check his website…
I am loving al Sistani’s full embrace of the Interwebs.
Yesterday our favourite Ayatullah al-Sistani updated his website (a sort of Fatwa blog really) to share with us – his devout followers – some thoughts on the coming provincial elections. Unfortunately for you non-arabic speaking peeps you won’t be able to drink from this endless cup of wisdom.
The Ayatullah al-Uzma, his grand holiness Sayyid Ali Husaini Sistani’s answer to the question on where he stands on the coming elections is long winded equivalent of:
“ sure, why not…it’s cool bro”.
Unlike the previous national elections where voting was deemed almost a religious duty this time the official line is that Sistani encourages all faithful to vote even though the previous elections might not have been fully satisfactory. The statement also says that the Ayatullah is keeping an equal distance from all candidates and is not endorsing anyone.
What is interesting is in his advice for us on how to choose the best candidate to vote for. He doesn’t mention the need for the candidate to be a devout Muslim – shock horror – more important for al-Sistani is the candidate’s honesty and ability to serve the people.
He might be a beardy Ayatullah and all but, I tell you, given half a chance al-Sistani can be a cool beardy Ayatullah.