chair of the Supreme Council
Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Taskhiri, son of late Ayatollah Ali Akbar Taskhiri, was born in 1944. One of the bright pages of his family’s life is that his brother (Mohammad Hossein) was martyred and three other brothers were disabled in war.
He finished primary education and seminary courses up to the level of ‘Kharij Fiqh’before great masters such as grand Ayatollahs Sadr, Khoyi, Sheikh Javad Tabrizi, Sheikh Kazem Tabrizi, Sadra Badkoobi, and Sheikh Mojtaba Lankarani. At the same time, he majored in Arabic Literature, Fiqh and Usul at the well known college of Najaf. While he was studying at the Najaf Seminary, he taught common course at the seminary. As a result of his political endeavours, he spent some time in the Baath regime prisons.
He attended the classes held by Grand Ayatollahs such as Golpayegani, Mirza Hashem Amoli, and Vahid Khorasani in the Qom seminary for 12 years. At the same time, he was teaching in the same seminary and other scientific centres.
After the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, he accepted executive responsibilities and attended national and international conferences, devoting himself to cultural affairs and preaching both inside the country and abroad. Among his scientific and cultural activities are writing a great number of books and articles, delivering many speeches, and conducting various interviews at different occasions.
He is the ex-secretary general of the World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought; currently he is the chair of the Supreme Council.