Thursday, August 05, 2010

Muqtada al-Sadr: No Ijazah of Ijtihad Yet

In mid May, Iraqi Twelver Shi'i political leader al-Sayyid Muqtada al-Sadr responded publicly to a question submitted to his office asking whether reports that he had finally received a certificate (Ijazah) of Ijtihad was true. He responded that the reports were not true. Ijtihad refers to the scholarly reasoning based on study and learned opinion of Islamic religious texts, both scriptural and legal, to render a juridical opinion (fatwa) or ruling (hukm). Al-Sadr, who heads arguably the largest Iraqi Twelver Shi'i socio-political movement, Tayyar al-Sadr (Sadr Movement), is currently pursuing advanced seminary education in the Shi'i shrine city of Qum (Qom) in Iran.

1 comment:

Mohammed Eslami said...

What would you think is the reason he is going after the level of Ijtihad? I mean, a political leader doesn't need that kind of certification, but then again, most of our greatest ones had it. Do you see him as continuing down their path?

Just curious as to how you perceive this...