Imam Tawhidi, I’ve posted this before, and offer the benefit of the doubt that you haven’t seen it given the high volume of traffic on your social media accounts. I appreciate the time you’ve taken to answer my countless questions over the past several months. I’ve made good on my promise to research you before asking redundant questions, and that research has left me unable to understand why you are not appalled by the teachings of Sayyid Sadiq Shirazi. In May of 2016, long after your alleged change of heart, you were “gifting” Shirazi’s book, ‘Islamic Law; A Handbook of Rulings on Muslim’s Duties and Practices,’ to Australian residents, and the book condones child marriages. It explicitly states:

“It is imperative that the leaders who deal with the affairs of the youth facilitate the marriage of the youth at an early age. It is imperative to obliterate those practices and customs that hinder marriage, such as high and excessive dowries, grand ceremonies that are normally beyond the reach of most youth. Furthermore, other marriage hindrances, or excuses for its delay, which counter the natural disposition of the individual, should be ignored; these include [university] education, or military service, or that ‘one has not prepared himself yet.’”

Shirazi’s book goes on to state “It is desirable (mostahab) to encourage early marriage of the girl who has reached the adolescence age,” which is nine lunar years according to the book, and a lecture you gave a year ago.

Is child marriage a disgusting practice, and you condemn anyone who advocates for it including Sayyid Sadiq Shirazi? You’ve said he was your “teacher,” and it means nothing, but that is quite different than disassociating yourself from him on the premise that his ideas are vile and must be defeated.

Also of concern is the statement in Shirazi’s book that political parties are only acceptable if they are “the first step for the creation of an assembly for the implementation of the rulings of the Islamic Shari’ah…” The book also permits the use of chemical weapons, and expresses anti-Western sentiment that contradicts your representation of Shirazi as one who admires the west. It is available here…

http://www.english.shirazi.ir/books/Islamic_Law_2013_SecondEdition.pdf

You have made known your position on Wahhabi sharia, and we are in agreement that it is horrific. I see it as problematic that rather than voicing equal opposition to Sayyid Sadiq Shirazi’s 900 page book of medieval, misogynistic sharia, you were distributing it, thereby endorsing it. Such an imbalance presents a serious conflict of interest, and gives credence to the argument that you are sectarian acting in the interest of the Shirazi jurisdiction.

Such an imbalance presents a serious conflict of interest, and gives credence to the argument that you are sectarian acting in the interest of the Shirazi jurisdiction.

Please do not delete this post, and avoid my question about Sayyid Sadiq Shirazi and his teachings. Although that would technically answer my question, it is not the answer I’m hopeful of receiving.

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