Ayatollah Mohsen Araki, the founder and the first director of the Islamic Centre of England 1995-2004. He was born in Najaf in 1955 in a well-educated family. His father was one of the well-known jurisprudents in the Najaf seminary and a forerunner in the realm of religion.
He started his Seminary education in 1968; after finishing his primary Hawza education in 1974, He attended the Fiqh lessons of Ayatollah Khoei. He concurrently was privileged from Ayatollah Muhammad Baqer al-Sadr. In 1975, he had to leave Iraq after uprising the Ba’ath Party in that country. In the Islamic Seminary of Qom, he became one of the prominent disciples of Ayatollah Mirza Kazem Tabrizi and Grand Ayatollah Vahid Khorasani.
In the UK
The supreme leader of Iran appointed Ayatollah Araki as his representative in the UK in 1995, and after three years of hard-working, the Islamic Centre of England was officially opened. Furthermore, he tried to establish other ICEL branches throughout the UK, such as in Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, Glasgow and Cardiff.
Besides his attention to the ICEL, he established the Hawza Ilmiyya of England, then was called Imam Hussein (A) Seminary and the Islamic College for Advanced Studies.
Finally in 2004 he returned to Qom to continue his teaching activities in the Hawza of Qom. In 2012, Grand Ayatollah Khamenei appointed him as the general secretary of The World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought. He holds this position until 2019. He is currently teaching in Hawza of Qom and is a member of the Assembly of Iran’s Experts.