Hujjat al-Islam

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Hujjat al-Islam (from Arabic: حجة الإسلامḥujjatu l-Islām) (also Hojatoleslam) is an honorific title meaning "authority on Islam" or "proof of Islam".

Sunni Islam[edit]

In Sunni tradition, the title is exclusively used for Imam Al-Ghazali, due to his unprecedented role in integrating Sufism (the school that deals with esoteric meanings) with Shariah (school that deals with the jurisprudence).

Shia Islam[edit]

In Twelver Shia the title is awarder to scholars. It was originally applied as an honorific to leading scholars, but now the use indicates their status in the hierarchy of the learned, i.e. After Ayatollah.[1] It is divided into two sub ranks, Hujjatu l-Islām wa l-Muslimīn ("Authority on Islam and Muslims") and Hujjatu l-Islām ("Authority on Islam"), given to middle-ranking clerics.

Education[edit]

Hawza students start their studies learning fiqh, kalam, hadith, tafsir, philosophy and Arabic literature. After mastering these levels they are given the Hojatoleslam title, and can start becoming mujtahid by studying advanced textbooks known as satḥ, and research courses known as kharij.

List of notable Hujjat-ul-Islams[edit]

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