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December 11, 2005

Fatwa issued ordering Iraqis to vote

Topics: Iraq Elections

At the same time that Al-Zarqarwi issued a threatening communique to the Iraqi people ordering them to stay away from the polling on December 15, the imams in Iraq from the different types of Islam have been issuing their own instructions on what the people should do.

One imam in Fallujah has issued his own fatwa:

"Consider my words as a fatwa," Sheikh Abdul Sattar Athaab told over 1,000 worshippers at the Raqeeb mosque in Falluja, where U.S. troops crushed a Sunni uprising in November 2004.

This time the imams are encouraging all Iraqis to participate in these elections and they are hoping to ensure that Iraq will enjoy a stable society once again.

The message from Falluja is the same message that is echoed in Najaf and other cities where there has been much violence. The people are tired of the violence. So long as the insurgency is allowed to continue there will be violence, and the only way to guarantee the withdrawal of the foreigners is to ensure that there is a stable government structure.

The Ba'ath party is defeated, and the circus trial of Saddam Hussein is under way. The imams have advised the people to forget about Saddam and his trial and to concentrate on the election.

A clear message is being delivered, including in some areas support for the former prime minister Alawi, as well as the establishment of a government where all groups: Shiite, Sunni, Kurd and Christian are represented.

As a further sign that the religious leaders are calling for an end to the terror other messages that are being heard in the mosques include the following:

In Falluja, renowned "City of Mosques" and former seat of revolt against U.S. occupation, Sunni Muslim spiritual leaders made clear there would be no repeat of the boycott of January's election which left their minority marginalised.

In the Shi'ite holy city of Najaf, preachers reminded the faithful that only voting would ensure the long-oppressed majority community retained the upper hand.

Across the sectarian divide there was hope the parliament, the first fully empowered body since U.S. forces overthrew Saddam Hussein nearly three years ago, may finally mean the departure of those American troops.

Some appealed for the release of Western hostages, including four -- two Canadians, a Briton and an American -- whose captors have threatened to execute them on Saturday unless all prisoners are freed from Iraqi jails

In other words, the political power belongs to the people and they need to be encouraged to ignore the foreigner insugent and Al Qaeda leader Al-Zarqawi and his threats and to vote for their own freedom.

However, how can the people of Iraq be at peace so long as Saddam Hussein remains alive?

Posted by at December 11, 2005 2:40 AM

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