Shaykh Muhammad Mahdi Al-Asifi

Shaykh Muhammad Mahdi Al-Asifi(1939 – 2015) was a Mujtahid in Najaf.

Shaykh Muhammad Mahdi Al-Asifi
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Muhammad Mahdi al-Asifi was a Shia scholar born in Najaf in 1939 CE, 1937-38 AH. Both his father, Ayatollah Ali Muhammad Burjirdi, and his mother, the daughter of Shaykh Muhammad Taqi Burujirdi, were scholars in Najaf. The government of Iraq forced Shaykh Muhammad Mahdi to leave Najaf in 1970; however, he later returned after Saddam Hussein was dethroned from power. On 16 Shaban 1436 AH, Shaykh Muhammad Mahdi passed away in Qom. His body was later brought to Iraq and buried there.


  • Teacher of Seminary of Najaf
  • Official Spokesperson in Islamic Dawa Party, 1980-1989
  • Member of Higher Council of Leadership, Islamic Dawa Party, 1981
  • General Secretary in Ahl al-Bayt (AS) World Assembly. 2002-2004

His teacherEdit

He studied under the following scholars:

  • Husayn al-Hilli
  • Al-Sayyid Muhsin Hakimi
  • Sayyid Ruhollah Musavi Khomeini
  • Sayyid Abu al-Qasim al-Khoei
  • Mujtaba Lankarani



  • "A glance at Hadith of Unwan Basri," trans. Zainab Mohammad, Message of Thaqalayn, vol. 12, no. 4, Winter 2013


  • Tribute paid to Shaykh Muhammad Mahdi Al-Asifi through the medium of a commemoration ceremony conducted by Ahl al-Bayt (AS) World Assembly, Al-Mustafa International University and Management of Islamic Seminaries of Iran as the Role Model of Piety, Jihad and Ijtihad, 20th November 2014

An Analysis of Imam Hussain's Journey from Hijaz to KarbalaEdit

Shaykh Muhammad Mahdi, in his book "Ashura," analysis the critical moments in the journey of Imam Hussain (AS) from Hijaz to Karbala. Shaykh Muhammad Mahdi tries to enrich the reader by bringing out the Islamic knowledge, the Quranic concepts, and the lesson to be learned from the uprising of Imam Hussain (AS) by analyzing the Imam's sermons, his words, and the stances that he took at various junctures of the whole movement. Alongside the Imam (AS) speeches, Shaykh Muhammad Mahdi also mentions his companions' position, the sacrifices they made, and the words they spoke as a learning for the lovers of Imam Hussain (AS) so that they can apply them in their lives. The book also offers deep and analytical insights into the incident of Karbala and its intro to those who speak about it during Muharram and Safar or even in other months.