Ayatollah Makarem-Shirazi:‎
Shaykh Zakzaky is indeed a living martyr in the Muslim world

RNA – In a visit with several members of Shaykh Ibrahim Zakzaky’s family, Grand Ayatollah ‎Naser Makarem-Shirazi praised the personality of this pious and popular scholar and ‎described him a fighting hero who offered six of his children for Islam.‎

He expressed his sorrow for the very grave health of Shaykh Zakzaky and his wife and said, ‎‎“There is no oppression they have not made to Shaykh Zakzaky and his family, and ‎sorrowfully international organizations show indifference toward this issue.”‎

This Shi’ah source of emulation expressed his sadness regarding the oppressive silence of ‎so-called activists of human rights and leaders of Islamic countries toward this clear ‎oppression, “We condemn these oppressions and crimes toward Shaykh Zakzaky and his ‎family and consider the government of Nigeria liable about them.”‎

He advised personalities and thinkers of the world of Islam to show more reactions toward ‎this issue and said, “W ask thinkers and scholars in the world of Islam to show their ‎objection toward this issue; and the government of Nigeria should act responsibly regarding ‎this issue as well and should end the oppression toward Shaykh Zakzaky.”‎

Ayatollah Makarem-Shirazi mentioned the role of Shaykh Zakzaky in developing tendency ‎among people of Nigeria toward Islam and the school of the Ahl al-Bayt (a) and regarded his ‎sacrifices and also the crimes and oppressions made to him rare in the history of Islam.‎

He said, “Shaykh Zakzaky is indeed a living martyr in the world of Islam and we hope that ‎the voice of these personalities reaches the leaders of Nigeria and they accept the transfer ‎of Shaykh Zakzaky to an Islamic country, so that his medical treatment could be followed ‎up.”‎

Ayatollah Makarem-Shirazi added, “He [Shaykh Zakzaky] did not make an uprising against ‎the government of Nigeria! He is guilty for having great popularity and influence among ‎people and that they love him.”‎

At the end of this visit, Ayatollah Makarem-Shirazi prayed for the health of Shaykh Zakzaky ‎and praised his patience.‎