Sayyid Muhammad Muhaqqiq Damad

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Personal Information
Full Name Sayyid Muhammad Muhaqqiq Damad
Well-Known Relatives Shaykh 'Abd al-Karim Ha'iri Yazdi
Birth 1325/1907-1908
Residence Ardakan, Qom
Studied in Yazd, Qom
Death 1388/1969
Burial Place Qom, Iran, inside the holy shrine of Lady Ma'suma (a)
Scholarly Information
Professors Sayyid Muhammad Taqi Khwansari • Mir Sayyid Ali Yathribi Kashani • Sayyid Abu l-Hasan Rafi'i Qazwini • Sayyid Muhammad Hujjat Kuh Kamari'i • 'Abd al-Karim Ha'iri Yazdi
Works Glosses on al-'Urwat al-wuthqa, ...

Sayyid Muḥammad Muḥaqqiq Dāmād (Persian:سید محمد محقق داماد) (b.1325/1907-1908 - d.1388/1969) was a Shi'a Faqih, Usuli, and a teacher in Seminary of Qom. Most clerics who were involved in the Islamic Revolution and who later took official positions in the Islamic Republic of Iran were his students. He was the son-in-law of Ayatollah Shaykh 'Abd al-Karim Ha'iri Yazdi, the founder of Seminary of Qom, therefore he was given the title Damad (which means son-in-law). Sayyid Ali and Sayyid Mustafa Muhaqqiq Damad are his sons.

Biography and Education

Sayyid Muhammad Muhaqqiq Damad was born in 1325/1907-1908 in Ahmad Abad, Ardakan. Before his birth, his father passed away on his journey to Iraq for performing Ziyara of the infallible Imams (a) in Iraq. Sayyid Muhammad lost his mother when he was 6 as well. After passing primary studies in Ardakan, he went to Yazd. In Hawza of Yazd, he studied under Sayyid Ahmad Mudarrisi, Hajj Sayyid Yahya Wa'iz and Sayyid Muhammad Ali Rida Ha'iri. After 9 years staying in Yazd and at the recommendation of Shaykh Ghulam Rida Yazdi, in 1341/1922-23 he moved to Qom, where he participated in the sessions of the great scholars of Hazwa. He drew the attention of Ayatullah Shaykh 'Abd al-Karim Ha'iri. He married the daughter of Ayatullah Ha'iri and was titled as Damad (meaning son-in-law).

Teachers

Teaching

After the demise of Shaykh 'Abd al-Karim Ha'iri in 1355//1937, the teaching sessions of Sayyid Muhammad Muhaqqiq, who was a young scholar in Hawza, became popular. During the Marja'iyya of Ayatullah Burujirdi, Muhaqqiq Damad and Shaykh Murtada Ha'iri Yazdi were among those who gave students of Hawza oral exams. During three decades of teaching in Hawza, he trained great scholars who later become Marja's or important figures in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Students

Works

  1. Glosses on al-'Urwat al-wuthqa
  2. Transcript of his sessions on Hajj, Salat, Sawm, I'tikaf, Khums and Zakat, written by Ayatullah Jawadi Amuli.
  3. Transcript of his Usul sessions written by Ayatullah Makarim Shirazi.
  4. Transcript of his sessions on Taharat and Usul, by Ayatullah Tahiri Isfahani.
  5. Transcript of his sessions on Salat by Ayatullah Mu'min.

Political Activities

According to Ayatullah Jawadi Amuli, although Muhaqqiq Damad believed in concomitance of religion and politic, he did not get involved in any non-scholarly activities, rather he dedicated all his time for teaching and studying. The only political event that he took part in was opposing the Bill of State and Provincial Associations.

Demise

After 75 days of illness, Ayatullah Sayyid Muhammad Muhaqqiq Damad passed away on Wednesday Dhu l-Hijja 2nd, 1388/February 20th, 1969, of heart failure. He was buried in one of the eastern rooms in the courtyard of the holy shrine of Lady Fatima al-Ma'suma (a) in Qom.

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