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Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi

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Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi

The eminent scholar, Ayatollah Nasir Makarim Shirazi was born in the year 1345 AH (1924 CE) in the city of Shiraz, Iran in to a religious family who were well known for their great level of spirituality and noble ethical traits. His eminence finished his elementary school studies in Shiraz and due to his eagerness to learn, his powerful memorizing capabilities and other great talents, he was regarded as o­ne of the extraordinary students f r o m amongst his fellow classmates and because of this, was able to complete two years of studies in o­ne year!

The conditions that existed in Iran in those days obligated this young man - who possessed such a talent and great aptitude to choose the path of University studies to increase his knowledge and attain the higher (material) levels of secular studies. However through the hand of fate and the blessings of the Maintainer of the Universe and his own internal desires, this young man developed an attraction to becoming better acquainted and delve deep in to the genuine teachings of Islam, especially since after the spring of 1348 AH (1937 CE) (just after he finished his primary school), the Islamic Seminaries went through a major transformation and had taken o­n a completely new form.

His Eminence was also very active in the early days that culminated in the Islamic Revolution of Iran and it is because of this fact that he was thrown in the despotic ruler’s jail many times.  In addition, he was even exiled o­n three separate occasions to three different cities to Chabahar, Mahabad and Anarak. However after the Revolution, he was appointed to the first council of Representatives and played a pivotal role in writing the first constitution.

The number of publications of His Eminence currently lies at approximately 130 volumes of books which have all been printed – some of which have been reprinted more than 30 times! Some of these have even been translated in to more than 10 living languages of the world and have been published in various parts of the world. The commentary of the Qur}an authored by him, Tafsir-e-Namuna (The Ideal Commentary) has been translated in to many languages, including Arabic (al-Amthal Fi Tafsir al-Quran), and can be found in many homes. In addition to this commentary, he has also authored a thematic commentary of the Quran entitled Payam-e-Quran (The Message of the Quran) which has opened up a new chapter in the field of exegesis of the Noble Quran. In addition, the books he has written o­n the theological beliefs have been a place where others can seek refuge f r o m the assault of books written with false beliefs in them. Of the books of Fiqh that he has written, we mention a few: Anwar al-Fuqahah, al-Qawaidul Fiqhiyyah, Anwar al-Usul and the notes and commentaries o­n the complete text of âl-Urwatul Wuthqa which has been printed many times over. His practical guide for Muslims (Tawdhihul Masail) has also been printed many times and has also been translated in to Arabic, Urdu, Turkish, Azari and English.