Liaison office of Grand Ayatullah Sayyid Ali Al Sistani (L.M.H.L) in London, Europe, North and South America.

English translation + original Arabic copy of the Statement from Ayatullah Seestani’s Office in Najaf concerning the unfolding events in Iraq.

The city of Najaf and a number of other Iraqi towns are going through tragic circumstances where the sacrosanct is being violated, lives lost, blood shed and property destroyed - without hindrance.

His Eminence Sayyid Seestani (long may he live), whose health condition has distant him far from Najaf during these critical days, is following the plight of his people in Iraq from his hospital bed with deep pain and grave concern. He shares the pain and anguish of his people. His Office is continuing their speedy efforts with all parties and Iraqi authorities and others to put a quick end to the current tragic status-quo.

While His Eminence calls upon all parties concerned to work in earnest to put an end to this crisis swiftly and establish the basis guaranteeing the non-reoccurrence [of such events] in future, he prays God, the exalted to make Iraq safe and to prevent it from all forms of harm and calamity. He [Allah] Is All Hearing and [He] answers prayers.

Seal of the Office of Ayatullah Seestani in Najaf
Thursday 12 August 2004