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my daughter Fatima is the chief [Lady] of all the women of the worlds.'

Prophet Muhammad al-Mustafa [sawa]
Bihar al-Anwar, v. 43, p. 22, no. 13

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Question : #289 Category: Taqleed
Subject: Identifying a Taqleed
Question: What are the ways through which I can identify the most learned of Mujtahids?
Answer: There are three ways of identifying a Mujtahid, and the A'alam:

* when a person is certain that a particular person is a Mujtahid, or the most learned one. For this, he should be a learned person himself, and should possess the capacity to identify a Mujtahid or an A'alam;

* when two persons, who are learned and just and possess the capacity to identify a Mujtahid or the A'alam, confirm that a person is a Mujtahid or an A'lam, provided that two other learned and just persons do not contradict them. In fact, being a Mujt ahid or an A'lam can also be established by a statement of only one trusted and reliable person;

* when a number of learned persons who possess the capacity to identify a Mujtahid or an A'lam, certify that a particular person is a Mujtahid or an A'lam, provided that one is satisfied by their statement.

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