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Name: Muqtada al-Sadr                                                                 
Born: 12 August 1973                                                                 
Muqtada al-Sadr (born August 12, 1973)                                               
is the fourth son of a famous Iraqi Shia cleric, the late Grand Ayatollah             
Mohammad Mohammad Sadeq al-Sadr. He is also the son-in-law of Grand Ayatollah         
Mohammad Baqir As-Sadr. Along with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani and Abdul Aziz     
al-Hakim of the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council, he is one of the most influential     
religious and political figures in the country not holding any official title in     
the Iraqi government.                                                                 
Muqtada al-Sadr is of Lebanese ancestry. He shares relations with Ismail as-Sadr.     
Mohammed Sadeq al-Sadr, Muqtada al-Sadr's father, was a well-respected figure         
throughout the Shi'a Islamic world. He was murdered, along with two of his sons,     
allegedly by the government of Saddam Hussein. Some believe it was an inside job     
ordered in February 1999 from Najaf, the stronghold of the al-Sadr clan.             
Muqtada's father-in-law was executed by the Iraqi authorities in 1980. Muqtada       
is a cousin of the absented Imam Moussa as-Sadr, the Iranian-Lebanese founder of     
the once-very-popular Amal Movement.