In the name of God, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

Statement issued by the Office of Ayatullah Sayyid al-Sistani (may God prolong his life) on the earthquake that struck Turkish and Syrian lands

There is no power nor strength except by God.

The severe earthquake that recently struck large areas of the Turkish and Syrian lands has resulted – as indicated by the latest information – in large numbers of victims and injured, huge material losses in housing and infrastructure, and a humanitarian catastrophe that is unparalleled in recent times.

The Supreme Religious Authority in the honorable city of Najaf expresses its sympathy and solidarity with those who lost their dear ones in this great tragedy and prays to God Almighty for patience and solace for them, and for the wounded and injured for recovery and wellness. At the same time, it hopes that the efforts of the authorities concerned and the general public of generous donors will join their efforts in order to provide the necessary resources for those affected as soon as possible. We ask God the Exalted, the Almighty, to ward off calamity from everyone and to bestow goodness and peace upon them, indeed He is the Guardian of that, and He is the Most Merciful of all.

15 Rajab, 1444 A.H
The Office of Sayyid al-Sistani, Najaf

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