Seyed Hadi Khosro Shahi
An Iranian Cleric, Researcher and Politician
Born: 1939, Tabriz, Iran
Died: February 27, 2020, Qom, Iran
In recognition of his years of scientific and cultural services, the Society for the Appreciation of Cultural Works and Dignitaries honored him the title of an Iranian dignitary during a commemoration ceremony on January 24, 2021
He was born in Tabriz into a cleric family. His father, Ayatollah Agha Seyed Mortaza Khosroshahi, was a religious scholar and Shiite jurists of Tabriz educated in Najaf. His grandfather, Ayatollah Seyed Ahmad Khosroshahi, was also a cleric and one of the disciples of renowned scholars like Sheikh Mortaza Ansari, Mirza Habibollah Rashti and Sheikh Mohammad Hasan Mamqani.
Seyed Hadi completed his seminary preparatory education in Tabriz. At the age of fifteen, he entered Qom Seminary where he studied under scholars such as Imam Khomeini (RA), Ayatollah Sheikh Mohammad Ali Araki, Ayatollah Seyed Mohammad Kazem Shariatmadari and Ayatollah Allameh Seyed Mohammad Hossein Tabatabaei. He received Ijazat (permission) of Ijtihad from great scholars of Najaf, Qom and Mashhad such as Imam Khomeini, Ayatollah Khoi, Ayatollah Marashi Najafi, Ayatollah Agha Seyed Mohammad Milani, Ayatollah Shariatmadari, Ayatollah Seyed Sadeq Rohani, Ayatollah Sheikh Agha Bozorg Tehrani, Ayatollah Agha Sheikh Morteza Ha`eri, Ayatollah Agha Seyed Ahmad Zanjani, Ayatollah Agha Sheikh Mohammad Javad Esfahani, and Ayatollah Mirza Abolfazl Zahedi Qomi.
He began his activities in the fields of science, culture and religion in 1953 and collaborated with most of the Islamic journals such as Noor-e Danesh, Aeen-e Islam, Maktab-e Islam, Maktab-e Tashayyo, Ma`aref-e Jafari, Rah-e Haq, Neday-e Haq, Hekmat, Moslemin, Astan Quds, etc. At the same time, he was acquainted with Ayatollah Kashani, Ayatollah Taleghani and Sayed Mojtaba Mir-Lohi, nicknamed Navvab Safavi and started his political activities. As a result, he was arrested, imprisoned or exiled several times in Qom, Tabriz and Tehran until the victory of the Islamic revolution. In 1972 he established the Islamic Studies Center of Qom as a branch of Qom Seminary. After the victory of the Iranian Revolution in 1979, he served as the representative of Ayatollah Khomeini in the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance for two years. Then became the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic to the Vatican. While in the Vatican, he founded the Europe's Islamic Culture Center, a base for propagating Shi'ism in the West. He published more than 150 books and periodicals in Italian, Arabic, English, French, and Persian languages among which are the Holy Quran and Nahj al-Balagha (in Italian), Nahj al-Balagha (in English), The Life of the Holy Prophet (in English and Italian), The Prophet by Zain al-Abedin Rahnama (in French), Asl al-Shi'a wa usulu-ha by Ayatollah Sheikh Mohammad-Hossein Kashif al-Ghita' (in English) and a collection of works by Imam Khomeini (RA), Morteza Motahari, Shariati and Allameh Tabatabaei. He also published several magazines and monthly in Arabic, English and Italian languages.
After serving in the Vatican, Khosroshahi was sent to Cairo, where he represented Tehran for two years at the Islamic Republic's Interest Section until 2003.
Since he was familiar with English, Italian, Turkish, and Arabic languages, he worked as an advisor to the Minister in the Office of Political and International Studies. He also taught at Tehran University Faculty of Law, Faculty of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other scientific centers and participated in many conferences and congresses in European, Arab and Islamic countries.
One of his lasting measures is the establishment of the public library of the Center for Islamic Studies in the Pardisan area of Qom.
Seyed Hadi Khosro Shahi died from COVID-19 on 27 February 2020 in Masih Deneshvari hospital in Tehran and his body was buried in Behesht Masoumeh in Qom.
In recognition of his years of scientific and cultural services, the Society for the Appreciation of Cultural Works and Dignitaries (SACWD) honored him the title of ‘Iran`s dignitary’ in a commemoration ceremony on January 24, 2021.
• Resalah al-Elmiyah
• Nisarat al-Kawakab al-Khiyarat al-Makaseb
• Hadith al-Ghadir.
• Two religions
• A translation of Al-Hey'ah va al-Islam by Ayatollah Hibatuddin Shahrestani
• A translation of Imam 'Ali, the voice of human justice by George Jordac
• A commentary on the exegetical debates of Ayatollah Sheikh Jafar Sobhani
• An Interpretation of the difficult verses of the Qur'an