Press Shia Agency – Prominent Shi’a cleric Ayatollah Sayyid Kadhim al-Haeri issued a fatwa (legal opinion in Islamic law), demanding the Bahraini people to defend the spiritual leader of Bahrain’s Shi’a majority, Ayatollah Isa Qasim.
Press Shia – In the fatwa issued on his behalf, Islamic authority Ayatollah Sayyid Kadhim al-Haeri demanded the people defend “the loyal leaders of Islam in Bahrain… must defend Ayatollah Isa Qasim, and protect him from the tyrannous plots of Al Khalifah by all possible and wise means.”
The following is the text of the fatwa:
“Today, defending Islam and its loyal leaders in Bahrain is of the most important religious obligations. The honourable believers are ought to exert the necessary effort to preserve Islam and protect its sanctities, defend Ayatollah Isa Qasim, may God protect him, and protect him from the tyrannous schemes of Al Khalifah, by all possible and wise means. Those who bear being harmed in the performance of this obligation, “their reward is indeed with God, and God is forgiving and merciful.”