The following is the official legal opinion (fatwa) from his eminence, Sayyid al-Sistani, in response to a question on how the jurists’ agents are verified to be authorized.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
To The Office of Grand Ayatullah Sayyid Ali al-Sistani (may Allah prolong his life), Holy city of Qum, Iran.
Kindly, provide us with a detailed answer on the following questions:
Question 1: What conditions are placed on someone who identifies himself as a representative or authorized agent of a Jurist?
Answer: He must hold a written (documented and signed) authorization letter from the Jurist.
Question 2: What is the mechanism to verify the veracity (truthfulness) of a person who claims that he is an authorized agent of a Jurist?
Answer: To ask that he show his written (documented and signed) authorization letter.
22 Jamadi 1, 1432 AH
Seal of Qum Office