The prominent Islamic scholar, Allamah Kashef al-Gheta
Compiled by: Syed Ali Shahbaz
On 27th of the Islamic month of Rajab in 1228 AH, the prominent Islamic scholar, Allamah Shaikh Ja’far bin Khizr al-Hilli, popularly known as Kashef al-Gheta, from the title of his outstanding book, passed away in the holy city of Najaf at the age of 71. A descendant of Malek Ashtar, the famous general of the Commander of the Faithful, Imam Ali (AS), he was a student of Shaikh Yusuf Bahrani, but upon arrival in Najaf of Allamah Waheed Bahbahani from Iran, he renounced his previous Akhbari ideas and accepted the Usouli school.
On the passing away of Allamah Seyyed Mahdi Bahr al-Uloom in 1212 AH, he was recognized as the Supreme Religious Authority for Shi’ite Muslims worldwide. He has written many books in the fields of theology, jurisprudence, and Arabic literature, which include “Kashf al-Gheta”, “al-Haq ul-Mobeen fi Tasweeb al-Mujtahideen waTaqta'a-tal-Akhbariyeen.” and Minhaj ar-Rishad against Wahhabi heresy.