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The Death of Fadlallah and ISCI-Daawa Relations

Posted by Reidar Visser on Monday, 5 July 2010 17:38

In an interesting move, both the governorate councils of Maysan and Najaf have declared three days of mourning for the late Muhammad Hussein Fadlallah, a Lebanon-based Shiite cleric of Iraqi origins.

Fadlallah was deeply respected among many Iraqis, not least among many Daawa members who looked to him as an alternative to other clerics that were considered more subservient to Iran. However, others were engaged in criticism to undermine his scholarly credentials, and entire websites devoted to repudiating him as a scholar exist. His enemies included not least his pro-Iranian competitor on the Iraqi scene, Muhammad Baqir al-Hakim. Below is an electronic fatwa from Hakim’s office dating from late 2002 in which it is suggested that Fadlallah has not reached the scholarly stage at which he can be emulated by other Shiites as an example and a point of reference for issuing fatwas.

Of course, Hakim was himself not considered a “source of emulation” until some SCIRI devotees posthumously elevated him to this status. But his attacks on Fadlallah serve as a reminder of the differences between different Iraqi Shiite factions when it comes to their degree of enthusiasm for the Islamic Republic of Iran and its system of government.

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