I just read something really encouraging on one of the ME blogs. I read that some of the wealthy Iranians have decided to accept Al Sistani as their spiritual leader and are sending money to him. I also read that Najef is skyrocketing as the center of Shiia religious schools with their "quietist" philosophy. Sistani believes that clerics have no place in politics :o)
That is right
This article is also proving the photos.