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4 years 7 months ago #44 by Imam Rassi Society
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A salaam mualauikum again,

1)I'm curious as to who is the Zaydi equivalent to the grand mufti of Al-Azhar or an ayatollah Sistani of this age?

2) Also with all the political instability that is going on in Yemen, how do students of knowledge from foreign countries cope with this?

3)since there are no zaydi scholars outside of Yemen. Is it appropriate for a zaydi (or a person who is trying follow the zaydi madhab) to acquire a non-zaydi teacher to learn subjects such as Arabic grammar, quranic exegesis, et...

Thank you again for answering questions, and I pray that more people begin to follow the true path of ah ul bayt (Zaidism) inshallah.
wa alaykum as salaam wa rahmatullah!

Thank you for your questions!

1.) There isn't an equivalent to an absolute mujtahid (mujtahid mutlaq) in that a Zaydi is not obligated to follow any scholar (or even imam) absolutely. One is free to take the opinions of one over the other without any problem.

2.) Although Yemen is the Zaydi headquarters per se, the next best place is Najran in southern Saudi Arabia.

3.) The best subjects to learn from non-Zaydis are those 'neutral' subjects such as grammar and tajweed. However, subjects with a sectarian slant such as aqeeda, fiqh, tafseer and the like, should be restricted to Zaydia unless such person knows enough about their own madhhab to study from others.

And Allah knows best!

IRS

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4 years 7 months ago - 4 years 7 months ago #45 by Imam Rassi Society
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Asalaam mualauikum again,

1) What do you mean by, "One is free to take the opinions of one over the other without any problem."? I can use my aql' to interpret sharia on my own?

2) Are there still a-political zaydi scholars that are not involved in this Houthi movement going on in Yemen?

3) I'm trying to explain zaydi theology to another brother, is it fair to say zaydi theology is much more philosophical than any other school of theology in Islam?

Jazakallah kair,
wa alaykkum as salaam.

Thanks for your question!

1.) By that we mean that the opinion of any imam from Ahl al-Bayt is valid as long as his opinion can be traced back to his venerable ancestors. Of course, relying on the aql alone to interpret the primary sources of the religion is expressively forbidden.

2.) Yes. there are some scholars who distance themselves from the Houthis. However, many who were otherwise politically quietist have started to support the efforts of the Houthis.

3.) I don't think that Zaydi theology uses any more philosophy than any other theological school. The Zaydi theological foundation is the Qur'an first and foremost. Secondly, the agreed upon mutawatir narrations of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him and his progeny. Philosophy may be used in the case of rational argumentation, however, it is not the basis of Zayd thought and theology.

And Allah knows best!

IRS
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