Iraq Marje’ declares vote-buying 'Haraam', tells aides to stay neutral
By: Ismail Zabeeh
HOLY CITY OF NAJAF, Iraq: Al-Marje Al-Aala Ayatollah Sayyed Ali
Al-Husseini As-Sistani has issued a Fatwa (religious ruling),
declaring vote-buying as Haraam (forbidden) ahead of the country's
March 7 parliament elections.
Sheikh Abdul Mahdi al-Karbalaei while speaking on behalf of the
Ayatollah called on candidates and political parties to respect
election laws and avoid trying to influence voter decision through
"Candidates and political entities must adopt a realistic and feasible
program to encourage people to vote for them," al-Karbalai, who is a
representative of the Ayatollah in Karbala, told worshippers during
the Friday prayers sermon in Al-Imam Al-Hussein shrine.
"They should avoid making unrealistic promises… [They should] also
refrain from slandering one another, because it is unacceptable and
immoral," he added noting that the religious leadership did not favor
any particular group or candidate.
He said, however, that showing up at the ballot box on March 7 was not
enough, stressing that everyone had a moral responsibility to choose
the candidate that they believed would best secure Iraq's present and
The cleric also explicitly stated that distributing money, gifts and
promises of future handouts to impact election results are an
impermissible act based on all religious and ethical principles.
"Accepting these sums is Haraam. Even if you disregard that fact, it
would be degrading to Iraq's national dignity if people start being
drawn to a special candidate or group [for these reasons]," he
Meanwhile, the Ayatollah also ordered his representatives across the
country not to campaign for any blocs or candidates contesting the
March 7 parliamentary elections.
better than wealth because it protects you while you have to
guard wealth. it decreases if you keep on spending it but the
more you make use of knowledge ,the more it increases . what you
get through wealth disappears as soon as wealth disappears but
what you achieve through knowledge will remain even after you."MORE