Saddam Hussein Tortures and Kills Cleric Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr

Saddam Hussein Tortures and Kills Cleric Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr

Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr
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Saddam Hussein has Shi'a cleric Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr and his sister Bint al-Huda killed after three days of torture. The father-in-law of Muqtada al-Sadr, Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr traces his family lineage back to Muhammad through the seventh Shia Imam, Musa al-Kazim.

Unlike many other Muslim clerics, al-Sadr argued that the legitimacy of any state, including a Muslim state, must come from the consent of the people and not from Muslim clerics like himself.

"Islamic theory rejects monarchy as well as the various forms of dictatorial government; it also rejects the aristocratic regimes and proposes a form of government, which contains all the positive aspects of the democratic system."


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