Press Shia Agency – Ayatollah al-Sistani has issued a statement on US president Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as the “capital” of Israel.


Press Shia Agency – Iraq’s top Shi’ah cleric Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali al-Sistani has condemned a controversial decision by the United States to recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as the “capital” of Israel, saying the occupied city must return to its Palestinian owners.

Below is the statement from an official in the office of Ayatollah al-Sistani which was published on his website earlier today:

In the Name of God, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

In response to the decision of the United States to acknowledge the city of al-Quds as a capital of the Israeli regime, an official from the office of Ayatollah al-Sistani in the Holy City of Najaf has stated the following:

This decision is condemned and deplorable, and has insulted the millions of Arabs and Muslims. It does not change the reality that al-Quds is an occupied land which is obligatory to return to its rightful Palestinian owners however long it takes. It is incumbent that the Ummah makes every effort and unites its stance in this way and from God comes success.”

Ali al-Sistani
December 7, 2017

(Taken from the official website of the office of Ayatollah al-Sistani