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    مکارم شیرازی ، ناصر مکارم شیرازی*آیت‌الله العظمی مکارم شیرازی

    (Wikipedia) - Naser Makarem Shirazi   (Redirected from Makarem Shirazi) Muslim scholar Naser Makarem Shirazi Title Born Ethnicity Era Jurisprudence Creed Main interest(s) Notable work(s) Website
    1924 (age 89–90)
    Modern era
    Usuli Twelver Shia
    Jafari jurisprudence
    Fiqh, Kalam and Tafsir
    One hundred fifty lessons for life Commentary of the Holy Quran
    Influenced by
    • Borujerdi, Hakim, Khoei

    Grand Ayatollah Naser Makarem Shirazi (Persian: ناصر مکارم شیرازی‎) is an ayatollah in Iran. He is a spiritual guide for many Shia Muslims.



    He was born in 1926 in Shiraz. His ancestors were Iranian Jews who converted to Shia Islam. He finished his school in Shiraz. He started his formal Islamic studies at the age of 14 in the Agha Babakhan Shirazi seminary. After completing the introductory studies, he started studying jurisprudence (fiqh) and its principles (usool al-fiqh).

    He made rapid progress and finished studying the complete levels of introductory and both the levels of the intermediate Islamic studies in approximately four years. During this time, he also taught at the Islamic seminary in Shiraz.

    At the age of 18, he formally entered the theological seminary of Qom, and for the next five years was present in the religious gatherings and classes of some of the leading Islamic teachers of those days, such as Ayatollah Muhammad Hussein Burujerdi, & Ayatollah Seyyed Kazem Shariatmadari.

    In Najaf (Iraq)

    In 1950 he made his way to the seminary of Najaf, Iraq. Here, he was able to take part in classes of teachers such as Ayatollah Muhsin al-Hakim, Ayatollah Abul-Qassim Khoei and Ayatollah Abdul Hadi ash-Shirazi.

    At the age of 24, he was granted complete ijtihad by two senior scholars in Najaf. Ayatollah Muhsin al-Hakim also wrote a short, comprehensive letter of commendation for him.

    In 1951 he returned to Qom, since he did not have the means to survive and continue his studies in Najaf.

    After returning to Iran, Ayatollah Nasir Makarim Shirazi began teaching the intermediate and higher level of studies in usul al-fiqh and fiqh. Also, he was a member of the editorial board of the first Islamic magazine published in Iran named "Maktab''e Eslam", next to Ayatollah Shariatmadari.

    He has won the Iranian Royal Academy of Philosophy'' award for his essay "Filsuf-Namaha".

    Political Activities

    Ayatollah Makarim Shirazi was active in the pre-revolution days; hence he was thrown in jail many times. He was even exiled on three separate occasions to three different locations-Chabahar, Mahabad and Anarak. After the Iranian revolution, he was appointed to the first council of Representatives and played a major role in writing the first constitution. He is no longer a member of the government, and resides in the city of Qum.

    Fatwas and viewpoints Women''s attendance in stadiums

    In the aftermath of an attempt by President Ahmadinejad to allow women to attend soccer matches in stadiums (something they are not able to do now), Makarem issued a fatwa objecting to this.

    Alternatives to stoning

    Makarem''s fatwa concerning stoning to death for adultery reads: "In certain circumstances, death by stoning can be replaced by other methods of punishment".


    Makarem issued a fatwa declaring smoking as forbidden (haram).

    Dogs and pets

    In 2010 he responded to a request inquiring why a dog is considered unclean under shariah despite a lack of any references to dogs in the Holy Quran. In his fatwa he emphasized that under shariah, dogs are indeed considered unclean based upon riwayahs, reliable narrations (hadith) handed down from the Prophet Muhammad and his household. Makarem described the current Iranian inclination toward dogs as "blindly imitating the West"; something that he believes will result in "evil outcomes."

    The Iranian ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance reacted to this fatwa by banning all advertisement related to keeping, buying, and selling pets.


    In September 2010 he was quoted by the Iranian state news agency IRNA as saying "The Holocaust is nothing but superstition, but Zionists say that people of the world should be forced to accept this. The truth about the Holocaust is not clear, and when the researchers want to examine whether it is true or the Jews have created it to pose as victims, they jail the researchers".

    Fatwa against rapper Shahin Najafi

    Following release of the song "Ay Naghi!" ("Hey, Naghi!") by rapper Shahin Najafi,Makarem issued a fatwa declaring Najafi guilty of apostasy.

    His Works

    His works number more than 130 volumes. Some of these are:

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