Grand Ayatollah Seyyed Shahab od-Din Mar'ashi Najafi
Compiled by: Syed Ali Shahbaz
On August 28, in 1990 AD, the Source of Emulation, Grand Ayatollah Seyyed Shahab od-Din Mar'ashi Najafi, passed away at the age of 96 years and was laid to rest at the doorstep of his famous library in the holy city of Qom.
He learned theology, jurisprudence, hadith, exegesis of the Holy Qur'an, philosophy, and principles of ethics at the seminaries of Kazemain and Holy Najaf in Iraq. After attaining the status of Ijtehad he returned to Iran and started to lecture and research at the Qom Seminary.
He was a supporter of the Father of the Islamic Revolution, late Imam Khomeini (May his soul rest in peace), in the struggles against the Shah’s despotic regime.
He has left behind a large number of compilations in theology, jurisprudence, hadith, history and genealogy. Grand Ayatollah Mar'ashi Najafi also founded the public library in the holy city of Qom, which houses more than 300,000 books – many of them rare manuscripts collected him.