Abdul Mahdi al-Karbalai

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Sheikh Abdul-Mahdi al-Salami (Arabic: عبد المهدي السلامي; born 1955[1]), commonly known as Abdul-Mahdi al-Karbalai, is a Shia Muslim scholar, best known for being the official representative of Grand Ayatollah Sayed Ali Al-Sistani in Iraq.[2]


Sheikh Abdul-Mahdi Al-Karbalai is based in Karbala, Iraq approximately 80 km from Najaf, where Grand Ayatollah Sayed Ali Al-Sistani resides. In practice, Sistani never delivers public sermons or speeches, and only releases official statements through Sheikh Abdul-Mahdi Al-Karbalai. The statements are later transcribed and posted on Sistani's official webpage, with the Grand Ayatollah's official stamp, indicating the authenticity of the remarks.

Sheikh Abdul-Mahdi Al-Karbalai is noted for having announced Grand Ayatollah Sistani's famous Fatwa (edict) obligating Iraqis to vote, and with the rise of terrorism, to join the military to oppose ISIS.

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  1. ^ al-Karbassi, Muhammad-Sadiq (1998). Tarikh al-Maraqid (al-Husayn wa Ahli Baythi wa Ansarih) [History of the Shrines (Husayn, his family and his companions)] (in Arabic). Vol. 7. Hussaini Centre for Research. p. 10. ISBN 978-1-902490-31-1.
  2. ^ "Iraqi cleric Sheikh Abdul Mahdi Karbalai warns of 'threat to peace'". BBC News. Retrieved 2015-01-09.