THE SHIITES of Lucknow are in for rude shock. Subtle moves are afoot to bring them under new spiritual leadership of another Ayatollah of Najaf (Iraq). So far majority of Shias are under “taqlid” (spiritual leadership) of Ayatollah Ali Sistani (Iraq).
However, another Iraqi group of Ayatollah Syed Mohammad Sayeed Tabatabai Hakim, scion of legendry Ayatollah Mohsanul Hakim, has been fast preparing ground in India to lay claim for spiritual leadership. “Taqlid” is a necessary ingredient of Shia faith.
The two-day visit of Hujatul Islam Riazul Hakim son of Tabatabi Hakim is being seen in Shia community here as an exercise in this direction. “He has been preparing ground for Marjiat (religious leadership) of his father in India”, commented a senior clergy. Riazul Hakim, who met most of Shia clerics of Lucknow during his stay, said that he was on a tour to apprise himself of the prevailing situation in the community. He also addressed a huge gathering at Dargah Hazrat Abbas on Sunday.
Local Shia cleric Maulana Hamidul Hasan played key role in organising the visit. Inexplicably Shia clerics made a beeline to Hakim. There was general feeling among the clerics that he had been lobbying for the spiritual leadership of his father in India.
He is reported to have visited Mumbai, Bhavnagar (Gujarat), Allahabad, Varanasi and Jaunpur. Hakim is scheduled to visit Meerut, Moradabad, Aligarh, Amroha and Agra. A two-day conference has been organised in Delhi on August 18, 19. Based in Qum (Iran) Hakim was accompanied by Iraqi clergy Syed Ghazi Tabrezi, who looks after Tabatabai’s office in Najaf.
Talking to Hindustan Times on Sunday prominent Shia cleric Kalbe Jawad said that apart from following of Ayatollah Sistani, there were followers of supreme Iranian leader Ayatollah Khamenie, Ayatollah Nasir Shirazi, Ayatollah Wahid Kohrasani and several others. Jawad, who is under “Taqlid” of late Ayatollah Khoi, however said that Riazul Hakim did not discuss “marjiat” issue with him.
Hakim had meeting with office-bearers of All India Shia Personal Law Board.
In fact, after fall of Saddam Hussain Iraqi spiritual leaders have been making efforts to restore their authority all over world. It would have adverse impact on Iranian clergies.