Ayatollah Sistani affirming paternal guardianship over an unmarried woman:

Religious Authority: 
Ali al-Sistanti
Fatwa Question or Essay Title: 
Ayatollah Sistani affirming paternal guardianship over an unmarried woman:

Question: Would the father's guardianship [see glossary] over an unmarried woman fall through if he is mentally incapable?

Fatwa: Guardianship over a virgin's marriage is not only for the father, but the grandfather enjoys guardianship if the father is incapable.

لسؤال: هل تسقط ولاية الأب علی ابنته اذا كان الاب سفيهاً او لا يعرف أين مصلحة ابنته؟ الجواب: الولاية علی زواج الباكر ليست للأب فقط بل له وللجدّ من الأب أيضاً وهو وليّه إن كان سفيهاً.