Mohammad Ishaq al-Fayyad

Grand Ayatollah

The Grand Ayatollah Sheikh Mohammad Ishaq al-Fayyad is considered the second most prominent Shi’ite cleric in Iraq after the Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. Following the 2003 invasion, Al-Fayyad engaged with US representatives on the opinions of Iraq’s Shi’ite clergy.  He maintains that Islam should be the sole source of Iraqi law, and supports a united Shi’ite bloc in the nation’s parliament. Despite this, al-Fayyad, like Sistani, follows the “quietist” school of Shi’ite Islamist thought that believes the clergy should operate outside the boundaries of the national political mechanism.