Abbas Vaez-Tabasi

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Ayatollah Abbas Vaez-Tabasi
Abbas Vaez-Tabasi - oepning of Dar ul Marhama portico - Holy shrine of Imam Reza - Mashhad (cropped).jpg
Personal Details
Title Ayatollah
Born (1935-06-25)June 25, 1935
Tabas, Iran
Died March 4, 2016(2016-03-04) (aged 80)
Mashhad, Iran
Nationality Iranian
Era Modern era
Religion Islam
Main interest(s) Fiqh, Kalam and philosophy

Ayatollah Abbas Vaez Tabasi (Persian: آيت الله عباس واعظ طبسی‎‎, 25 June 1935 – 4 March 2016) was an influential Iranian cleric who held memberships at different institutions. He was Grand Imam and Chairman of the Astan Quds Razavi board from 1979 until his death in 2016.

Early life[edit]

Vaez Tabasi hails from a family of Mashhadi origin.[1] He was born in 1935.He began his education when he was only 12 years old in various seminaries.[2]


Vaez Tabasi was a member of the Expediency Discernment Council and the Assembly of Experts of the Islamic Republic of Iran. He was also the head of the Astan Quds Razavi.

In 2006 he was elected to the Assembly of Experts[3] to the surprise of some observers.[4] However, he retired after declining to run in 2016 election.

Personal life[edit]

Vaez Tabasi's daughter married Supreme Leader Khamenei's son, Sayyid Hassan.[1]

Illness and death[edit]

Funeral of Vaez Tabasi in Mashhad.

On 2 November 2015, It was announced that he is suffering from cancer. On 27 February 2016, he was hospitalized due to respiratory complications. After a few days of hospitalization, Ayatollah Vaez died on 4 March.[2] He died at the age of 80. Following his death, three days mourning was declared in Khorasan province.[5] His funeral was held on the following day which Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and other top officials like President Hassan Rouhani attending the ceremony. He was buried at the Imam Reza shrine.


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