The Supreme Religious Authority issues a statement about the recent earthquake that struck several countries

The Office of the Supreme Religious Authority, Grand Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Al-Sistani, issued a statement about the recent earthquake that struck Turkish and Syrian lands.

The Grand Ayatollah called for concerted efforts and provision of the necessary needs for those affected by the natural disaster.


In the Name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

There is no power nor strength except through Allah.

The severe earthquake that recently struck large areas of Turkish and Syrian territory has resulted in large numbers of victims and huge material losses in housing and infrastructure, in an unparalleled humanitarian catastrophe in the recent era.

The Supreme Religious Authority in Najaf expresses its sympathy and solidarity with those who lost their loved ones in this great tragedy and prays to God Almighty for a speedy recovery for the wounded and injured, as it hopes that the joined efforts of the concerned authorities and the general public will provide the necessary needs for those affected as soon as possible.

We ask the Almighty to ward off calamity from everyone and to bestow upon them goodness and peace.

Indeed we belong to Allah and indeed to Him we will return.


The Office of Grand Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Al-Sistani

Holy Najaf – Iraq

Rajab 15, 1444 AH