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Assalamu Alaykum
The following question was answered by Mulla Asgher.

Ummulbanin Merali -Acting Moderator - 'Aalim Network

Who do you think is the suitable marja' at this time? 

Please give reasons.

On a recent trip to Iran, I got the impression that Seyyid Muhammad
Ruhani, who incidentally is under house arrest, was the a'lam. Even the
Khui foundation recognised this fact at the death of the late Imam. It
seems to me to be a serious problem since the condition of a'lamiyya no
longer seems to be necessary and we seem to have entered a new era in the
way the community conducts its affairs. Perhaps the Akhbari position is
preferable - taqleed in it's present state after all does not date back
more than 200 years at the most. 


By the grace of Allah, there are more than one Maraje', all of them
suitable. If you are convinced that Ayatullah Syed Muhammad Rouhani is
your Marja', then you will make a niyya to follow his fatawa. 

It is not true to say that 'Alimiyya is no more a condition for a Marja'.
It is a debatable point. 

Akhbari school is not applicable to us because the reliance of Akhbar is
always subjected to scrutiny be the Ulama of Rijaal.

Also, it is not true that Taqleed is 200 years old. The fact is that it is
an institution which existed from the time of the Prophet (S.A.W.W.). The
consensus on a Marja' has become easy during the last two centuries, and
the contact has been facilitated bu technological advances. 

And Allah knows best.

Asgharali M M Jaffer 

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