Sistani calls on Iraqi civilians to fight ISIS

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Iraqi men who volunteered to join the fight against a major offensive by jihadists in northern Iraq stand on army trucks as they leave a recruiting center in the capital Baghdad on June 13, 2014. (Photo: AFP - Ali al-Saadi)

Published Friday, June 13, 2014

Top Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani called Friday for Iraqis to take up arms against "terrorists" who have overrun swathes of the country in a major offensive.

"Citizens who are able to bear arms and fight terrorists, defending their country and their people and their holy places, should volunteer and join the security forces to achieve this holy purpose," his representative announced on his behalf during Friday prayers in the city of Karbala.

"He who sacrifices for the cause of defending his country and his family and his honor will be a martyr," he added.

The elderly Sistani, who rarely appears in public, is highly influential in the Shia Muslim world and is adored by millions.

An offensive launched by the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and its allies late Monday has overrun all of one province and chunks of three more.

Security forces have so far failed to halt the drive, with some fleeing after throwing away their uniforms and abandoning their positions.

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has already announced that the government will arm and equip citizens who volunteer to fight.

(AFP)

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"On the other hand, this is a call to defense, not to attack. The Shia promote unity and so do the true sunni, but the wahabis are the puppets of the West and the bringers of terrorism. "

The Shias promote bogus unity(Wihdi Istisilamiyyah) while they spend hundreds of millions of dollars to spread the creed of takfeer of Abu Bakr and Umar

"so do the true sunni,"

No true Sunni would support the Safawi Majusi agenda

"but the wahabis are the puppets of the West"

The tens of thousands of Wahabis in Saudi dungeons who oppose the treachery of the Saudi regime and its palace Wahabi scholars are puppets of the West?! but Shi'at Nato in Afghanistan and Iraq who collaborated with the Americans who brought to them to power are what?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-16152064
http://www.defense.gov/home/photoessays/2005-04/p20050412c2.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNQhMUOy__s

Even Bush and Rumsfeld are better than Abu Bakr and Umar according to these hypocrites.

I'm glad we agree on two points... That America and it's puppets are the terrorists and our true enemies, and that a true Muslim promotes unity and peace, and would never cause harm to another human being whether Sunni, Shia or non Muslim... except in self defense...

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani , at (June 13,2014) Friday Shia prayers, issues a call to fight against Sunni militants…..
"Citizens who are able to bear arms and fight terrorists, defending their country and their people and their holy places, should volunteer and join the security forces to achieve this holy purpose."

The Muslim Sunni believe that the Muslim Shia are corrupt...and hate them…& pray to Allah
The Muslim Shia believe that the Muslim Sunni are corrupt...and hate them…& pray to Allah

Both believe that they are right in their eyes.
And President Obama has proclaimed that it is “right to be free” from corruption.
...to have the freedom for one’s own rights and the responsibility to fight for this freedom.
...to have the freedom for one’s own religion and the responsibility to fight for this freedom.
And so, the Sunni and the Shia believe that it is right to be free from the corruption of the other.
And so, because of the love for this self-freedom, each hates his brother and believes that it is right to kill his brother, as Cain did.

When one truly takes a close look, each side, the Shia and the Sunni, believes, worships, and lives by the SAME “religious” belief...the core belief in SELF-FREEDOM….to serve and magnify oneself (XES).

And this is the “god of fortresses” that President Obama, leaders of all nations, leaders of all traditional “religions” advance, proclaim, defend, support, and glorify as the righteousness of man….but as you can see it does not give peace.

Take Note...Very Soon, the Son of the Only Creator, the Lord Jesus Christ, will return to rule the earth in power according to and in obedience to the Will of the One Creator Who gives existence to all that exists, to love Him and to love the brother…... and NOT according to man’s first love for the freedom to do his own will....and all men will cry and clench their teeth in anger when “their self-freedom” will be no more.

It's strange that you mention the United States here... Although it is clear that they are the true enemies of the Muslim world.

On the other hand, this is a call to defense, not to attack. The Shia promote unity and so do the true sunni, but the wahabis are the puppets of the West and the bringers of terrorism.

Also the coming of Jesus is a fact that all Muslims believe in, but when he does come, he will clarify that the rue omnipotent God cannot have a son; as that defies logic, rather he is a great Prophet.

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