Event: Taqlid – Why should we follow a jurist?


The AhlulBayt Islamic Mission (AIM) held a seminar as part of the AIM Platform series entitled ‘Taqlid – Why should we follow a jurist?’ with guest scholar, Sheikh Bahmanpour, who delivered a lecture and entertained a lengthy question and answer session. The event took place on Saturday 1st September 2012, 8.30pm at the Islamic Centre of England.



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  1. Does restricting oneself to only one mujtahid have any basis in Islam? Interesting trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xCSmJfuYdE&list=UU7MA91LQ4mpLu_soQIvqNgw&index=1&feature=plcp

  2. Salaam bro Amir
    I am sorry but the video you proposed has nothing apart from pop music, English accent and vocabulary to attract younger generation specially. I am shocked to see if these lads are real pious then why on earth they are giving such poses, as if acting in an Holly/Bollywood film, not to underestimate these guys got real talent. One should not incline towards glamour in religion otherwise they will easily be deviated like in the era of masomeen(as) who lived a very simple like against Bani Uammayds & Abassis lavish attractive lifestyle which became a persuasive tool to buy the religion against few dirhams. Today tactics are different they’ll use your very own people to buy your religion but with different means so always deemed to look piety in a person you listens and follow. Taqlid in simple words is a practice/exercise so that we would be ready to follow one Imam(ATFS). Why do we follow one God? same question would imply on many things…I better stop here…
    your brother.

  3. I think Amir Taqi was referring to the notion and idea of doing taqlid from more than one Jurist and not the style and quality with which the video editors and developers produced the clip.
    Imam ‘Ali says: “Look at what is being said and not who is saying it”. One should exercise precaution in what they say and how they express it, some people often state things that are in direct contradiction to the practice and teachings of the Quran and ahlul bayt. Comments to the effect that these lads lack piety is one case in point.
    I don’t think you can judge the piety of people by the preferences of the video developer. And there is nothing wrong in using media and graphics to present a message as long as it falls within the bounds of the sharia. What counts is the intellectual presentation, and that’s what should be discussed.
    Just because the quality of footage does not suit a person’s simple and small understanding of piety it does not justify gheeba and tohma against the people that are presenting. This attitude is another classical example of the problems facing muslims today and comments like this do not help.
    We should really be discussing the intellectual content, and it is only intellectual that one considers the discussions on this subject and other topics alike impartially, intelligently and discerningly.

  4. You have mentioned some valid points sister Noor.
    Bro Amir I think your Question is a very good one.
    However Bro kazim it is only fair you answer the question and do not present your pre-conception about a group of mumineen to brush off a question which is sound. You should be well aware that Prophet has said take knowledge and wisdom from whoever. We should as followers of Ahlul Bayt learn tolerance with other faiths and what they have to say let alone our those of our own faith and sect who believe in Allah, quote the Quran, Ahlul Bayt and whose intention only Allah knows and is not for you to judge – you ought to correct what you have slandered on someones intention, then May Allah forgive you. So this is an embarrassing response you have given as a follower of Ahlul Bayt and this is not how they have taught us to respond. Please respond with better character and show some academic aptitude to what may be a very important question. Our concern in religion is the knowledge and not personalities. It makes me very concerned that we have momineen like yourselves in our community who judge a people based on their outward appearance. How many times have we been advised to respond with wisdom (16:125)  and tolerance ( nahjul Balgha – sermon to Hammaam)

  5. Syeda Zahra Radhawi

    Thank you for the share brother Amir. The arguments from the lectures on RevIslam (http://www.facebook.com/revislam) are very compelling and show that asking and enquring from scholars, rather than making it a principle to stick to one mujtahid only, is the natural and Islamically proven option. As this is what occured during the time of the Ahlulbayt it gives certainty that it is correct whereas taqleed as we do it now is new, unbacked by the Ahlulbayt and goes against Quran, Sunnah, Aql and even Ijmaa.

    We thank Allah for giving us scholars who are not afraid of the majority opinions and are willing to speak the truth without fear for the sake of Allah.

    Hasan Kazmi’s comments are backward and so ignorant that they don’t even deserve a response.

  6. Thank you for the link to the trailer brother Taqi. The first lecture of the series is very thought-provoking and we really need to try and re-think why we restrict ourselves to only one scholar:

  7. Salam alaikum,
    I think some people have little understanding of what it means to be pious. Allah (swt) says in the holy Quran:

    “Piety is not that you turn your faces Towards east or West; but piety is to believe in Allah and the Last Day, and the Angels, and the Book, and the Messengers; to spend of your substance, out of love for Him, for your kin, for orphans, for the needy, for the wayfarer, for those who ask, and for the ransom of slaves; to be steadfast in prayer, and practice regular charity; to fulfil the contracts which you have made; and to be firm and patient, in pain (or suffering) and adversity, and throughout all periods of panic. Such are the people of truth, the God-fearing (pious) . (Sura Baqara: verse 177)

    So just because a person sits in a particular way before the camera or the camera man happened to catch an image in a particular angle and used a good camera and then used his editing skills to make the image look beautiful because Allah is beautiful and He loves beauty, that does not define lack of piety; piety isn’t about looking this way or that way, or how you stand/pose. Piety is to believe in Allah and the last day, and the remainder of things mentioned in this blessed verse. Some people have closed minds and with their little and limited understandings they then care to spread this amongst believers, whilst Allah has set standards that they have not sought to concern or have comprehension of….

    “Do you enjoin piety onto people, and forget (To practise it) yourselves, and yet you recite the Scripture? Will you not understand?” (Sura Baqara: verse 44).

  8. Hassan Kazmi – what a waste of space comment. Get a grip and grow up, people like you a bad name to the school of Ahlulbayt. Keep you culture at home with your family and if you don’t know, don’t speak.

  9. Very interesting trailer – thank you brother Amir

  10. Taqlid in this day and age is a blessing for the shia. Non taqlid will result in utter chaos and confusion for not the hand picked but the majority. May Allah(swt) behaqe masoomeen(as) keep us in his amanah.

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