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Yasser Al-Habib

Yasser Al-Habib
Born 1979
Religion Shia Islam

Yasser al-Habib (Arabic: ياسر الحبيب) is a Shia cleric from Kuwait. He was born in 1979 in Kuwait and migrated to England in December 2004. He was arrested in November 2003 and sentenced to one year's imprisonment by the Kuwaiti government on charges of cursing Abu Bakr, Umar and Aisha; in connection with an audiotape recording of a private closed lecture.

In February 2004 he was released under an annual pardon announced by the Amir of Kuwait on the occasion of the country's National Day, but his rearrest was ordered a few days later. Sheikh al-Habib fled Kuwait before he was sentenced in absentia to 10 years' imprisonment.[1]

In September 2010 Sheikh Yasser al-Habib angered the Sunni Muslims by calling Prophet Muhammad's wife Aisha, "an enemy of God" which led Kuwait to revoke his citizenship accusing him of trying to stir up discord among Muslims.[2][3][4][5][6][7]

In October 2010 Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei tried to calm tensions between Shias and Sunnis by issuing a fatwa against insulting the Prophet's companions and wives.[8]


He recorded two lectures in English titled: Who killed the Prophet Muhammad and Why do Shiites hate Umar Ibn al-Khattab.[9] Al-Sha'ab newspaper described Sheikh al-Habib as a traitor and apostate in its main page, at the time that Al-Habib cursed Abu Bakr and Umar.[10]


Yasser al-Habib said:

Bakris and Batris

Sheikh al-Habib refers to Sunnis as Bakris. He says that the real Sunnis (Ahlul Sunnah) are the ones who follow the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad. He continues that Sunnis today follow the Sunnah and teachings of Abu Bakr instead, having rejected Ali ibn Abi Talib and Ahlulbayt. He explains in one of his lectures titled Bakris think they are Sunnis, but in reality are not that when people wanted to distance themselves from the Shia, and follow Muawiyya, they started calling themselves the Jama'ah.

He also refers to those personalities who claim that they belong to Shi'a but reconcile with the Bakri sect as Batris.

He described Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah (the Lebanese marja who died in 4 July 2010)[11] as Batri. Al-Habib said that Fadlallah left a great number of doctrinal deviations, ignorant views and bad conduct which he introduced to the religion of Islam.[12]

Shias who Oppose Al-Habib's Insult towards Sunni Dignitaries

After Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued the fatwah outlawing the insult of Sunni Dignitaries (Aisha, Abu Bakr and Umar ibn al-Khattāb), Yasser Al-Habib responded by calling the Islamic Republic of Iran "oppressive". He continued by referring to Ayatullah Khamenei as "so-called Ali al-Khamenei – who pretends to be a Shia scholar". His reasoning for naming the Iranian government as "oppressive" was because the "regime in Iran today unjustly arrests anyone who celebrates the occasion of Farhat-ul-Zahra and prevents people from visiting the tomb of Abu Lulu".[13]

Senior Iranian cleric Grand Ayatollah Naser Makarem Shirazi has referred to Al-Habib as a "hired agent or a mad man".[14]

Egypt's policy

He described the Egyptian state security apparatus as notorious after arresting the Egyptian shia cleric Hassan Shehata.[15] Him and his organisation called Khoddam al-Mahdi Organisation (Arabic: هيئة خدام المهدي) gathered outside the Egyptian embassy in London to support the Shia converts who were unjustly arrested by the Egyptian police. They were headed by Hassan Shehata. The Egyptian police also expressed protest against the absurd charges presented against Hassan Shehata and the other Shias, some of which were:

  • Praying on a turba (a piece of clay) taken from the soil of Karbala.
  • Prohibition of calling the Adhan or call to prayer except behind a Shia imam.
  • Insulting the Sahaba (the companions of the prophet).[16]


In June 2010 Sheikh al-Habib moved to a new office in London. The new office includes:

  • Hussainiyat Sayed al-Shuhada
  • Hawza of al-Imamain al-Askariyain
  • Khoddam al-Mahdi Organisation
  • Al-Menbar Media
  • Fadak Satellite channel
  • The Shia Newspaper
  • Alqatrah website
  • Masjid al Mohsin


Books by Al-Habib

  • (Arabic)


External links

  • The drop, Office of Sheikh Al-Habib in London

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