mujtahid

noun
muj·​ta·​hid | \ müjˈtäˌhid\
plural -s

Definition of mujtahid

: an authoritative interpreter of the religious law of Islam especially : a living religious teacher that is recognized by the Shiʽa as competent to exercise private judgment in formulating authoritative answers to legal questions

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History and Etymology for mujtahid

Arabic, one who exerts himself

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