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Identifying the Righteous Marjiʿiyyah

In this book, Āyatullāh Sayyid Munīr al-Khabbāz gives an extended overview into the concept of the Marjʿiyyah, and discusses the character and qualifications of Grand Āyatullāh Sayyid ʿAlī al-Sistānī.

Despite the long absence of the Imām of the Age (aj) and the events and hardships that have struck the umma, God (swt) has granted this umma men who will preserve it from being lost, strengthen it and lead it to goodness and righteousness. In this book, Āyatullāh Sayyid Munīr al-Khabbāz gives an extended overview into the concept of the Marjʿiyyah, and discusses the character and qualifications of Grand Āyatullāh Sayyid ʿAlī al-Sistānī.

The secret behind the power of the Marja‘īyyah goes back to its sanctified status among people. For the Imamīs, the Marja‘īyyah is an extension of the position of the infallible (ma‘ṣūm) Imam. The Marja‘īyyah acquired as sanctity from two factors: encompassing the knowledge of Ahl al-Bayt and piety (taqwā). If the position of Marja‘īyyah was a government position, or a position based on military power, financial fortune, or media mouthpieces, it wouldn’t have acquired this unique sanctity that causes millions of shī‘īs to sacrifice their lives, children, and money at a word issued by the Marja‘īyyah.

About the Author

Sayyid Munir Al-Khabbaz was born in Qatif, Saudi Arabia in 1384 AH (1964 CE). At the age of 14, Sayyid Munir traveled to the Holy City of Najaf to begin his training within the Islamic seminary. Not long after, he migrated towards the city of Qum, Iran, when the Baathist Regime in Iraq began tightening its crackdown on the Islamic seminary.

In the year 1402 AH (1981 CE), Sayyid Munir returned to Qatif for personal reasons and continued his studies there. One year later, he traveled to Damascus, Syria to study in the Islamic seminary there under the tutelage of His Eminence Sayyid Jamal Al-Khoei. Finally, in 1405 AH (1984 CE), he returned to the Holy City of Najaf to continue his studies. There, he studied under some of the most respected scholars of the Islamic seminary, including Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Abulqasim Al-Khoei and Grand Ayatollah Sheikh Murtada Al-Boroujerdi. With the recommendation of another one of his tutors, Sayyid Habib Hussainyan, Sayyid Munir also began to study under the tutelage of Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Al-Sistani, benefitting much from his lessons in the principles of jurisprudence, as well as his extensive examination of modern sciences and their correlation with Islamic sciences.

Sayyid Munir then moved back to Qom where he studied under Grand Ayatollah Wahid Khorasani for several years. He also studied extensively under the tutelage of Grand Ayatollah Mirza Jawad Tabrizi, who became a guide and mentor for the remainder of his life. Before his passing, Grand Ayatollah Tabrizi gave Sayyid Munir an endorsement as a jurist capable of deducing Islamic laws from its sources.

In 1418 AH (1997 CE), Sayyid Munir began teaching Advanced Seminars (Bahth Kharij) in jurisprudence. He is known by his students for his eloquence, as well as his encouragement of discussion and debate. He is an avid lecturer and an author, with multiple works published for a varied readership.

Bibliographic Information

Title: Identifying the Righteous Marjiʿiyyah

Author(s): Sayyid Munir Al-Khabbaz

Publisher: Al-Burāq Publications

Length: 110 pages

ISBN: 978-1956276183

Pub. Date: April 10, 2022

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