Ayatullah Muhammad Hussain Najafi
Ayatullah Muhammad Hussain Najafi

Grand Ayatullah Shaikh Muhammad Hussain Najafi is one of the most prominent maraji of the Shia world. There are only two maraji on from the soil of Pakistan. Ayatullah Muhammad Hussain najafi and Ayatullah Bashir Hussain Najafi. Sheikh Bashir Najafi decided to stay in Najaf, Iraq, whereas Sheikh Muhammad Hussain najafi is the only marja left in Pakistan. He is currently residing in Sargodha city.

Name:Ayatullah Muhammad Hussain Najafi
In Urdu:آية الله العظمی علامہ الشیخ محمد حسین النجفي
Famous As:Muhammad Hussain Dhakoo
In Urdu:محمد حسین ڈھکو
Education:Tafsir, Hadith, Kalam, Fiqh, Islamic philosophy, Islamic ethics,
Profession:Principal of Dar-ul-Uloom Muhammadia,
Date:10 April 1932
Place: Jehania shah in sargodha District,
Children:3 Daughters
Parents:Rana Tajuddin (father)

cover of Allama's official siteDhakoo sahb in Qum,IranWith Ayatullah jaffar subhani

Life History

Family and Childhood

Grand Ayatullah Allama Sheikh Muhammad Hussain Najafi was born in Jahanian Shah in district Sargodha ( Punjab, Pakistan), on April 10, 1932. He belongs to the Dhakku branch of Jatt people.
He had two paternal uncles, both of whom were Shia ulema: Maulana Imam Bakhsh was a religious teacher in Jahanian Shah, while Maulana Sohrab Ali Khan was a reputed alim of Uch Sharif. His father Rana Tajuddin was not an alim, but he had the wish of making his son a great alim. However, he died in 1944 when Ayatullah Najafi was 12 years old, after which the family members persuaded the widow that Ayatullah Najafi should look after the family lands, but his widowed mother kept up the wish of her dead husband.

Education in Pakistan

After secondary school education, he got admission in Madrasah Muhammadia in Jalalpur Nankiana, Sargodha, where one of his prominent teacher was Ayatullah Allama Hussain Bakhsh Najafi (Jarra). In 1947, he studied the courses of Dars-i-Nizami( درس نظامی) from Ayatullah Allama Muhammad Baqir Naqvi Chakralvi (known as “Allama Baqir Hindi” in Iraq & Iran) in Jhang. Ayatullah Baqir Naqvi had migrated from Iraq to spread Shia formal education in Pakistan. Since Ayatullah Allama Muhammad Yar Shah Najafi, the most prominent disciple of Ayatullah Baqir Naqvi, had moved from his ancestral city Alipur to Jalalpur, Ayatullah Najafi moved to Jalalpur to complete Dars-i-Nizami for the next five years. In 1953, he passed the examination of Molvi Fazil from Punjab University, and moved to Najaf in 1954 for higher education.

Education at Hawza Elmiye Najaf

With ulma in Najaf
In 1954, he moved to Hawza Elmiyah Najaf (حوزہ علمیہ نجف) to finalize his religious education . He attended the lectures of the following Marjas:  [1] najaf

 Ayatullah’s Name Subject
 Grand Ayatullah Mohsin Al-Hakim  Dars-e-kharij of Fiqh
 Grand Ayatullah Syed Javad Tabrizi  Dars-e-kharij of Kifaya-tul-Usool
 Grand Ayatullah Mirza Baqir Zanjani Dars-e-kharij of Usool-e-Fiqh
 Grand Ayatullah Bazurg Tehrani Fehm-e-Hadees-o-Rajjal & Kutb Shanasi
 Grand Ayatullah Mahmood Shahroudi,  Grand Ayatullah Abdul Aala Sabzwari Dars-e-kharij of Fiqh
Grand Ayatullah Abdul Karim Zanjani Tanawwo dar Islami Uloom-o-Funoon and Ittehad-e-Islami
 Grand Ayatullah Abul Qasim Rashti Rasail-o-Makatib
 Grand Ayatullah Abdul Hussain Amini (the writer of the famous “Al-Ghadeer”)  Ilm-e-Munazira
 Grand Ayatullah Mulla Sadra Najafi Satheeyat & Asfar
 Grand Ayatullah Aqae Muhaqqiq  Darse Manzooma Sabzwari
 Grand Ayatullah Aqae Fazal  Ilm-e-Kalam

A hardworking student

In an interview to the Hawza Elmiye Qom’s monthly magazine “Hawza“, he was asked:
Hawza: “Hazrat, tell us about your education at Hawza Elmiye Najaf and your teachers there.?
Ustad Najafi: “My stay at Najaf was short … I completed my education in 6 years … At Najaf, the total number of courses I used to study and teach daily often reached up to ten. … Once my teacher Grand Ayatullah Syed Jawad Tabrizi said to me in light mood: ‘Why do you take so much strain, what is the logic in taking ten courses daily? Iranians say: ‘The climate of Najaf is dry, thus taking one course in Najaf is not enough, but taking two courses is more than enough.'”
This shows that how diligent and hardworking Ustad najafi was during his studies

Books during Najafs stay

Book of Allama najafi
Here is the list of books that Ayatullah Najafi has wrote during his stay at Najaf Ashraf, Iraq. 

  1. Isbat ul-Imamat
  2. Tahqeeqat ul-Fariqain fi Hadis as-Saqlain
  3. Iqd ul-Juma’n (Translation of Mafatih al-Janan)
  4. A’dab ul-Mufeed wal Mustafeed (Translation of Munia tul-Murid)
  5. Faiz ur-Rehman (Translation of Lu’lu wal Marjan)

Grand Ayatullah Bazurg Tehrani has mentioned them in his famous book “Az-Zariya ila Tasaneef ush-Shia” (A list of Shia Books).

Marital Life

He was married to his maternal cousin in 1952 before going to Najaf for higher religious education. His teacher Ayatullah Yar Shah had links with Ulema of Najaf, and he wanted Ayatullah Najafi to get married in a scholarly family of Najaf, but Ayatullah Najafi declined this proposal due to cultural differences. In 1954, his only son Muhammad Sibtain was born. At the age of five, he got seriously ill and died, as Ayatullah Najafi did not have enough money for his treatment; he used to spend his stipend money on household and buying books. After Sibtain’s death, Ayatullah Najafi did not have children for next eleven years. His first wife died in 1996. He married the daughter of Haji Muhammad Shafi ( Faisalabad) in 1970. He has three daughters from this marriage.

As a Marja-e Taqleed

Regarding his ijtehad and Marjiat, Ayatullah Muhammad Hussain Najafi has recieved Ijazah’s( An ijazah (Arabic: الإِجازَة‎, “permission”, “authorization”, “license”) is a license authorizing its holder to transmit a certain text or subject, which is issued by someone already possessing such authority) from the following marjas of Hawza Elmiye Najaf, He left for Pakistan in 1960. [2] taqleed

  • Grand Ayatullah Mohsin Al-Hakim
  • Grand Ayatullah Syed Javad Tabrizi
  • Grand Ayatullah Mara’shi Najafi
  • Grand Ayatullah Mirza Baqir Zanjani
  • Grand Ayatullah Bazurg Tehrani
  • Grand Ayatullah Muhammad Mahdi al-Kazmaini
  • Grand Ayatullah Mahmood Shahroudi
  • Grand Ayatullah Abdul Aala Sabzwari
  • Grand Ayatullah Abul Qasim Rashti
  • Grand Ayatullah Abdul Karim Zanjani
  • Grand Ayatullah Najam ud-Din ash-Sharif as-Samarrai
  • Grand Ayatullah Muhammad Raza al-Musavi
  • Grand Ayatullah Ahmed al-Mustanbit

He published his Tawzih ul Masail(توضیح المساعل) named “Qawaneen ush-Sharia fi Fiqh-e-Jafariya” ( قوانین الشریعہ فی فقہ الجعفریہ) in 1980 AD (1400 AH), in 2 volumes. He is being followed by a number of Shia Muslims in matters of fiqh from Pakistan and abroad.

Religio-Political Activities in Pakistan

In 1964, Ayatullah Najafi played a pivotal role in gathering about 250 Shia ulema and leaders in Imam Bargah Rizvia, Karachi, where “Shia Mutalbat Committee” was formed with Allama Syed Muhammad Dehlavi as its president.
In 1978, after Zia ul Haq’s announcement of promulgating Hanafi fiqh, Shia ulema and leaders gathered in Bhakkar and founded Tehrik-e-Nifaz-e-Fiqh-e-Jafaria (later called Tehrik-e-Jafaria Pakistan) with Ayatullah Mufti Jafar Hussain as its president. Ayatullah Najafi was a part of this organization’s supreme council. After Mufti Jafar’s demise, it was upon Ayatullah Najafi’s recommendation that Allama Arif Hussain Hussaini was elected the new president of the organization. 

Clerical Activities in Pakistan

After returning to Pakistan in 1960, Pir Fazal Shah (Parhezgar) and other Saadaat of Sargodha asked him to become the principal of Dar-ul-Uloom Muhammadia, Sargodha, which he eagerly accepted. In 1971, due to increased involvement in majaalis and Shia political movements it became impossible for him to run the affairs of Dar-ul-Uloom Muhammadia, therefore he stepped down from this post.
In 1963, the principals of Shia madrasahs from all over Pakistan gathered in Karbala Gamey Shah, Lahore, and founded Tanzeeme Madarise Arabia Shia Pakistan (Organization of Shia Madrasahs of Pakistan). Ayatullah Najafi was elected its president. 
In 1965, a high-level organization of Shia ulema Mautamar Ulemae Shia Pakistan (Conference of Shia Ulema of Pakistan) was formed. The officials of the organization are

  •  Ayatullah Najafi as its president, and 
  • Ayatullah Mufti Jafar Hussain as its patron. 

Other members included:

  • Allama Gulab Ali Shah
  • Ayatullah Allama Akhtar Abbas Najafi
  • Ayatullah Allama Hussain Bakhsh Najafi (Jarra) 
  • Maulana Hafiz Saifullah Jafari 
  • Allama Safdar Hussain Najafi 
  • Mufti Inayat Ali Shah
  • Allama Muhib Hussain 
  • Ayatullah Hafiz Riaz Hussain Najafi
  •  Allama Ghulam Hassan Jarra.

Jamia Sultan ul-Madaris

Leading prayer
In 1978, Raja Mumtaz Ali Khan gifted 3-acre (12,000 m2) land to Ayatollah Najafi for madrasah, on which Jamia Ilmia Sultan ul-Madaris al-Islamia was constructed. In 2004, he founded Jamia Aqeela bani Hashim for the religious education of women.  [3] clerical
He is also the patron of the following madrasahs:

 Name of Madrasah City
 Madrasah Muhammadia Sargodha
 Madrasah Ahya ul-Uloom Haideria Mandi Bahauddin
 Madrasah Baqir ul-Uloom Bhakkar
 Madrasah Wali ul-Asr Jhang
 Madrasah Hazrat Amir ul-Momineen,  Madrasah Jamia tul-Qaim  Layyah
Madrasah Bab ul-Hussain  Dera Ismail Khan
 Madrasah Jafaria Uch Sharif

Participation in International Conferences

Ayatullah Muhammad Hussain Najafi has also been the part of many international conferences. These are:

  • On the invitation of the Iranian Supreme Leader Grand Ayatullah Ali Khamenei, he attended the 17th Islamic Unity Conference in Tehran, Iran in May 2004. He also visited Hawza Elmiye Qom, where he had meetings with Ayatullah Morteza Moghtadai, Grand Ayatullah Hossein Noori Hamedani and Grand Ayatullah Naser Makarem Shirazi. He was interviewed by the state television and the Hawza Elmiye Qom’s official magazine Hawza. 
  • Again on Grand Ayatullah Ali Khamenei’s invitation, he attended the 21st Islamic Unity Conference in Tehran, Iran in May 2008, along with Allama Sajid Naqvi, Allama Shaikh Mohsin Najafi, Ayatullah Hafiz Riaz Hussain Najafi and Sunni ulema. He also visited Hawza Elmiye Qom, where he had meetings with Grand Ayatullah Jafar Subhani, Grand Ayatullah Mousa Shubairi Zanjani, Grand Ayatullah Qorban Ali Kaboli, and Ayatullah Ahmad Mobalighi. He also co-addressed a gathering arranged in memory of late Ayatullah Allama Aktar Abbas Najafi and Shaheed Allama Ghulam Hussain Najafi in Madrasah Hojatieh, Hawza Elmiye Qom.
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