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Radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has returned to Iraq after three years spent studying in Iran to become an ayatollah.
January 5th, 2011
02:23 PM ET

Radical cleric returns to Iraq from Iran

Radical Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has returned to the country after more than three years in Iran, according to Iraqi state television and websites maintained by al-Sadr's followers.

The Shiite cleric has been in Iran since early 2007, apart from a public appearance in Iraq in May 2007.

He has been studying in the Iranian city of Qom to become an ayatollah, the title given to high-ranking Shiite Muslim religious scholars.

Read the full story here about the return of al-Sadr to Iraq.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Iran • Iraq

soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Doug Allard

    maqtada al sadr... = coward!
    Self imposed exile = hiding like a little gir!
    How can you people trust a word that comes out of his mouth?!?
    The rest of you are taking it on the chin... and he's hiding like a little girl...
    what a leader...

    January 9, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  2. RightTurnClyde

    Kiss Iraq good bye. (wave anyway .. forget the kiss) .. Iraq become Iran. The Cuckoo's Nest. Bonkers. The entire war for nothing. Ten years gone down the tubes. Sheesh. That's the story of anything east of Rhodos. Looney Tunes ... That's All Folks ...

    January 7, 2011 at 3:09 am |
  3. HotAirAce

    Now people, we should be more sensitive to other's feelings. Can you imagine the mental anguish you will cause this human or his family if they were to read your hurtful comments? But I suppose that attacking his physical appearance (a fact) is much better than attacking his beliefs (in non-factual beings)... :^))

    January 6, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  4. GSA

    It's not bad enough that this guy is a radical but I am Sikh and he's giving all Sikhs a bad name because ppl see his beard and turban and think everyone with a beard and turban is that gross. Seriously, i've seen homeless ppl in downtown Edmonton with better teeth than that and what's up with that beard, it's like that Jacka-ss skit where they trimmed there pubes and glued them onto a buddies face, haha!

    January 6, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
  5. Gary

    I hope Muneef's dental hygene is better than his

    January 5, 2011 at 9:41 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      Okay Gary, that was low. Keep your arguements above the belt. Don't go troll on us 🙂

      January 5, 2011 at 9:50 pm |
  6. Mark from Middle River

    D A V I D !! !! !!

    I was thinking the EXACT same THING !!!!

    It just looks like his bottom teeth are just a single piece of rotted puss filled ...something ....

    I do not think there is even enough to to put a set of braces on to correct the 45 degree angle.

    January 5, 2011 at 9:26 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      It looks like he is motioning with his fingers ....

      "Dental floss....anyone ... just a little bit... anyone..."

      or .

      "Someone give me a tic tac ...please before the infidel Americans call my breath a weapon of Mass destruction and send a drone strike of Listerine"

      January 5, 2011 at 9:29 pm |
    • Gary

      LOL very nasty teeth gross.......

      January 5, 2011 at 9:40 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @Mark from Middle River

      Hey Mark...

      -LOL...!!! I haven't see your sense of humor come out before... Not bad my friend...! 🙂 -a nice chuckle before bedtime.

      Hope that you are well...?

      Peace...

      January 6, 2011 at 1:14 am |
  7. Reality

    Which brings us to Sir Salman Rushdie:

    From his book "Satanic Verses", p. 376, paperback issue – for those 1 billion Muslims to read as they are forbidden to purchase or read said book:

    One of the passages that prompted the crazy Ayatollah Khomeini to issue a fatwa against Sir Rushdie:
    Mahound = Mohammed
    Gibreel = Gabriel
    "The faithful lived by lawlessness, but in those years Mahound – or should one say the Archangel Gibreel? – should one say Al-Lah? – became obsessed by law.

    Amid the palm-trees of the oasis Gibreel appeared to the Prophet and found himself spouting rules, rules, rules, until the faithful could scarcely bear the prospect of any more revelation, Salman said, rules about every da-mn thing, if a man farts let him turn his face to the wind, a rule about which hand to use for the purpose of cleaning one's behind.

    It was as if no aspect of human existence was to be left unregulated, free. The revelation – the recitation- told the faithful how much to eat, how deeply they should sleep, and which se-xual positions had received divine sanction, so that they leamed that so-domy and the missionary position were approved of by the archangel, whereas the forbidden postures included all those in which the female was on top.

    Gibreel further listed the permitted and forbidden subjects of conversation, and earmarked the parts of the body which could not be scratched no matter how unbearably they might itch.

    He vetoed the consumption of prawns, those bizarre other-worldly creatures which no member of the faithful had ever seen, and required animals to be killed slowly, by bleeding, so that by experiencing their deaths to the full they might arrive at an understanding of the meaning of their lives, for it is only at the moment of death that living creatures understand that life has been real, and not a sort of dream.

    And Gibreel the archangel specified the manner in which a man should be buried, and how his property should be divided, so that Salman the Persian got to wondering what manner of God this was that sounded so much like a businessman.

    This was when he had the idea that destroyed his faith, because he recalled that of course Mahound himself had been a businessman, and a damned successful one at that, a person to whom organization and rules came naturally, so how excessively convenient it was that he should have come up with such a very businesslike archangel, who handed down the management decisions of this highly corporate, if noncorporeal, God."

    January 5, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  8. Reality

    There must be some rule in the koran that Islamic males are not allowed to brush their teeth. Let us consult the might Google or Bing or Yahoo.

    "All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

    Dear brother in Islam, we really appreciate your reposing great confidence in us. May Allah Almighty make our endeavor solely for His sake.

    It is noteworthy that Islam is a religion which pays attention to the cleanliness, decency, and the good appearance and smell of its adherents. Muslims are recommended to appear decent and clean. They also are to keep their mouth clean by using brush or siwak.

    The Prophet commanded his companions to use siwak in cleaning their teeth and continued to use it while fasting. Abu Dawood and At-Tirmidhi report an authentic hadith narrated by `Aamir ibn Rabi`ah. He said: "I have seen the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) using a tooth-stick (siwak) while he was fasting more often than I could count."

    In his response to the question in point, the prominent Muslim scholar, Dr. Muhammad Abu Laylah, professor of the Islamic Studies & Comparative Religions at Al-Azhar Univ. states:

    Allah never lays hardship on us or requires of us what we cannot manage, as stated in the Qur'an. He Almighty says, (… He hath chosen you and hath not laid upon you in religion any hardship…) (Al-Hajj 22: 78)

    Islam urges its followers to be clean, decent, and pleasant in their appearance and smell. In this respect, you can have a mouthwash and gargle it but be careful not to allow the water go into your stomach as best as you can. During the Prophet's lifetime, he and his Companions used to use siwak (tooth-stick) to keep their mouth fresh and clean.

    Our Prophet forbade us to eat onion, garlic, or any thing of abhorrent smell and recommended us to bathe before going to attend the congregational prayer on Friday in order not to bother anyone."

    Obviously, in the case of al-Sadr, tooth picks are not doing the job!!!!

    January 5, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  9. David Johnson

    I think Muqtada al-Sadr could use a good teeth cleaning.

    January 5, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  10. Reality

    "He (al-Sadr) has been studying in the Iranian city of Qom to become an ayatollah, the ti-tle given to high-ranking Shiite Muslim religious scholars."

    Obviously he failed to learn the truth about Islam but this can be solved quite easily from:

    The Five Steps To Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths:

    ( –The Steps take less than two minutes to finish- simply amazing, two minutes to bring peace and rationality to over one billion lost souls- Priceless!!!)

    Are you ready?

    Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

    "1. Belief in Allah"

    aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your cleansing neurons.

    "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

    Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

    "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

    A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

    "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

    Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

    Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

    Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

    "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) alone."

    Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

    Walk these Five Steps and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

    January 5, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
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