Thursday, March 10, 2011
Grand Ayatullah al-Sayyid 'Ali Husayni Sistani, the most widely followed Twelver Shi'i religious scholar "of emulation" (marja' al-taqlid) in the world, has visited his colleague in the Iraqi shrine city of al-Najaf, Grand Ayatullah Muhammad Ishaq Fayyad. Both religious scholars are members of the four-person Marja'iyya, the informal council of top Shi'i maraji' al-taqlid (grand ayatullahs), in the city. The other two grand ayatullahs are al-Sayyid Muhammad Sa'id al-Hakim and Bashir Najafi.
Sistani, an Iranian citizen who has lived in Iraq for decades, was visiting Fayyad after he returned from medical treatment. Sistani personally delivered his well wishes for Fayyad's continued health and prosperity. Fayyad, a Hazara Afghan, and Sistani were both star students of the late Grand Ayatullah al-Sayyid Abu'l Qasim al-Khu'i (Khoei, Kho'i).
I've written a short biography of Fayyad that is available HERE.