- n the branch of Islam that regards Ali as the legitimate successor to Mohammed and rejects the first three caliphs
- Muqtada al-Sadr in Washington Post
Sadr said the "enemy" wants "to draw you into a war to end Shiism, or rather Islam," and he urged Iraq's army and police to remain independent of US forces and to avoid being "drawn after the occupier, because he is your stark enemy."
- Yusuf al-Qaradawi in AFP
When I left Egypt 47 years ago, it had not a single Shiite and now there are many...... who took them to Shiism? Egypt is the cradle of Sunnism and the country of Al-Azhar,Qaradawi said.
- Juan Cole in Washington Post
Iraqi clerical Shiism tends to run in families and has for a long time,said Juan Cole, a University of Michigan professor and expert on Shiite Islam. "Throughout the 20th century the Sadr and Hakim families have been maybe the most...