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Mohammad al-Yaqoobi (Arabic: محمد اليعقوبي‎; born 9 September 1960) is a prominent Iraqi Twelver Shi'a Marja'.[1][2] He is the second most widely followed Marja' in Iraq, the most widely followed being Ali al-Sistani.[3] As well as heading the Al-Sadr Religious University in Najaf, he established one of the largest women's Hawzas in Iraq, and oversees many charitable organisations within Iraq.[4][5] He is an active figure within Iraqi politics, and is considered by many to be the heir of Mohammad Mohammad Sadeq al-Sadr.[by whom?]

Grand Ayatollah Muhammad al-Yaqoobi
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Other namesArabic: محمد اليعقوبي
Born (1960-09-09) September 9, 1960 (age 59)
ReligionUsuli Twelver Shi`a Islam
Other namesArabic: محمد اليعقوبي
Senior posting
Based inNajaf, Iraq
Period in office2003–present
PredecessorMohammad Mohammad Sadeq al-Sadr
PostGrand Ayatollah


Primary education at Imam Jawad Private Shi'ite School. Graduated with a B.A. in Civil Engineering from University of Baghdad in 1982. Joined the Najaf Hawza in 1988 and completed his religious studies with Ayatollah Abu al-Qasim al-Khoei and Ayatollah Mohammad Mohammad Sadeq al-Sadr in 1992.[6]


The number of books published under his name, which include his own writings and recorded dialogues, as well as books supervised by him, exceed 90 titles. He maintained a close relationship with Grand Ayatollah Mohammad Mohammad Sadeq al-Sadr, who, amongst others, granted him his Ijtihad.[7]

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  1. ^ List of Maraji in Arabic Archived 2012-11-02 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Official Website
  3. ^ Fotini Christia, Elizabeth Dekeyser and Dean Knox, To Karbala: Surveying Religious Shia from Iran and Iraq, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2016)
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ [2]
  6. ^ [3]
  7. ^ [4]

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