A Brief Account of the Life of His Eminence Shaikh Muhammad Jawad Fazel Lankarani
his eminence, Shaikh Muhammad Jawad Fazel Lankarani, son of Grand
Ayatullah Fazel Lankarani (may his soul rest in peace) the great marja'
(religious authority) of the Shia world was born in the holy city of Qum in the
year 1341 A.H./1962 C.E.
He completed his primary education in Qum and
Yazd. He continued his scientific studies until the year 1356 A.H./1977 C.E.
when he received his Bachelors of Science. In addition to his high school
education he also undertook theological studies in the Islamic Seminary of Qum.
Despite the revolution of the Muslim nation of Iran when Howza classes very
regularly off he, by virtue of serious endeavors finished the graduate (sutuh)
level studies in a relatively short period of time. Afterwards, during the year
1361 A.H./1982 C.E. he started to take part in kharij (post-doctorate) level
courses in jurisprudence and its principles (fiqh and usool). He attended the
lectures of his great father and benefitted very much from him. He also attended
the lectures of Grand Ayatullah Waheed Khurasani for seven years.
Furthermore, he attended the classes of Ayatullah Hasanzadah Aamuli and
Ayatullah Jawadi Aamuli in the fields of exegesis (tafseer) of the Holy Qur'an
and philosophy. He studied the books "Shifaa" and "Asfaar" with these two
outstanding teachers and benifitted greatly from them.
For twenty years
now he has been teaching and lecturing to a great number of students. He taught
the books: "Ma'aalim" four times, "Makaasib" three times and "Kifaayatul Osool"
four times. He has also been teaching fiqh (jurisprudence) and Osool (princilpes
of jurisprudence) at the kharij level for the past eight years. His classes are
very popular among the seminary students.
Moreover, he has presented
many scientific articles in various important assemblies such as the Shaikh
Ansaari Assembly, Muqaddas Ardabili Assembly and Imam Khumayni Assembly (may God
raise their positions). In addition to being published, these articles were also
recited during the forums. Besides his own scientific work and administration of
Office of Marja' (Religious Authority), he is also the principal at the
Inafallible Imams (AS) Jurisprudence Center. This center was establish at
suggestion of his esteemed father in 1376 A.H./1997 C.E. This center's main
objective is to train jurists (fuqahaa) that are aware of modern times and
circumstances in order to meet today's religious needs. It is regarded as one of
the most important scientific centers by the great scholars and clerics of the
Islamic Seminary of Qum. This center also has a specialized library in fiqh and
osool. It is said to be the richest library in this field.