Saturday, March 06, 2010

Muqtada al-Sadr Urges "Political Resistance" through Participation in Iraq's National Elections

Al-Sayyid (descendant of the Prophet Muhammad) Muqtada al-Sadr has urged his followers to participate in tomorrow's national elections, joining the country's resident grand ayatullahs (see HERE and HERE). Unlike them, he has endorsed the elections as a means of "political resistance" against the continued occupation of the country by the United States, albeit one with Iraqi government acquiescence. Muqtada is the son of the revered martyred Grand Ayatullah al-Sayyid Muhammad Sadiq al-Sadr (assassinated in 1999 by Iraqi Ba'th agents) and nephew of the martyred Grand Ayatullah al-Sayyid Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr (executed on Saddam Husayn's orders in April 1980). Muqtada heads one of Iraq's largest Shi'i socio-political movements, Tayyar al-Sadr (Sadr Movement), which represents many of the Iraqi Shi'i poor (the vast majority of the country's Shi'is).

Muqtada Al-Sadr...2010 Elections (Fatwa)
Muqtada al-Sadr

1 comment:

Froborr said...

Nice to see at least one country is healthy enough that the opposition are using the established system to try to effect change. Wouldn't it be nice if the American conservatives took that approach, too?