By K.N. Pandita
The Shahi Imam of Jamia Masjid Delhi is in news. He has stirred a controversy without realizing it could have serious consequences.
He has announced anointment of his son to make him his successor when he is no more in this world. The fundamental question is whether Imamate in Islam is by heredity or by acquisition? An Imam’s son does not become the Imam-regent by virtue of his descent; he becomes Imam by virtue of his scholarship in Islamic studies and his popularity and acceptance among the people of the faith. Continue Reading…