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Why are the Maraje from Arab Countries?

Q:

Ayatollah Sayed Ali Sistani or Ayatollah Khamenei they both are from arab countries whom we follow all the rules & regulations..Why Ayatollah is not from India whom all over country people follow like them.

A:

Salaam Alaykum,
Firstly, Syed Sistani and Syed Khamenei are not from Arab countries, rather, they are both from Iran. Secondly there are well known non-Arab ulema such as Ayatullah Bashir Najafi (Pakistan), Ayatullah Ishaq Fayadh (Afghanistan) & Ayatullah Syed Aqeel Gharavi (India). Yes, most, if not all of these well known ulema studied in the centres of Islamic knowledge such as Najaf and Qum. 
 
Fi Aamanillah
SM.