- The Washington Times - Monday, February 25, 2008

MONTREAL — Iraqi Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani sent a message to Muslims in Western nations yesterday, urging them to obey the laws of the countries in which they live.

The fatwa was delivered at a Montreal news conference of prominent Shi’ite Muslims on behalf of Ayatollah Sistani, the Washington-based Center for Islamic Pluralism reported yesterday.

“Muslims have undertaken to obey the laws of the country of their residence and thus they must be faithful to that undertaking,” the fatwa said.

It condemned all acts of violence and encouraged imams to keep a watchful eye on what’s going on inside their mosques.

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