subjects is especially useful. Here we