Imam Al-Khoei Benevolent Foundation

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The Imam Al-Khoei Benevolent Foundation is an organization created by Abul-Qassim Khoei, a Grand Ayatollah who was considered by much of the Shia world as his time's premier leader of Shias across the world. It is an international religious charitable institution.


The Al-Khoei Foundation began relief work in parts of Southern Iraq after the first Gulf War, delivering relief supplies in defiance of US-imposed sanctions.[1]

The Guardian wrote:

Khoei was also concerned to put the Shia faith in a better light in the west, after its shameful misrepresentation, especially in the US press during the Iranian revolution and the Iran-Iraq war, when to be a Shia was virtually equated with being a fanatic - a time, when, as he recalled, there were those in the US who were "scared to shake hands with a man in a black turban".

The result of his efforts was that the al-Khoei Foundation became a UN-affiliated consultative body, and the voice of the worldwide Shia community was heard at last in the halls of power, both east and west.[2]

On April 12, 2003, the Al-Khoei family revealed that they are determined to continue the work of their murdered Abdul Majid al-Khoei who was killed in Najaf.


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