Dear All Salam,
The Grand Ayatollah Sayed Ali al-Sistani’s message for the Shiite Muslims of Australia was this:
“Every morning I pray for the Shiite Muslims of Australia”.
If the above-mentioned greetings of Grand Ayatollah Sayed Ali al-Sistani has touched your heart – as a Shiite Muslim – then please recite Doaa Farraj (links are listed below) as an appreciation for sharing info:
The Lifestyle of the Grand Ayatollah Sayed Ali al-Sistani
After passing through the security checks I entered a very old house – about 100 years old – that was both the house and the Office of the Grand Ayatollah Sayed Ali al-Sistani over the last two decades.
The furniture of the house were so old that – all together – could not be even sold for AU$10 – if they were offered in a Garage Sale.
I also learned that the Grand Ayatollah Sayed Ali al-Sistani’s only cloth is almost 20 years old and was made from the toughest materials.
For the last many years the food of Grand Ayatollah Sayed Ali al-Sistani was mainly bread and vegetables that sometimes cheese was added to it.
The Author’s first meeting with the son of the Grand Ayatollah Sayed Ali al-Sistani
I was sitting in a covered area – in front of the Office of the Grand Ayatollah Sayed Ali al-Sistani – waiting to be called in that I saw a sheikh – about 50 years old – came to me and started talking to me.
He asked my name and I asked his name; and then I realized that he was the son of the Grand Ayatollah Sayed Ali al-Sistani.
During our conversation I brought his attention to my recent site visit of the Al-Askari Shrine and I then added that I wrote three reports about the works required and explained the contents of each report but not in details.
I then realized that the Grand Ayatollah’s son was well familiar with the repair works performed in Al-Askari Shrine and I noted his concern that – in the repair process of the Al-Askari Shrine – they did not use original materials for the dome; that is, rather than using bricks they used a steel structure.
We then discussed about the rehabilitation of the SARDAB – located at a depth of about 6.3 m below the natural ground level; and finally about the development of the area next to the Shrine of Imam Ali (as).
The Author’s Meeting with the Grand Ayatollah Sayed Ali al-Sistani
At 10:30 am on 20/10/2017, the Author of this article had the honour to have a private meeting with with Grand Ayatollah Sayed Ali al-Sistani, and Sheikh Mohammad Hassan al-Ansari (Abu-Javad) at the Ayatollah’s Office in Najaf Ashraf and shaking their hands. Also, before and after the meeting with the Grand ayatollah I got the opportunity to have private meetings with the Grand Ayatollah’s son – Sheikh Muhammad Rida al-Sistani.
Contrary to my expectations – because I was expecting (as a follower of the Grand Ayatollah Sayed Ali al-Sistani) I would only be allowed to enter to the Ayatollah’s Office and say Salam and then leave the Office – I found that a private meeting was set up for me both with the Grand Ayatollah and his son that last for almost 45 minutes.
At the start of the meeting the Grand Ayatollah Sayed Ali al-Sistani started to speak Arabic with me; that Sheikh Mohammad Hassan al-Ansari (Abu-Javad) interfered and said that Dr Falamaki was born in Iran.
Then we spoke in Farsi.
From the saying of Grand Ayatollah Sayed Ali al-Sistani I learnt that he was aware about my proposed design for the emergency exit of the extension of the SARDAB – in the Al-Askari Shrine – that its construction was recently completed – and said that it is to be followed up.
The Grand Ayatollah Sayed Ali al-Sistani then added that his son will be talking to me in details afterwards.
The Grand Ayatollah Sayed Ali al-Sistani’s message for the Shiite Muslims of Australia was as follows:
“Every morning I pray for the Shiite Muslims of Australia”.
Then the Grand Ayatollah prayed for me and my family.
I briefly talked about the Iranians that migrated to Australia as well as the Shiite Muslim population of Australia, particularly in Sydney.
The meeting with the Grand Ayatollah was then concluded.
The Author’s Second meeting with the son of the Grand Ayatollah Sayed Ali al-Sistani
After the meeting with the Grand Ayatollah I had the opportunity to have a second meeting with his son, that we concluded the above-mentioned conversation about my reports etc.
Some of the major recent helps of the Grand Ayatollah Sayed Ali al-Sistani to the Shiite Muslim
Materials listed in the lines below is to be confirmed
- In or about 2005 when the fight between some Iraqi militants and the US Army was extended to the Shrine of Imam Hussein (as) and there was a high risk that because of this fight the shrine gets badly damaged; the Grand Ayatollah announced that he and his followers will be walking towards the shrine tomorrow – while no one is allowed to carry any weapon. This brave action of the Grand ayatollah caused that both parties step back from the shrine and the shrine remains intact.
August 6, 2004 – Al-Sistani, who seldom leaves his home in Najaf, travels to London for treatment for heart problems.
August 25, 2004 – Al-Sistani returns to Iraq and begins negotiating a ceasefire in Najaf. Before his return he asks all Iraqis to “march to Najaf in order to rescue the city.”
August 26, 2004 – Arrives at his home in Najaf, where he and Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr reach an agreement to put an end to the violence in the region.
February 13, 2005 – The results of Iraq’s January 30, 2005, election are released. Al-Sistani’s United Iraqi Alliance comes in first, with over four million votes.
- In or about 2014 – while ISIS was getting close to the holy cities of Iraq – the Grand Ayatollah made the Fatwa of Jihad. And it was because of this Fatwa that the holy cities of Iraq remained intact.
June 13, 2014 – Through his representative, al-Sistani appeals to his followers to join the security forces in fighting ISIS militants. “Citizens who are able to bear arms and fight terrorists … should volunteer and join the security forces to achieve this holy purpose.”
- In 2017, the Grand Ayatollah made this Fatwa – saying to the effect – that it is OK that those Iraqi people – that are living in Iraq – not to pay their Khums and other religious payments to the Representatives of the Grand Ayatollah and they can spend it the way the like – such as paying poor people.
By: M. Falamaki (Dr.)