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AmirioTheMuzzy

Help me narrow down which Marja I should follow

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Assalamu Alaikum,

I am trying to narrow down which Marja I should make Taqlid to. So far, I've narrowed it down to 7 Maraji, because these seven have easily accessible English resources (fatwa & edicts/risalah) on their websites:

M.S.Al-Hakeem, Hosseini Nassab, Ali Khamenei, Makarem Shirazi, Yousef Saanei, Sadiq Shirazi, Ali Al-Sistani

How can I narrow my choices down further? When reading their biographies, what should I look out for? I.e. What are the qualities I should be looking for? What are the main differences between them?

I am very busy with school right now, so it might take me a while to read their biographies and finally chose a Marja...

Also, I'm interested in hearing about your personal opinions about the Maraji I listed.

P.S. I really don't know much about this Maraji stuff... Any info at all is greatly appreciated.

Many thanks! :) JazakAllah Khair.

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Walaikuma salam,

You are doing better than me in your research.

I don't know how to research also because its outside of our familiar western research boundaries.

I only know of Sistani so I follow him also because I hear that he is the most knowledgeable and we should follow the most knowledgeable marajah, that's what I hear people say.

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You know this confuses me alot

like how does someone get to choose a marja'a? And how do they know if they're making the right choice? And can someone be able to change their marj'aa

it confuses me because I mean like they're all Shia ithna asheri yet they still have differences when it comes to fiqh and other things but if we all say we're followers of the Qur'an and the Ahlul Bayt (عليه السلام) then why do we still have these differences

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On 2/3/2019 at 10:06 PM, 3wliya_maryam said:

You know this confuses me alot

like how does someone get to choose a marja'a? And how do they know if they're making the right choice? And can someone be able to change their marj'aa

it confuses me because I mean like they're all Shia ithna asheri yet they still have differences when it comes to fiqh and other things but if we all say we're followers of the Qur'an and the Ahlul Bayt (عليه السلام) then why do we still have these differences

Maryam, you know how like some big specialist doctors, due to their different levels of knowledge and experience, might have slight differences in their approach to treating particular conditions, or like how big scientists might have many disagreements with each other about certain scientific theories, similarly the Islamic Sciences are indescribably vast and so it makes sense for it to be possible that the experts who study these vast Islamic Sciences might also have some slight differences in their understanding of what’s true. 

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On 2/3/2019 at 6:43 PM, AmirioTheMuzzy said:

P.S. I really don't know much about this Maraji stuff... Any info at all is greatly appreciated.

Alaykum Salam brother I would start by crossing out Yusuf Saeni as there is controversy around his ijtihad and you don’t want to be putting your akhira under something like that below is an old shiachat topic I read a while back when I was in your shoes. Saeni isn’t a good adil scholar and has corruption. Ayatullah misbah Yazdi(ha) concluded he was not a mujtahid either. 

Sadiq shirazi is similar to Saeni he has been criticized by the likes of ayatullah mohsen al araki(ha) https://www.google.com/amp/s/en.mehrnews.com/amp/109938/

who also has doubts on his ijtihad I have personally searched the topic of his ijtihad further brother and have not come to find much real evidence for it. His adalat is also lacking based off my research

watch the video below for more evidence that but bare in mind I did all this research on the guy before this video even existed so my opinion on him is coming from my own research the fact that the brother below reaffirms what I have searched should be a huge signal not to follow this man. 

 

Mohammed Saeed Hakeem: now we get a little better. He is a mujtahid a respected one too. However if your criteria is English sources than I should mention I sent istiftat in English and till this day still haven’t received a reply if you know Arabic no problem you can ask all the questions you like but English don’t hold your breath. 

In this case your looking at if he is more knowledgeable than the other mujtahids. Based on my research I do not think he is. I put shaykh waheed khorasani and ishaac al fayadh above Him. That is due to more testimonies in their favor that I have gathered from scholars and other reasons. 

The rest you mentioned have great English sources and are easy to access. If you ever go to Canada you can actually meet ayatullah nossib(ha). 

Ayatullah Hussein nossib (ha) is great easy to acces from what I’ve seen but personally brother I would go with some more experienced as he is newer in comparison to some of the other names you mentioned beside I heard from a brother here once @Hassan- that he recommended following ayatullah Khamenei(ha) I do not know the full context of that whether it was only a specific scenario but regardless I would go with someone else for the experience and the fact that some of those Maraji or their classmates might have even been among his teachers.

If your trying to find the best for English sources ayatullah Nasir Makarem Shirazi(ha) 

is your best man his office even has a WhatsApp that beats the answring time of many of the offices I have tried they even have normal istiftat if that’s your thing. His risalat in English is also the most detailed I’ve seen of all the Maraji. That being said I don’t follow him but I do consider him among the highest scholars of our time and he’s definitely on my top 3 at least.

sayed Sistani(ha) is regarded as one of the most knowledgeable scholars of today. He has the position of marjatul Alaa basically the main marja Shias “should” follow. Marjatul ala before him was Sayed al khoi(رضي الله عنه) these Marja’s are chosen by a bunch of top scholars with the intention of them being the scholars Shia in general follow not that they can’t follow anyone else. As a result he has the highest number of testimonies I have seen from scholars and reportedly ahlul khibra (people of expertise) I have gotten more testimonies for his aalimiyah than any other Maraji. He is also very wise and is involved with the affairs of the people of Iraq definitely no doubts on his character in fact it is of the highest in the Shia world I would say. Unlike the other scholars you mentioned he has the advantage of being respected in every single  Shia circle pretty much EVERYONE regardless of their academic disagreements will respect Sayed Sistani (ha) basically no one in this Mashable doubts him as in Islamic scholar. I MEAN NO ONE.

Ayatallah Al Imam al Khamenei (ha) my personal choice on who I follow from the rest of the Maraji. One of the greatest students of Imam Khomeini (رضي الله عنه). He had about the second highest number of testimonies that I have gathered from Islamic scholars however I chose to follow him for other reasons namely his knowledge that I have seen on various issues and his wisdom. I not only looked at how many testimonies I got because if I did I would be stuck as all Maraji have them but when I looked at the students of ayatullah Khamenei (ha) and those that followed him it was one of the things that helped me personally come to the conclusion that he is the Aalam. He also has speeches that he does on many occasions every year if you listen to them many are available in English you can see the wisdom and knowledge for yourself. He participates in many occasions every year in Iran and has been around the world I believe things like this if anything else help create a very strong mujtahid. Though his availability of English sources isn’t as vast as let’s say Sayed Sistani (ha) and Makarem Shirazi (ha). However his istiftat office is only 2nd to shaykh makarem Shirazi(ha) even then I believe it’s by a hair. 

Sorry for the long post brother. If you choose to follow shaykh makarem, Sistani, nossib or our other some of our other reightious scholars Allah bless them that is great. If you want more help you can pm me brother keep in mind my conclusion is my opinion and Allahu Alam. May Allah guide you.

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I came across this older thread... Not sure who you ended up selecting, but of your list I think highly of Yousef Saanei. He has some truly original ideas. On the downside, his office stopped replying to English-language questions a couple years ago. Also consider Sayid Kamal Haydari

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I would follow Sistani and Ali Khamenei both as long as they live. Shirazis, with all due respect, have tedious followers hellbent on division. I would lend an ear to the foremost scholars to know their views.

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The large majority of rulings are the same. Where there are differences one can practice precaution and follow the most conservative rule just to make sure they're on the safe side. 

The marja'iyya and/or adalah of three or four individuals on your list is questionable so in the end its a matter of picking one of three or four prominent jurists. 

Wallahu a'lam 

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On 2/5/2019 at 7:19 PM, AmirioTheMuzzy said:

Dear God, forget Sadiq Shirazi, he does not belong on that list... watch the Islamic Pulse video on the British Shias and Shirazis.

Basing ones opinion on a single propaganda video made by their arch rivals will not help in reaching an informed decision in the search for the 'most knowledgable' الأعلم.

The level of defamation I've seen from both sides against eachother is truly sad. 

What's comical is that if you ask 'the people of knowledge' اهل العلم they will question the Ijtihaad of both leaders. But my money, power and politics talk.

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54 minutes ago, The Green Knight said:

What is the definition of 'the people of knowledge'?

اهل العلم 

Or the people of knowledge refers to the most learned scholars around. 

Technically, that would be the ones who have reached the level of -Ijtihaad- اجتهاد whereby they have the knowledge and skills to extract and derive the Ahkaam/Fatwas from the Qur'an and Hadith etc which is referred to as استنباط Istinbaat

These are usually the scholars that teach and hold بحث خارج which is the highest level of studies that Hawza students attend. Afterwhich, the students can reach the level of Ijtihaad themselves. 

These scholars would know, who amongst them is 'the most knowledgeable' الأعلم, most pious and who is most worthy of being followed.

Edited by Moalfas

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9 hours ago, Moalfas said:

Basing ones opinion on a single propaganda video made by their arch rivals will not help in reaching an informed decision in the search for the 'most knowledgable' الأعلم.

The level of defamation I've seen from both sides against eachother is truly sad. 

What's comical is that if you ask 'the people of knowledge' اهل العلم they will question the Ijtihaad of both leaders. But my money, power and politics talk.

My views have changed!!! I no longer believe this. I hate that video more than anything! I was very stupid when I wrote that!!!

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On 11/21/2019 at 3:20 PM, Moalfas said:

Basing ones opinion on a single propaganda video made by their arch rivals will not help in reaching an informed decision in the search for the 'most knowledgable' الأعلم.

The level of defamation I've seen from both sides against eachother is truly sad. 

What's comical is that if you ask 'the people of knowledge' اهل العلم they will question the Ijtihaad of both leaders. But my money, power and politics talk.

Salam th video from Islamic pulse was just a response to countless accusations & multiple propaganda videos against Hawza of Qom by that cult that whole of it based on facts from the propaganda of this cult that until now the cult members can't reject any facts in ' British Shi'ism' video that their response was just making a video by similar title that showed some Iranian  politician that after 'green movement ' in Iran that politicians became opposition against Iran in BBC & other anti Iranian media or grounded in their houses but your cult shoed them as whole of Iranian regime that recently during recent demonstration  one of new ones in this cult with Shia scholar costumes insulted people of Iran that in his video in Farsi language said harsh & immoral words about all Iranians & said they deserve more humiliation because of supporting Iranian regime that he said it's a dictatorship that it verified that he is in direct contact with shirazi house in London because he kicked out of Hawza of Qom for his disqualification in basic level of Hawza study but he immediately received a certification from London that despite that he wasn't a sayed but he disguise himself as a fake Sayed that shirazi house verified it too.

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