Sayyid Ammar al-Hakim, head of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq, issued a statement announcing the death of the Muslim scholar, the Allamah al Mujahid his Eminence Ayatollah Sheikh Mohammed Mahdi al Assafi (may Allah sanctify his soul), describing the late as one of those prominent figures who were loyal to their cause for which they sacrificed what is most precious, fighting the fiercest tyrants on the way of righteousness and knowledge, recalling his long journey of jihad and his memorable attitudes in defending Islam and Iraq.

 
Here below is the text of his statement:

   
In the Name of Allah the Most Compassionate the Most Merciful
 
 
To Allah we belong, and to Him we shall return…We have received with deep grief and regret the news on the death of the Muslim scholar, the Allamah al Mujahid his Eminence Ayatollah Sheikh Mohammed Mahdi al Assafi (may Allah sanctify his soul)…
Iraq and Iraqis has lost a great Mujahid, a judicious scholar and a pious moral mentor… While we announce his death (may Allah have mercy on him), and we extend condolences to our great religious authorities and prominent scholars, and our Arab and Islamic peoples for this great affliction, we recall his long journey of jihad in the way of Allah, his big role in defending Islam intellectually and practically, and his memorable attitudes in defending Iraq - people, nation and cause. Throughout his honorable life, he was one of those prominent scholars who were loyal to their cause they believed in, thus sacrificing for it what is most precious, fighting the fiercest tyrants on the way of righteousness and knowledge…
 
May Allah bestow his mercy on the late, and give his parents, family and lovers patience.
 
 
Ammar al-Hakim
Head of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq
16 Shaaban 1436
June 4, 1436