Naser Makarem Shirazi
Naser Makarem Shirazi
|Jurisprudence||Usuli Twelver Shia|
|Main interest(s)||Fiqh, Kalam and Tafsir|
|Notable work(s)||One hundred fifty lessons for life Commentary of the Holy Quran|
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.
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".
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
Alternatives to stoning
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
His works number more than 130 volumes. Some of these are:
- Commentary on the book Kifayatul Usul (at age 18)
- The Manifestation of Truth
- Commentary on the Quran (Tafsir Nemooneh)
- The Message of the Quran
- Anwar al-Fuqahah
- al-Qawaidul Fiqhiyyah
- The Limits of Azadari
- They Will Ask You
- 50 Life Lessons from the Ahl al-Bayt (a)
|Wikinews has related news: Ayatollah Makarem-Shirazi urges compulsory hijab|
- "Iran clerics say death by stoning may be stopped-World-The Times of India".[dead link]
- Iran cleric says dogs "unclean" and not to be kept as pets, By Robin Pomeroy, TEHRAN| Jun 19, 2010
- Pet Ads Banned In Iranian Media Based On Fatwa, Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran, 08/24/10 http://www.payvand.com/news/10/aug/1239.html
- Holocaust is nothing but superstition, Source: IRNA, Tehran, 09/04/10 http://www.france24.com/en/20100904-top-iran-cleric-rejects-holocaust-superstition
- Shahin Najafi & Majid Kazemi - "Naghi," with English translation on YouTube
- Bozorgmehr Sharafedin (15 May 2012). "Iranian rapper faces death threats for 'insulting' song". BBC. Retrieved 18 May 2012.
*Robin Pomeroy (14 May 2012). "Iranian rapper draws Shi'ite wrath, death bounty". Reuters. Retrieved 18 May 2012.
*Saeed Kamali Dehghan (14 May 2012). "Iranian rapper faces death threats and fatwa for 'blasphemous' song". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 18 May 2012.