Sunni scholars welcomed the condemnation.
Muqtada al-Sadr described people who share insulting remarks as „headless and ignorant“ and apologized to all Muslims for the remarks.
The Shia represent the second largest sect of Islam.
The term „Shia“ literally means the followers of Muhammad’s son-in-law and cousin Ali, whom the Shia believe to believe was the rightful successor to the leadership position of the Muslim world after Muhammad. They feel that the first three caliphs (leaders) of Islam after Muhammad (Abu Bakr, Omar and Othman) usurped his right to succession.
Iraqi Sunni and Shia leaders signed the Mecca Agreement in October 2006 to stop the sectarian tension and bloodshed in the country.