questions about Sistani

What type of Shia is Sistani?

Ayatollah Sayyid Ali al-Sistani

Denomination: Shia

Jurisprudence: Jaʽfari (Usuli)

Creed: Twelver

Main interest(s): Religious jurisprudence

What does Sistani mean?

He is described as the leading spiritual leader of Iraqi Shia Muslims, and one of the most senior scholars in Shia Islam. He has been included in all editions of "The Muslim 500: The World's Most Influential Muslims" mostly in the top ten positions since 2009. He is one of the eight Maraji’ mentioned in the most recent edition.In 2005, al-Sistani was listed among the Top 100 intellectuals of the world. In 2005 and 2014, he was also nominated for Nobel Prize Award towards his efforts for establishing peace.

Since the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Sistani in Najaf has become a focal point not only for Shi'a in Iraq, but for the entire region. Sistani is now 91 years old and the question of succession is a central one — one that concerns not only Shi'a Muslims, but the wider Middle East as well.

When was Sistani born?

How old is Sistani?

Born: 4 August 1930 

What languages does Sistani speak?

Arabic and Persian 


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