Ayatollah Sistani Praises Pivotal Role of Imam Khamenei

Senior Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani in a meeting with Iranian political figures stressed and lauded the important and pivotal role played by Imam Khamenei in maintaining unity and integrity in Iran and the Muslim world.

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Secretary-General of the Islamic Coalition (Mo'talefeh) Party Mohammad Nabi Habibi, who has just had a meeting with Ayatollah Sistani in Iraq, said, "Ayatollah Sistani said all those who want to work for Islam and Muslims should concentrate all their efforts on the axis of religious guardianship."

"And he repeated this sentence twice," Habibi continued.

Habibi said during the meeting, Ayatollah Sistani spoke highly of Imam Khamenei and was much respectful of him in his words.

"He used 'master' as a word of reference to Imam Khamenei" the same word that the Iranian Leader's followers and lovers use when they want to call him.

Habibi said when he asked Ayatollah Sistani to make a recommendation for Iran, he said, "I am like a general practitioner for Iran and other Muslim states and I am not entitled to deal with specialized affairs when it comes to Iran and you must ask a specialist."

Ali Hosseini Sistani is the Grand Ayatollah of Iraq. He was born in Mashhad, Iran, c.1930. Al-Sistani is the most important Shiite leader in Iraq.

He is the official religious leader of Iraqi Shiites and the most respected scholar in the holy city of Najaf, where he controls a powerful faction at the Hawza Seminary.