The representative of the supreme religious authority; Sayed Ahmad al-Safi read during the sermon of the Friday prayer of the 16th Rabi’ Thani 1441 AH corresponding to December 13, 2019, held at the holy shrine of Imam al-Hussayn (peace be upon him) the text received from the office of the supreme religious authority in Najaf; his eminence Sayed al-Sistani in Najaf, in which he stated:
“Dear Iraqis, ahead of you is a crucial battle, which is the reform battle, which requires work to end a long-drawn-out epoch of corruption and failure in managing the country.
As two years ago, the Supreme Religious Authority said — in the victory sermon — talking about combating corruption, “Although this battle (against corruption) has taken long, it is no less ferocity than the battle against terrorism, if not even more so. And the noble Iraqis, who valiantly defeated the terrorists, are — with the assistance of God — able to engage in this war and gain victory, if they manage it well. Adopting peaceful means is, for certain, a prerequisite to gain victory. Optimistically, most of those currently protesting realize the importance of leading a peaceful protest, devoid of acts of violence, chaos, or causing harm to citizens’ interests.”