By Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi
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The Qur'an is the sacramental beginning of prayer in Islam. Its inspirational strength is endlessly renewed via being recited and reflected upon by way of Muslims every day all through their lives. This succinct and readable research bargains distinctive modern insights into the religious, highbrow and ethical interaction set in movement via the quick Qur'anic chapters which are recited of their prayers by way of Muslims of all traditions, yet that are relatively advised inside of Shi'i Islam.
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And it is likely to come to a head when Sistani dies. Already, the Iranians are promoting as his successor Mahmoud Hashemi al Shaharoudi, the arch-conservative former head of the Iranian judiciary. If this occurs, it will likely end whatever autonomy Iraq’s traditional clerics still retain from their historic rivals in Qom. The problem of authority in Islam has always been particularly acute among the Shi’a, who owe their very existence and identity to fundamental disagreements among the early Muslims over the rightful succession to the religious and political mantle of the Prophet Mohammad.
The competing forces unleashed by the succession struggles came to a head with the murder of Uthman, in June 656, and the disputed election of Ali that followed. Many of the new Caliph’s 35 36 the new sectarianism opponents, most notably the powerful Banu Umayya of Mecca, saw Ali as complicit in the murder of Uthman, also an Umayyad, and demanded blood vengeance. Soon the Muslim community found itself caught up in a virtual civil war involving multiple factions, personalities, and groups, and Ali was forced to face down major armed rebellions against his rule.
In many ways, Ayatollah Khomeini’s religious radicalism posed a greater fundamental threat to the integrity of the Najaf religious establishment than even the aggressive secularizing policies, not to mention the murderous tendencies, of Hussein and his Sunni-dominated Baath Party. During his exile from Iran in the 1960s and 1970s, much of it in Najaf, Khomeini developed a new and expansive reading of traditional Shi’a clerical responsibility to oversee not only those too weak to care for themselves, such as widows, orphans, or the infirm, but society as a whole.
Approach The Quran by Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi