Statement from the Office of Ayatullah al-Sistani Regarding the Mosque Attack in Peshawar, Pakistan
In the Name of God, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful
(Indeed we belong to God, and indeed to Him we will return- Quran 2:165)
Brothers and sisters in faith of Peshawar, Pakistan (may God exalt their status)
Peace, mercy, and blessings of God be upon you.
The painful tragedy that occurred today during Friday prayers at the Kucha Risaldar Mosque, which resulted in the martyrdom and injury of a large number of innocent worshipers, is cause for great sadness and sorrow. As we extend our condolences to you, dear loved ones, and the bereaved families, we ask God for patience and solace for all, and that He grant the wounded a speedy recovery and raise the ranks of the martyrs of this painful event. The Islamic seminary in Najaf and the supreme Shiite authority denounce this horrific crime that targeted the unity of Muslims and strongly urge the government of Pakistan to devise ways to protect the oppressed in the face of the tyranny and crimes of terrorist groups. Moreover, it is necessary that preventive measures are implemented in this regard to safeguard their religious gatherings from being subjected to such violent and brutal attacks by ruthless extremist groups.
We ask God, the Exalted, the Almighty that the esteemed people of Pakistan remain honored and respected.
Office of al-Sayyid al-Sistani – The Holy City of Najaf
30 Rajab 1443 A.H.