In His Name, the Most High
Without sounding thick, how exactly does someone define the "most knowledgeable" - what defines knowledge?
You can have vast amounts of data stored on a system, but without any coherent manner to analyse and extrapolate from said data the system is rendered void.
Therefore, knowledge must be defined clearly. To have studied for a long time doesn't mean that someone is neccessarily the most knowledgable. Let's make that very clear.
Now before some people decide that I'm speaking against the Mara'je' don't
- because I am NOT. I am merely stating a fact. Which can be emperically proven.
1. Tabarsi as quoted by Allamah Majlisi in Bihaar, gives the following hadith
of our 6th Imam (A.S.):
"If a person takes up arms and calls people to himself (to his help), and
if there is someone among the Muslims who is more knowledgeable than him, then he (the one declaring jihad by calling people to arms) is certainly misguided and false."
Who's the most knowledgeable - Sistani or Sadr? Come on folks, this is a no brainer.
While no-one is disputing the level of learning and the many years of studying and teaching that Ayatullah al-Udhma Seestani(HA) has spent in the Islamic Seminary, we need to also understand that his situation is the same as that of Sayyed Muqtada as-Sadr(HA).
They are both Islamic Leaders in thier own right, and in their own realms.
In the realm of figh and everyday teachings and the like, Ayatullah Seestani(HA) is the most learned, in the art of armed combat and resistance to occupation it would seem that Ayatullah Seestani(HA) prefers to defer this to Sayyed Muqtada(HA) - else he would have directly called for an uprising, but since he saw that Sayyed Muqtada(HA) was already working on a revolution, and was NOT
working against the Marja'iyyah, but in fact was working FOR
the Marja'iyyah, Ayatullah Seestani(HA)'s angle has been to provide silent support for the Islamic Resistance in Iraq led by Sayyed Muqtada(HA) and the Jaysh al-Mahdi(AJ).
This statement cannot be false, since NEVER
has Ayatullah Seestani(HA) spoken out directly against Sayyed Muqtada(HA) and/or the Jaysh al-Mahdi(AJ).
We have also seen clearly that Hizbullah, Hamas, Ayatullah al-Udhma Sayyed Muhammad Husayn Fadhlullah(HA) and the Leader of the Muslim Ummah, Imam Khamenei(HA) are all in support of the Islamic Resistance and they too have not spoken against Sayyed Muqtada as-Sadr(HA) and/or the Jaysh al-Mahdi(AJ).
Since you have said that you would defer your opinion to the more learned, naturally being the Marja' Ayatullah Seestani(HA), then it would seem logical for you to follow the line of your Marja' and provide silent support for Sayyed Muqtada as-Sadr(HA) and the Jaysh al-Mahdi(AJ) - to provide silent support for the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, and vocal condemnation of the attrocities and crimes of the Allawi Militia at the behest and with the assistance of their Puppet Masters in Washington.
Therefore, logically it is oxymoronic for you to suggest that you are against Sayyed Muqtada as-Sadr(HA) and the Jaysh al-Mahdi(AJ), since in doing so you have directly gone against your Marja', who you constantly allege to follow.
I don't know how to make it any simpler, but I'll try:
Your Marja' Taqleed, Ayatullah al-Udhma Sayyed Ali Seestani(HA), does NOT condemn the resistance operations of Sayyed Muqtada as-Sadr(HA) and the Jaysh al-Mahdi(HA) and does not condemn in any manner the Islamic Resistance in Iraq.
What basis do you have for your constant and dare I say rabid condemnation of said resistance?
The only people that have been out and out condemning the Islamic Resistance in Iraq are people like those that run Fox News, Sky News, etc and those who are controlled by the despots in Washington, Til Abib and Langley.
Also, the Quran, the benchmark against which all ahadeeth are verified, says clearly, that permission is given by Allah to fight agaisnt those who fight against you and drive you from your homes.
If we examine just the recent history of what the Amerikkkan Empire and the vile Allawite Militia have done we can see that they have faught against the civilians, driven them from their homes and faught them in every way possible. Therefore, to suggest that they are going against Quran in fighting occupation, just because in the opinion of some, it is wrong to take refuge in the Haram of Imam Ali(A), let us examine a few things.
Islamically, the Haram of Imam Ali(A) is actually nothing more than a graveyard where many pious people are burried including Imam Ali(A), Nabi Nuh(A) and Nabi Adam(A), as well as many great Ulema, Siddiqeen, Shohada and Saleheen.
The fact that it is all wrapped up in Gold and Marble, is nothing but a sign of the love that people have for Imam Ali(A). However, in reality the shrine is more a symbol of Imam Ali(A), who as we all know is the voice of Human Justice. Imam Ali(A)'s shrine IS a place of refuge, the lies that Al-Jazeera have been spreading conerning the Jaysh al-Mahdi(AJ) mining the place are garbage, anyone who knows the basic logistics of the place knows that it is impossible for anyone to mine the location, it is rock at the core, layered with marble, to mine it would be virtually impossible, also to mine it they would have to make sure that no visitors could come to pay their respects to Imam Ali(A) and the other's and also the actual area is not significantly large, the courtyards sure they are big, but the core is small comparatively.
If it has been mined, and there is no evidence to suggest this except a single report on a single television news network , and a report that was only reported once and has since not even been made mention of - an indication that even Al-Jazeera realise that there is a possibility that the report may have been manufactured, and they have realised that evidence to authenticate said report doesn't exist.
We can also see, and this has been verified independently and ALL the news networks have covered the bombing of the house of Sayyed Muqtada as-Sadr(HA) in Najaf (and elsewhere including the flattening of his office in Madinat Sadr and elsewhere, the Haram of Imam Ali(A) is the burial place of his grandfather, and he has every right to go there for sanctuary.
The whole idea of going into a sacred place - by international law - is to obtain santuary - however it was the Allawite Militia and the Amerikkkan Stormtroopers who have come and fired towards it and in Wadi as-Salaam - which, like the Haram of Imam Ali(A) is also a graveyard (though in all fairness it doesn't have the same gold and marble trimmings - but it has the remains of many many Anbiyaa, from Nabi Hud(A) to Nabi Saleh(A) - to many many companions of the Prophet(S), Imam Ali(A), etc, etc. Yet the Amerikkkan stormtroopers trampled over said graves without a second thought, and murdered believers in another sacred place, but no-one gave lies about the Jaysh al-Mahdi(AJ) mining Wadi as-Salaam - which would have been far easier to mine than the Haram of Imam Ali(A).
I remember in the past many people would constantly speak about giving the believers 70 excuses before condemnation. Yet from many of my brethren here - leave aside what people think of me - but many of my brethren have not even given one excuse to Sayyed Muqtada(HA) and the believers and Mujahedeen of the Jaysh al-Mahdi(AJ) who are engaged in an Islamic Resistance Movement against the forces of the Dajjalikkk Amerikkkan Empire.
We have witnessed such attrocoties such as the crimes in Abu Ghurayb, the massacres and attempts at Ethnic cleansing in Fallujah and Madinat Sadr, yet the Muslims are silent. But when the physical shrine of Imam Ali(A) is under threat everyone condemns those who are resisting with their blood, sweat and tears, who are resisting the very occupation forces take pleasure in murdering our brothers, fathers and sons and raping our daughters, wives and mothers, this is the tragedy that we value the physical buildings above the lives and honour of our brethren.
We have ahadeeth from our beloved Rasul(S), which clearly say that He/She who wakes in the morning without concern for their brother/sister that person is not a Muslim, yet what are we doing? Do we really think Imam Ali(A) is more concerned about the shrine above his remains, or is he more concerned with the inncoents that are being murdered? Do you think Imam Ali(A) resents that the Jaysh al-Mahdi(AJ) and Sayyed Muqtada as-Sadr(HA) are inside his Haram, since them being there will bring upon the "wrath of the Amerikkkan Empire", or do you think that Imam Ali(A) is wraping them in his protective cloak? Giving them succour and strength to continue the resistance?
The answer lies within you, but remember that Imam Ali(A) is the voice of Human Justice, and that he never cared for his own things, we have the famous even that is recollected in many a "sunni-shia" argument, and that is glorified by Allah in Surat ad-Dahr, where Imam Ali(A) and Fatimah az-Zahra(A) went without food for three days, because they gave their own portion to poor, the orphan and the fugative. We must also remember that Sayyed Muqtada as-Sadr(HA) is
an orphan, his father was murdered by the Tikriti Regime at the behest of it's masters in Washington and with the assistance of certain collaboraters. This is a known fact.
Why are you people so adamant that Sayyed Muqtada(HA) is wrong? What gives you the moral high ground? Are you even in Occupied Iraq? Have you seen the love that the masses have for him? Not because of any reason except that he is standing against the Occupation. That he is not going to tolerate a life with humiliation but instead yearns for death with dignity - like his forefather, Ali ibn Abi Talib(A), al-Hasan ibn Ali(A), al-Husayn ibn Ali(A), etc.
I beg you in the name of Islam, to seriously reconsider what you say, and how you think, do not succumb to the blindness that the Amerikkkan Empire wishes you to dwell in.
Pray that you do not become from the people of Kufa and Shaam who hurled garbage at the daughters of Bani Hashem, as they came to Kufa and Shaam, but who were silenced and broken by the eloquant words of the daughter of Ali(A), Zaynab al-Kubra(A), where she said:
"Oh people of Kufa, cry, for verily crying in your right, you have betrayed the highest of the high, for the sake of the lowest of the low ..."
Realise that my respected brother.
Secondly you make wild accusations, without any thought of their consequences. Therefore I ask you to recant your statements:
2. I have nothing against Sadr except that he is *not* a Shia leader. He's not Imam Khoemeini, he hasnt demonstrated to me
a.) True Islamic knowledge
b.) True Islamic behavior
With respect, I agree with you he is not Imam Khumayni(A), and with even more respect, I ask you - who are you that you can guage when someone's behaviour is Islamic or that his knowledge is Islamic.
To resist occupation is Islamic behaviour and has to be based on Islamic knowledge, however that would depend upon the Islam that one subscribes to - as Imam Khumayni(A) said:
There is the Islam of Amerikkka and the Islamic of Muhammad(S) - I subscribe to the Islam of Muhammad(S), the Islam of Amerikkka is no different to the Islam of Yazeed.
Before anyone takes my statements out of context, I would like to point out that there is a great thing happening in front of us, there is Unity amongst the Sunnah and the Shia in the face of the crimes of the Amerikkkan Empire, Allahu Akbar!
You may find this enlightening:
Peace be upon you, Oh Heir of Husayn(A),
The following are statements from the following:
1- Ayatollah al-Udhma Khamenei (August 12, 04)
2- Office of Ayatullah Seestani in Najaf (August 12)
3- Ayatollah Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah
Regarding the current and ongoing attrocities being committed by the Dajjalikkk Amerikkkan Empire and their lackeys the Allawiyid Regime in Baghdad
1- Imam Sayyed Ali al-Khamenei(HA) (August 12, 04)
Islamic ummah and Iraqi nation will definitely not forget US crimes in Najaf and will, without a doubt, deliver a harsh reply to America. Under the slogan of liberal democracy one of the most hideous crimes of humanity is being committed in Iraq. America, by exploiting the slogan of democracy and liberalism, drags Muslims into dust and blood in one of their holiest cities.
The crime committed by America in Najaf, which is one of the most holy sites of the Shi'is and one of the holiest centers of all Muslims, is a black dot and a blot which arrogant America can never erase from its face. The more they continue this crime, the bigger this dark blot and more incriminating it will become.
They are bombing the holy city of Najaf. They are entering and occupying the city, and they see no
obstacle in front of them to massacre the people of the city. The same is happening in other Iraqi cities, but the city of Najaf is the main pivotal point. Their actions tremble the heart of all Muslims in the world. And the distress brings pain to the heart of Shi'is. By doing so, they gradually widen the chasm between themselves and the Islamic ummah.
They are doing so in the name of democracy and liberalism. This current president of America feels no shame. Over the past two or three days, he repeated claims that they are pursuing democracy in Iraq. In other words, the term shame has no meaning in the dictionary of these gentlemen. They enter Iraq wearing jackboots. They kill people. They gatecrash into people's houses and insult the sanctity of people's privacy. They kill the people's young sons. We saw other examples of their deeds in the notorious scandal of Abu-Ghurayb Prison. They intervene in the affairs of the Iraqi government. They undermine the convention of a national conference and Iraqi Parliament. They
refuse to grant sovereignty to the Iraqi people. They do not remove the evil of their military forces from the heads of the Iraqi people.
Moreover, wherever they deem appropriate in accordance with their cruel discernment, they conduct bombing raids and massacre people. They demolish people's houses and destroy the meager remains of the Iraqi people's assets. They turn the people's lives into ashes and then claim to be establishing democracy in Iraq. Truly, there is no limit to their shameless behavior.
The current international climate demonstrates domination of a dark dictatorship across the world. Of course, the era of this global dictatorship will end, the same as other instances of dictatorship in various countries. The signs of this have already appeared.
2- Office of Ayatullah Seestani in Najaf (August 12,04):
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
3 - Ayatullah Sayyed Muhammad Husayn Fadhlullah(HA)
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon's top Shi'ite cleric criticised Iraq's interim government on Thursday for
allowing a U.S. offensive on the holy city of Najaf and said everything possible must be done to get
foreign forces out of Iraq.
"This violation of Najaf has been facilitated by the interim Iraqi government," Grand Ayatollah Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah said in a statement.
"It is the responsibility of all to take on the burden of expelling the occupiers from Iraq through any means possible," the statement said.
BEIRUT (Lebanese National News Agency) Hezbollah issued a statement today noting that the US occupation troops' insistence to storm the Iraqi southern city of Al-Najaf reflects premeditated and hostile intentions; most importantly a desire to violate the holy symbols of all Muslims, particularly in Al-Najaf, which houses holy Islamic tombs and honorable shrines, such as Imam Ali shrine. In addition, Al-Najaf is the resting place of several prophets, saints, scholars and pious people, the statement added.
Concluding, the statement noted that the events in Iraq prove that the only solution lies in the end of the occupation and the withdrawal of the multinational forces so that the Iraqi people could choose their own destiny and make their own decision. This is particularly true in light of the indifference of the world community towards the complex situation in Iraq at a time when the US Administration is unilaterally controlling the country's affairs, denying the Iraqis their will and wealth and violating the holy shrines in the country.
(Palestinian Information Center) Text of press release entitled "Hamas denounces US aggression
against Al-Najaf and calls for the withdrawal of the occupation forces from Iraq:"
Following its aggression against the cities of Baghdad, Al-Fallujah, and Al-Ramadi, the city of
Al-Najaf has been targeted for several days by a brutal US aggression aimed at the brotherly Iraqi
people in this valiant city in order to subjugate them to accept the continuation of the US occupation under fake and delusive titles and slogans, claiming that they US forces are maintaining security and enforcing the law. They launch a disarmament operation under the pretext that it is illegal and illegitimate to possess weapons, forgetting or pretending to have forgotten the fact that their presence on Iraqi land lacks legitimacy and legality.
We, at the Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, strongly denounce this US unjust aggression against our brothers in the city of Al-Najaf. Therefore, we call for the withdrawal of the occupation forces from all the Iraqi territories because this constitutes the first step which will help Iraq come out of its current impasse and dilemma. We announce our solidarity with our Iraqi brothers in confronting this occupation which aims at looting the wealth of Iraq, turning it into a tool to be used to serve the interest of the occupation and its hegemony over the region.
Signed The Media Bureau -
Dated Thursday, 26 Jumadah al-Akhirah 1425 AH,
corresponding to 12 August 2004.
Peace be upon you, Oh Heir of the Martyr(A),
Peace be upon you, and those who fight alongside you.
May Allah curse those who fight against you,
and allow the occupation to continue unhindered,
Verily those people are the true heirs of those
who heard the cry of your grandfather(A), al-Husayn(A),
but covered their ears and eyes, and those
who faught to kill the grandson of our beloved Rasul(S).
Surely Zaynab(A) and Rabab(A),
Zahra(A) and mother Khadija(A) console the families
of our beloved Martyrs, in Iraq and Palestine.
We are with you,
Oh our beloved Sayyed(HA)
Like Muslim(A), the harbinger of Husayn(A),
You are insha Allah,
the harbinger of the Mahdi(AJ)
With Salaams and Dua's