I don't understand why so many people bash Sistani.
Shia Spiritual Leader Calls for Calm, Unity
Sistani Denounces Info Outlets for False Reports Attributed to Him
Posted 2 hr. 52 min. ago
Baghdad, Feb 3, (VOI) - Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani called on Saturday for closing ranks and avoiding sectarian sentiments "that seem insoluble for centuries now." "There should be no arguments outside honest scientific research over this difference in beliefs now that they do not impinge on the pillars of the faith," said the top Shiite cleric in a statement received by the independent news agency Voices of Iraq (VOI). Sistani urged stronger bonds of amity among the sons of one nation and peaceful coexistence based on mutual respect away from any sectarian sentiments. "Anyone keen on the good of Islam and Muslims has to do their best to bring them together and lessen tensions resulting from some political disputes that would benefit only the enemies of Islam," said Sistani. He noted that some have been recently working on nourishing sectarian differences among Muslims, taking advantage of political conflicts and hectic power struggle. The statement, issued by Sistani's office, criticized some satellite stations and web sites which "give weird fatwas insulting certain Muslim groups" and falsely attribute them to Sistani only to spark sectarian troubles.