Kazem al-Haeri

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Grand Ayatollah
Sayyid Kadhim al-Haeri
آية الله العظمى السيد كاظم الحائري
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Grand Ayatollah Kadhim Haeri
TitleGrand Ayatollah
Born1938 (age 83–84)
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]

Haeri is considered the successor to Mohammad Baqir al-Sadr, but since 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, 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 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.

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]

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