Kazem al-Haeri

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Grand Ayatollah
Sayyid Kadhim al-Haeri
آية الله العظمى السيد كاظم الحائري
Grand Ayatollah Kadhim Haeri
TitleGrand Ayatollah
Born1938 (age 84–85)
ReligionUsuli Twelver Shia Islam
Senior posting
Based inQom, Iran
Website1st official website 2nd official website

Grand Ayatollah Kadhim Husayni al-Haeri (Arabic: كاظم الحسيني الحائري) (born 1938) is a prominent Twelver Shi'a Marja.[1][2][3] He has studied in seminars of Najaf, Iraq under Grand Ayatollah Sadeq al-Sadr.[4] Haeri was born in Karbala, Iraq. He was a top leader of the Al-Da'wa Party in Iraq. His involvement in the party led to his exile in the 1970s, later he moved to Iran, where he remains to this day in the city of Qom.[5]

Relationship with Muqtada Al-Sadr[edit]

Al-Haeri is considered the successor to Mohammad Baqir al-Sadr, but since al-Haeri has resided in Iran since the 1970s he has not been able to fully take on this position. Despite his exile, he serves as the advisor to the younger al-Sadr on matters of jurisprudence. Thus, al-Haeri is a key source of legitimacy for Al-Sadr. Al-Sadr had previously stated that he would have worked with Ayatollah Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim if Ayatollah al-Haeri had ordered it. Recently, Muqtada al-Sadr and Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim signed a pact to end all potential hostilities between the two camps.

Al-Haeri has also issued fatwas against the U.S.-led occupation of Iraq, but he publicly criticized Muqtada al-Sadr for potential weakening against the Shi'a establishment and its hierarchy in Najaf under the guise of anti-Americanism in April 2004 while taking Haeri's name.[6]


On August 29, 2022, al-Haeri announced his resignation from the position of Marja, due to old age and illness.[7][8] This was described as the first time in history a Marja has ever resigned from his position.[9] However, this is wrong as instances of Maraji resigning in the past exists, like that of Sheikh Muhammad Baqir "Al Waheed" Al Behbahani who, according to Sheikh Osama Aal e Bilal Najafi, resigned and made his student, Sayyid Ali Al Tabatabaei the Marja.[citation needed][10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Official Website
  2. ^ Another official website
  3. ^ Grand Ayatollah Kazem Harris issues fatwa
  4. ^ A interview with Grand Ayatollah Syed Kazem Haeri
  5. ^ Biography in Arabic
  6. ^ Muqtada al-Sadr ignores fatwa against secularist candidates
  7. ^ "العراق: المرجع كاظم الحائري يعلن عدم استمراره في المرجعية بسبب المرض" [Iraq: The reference Kadhim Al-Haeri announces that he will not continue in the reference due to illness]. المحور اليوم (in Arabic). 2022-08-29. Retrieved 2022-08-29.
  8. ^ راضي, علي محسن (2022-08-29). "بيان لسماحة السيد كاظم الحائري يعلن فيه عدم الاستمرار في التصدي للمرجعية بسبب المرض والتقدم في العمر" [A statement by his eminence Sayyid Kadhim Al-Haeri announces that he will not continue to act as a reference due to illness and advancing age]. وكالة أنباء براثا (in Arabic). Retrieved 2022-08-29.
  9. ^ "الاستقالة الأولى في تاريخ المرجعية.. مرجع ديني يقدم استقالته من التصدي لمنصب المرجع" [The first resignation in the history of the Marja'iyya.. A religious references submits his resignation from the position of Marja']. baghdad-times.net (in Arabic). 2022-08-29. Retrieved 2022-08-29.
  10. ^ https://www.kurdistan24.net/en/story/29358-Sadr-quits-politics,-closes-movement%E2%80%99s-institutions-and-media-platforms[bare URL]

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