The Traditional Fiqh and Jawahir al-Ijtihad
o I am all in favor of the traditional fiqh and Jawahin ijtihad* and forbid its
o If we deviate from the traditional fiqh, fiqh will be destroyed!
o You ought to preserve the iqh with the same figure and force with which
our forerunners have preserved it from the beginning until now.
o I have repeatedly emphasized that the lesson taught in the theological
centers should retain its traditional mode. Fiqh must be that which is prevalent among us.
o Fiqh is above all lessons but there are other important issues that must be
o The nature of the Revolution and the system consistently demand that
different iqhl [jurisprudential] views and opinions, even if mutually
contradictory, be freely expressed.
o In the Islamic government the way to adjudication or ijtihad must always
o We cannot close up or stop ijtihad; it exists, has always existed and will
continue to exist in the future.
Source: 'Wise Sayings of Imam Khomeini" book
The Supreme Leaders View of the Majlis
Imam Khomeini (r.a) and the Majlis