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Shi‘i Theology, Ethics and Practice Series
Marja’iyyah, Episodes 1-4
Marja’iyyah is one of the most important concepts within Shia Islam. What is this institution all about? Why the need for it? What does the Qur'an say – in praise and condemnation – of following others in religious matters? How do you determine who a Marjaʿ Taqlīd is? What are the alternatives to this system?
This and many more questions will be answered in this new series as we lay the groundwork for future segments addressing more pertinent, specific issues faced by the community and the role that the Marjaʿ has in providing direct guidance in those areas.
Marja’iyyah, the Shi’i religious authority is a unique system which has been evolving since the initial concept of it was introduced in the Holy Qur’an.
Questions we will cover in this introductory video are:
- WHAT should our relationship with our Creator be?
- WHY the need for this system?
- HOW does He want us to worship Him?
- WHAT does Allah (swt) want from US?
Plus many other questions will be answered in this video.
What do we do when we can’t figure something out in life? We tend to go to the experts to seek their professional advice. In the sphere of Islamic teachings, what do we do if we find verses which condemn and encourage “blind following” of others? In this episode, we review the Qur’anic position on “Taqleed”.
As with all walks of life, professionals must be acknowledged and vetted by their peers before they can practice. What are the requisites for the scholar we want to follow? If we say that we do not need to follow a Mujtahid and that we can “work it out on our own”, then what are the alternatives?
Our Maraji’ are individuals who play the role of a father to the shi’i community. Under their guidance and diligence, the school of Ahlulbayt (as) has averted many calamities. They selflessly work to benefit humanity at large and constantly provide order, unity and structure for their followers to enable them to live on the right path. In this episode, we highlight just a few examples of these.
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Updated 17 July 2013
This is the 10th issue of the MCE mailshot. When we sent the first issue, we explained that the purpose of the newsletter was to:
1. Update you on the progress made by MCE and its activities
2. Share good practices that are happening in other madrasah around the world
3. Share news of important developments in the field of madrasah education
4. Listen to you and take your feedback, suggestions and new ideas.
The final article in The Labayk Series looks at people's most memorable moments from the entire Hajj experience.