Ali Al-sistani

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Birthday
4, 1930
Birthplace
Iran
Birth Sign
Leo
Birthday
4, 1930 (age 88)
Birthplace
Iran

About

Known for heading the Hawza (seminary) in Najaf, Iraq, this Shia Islamic Marja (religious leader) was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize on several occasions. His religious-themed publications include Contemporary Legal Rulings in Shia Law and A Code of Practice For Muslims in the West.

Before Fame

In his early years, he studied with Grand Ayatollah Abu al-Qasim al-Khoei. In his early thirties, he attained the prestigious Islamic scholarly rank of Ijtihad.

Trivia

His official religious positions include the prohibition of dance and some types of music and the allowance of most forms of contraception.

Family Life

He grew up in Mashhad, Iran, as the son of an Islamic religious scholar.

Associated With

Though he was one of the few Shia religious leaders to survive Saddam Hussein's persecution, he was forced by Hussein's Ba'ath Party to abandon his mosque.