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Ja'fari (Arabic: الجعفريPersian: جعفری‎) is a surname commonly associated with descendants of Ja'far al-Sadiq, an important shia Muslim scholar and the 6th Shia Imam. In South Asia, Persia and the Levant, those of this genealogy, also often take the honorific title of Sayyid. Descendants of Ja'far al-Sadiq can most commonly be found amongst the Shi'i of Iraq, Iran and the Indian subcontinent. Some Sunni Muslims also associate with the surname Ja’fari.

Variant transliterations include Ja'fari, Jaafari, Jafari, Jafri, Jaffrey or Jaffery

Notable people with the surname Al-Ja’fari[edit]


  • Azra Jafari (born 1978), mayor of Nili, the capital of Daykundi Province in Afghanistan





  • Zamir Jafri (1916 – 1999), Pakistani poet
  • Husain Mohammad Jafri,(born 1938) Chairman of Islamic Pakistan Study Centre, Aga Khan University of Karachi, Pakistan
  • Aqeel Jafri (born 1957), Pakistani writer, poet and architect
  • Waqar Jaffry (born 1980) Pakistani academician and scientist

United Kingdom[edit]

United States[edit]

  • Sakina Jaffrey (born 1962), Indian-American actress
  • Jonathan Aryan Jafari, known as JonTron (born 1990), American comedian, internet personality, and video game critic

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