Speaking at a ceremony marking the birthdays of Imam al-Husayn, Imam al-Sajjad and Hadhrat al-Abbas at his office in Baghdad, Hujjat al-Islam Sayyid Ammar al-Hakim, the president of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq, expressed his regret over the various views about Iraq’s enemies.
“In their corrupt ideology, all ISIL terrorists are in agreement with each other and due to this consensus, they are fighting [effectively].” he added.
He criticized attacks directed against the predominantly Shi’a Popular Mobilization Forces fighting ISIL terrorists, saying the deviated ISIL criminals praise their own accomplishments but it’s unfortunate that some anti-ISIL Iraqi groups are criticizing young Iraqi mobilization forces who are only fighting to defend the homeland of an oppressed people.
Hujjat al-Islam al-Hakim explained that speaking in a political language with those who claim to be politicians only seeks to divert attention away from the real enemy and does not benefit Iraq.
“We did not use the word ‘fall’ in reference to [the ISIL takeover] of Mosul, al-Anbar [province] and Ramadi and other Iraqi cities. If we say that these cities have fallen, we have to admit that Iraq has fallen,” he explained.
The president of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq referred to some political and media entities who, under various pretexts, “throw stones” at the Iraq’s political and military activities by referring to the Popular Mobilization Forces as “armed groups” and propagate various charges against these institutions, who are fighting terrorism. They propagate Iraq’s internal divisions while its citizens are being slaughtered. “There is a stigma that future generations will remember this dissention,” he explained.
Hujjat al-Islam al-Hakim stressed that victory over terrorism is possible with fewer casualties. “The heroes in the Popular Mobilization Forces are new symbols of national love and will prove to everyone that Iraq has remained stable and ISIL will join the dustbin of history,” he explained.
He described an attack on the Investment Sunni Endowment building in Baghdad’s al-Adhamiyah neighbourhood as a “religious conspiracy.” He compared them to traders who have traded their religion away for intrigue and plots.
Last week, unidentified gunmen set fire to the Investment Sunni Endowment building and about five nearby homes and a number of cars in the district of al-Adhamiyah north of Baghdad, on the back of publishing a rumour among pilgrims to the shrine of Imam Musa al-Kadhim about the presence of an explosive belt.
The revered Iraqi religious scholar and politician explained that through the al-Adhamiyah event, the Takfiri perpetrators sought to force Sunnis and Shi’ites to refrain from traveling to areas predominantly inhabited by sects other than their own. “No Shi’a thinks that with the destruction of al-Adhamiyah, they can have a good life in Kadhimiyah and no Sunni in al-Adhamiyah thinks that with the destruction of Kadhimiyah, they will have a peaceful life in al-Adhamiyah,” he explained.