Grand Ayatollah Sistani suspends weekly political sermons
Grand Ayatollah Sistani suspends weekly political sermons

Grand Ayatollah Sistani suspends weekly political sermons

Iraq’s top Shia cleric said on Friday he would no longer deliver regular weekly sermons about political affairs, which for years have been a source of guidance for Iraqi politicians and his millions of followers.

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani did not give a reason for suspending the sermons, which have lately focussed on the government’s battle against ISIS militants and anti-corruption efforts.

“It has been decided not to continue this on a weekly basis at the present time, but only as demanded by events”, Sistani’s aide Ahmed al-Safi, who delivered the message, said in a televised speech from the southern shrine city of Kerbala before reciting a prayer.

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