Translation of the statement issued by the office of His Eminence Al-Sayyid Al-Sistani (long may he live) regarding the terrorist bombing of Sayyid Al-Shuhada School in Kabul
27 Ramadhan 1442

In the Name of Allah the Compassionate the Most Merciful
The heinous crime that killed a large number of students from Sayyid Al-Shuhada School in Kabul during the day of the blessed month of Ramadan, and resulted in dozens being martyred and many more wounded makes the heart of every free and conscientious person bleed and fills it with grief and sorrow.

Despite the brutal attacks suffered by the defenceless civilians in Afghanistan from extremist groups over the past years, this crime is the most painful of its kind in many ways.

We extend our profound condolences and sympathies to the honourable and persecuted Afghan people, especially the grieving families of this great tragedy. We ask Allah Almighty to grant the families of the martyrs patience and solace and bless the wounded with a speedy recovery.

In light of the difficult situation experienced by the beloved country of Afghanistan and given the possibility of extremists and extremist groups gaining more strength in the near future, national unity and solidarity among all ethnic groups and nationalities in this country has become more necessary than ever before. What is required from the government, national and religious leaders and the Aghani community elders is to work to find a way to protect civilians - especially ethnic and religious minorities - against the suppression and crimes of terrorist groups, and to ensure appropriate measures are taken in this regard.

Islamic countries and the international community must also fulfil their responsibilities and not abandon the defenceless Afghan people in these difficult circumstances. They must prevent the implementation of the covertly drawn up evil plans for the future of this country, which, if implemented, would lead to more innocent people dying at the hands of criminal attacks launched by extremist groups.

We ask Allah Almighty to bestow glory and honour to the proud Afghan people.

27 Ramadhan 1442
10 May 2021
Office of Sayyid Sistani (long may he live)
Najaf Al-Ashraf