Ahmed al-Baghdadi

Grand Ayatollah Ahmed al-Hassani al-Baghdadi, residing in Najaf, Iraq, is considered a marja (a source of imitation for Shia Muslims). He has strong relations with cleric Muqtada as-Sadr. In March, 2009, al-Baghdadi issued a statement condemning the "National Reconciliation" process and emphasized the resistance movement in Iraq. al-Baghdadi openly attacks Grand Ayatollah al-Sistani and his religious authority, accusing him of squandering Shia Muslim money. al-Baghdadi is a descendent of a family of religious figureheads known for their involvement in politics. His father Ayatollah Mohammad al-Hassani al-Baghdadi had revolutionary positions during the 1950s and 1960s fighting the then Soviet Union and supporting the Palestinian cause. Ahmed Al-Baghdadi himself was the Guide of Islamic Liberals Movement, a by-product of 1991 uprizing in Iraq against the former Baath regime.