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Islamic Laws


Author(s): Ayatullah Ali Al-Husayni Al-Sistani

Publisher(s): World Federation of KSI Muslim Communities

Category: Islamic Laws

Topic Tags: Risalah fatwa Islamic rulings Islamic Jurisprudence


According to the Fatawa of Ayatullah al Uzma Sayyid Ali al-Husaini SeestaniLaws on cleanliness, prayers, fasting, hajj, transactions, marriage, and other topics. According to the Risalah of Ayatullah Ali al-Husayni Al-Seestani.

Important Note

The * sign after a number denotes that there is a total or partial variation from the fatwa of Marhum Ayatullah Al Uzama Syed Abul Qasim Al Khu’i. These laws are also available online at Al-Islam.org.

Taqlid: Following a Mujtahid

Issue 1: * It is necessary for a Muslim to believe in the fundamentals of faith with his own insight and understanding, and he cannot follow anyone in this respect i.e. he cannot accept the word of another who knows, simply because he has said it. However, one who has faith in the true tenets of Islam, and manifests it by his deeds, is a Muslim and Mo'min, even if he is not very profound, and the laws related to a Muslim will hold good for him. In matters of religious laws, apart from the ones clearly defined, or ones which are indisputable, a person must:

• either be a Mujtahid (jurist)** himself, capable of inferring and deducing from the religious sources and evidence;

• or if he is not a Mujtahid himself, he should follow one, i.e. he should act accordi ng to the verdicts (Fatwa) of the Mujtahid;

• or if he is neither a Mujtahid

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