Unless the Imam of your mosque is a Mujtahid, or at least a very advanced Hawza student, he can't really comment much on how logical Syed FadhlAllah's rulings are.
Define 'meddling in our affairs'. You want a Marji' that just sits and gives yes/no answers, without any engagement with his followers? Is that what you think the Prophet Õáì Çááå Úáíå æÂáå and the Imams did?
Well, there are actually many who follow Sayyid Sistani because (one of the reasons) that he is "apolitical". He keeps a lot to himself, and speaks little about politics...
But at the same time as Sayyid Sistani has been criticized after published fatwa regarding Shariah penal law. There are many of his followers who live in denial, where they believe that Sistani does not want muslim countries should establish shariah etc.
If you go to sistani.org, they have taken away questions regarding the death penalty, etc.
In 2005 Sistani allegedly issued a fatwa on his website calling for the execution of gays in the "worst, most severe way". Following protests from UK-based Iraqi gay rights groups, Sistani agreed to remove the fatwa from his website except for the section calling for the punishment of lesbianism. Though the text of the fatwa has been removed its status has not been officially revoked. In January 2007, a United Nations report described the increased persecution, torture and extrajudicial killing of Iraqi lesbians and gay men by the Shia death squads of the Badr and Sadr militias (the armed wings of the two main Shia parties that control the government of Iraq).
I'm pretty sure if Sayyid Sistani had been more "political" etc., he would "lose" some followers.
Even thought this fatwa are very "political".
Question: What is Grand Ayatollah Sistani's opinion about Wilayat-e Faqih (governance of jurist)?
Answer: Every jurisprudent (Faqih) has wilayah (guardianship) over non-litigious affairs. Non-litigious affairs are called "al-omour al-hesbiah". As for general affairs to which social order is linked, wilayah of a Faqih and enforcement of wilayah depend on certain conditions one of which is popularity of Faqih among majority of momeneen.
Edited by Nima, 12 October 2013 - 01:14 PM.