Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani

Special A member of the Hashed Al-Shaabi (Popular Moblization units) carries a portrait of Iraqi Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani in a street in the southern city of Basra. (AFP/File Photo)

Iraq’s political instability raises Al-Sistani succession stakes 

  • Al-Sistani’s lectures were attended by hundreds of students, many of whom became leading Shiite jurists in the Arab world 
  • The grand ayatollah’s outsized persona among Muslims and the world at large will loom large over his successor
By Hasan Mustafa ·