Most Shiite Iraqis celebrated fitr with Iranians
Informed Comment / Juan Cole
03-Oct-2008 (one comment)

Followers of Muhammad Husain Fadlallah of Lebanon commemorated the Eid on Tuesday, as did the the Sunnis....

Wednesday was favored by Ayatollah Kadhim al-Ha'iri, who resides in Qom and is followed by members of the Sadr Movement and Mahdi Army of Sayyid Muqtada al-Sadr. Al-Sharq al-Awsat said most Iraqi Shiites commemorated Eid al-Fitr on Wednesday. That day was also favored by Ali Khamenei,the theocratic leader of Iran.

Followers of Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani observed the holy day on Thursday in accordance with a legal ruling of Sistani, who insist that the moon must be seen with the naked eye.


Politics of Eid-e-Fetr

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Cole's conclusion: "Al-Sharq al-Awsat is convinced that many more Iraqi Shiites followed Kadhem al-Ha'iri than the others. If so, that datum may mark a turn of Iraqi public opinion toward the Sadr Movement. Unlike Sistani,it has been consistently demanding a US withdrawal."