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Taqlid: Following a Mujtahid

SHAFAQNA - 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…

Taqlid in the Qur'an and Ahadith

SHAFAQNA - The Qur'an instructs Muslims to seek guidance from people of learning in matters about which they lack knowledge: "Question the people of remembrance if you do not know." (21:7) It is an obligation in Islamic law to study everything…

Is Taqlid reasonable in a Time of Widespread Education?

SHAFAQNA - It is not always reasonable to follow others and to hold uncritical faith in their opinions. We can distinguish four possible forms that imitation could take: a) that of an ignorant person by an ignorant person, b) that of…

What is Taqlid?

SHAFAQNA - Taqlid literally means "to follow (someone)", "to imitate". In Islamic legal terminology it means to follow a mujtahid in religious laws and commandment as he has derived them. A mujtahid is a person who is an expert of Islamic jurisprudence…