Grand Ayatollah Bashir Al-Najafi is one of the four maraji’ of the Hawza Seminary in Najaf, Iraq, and one of Iraq’s most powerful Shia clerics. As a marja’ of the Hawza in Najaf, Iraq’s premier Shia institution, Najafi holds a position of immense authority. Najafi, originally from Pakistan, holds less sway amongst Iraq’s population than the other maraji’ but has significant clout in South Asia. His website (www.alnajafy.com) is available in five languages.
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