The son of the late Grand Ayatollah Mohammad Sadiq Al-Sadr, Muqtada is a highly influential political leader who inherited control over large social institutions that served millions in the slums of Baghdad. He gained prominence after the US invasion of Iraq by creating the Mahdi Army, an armed insurgency movement that formed its own courts and system of law enforcement. Al-Sadr leads one of the largest parliament blocs, the Al-Sadr Bloc. Following the Khan Shaykhun chemical attack in Syria on 4 April 2017, Sadr called for Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to step down. He withdrew from politics in 2014, a move that gave Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki a pre-election boost. Over the past few years he has spoken increasingly for Shia-Sunni unity.
Birth: 12 August 1973 (Age: 44)
Source of Influence: Political
Status: Featured in current year