On the15th of November 2011, Iran celebrated the day Shai Muslims believe the prophet of Islam held Imam Ali\'s hand up high, and announced to all those present that he would be his successor.
At the age of 14 Imam Ali was the first man to accept the Prophet Mohammad\'s invitation to Islam.... Show More >>On the15th of November 2011, Iran celebrated the day Shai Muslims believe the prophet of Islam held Imam Ali\'s hand up high, and announced to all those present that he would be his successor.
At the age of 14 Imam Ali was the first man to accept the Prophet Mohammad\'s invitation to Islam. Little did he know he would be the first to take on the responsibility of guiding the Muslim community after the prophet? That was 14 hundred years ago, but today the image of that pivotal moment in Islamic history, is still a tear jerker for Shia Muslims everywhere.
The Al-Ghadir Eid is known as the Eid of Velayate. Velayat means guardianship. The guardian of the Muslim world is known as the Vali Faghih, a unifying figure to which Muslims can refer for Islamic guidance.
He is a leader, but like jurisprudence, can decide how modern-day issues should be dealt with. For decades, this vital element of Islamic society was absent in Iran and the world. But in 1979, centuries of monarchical rule came to an end in Iran, via a revolution led by Imam Khomeini, and realized by the millions that rallied behind him as their leader.
Months later in a referendum the people voted for an Islamic Republic, a unique form of governance that would revolve around religion and the will of the people.
The Iranian nation voted for a constitution that called on the nation to choose a Vali Faghih via an expediency council made up of learned religious clerics that again, the people appoint. Choosing the leader of a people, not just a nation, is no easy task.
He must be a man who not only has all the qualifications to make those big decisions, but also have certain character traits as well. He must be just, brave, virtuous, and tactful. He must be an Islamic scholar, and have the ability to make religious decrees.
Iran has had a Vali faghih for 32 years now, and because Iran is the only country to have such a system of governance, it\'s not very well known or understood in the global community. In this segment of Iran Today, we will be calling on the experts to give us a deeper understanding of the political aspect of Vali Faghih, how he is chosen and his responsibilities. Show Less >>
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