Liaison office of Grand Ayatullah Sayyid Ali Al Sistani (L.M.H.L) in London, Europe, North and South America.
The following is a translation from the original Arabic communiqué issued by the supreme religious authority of the Shia world, His Eminence Ayatullah Al-Udhma as-Sayyid as-Seestani (Dama Dhiluh), on the current situation in occupied Palestine:
In The Name of Allah The Merciful The Compassionate
"Those who disbelieve from among the children of Israel were cursed by the tongue of Dawood and Issa, son of Maryam. This was because they disobeyed and used to exceed the limit. They used not to forbid each other the hateful things (which) they did. Certainly evil was that which they did"
(True are the words of Allah the Almighty - Holy Qur'an Surah 5: 78 & 79).
Our brothers and sisters in the occupied lands of Palestine are facing an incessant Zionist onslaught, unparalleled in our times. Words cannot expose the dimensions of such barbarity that has affected the lives of the young and old alike. With an all-too-obvious blessing from the US, numerous methods of; killing, torture, terror, arbitrary arrests, violations of sacred places, deliberately starving the people and confiscating their property, destroying towns, refugee camps and houses and preventing even ambulances from attending to the wounded and taking the bodies of the martyrs for burial, are, unabatedly being perpetrated under the eyes of the whole world. When the enemies of Islam support the usurping aggressors, it is appropriate to expect Muslims to stand by their brothers in Palestine, consolidate their efforts and ranks to stop this aggression. The on going tragedy of the oppressed Palestinian people leaves all Muslims unable to enjoy any food or drink until they succeed in lifting the aggressors' brutal hands from their brothers and sisters. It has been narrated form the great Prophet (may Allah' s peace and blessings be upon him and his family) that he said: "Whoever wakes up in the morning and does not care about the affaires of Muslims, is not a Muslim and whoever hears a Muslim calling 'Ya Muslims' and does not heed his cries is not a Muslim also". We therefore call upon all Muslims to save the Palestinian people and respond to their profound cries of help by sparing no efforts or means at their disposal to deter the aggressors and regain their rights and recover Muslim lands from the clutches of the invaders. We ask Allah the Almighty to lead Muslims to righteousness and victory over their enemies.
"..and victory is only from Allah, the Mighty, the Wise" (Holy Qur'an Surah 3: 126)
Ali Al-Hussaini as-Seestani
26 Muharram 1423 (A.H)