Saturday, March 06, 2010

Iraq's Grand Ayatullah Muhammad Taqi al-Modarresi Endorses National Elections, Calls for Vigorous Participation & Condemns Corruption

Grand Ayatullah al-Sayyid Muhammad Taqi al-Modarressi, another one of Iraq's maraji' al-taqlid (Twelver Shi'i jurists & mujtahids who are followed by lay Shi'is and lesser scholars; literally "reference points for emulation"), has called for widespread and enthusiastic participation in tomorrow's Iraqi national elections. Like his colleagues in the southern Iraqi shrine city of al-Najaf (see HERE) led by Grand Ayatullah al-Sayyid 'Ali Husayni Sistani, al-Modarressi has advised his followers to vote for the most qualified candidates, candidates who seek to improve the country as opposed to enrich themselves. He also condemns political corruption. [As a sayyid, al-Modarresi is a descendant of the Prophet Muhammad.]

Al-Modarresi is a prolific writer and has been involved in Iraqi Shi'i political activism for many decades. I recently acquired a number of the books and pamphlets he penned in the early 1980s on a wide variety of topics, from traditional theological and juridical issues according to Twelver Shi'i fiqh (jurisprudence) to political activism in Iraq and Lebanon.

Muqtada al-Sadr has also called for participation in the elections, which he describes as "political resistance."

Grand Ayatullah Muhammad Taqi Al-Modarresi...2010 Elections
Grand Ayatullah al-Sayyid Muhammad Taqi al-Modarresi

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