Pearl of Wisdom

The Prophet (SAWA)'s she-camel got lost in the battle of Tabuk, so the hypocrites started to say [mockingly], 'He talks to us about the Unseen but does not even know where his own she-camel is !' So the archangel Gabriel (AS) came to him and informed him of what they were saying, and told him that his she-camel was in a particular valley, with its reins attached to a large tree. So the Prophet (SAWA) made the call for congregational prayer, and when the people had gathered, he told them, ?O people, verily my she-camel is in such and such a valley', so they ran to bring it for him.'

Imam Ja'far ibn Muhammad al-Sadiq [as]
Qasas al-Anbiya', p. 308, no. 408

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Question : #137 Category: Taqleed
Subject: which taqleed to follow?
Question: I wish to follow a taqleed but based on what do I decide because I am new to the faith and Shia Jaffaria school of thought
Answer: Salaam alaykum,

First let me welcome you with all of my heart to the faith. We are required to follow the most knowledgeable marja'. In order to ascertain which one is the most knowledgeable we can use the following methods:

1. One marja' is commonly known amongst the people as the most knowledgeable.

2. One has certainty that a certain marja' is the most knowledgeable.

3. Two just people from the ahl al-khibrah (mujtahids or those close to ijtihad) inform on who the most knowledgeable is.

You can refer to the following lectures about the issue of marja'iyah for further reference:

http://www.muntazar.org/v1/index.php?option=com_k2&view=itemlist&task=category&id=23:islamic-laws&Itemid=81
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Please tell me what's the meaning of اعلم فالاعلم and in case of precautions in some fatwa how we can know who is اعلم فالاعلم to refer to?
, for instance between AYatollah sistani and Ayatollah makarem shirazi who is اعلم?

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