This course will help you with understanding the principles at stake and the driving forces that guide the Marjaeya to guide others. It provides an insider’s perspective on the most pressing questions of this institution and its history.
Students will learn about the topic of Marjaeya, the source of religious authority and guidance for Shia Muslims. The discourse will be guided by the late Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Muhammad Saeed Al-Hakeem’s book, “The Marjaeya: A Candid Conversation”. This book, and the course, will allow readers to deepen their understanding of the principles at stake and the driving forces that guide the Marjaeya to guide others. Sayyid Al-Hakeem’s wisdom and selflessness in the topic is evident throughout his writing. Though he is a religious authority in his own right, he focused his work on the experiences and leadership of those who came before him. He emphasized the lessons and values exemplified by our late scholars and jurists. Through their sacrifices and forethought, he answered the hard questions asked of him. It is one thing to read answers from a scholar who is speaking about the Marjaeya generally; it is an entirely different experience to receive the answer directly from the Marja himself.
If you are a Shia Muslim who would like to learn more about the institution of Marjaeya, its history, and what is connected with it – this is a course you should consider. In addition, if you are a non-Shia who is interested in learning more about this Shia institution of religious leadership and spiritual guidance, then this would be of great value to you as well.
Hajj Jalal Moughania is a lawyer, lecturer, and author. He has written and translated several original works on Islam such as Grand Ayatollah M.S. Al-Hakeem’s ‘Marjaeya: A Candid Conversation’. He is the co-author of ‘The Pope Meets the Ayatollah: An Introduction to Shi’a Islam’ and author of ‘Ali: The Elixir of Love’. His most recent work is a historical narrative of the life of Imam Husayn ibn Ali, ‘Husayn: The Saga of Hope’. Moughania serves on the Board of Directors of the Mainstay Foundation – USA. He holds a doctorate in law and serves as Principal Attorney and Chief Communications Officer of ATLAW.