List of current Maraji

This article provides the list of Maraji (plural of Marja, the supreme legal authority or the source of emulation), followed by Twelver (also known as Imamiyyah) Shia Muslims around the world. The concept of a Marja-i Taqlid (lit. source of emulation) is central to Usuli Shi'a Islam.[1] Marja-i Taqlids provide religious interpretations on matters of law and rituals.[2][3] Ideally, the most just and knowledgeable specialist in the field of the Islamic law should become recognized throughout the Muslim world as the Marja-i Taqlid. In practice however this rarely happens and there are several marja taqlid's among whom an individual is free to choose and emulate.[2][3]

Those clerics who reach the apex in the hirerachy of theological rank in the centers of Shi'a learning become Marja-i Taqlids.[2][4] Since around 1940, Marja-i Taqlids are often referred to by their followers with the honorific title of Ayatollah al-`Uzma (Grand Ayatollah).[2] Among the functions of Marja-i Taqlids is the collection and distribution of religious taxes (zakat and khums).[2][3]

Current

Note: The list contains those Ayatollahs who have published a resalah, regardless of the number of followers they have. This list is just for sake of reference and do not accept this list as proof of Marjaiyat for enlisted candidates. To choose & decide Marja for religious purposes please refer to the Shia-Islamic Codifix, Sources and People of Knowledge (i.e. Ahle-e-Khoboor). The general consensus on the standard by which a believer chooses the marja he/she wishes to follow requires (among other things) that the marja be the most knowledgeable shi'i mujtahid in all fields. However, the assessment of the most knowledgeable scholar (alam) is subjective among experts in the field.

The names are ordered alphabetically (by common name of mujtahids)

S No
Image
Name
Year of Birth[5]
CE
AH
Birth Place
Education
Residence
Website
Notes
1 Aliari - علياري
Mirza Javad Gharavi Aliari
ميرزا جواد غروي علياري
1935
1353
Iran Iran Iraq Iraq Iran Iran Official Website -
2 Amoli - آملى
Abdollah Javadi-Amoli
عبدالله جوادى آملى
1933
1352
Iran Iran Iran Iran Iran Iran Official Website -
3 Ardebili - اردبيلي
Sayyid Abdul-Karim Mousavi Ardebili
السيد عبدالكريم موسوي اردبيلي
1926
1344
Iran Iran Iraq Iraq Iran Iran Official Website -
4 Azad - آزاد
Ali Asghar Rahimi Azad
علی اصغر رحیمی آزاد
1939
1358
Iran Iran Iran Iran Iran Iran Official Website -
5 Baghdadi - بغدادي
Sayyid Ahmad Hassani Baghdadi
السيد احمد الحسني البغدادي
1944
1363
Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq Official Website -
6 Baghdadi - بغدادي
Sayyid Ali Hassani Baghdadi
السيد علي الحسني البغدادي
1954
1373
Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq Official Website -
7 Dastgheib - دستغیب
Sayyid Ali Mohammad Dastgheib Shirazi
السيد علی محمد دستغیب شيرازي
1935
1353
Iran Iran Iran Iran & Iraq Iraq Iran Iran Official Website -
8 Duzduzani - دوزدوزاني
Mirza Yadollah Duzduzani
ميرزا يدالله دوزدوزاني
1935
1354
Iran Iran Iran Iran Iran Iran Official Website -
9 Fayaz - فياض
Sayyid Morteza Hosseini Fayaz
السيد مرتضى الحسيني فياض
1928
1347
Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq Biography -
10 Fayyadh - فياض
Mohammad Ishaq al-Fayyadh
محمد إسحاق فياض
1930
1348
Afghanistan Afghanistan Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq Official Website -
11 Ghoraifi - غريفي
Sayyid Allaedin Ghoraifi
السيد علاء الدين الغريفي
1945
1364
Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq Official Website -
12 Golpaygani - گلپایگانی
Lotfollah Safi Golpaygani
لطف الله صافی گلپایگانی
1919
1337
Iran Iran Iraq Iraq Iran Iran Official Website -
13 Gorgani - گرگانى
Sayyid Mohammad Alavi Ali Hosseini Gorgani
السيد محمد على علوى حسينى گرگانى
1926
1344
Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq Iran Iran Official Website -
14 Haeri - حائري
Sayyid Kazim Hussaini al-Haeri
السيد كاظم حسيني حائري
1938
1356
Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq Iran Iran Official Website -
15 Hakeem - حكيم
Sayyid Mohammad Sa'eed Tabatabai al-Hakeem
السيد محمد سعيد الطباطبائي الحكيم
1936
1354
Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq Official Website -
16 Hamedani - همداني
Hossein Noori Hamedani
حسين نوري همداني
1926
1344
Iran Iran Iran Iran Iran Iran Official Website -
17 Hassani - حسني
Sayyid Mohammad Ali Tabatabaei Hassani
السيد محمد علي الطباطبائي الحسني
1945
1364
Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq Biography -
18 Haydari- حيدري
Sayyid Kamal Haydari
سيد كمال الحيدري
1945
1364
Iraq Iraq Iran Iran & Iraq Iraq Iran Iran Official Website -
19 Jannaati - جناتی
Mohammad Ebrahim Jannaati
محمد ابراهيم جناتی
1932
1350
Iran Iran Iran Iran Iran Iran Official Website -
20 Jazayeri - جزایری
Sayyid Mohammad Ali Moosavi Jazayeri
السید محمد علی موسوی جزایری
1941
1360
Iran Iran Iran Iran & Iraq Iraq Iran Iran Official Website -
21 Jooybari - جويباري
Yasubedin Rastegar Jooybari
يعسوب الدين رستگار جويباري
1940
1359
Iran Iran Iran Iran Iran Iran Biography -
22 Kaboli - كابلى
Qorban Ali Kaboli
قربان علي كابلى
1928
1346
AfghanistanAfghanistan AfghanistanAfghanistan &IraqIraq AfghanistanAfghanistan Official Website -
23 Kashani - کاشانی
Khalil Mobasher Kashani
خلیل مبشر کاشانی
1951
1370
Iran Iran Iran Iran Iran Iran Official Website -
24 Khalesi - خالصي
Mohammad Mehdi Khalesi
محمد مهدي الخالصي
1938
1357
Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq Official Website -
25 150x150px Khamenei - خامنه اي
Sayyid Ali Hoseyni Khamenei
السيد علي حسيني خامنه اي
1939
1358
Iran Iran Iran Iran & Iraq Iraq & Lebanon Lebanon Iran Iran Official Website -
26 Khansari - خوانساري
Sayyid Mohammad Hadi Ghazanfari Khansari
السيد محمد هادي غضنفري خوانساري
1957
1376
Iran Iran Iran Iran Iran Iran Biography -
27 Khaqani - خاقاني
Mohammad Mohammad Taher Aleshobair Khaqani
محمد محمد طاهــــر آل شبيـر الخاقانـــــي
1940
1359
Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq Official Website -
28 Khorasani - خراساني
Hossein Vahid Khorasani
حسين وحيد خراساني
1924
1342
Iran Iran Iraq Iraq Iran Iran Official Website -
29 Mahfouzi - محفوظی
Abbas Mahfouzi
عباس محفوظی
1928
1346
Iran Iran Iran Iran Iran Iran Official Website -
30 Malakouti - ملكوتی
Moslem Malakouti
مسلم ملكوتی
1923
1341
Iran Iran Iraq Iraq Iran Iran Official Website -
31 Maleki - مالكي
Fazel Maleki
فاضل المالكي
1953
1372
Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq Official Website -
32 Mamaqani - مامقاني
Mohammad Amin Mamaqani
محمد أمين المامقاني
1952
1371
Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq Official Website -
33 Mazaheri - مظاهري
Hossein Mazaheri
حسين مظاهري
1934
1352
Iran Iran Iran Iran Iran Iran Official Website -
34 Mazandarani - مازندرانی
Morteza Sadouqi Mazandarani
مرتضی صدوقی مازندرانی
1946
1365
Iran Iran Iran Iran Iran Iran Official Website -
35 Milani - میلانی
Sayyid Ali Al-Hussaini Al-Milani
سید علی حسینی میلانی
1948
1367
Iraq Iraq Iran Iran Iran Iran Official Website -
36 Modaressi - مدرسي
Sayyid Mohammad Taqi al-Modarresi
السيد محمد تقي المدرسي
1945
1364
Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq Official Website -
37 Mohseni - محسني
Mohammad Asif Mohseni
محمد آصف محسني
1936
1354
Afghanistan Afghanistan Iraq Iraq Afghanistan Afghanistan Official Website -
38 Najafi - نجفي
Bashir Hussain Najafi
بشير حسين النجفي
1942
1361
India British India Pakistan Pakistan & Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq Official Website -
39 Najafi - نجفي
Muhammad Hussain Najafi
محمد حسين النجفي
1932
1350
IndiaBritish India Pakistan Pakistan & Iraq Iraq Pakistan Pakistan Official website -
40 Nassab - نسب
Sayyid Reza Hosseini Nassab
السيد رضا حسيني نسب
1960
1380
Iran Iran Iran Iran Canada Canada Official Website [6]

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41 150x150px Nekoonam -نکونام
Mohammad Reza Nekoonam
محمد رضا نکونام
1948
1367
Iran Iran Iran Iran Iran Iran Official Website -
42 Qassem - قاسم
Isa Ahmed Qassim
عيسى احمد قاسم
1937
1355
Bahrain Bahrain Iran Iran & Iraq Iraq Bahrain Bahrain Official Website -
43 Qomi - قمي
Mohammad Ali Gerami Qomi
محمدعلى گرامى قمي
1938
1357
Iran Iran Iran Iran Iran Iran Official Website -
44 Qomi - قمي
Sayyid Taqi Tabatabaei Qomi
السيد تقي طباطبايي قمي
1922
1341
Iran Iran Iraq Iraq Iran Iran _
45 Qomsheiy - قمشه‏اي
Mohammad Ali Esmailpour Qomsheiy
محمد علي اسماعيل‏پور قمشه‏اي
1940
1359
Iran Iran Iran Iran Iran Iran Official Website -
46

Rohani - روحاني
Sayyid Mohammad Sadeq Hosayni Rohani
السيد محمد صادق حسيني روحاني
1926
1344
Iran Iran Iran Iran Iran Iran Official Website -
47 Saan'ei - صانعي
Yousuf Saan'ei
يوسف صانعي
1937
1355
Iran Iran Iran Iran Iran Iran Official Website -
48 Sadr - صدر
Sayyid Hussein Esmaeel al-Sadr
السيد حسين إسماعيل الصدر
1952
1371
Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq Official Website -
49 Saleh - صالح
Ali Al-Saleh
علي الصالح
1948
1367
Kuwait Kuwait Iran Iran Kuwait Kuwait Official Website -
50 Shahroudi - شاهرودي
Sayyid Mahmouad Hashemi Shahroudi
السيد محمود شاهرودي
1948
1367
Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq Iran Iran Official Website -
51 Shahroudi - شاهرودي
Sayyid Mohammad Shahroudi
السيد محمد شاهرودي
1925
1343
Iraq Iraq Iran Iran Iran Iran Official Website -
52 Shirazi - شيرازي
Naser Makarem Shirazi
ناصر مكارم شيرازي
1927
1345
Iran Iran Iran Iran & Iraq Iraq Iran Iran Official Website -
53 Shirazi - شيرازي
Sayyid Mohammad Ali Shirazi
السيد محمد علی شيرازي
1948
1367
Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq Iran Iran Official Website -
54 Shirazi - شيرازي
Sayyid Mohammad Baqer Shirazi
السيد محمد باقر شيرازي
1931
1350
Iran Iran Iraq Iraq Iran Iran Official Website -
55 Shirazi - شيرازي
Sayyid Sadiq Hussaini Shirazi
السيد صادق حسيني شيرازي
1942
1361
Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq Iran Iran Official Website -
56 Sirjani - سیرجانی
Mohammad Rahmati Sirjani
محمد رحمتی سیرجانی
1928
1347
Iran Iran Iraq Iraq Iran Iran Official Website -
57 Sistani - سيستاني
Sayyid Ali Husayni al-Sistani
السيد علي الحسيني السيستاني
1930
1348
Iran Iran Iran Iran & Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq Biography -
58 Sobhani - سبحاني
Ja'far Sobhani
جعفر سبحاني
1928
1346
Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Iraq Iraq Iran Iran Official Website -
59 Sorkhi - صرخي
Sayyid Mahmoud Hassani Sorkhi
السيد محمود الحسني الصرخي
1964
1383
Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq Official Website -
60 Taei - طائي
Qasem Taei
قاسم الطائي
1960
1379
Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq Official Website -
61 Taei - طائي
Saleh Taei
صالح الطائي
1958
1377
Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq Official Website -
62 Vaezi - واعظي
Shamsodin Vaezi
شمس الدين الواعظي
1936
1355
Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq Official Website -
63 Yaqoobi - يعقوبي
Muhammad al-Yaqoobi
محمد اليعقوبي
1960
1379
Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq Official Website -
64 Yazdi - يزدي
Sayyid Abbas Modaresi Yazdi
السيد عباس مدرسي يزدي
1945
1364
Iran Iran Iran Iran Iran Iran -
65 Zanjani - زنجانی
Asadollah Bayyat Zanjani
اسدالله بیات زنجانی
1942
1361
Iran Iran Iran Iran Iran Iran Official Website -
66 150x150px Zanjani - زنجانی
Sayyid Mousa Shubayri Zanjani
السيد موسى شبيري زنجانی
1927
1345
Iran Iran Iran Iran Iran Iran Biography [8]

Deceased

See: List of deceased Maraji

See also

References

External links

  • Prominent Ulamaa, prior to 100 years
  • ULAMAA - TIMELINE
  • Comprehensive List of Ulamaa / Jurists & their books ' An Extract from A Shiite Encyclopedia - Hasan Amini
  • Indian Ulamaa list
  • Leading Luminaries (ahl-ul-bayt.org)
  • Ulamaa Biography (imamreza.net)
  • Ulamaa Biography (imamreza.net)
  • Ulamaa Biographies (Jafariyanews.com)
  • Introduction to Scholars 5th / 11th century (al-islam.org)
  • Scholars Info (Playandlearn.org)
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