Life and career of the new chief custodian of Astan Quds Razavi
Thursday , 04/04/2019 - 19:45
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei appointed Hoj. Marvi as the chief custodian of Astan Quds Razavi, the body in charge of Imam Reza (AS) holy shrine.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei appointed Hoj. Marvi as the chief custodian of Astan Quds Razavi, the body in charge of Imam Reza (AS) holy shrine.

Born in March 1958 in Mashhad, Hoj. Ahmad Marvi  is the son of Haj Sheikh Yahya Marvi. He is a graduate of university and theological schools holding high levels in Islamic Jurisprudence and Principles and also PhD of Divinity and Islamic Sciences. Since the first days of Ayatollah Khamenei’s leadership in 1989 until today, i.e. some 30 years, he has been with the Leader serving as deputy Leader’s Office in charge of a department for contacts and communications with religious seminaries. He was also the head of the Leader’s Office in Qom.

Early Life

Marvi was born in March 1958 to a religious and clerical family at Navvab Safavi St. in the shrine city of Mashhad.

His father, the late Haj Sheikh Yahya Marvi, was a religious trader who was at the same time, very interested in asceticism and Islamic sciences in Mashhad. Due to financial problems, however, he could not continue his theological education and had to spend all his time and energy on trading for the livelihood of his family. He had always coaxed his children to continue theological education. He was a supporter of the Islamic Revolution and for years and his house was the meeting place of revolutionary leaders, religious scholars and combatants. The sheikh, however, did not live enough to see the victory of Islamic Revolution under Imam Khomeini in 1979, passing away in 1978.

Ahmad Marvi’s elder brother Hoj. Hadi Marvi, who had entered the theological school a few years before him, was a revolutionary combatant before the victory of Islamic Revolution. Upon a decree by Imam Khomeini (RA) he served for some time as the head of the Supreme Disciplinary Court of the Judges. At some point, he was the first deputy of the Judiciary. A close friend of the martyred elites and scholars such as Motahhari, Beheshti and Mofatteh, Hadi Marvi never lost his respect for people, and his humility when serving at high judiciary posts. Along with his social activities, he continued preaching for religion and fulfilling his theological responsibilities.

In his message on the occasion of Hadi Marvi’s death in 2007, the Leader lauded his sermons and services to the religion, his responsibility at the judiciary posts, and said they were spiritual assets and good remembrance for the late cleric.


After elementary school at Asgariyeh religious school in Mashhad, upon the recommendation of his father, Ahmad Marvi continued education at the theological school of the city. He passed part of the preliminary religious courses at Navvab Theological School and Ayatollah Milani Theological School. Then he entered Qom Theological School for higher education at Ayatollah Borujerdi School (Khan School). In his intermediate course he learned much from such masters as the late Ayatollah Khazali, the late Ayatollah Taheri Khorramabadi, the late Ayatollah Salehi Mazandarani, the late Ayatollah Vojdani Fakhr, his elder brother the late Hoj. Hadi Marvi and the late Hoj. Sheikh Mostafa Etemadi.

Until 1989, Hoj. Ahmad Marvi finished highest level of courses (Kharij) at Qom Theological School under Ayatollah Vahid Khorasani and Ayatollah Sheikh Javad Tabrizi. He continued his Kharij level classes in Tehran under Ayatollah Khamenei and the late Ayatollah Haj Mojtaba Tehrani, while at the same time teaching at the theological schools of Tehran.

He is also a PhD graduate of Divinity and Islamic Sciences, majored in Science of Discourse. He was awarded an excellent grade in his thesis presentation for PhD degree.

Pre-Revolution Activities

Ahmad Marvi was an eager participant of revolutionary sessions and activities against the regime of Pahlavi before the revolution. Upon his arrival in Qom and at the heat of the protests against the tyrannical regime, he took part in public demonstrations chiefly taking place from Feyziyeh School toward the houses of the ulema, while attending classes at the theological school. In the epic demonstration on June 7, 1975, held on the occasion of the June 6, 1963 uprising at Feyziyeh School, he was arrested along with a large number of seminary students in the raid of SAVAK (Organization of National Intelligence and Security of the Nation). He sustained injuries in the head, transferred to Qom police headquarters, and then to Tehran, and was jailed in Evin House of Detention.

Post-Revolution Activities

After the victory of Islamic Revolution, upon an invitation by his elder brother Hadi Marvi who was serving as the representative of Imam Khomeini (RA) in Behbahan and Masjed Soleyman, he took a trip to the latter to help fighting the anti-revolution groups and to promote cultural awareness of the people there.

Upon his return from Masjed Soleyman, he was appointed as the head of Attorney General Ayatollah Qoddusi’s office. After his martyrdom, Marvi was appointed as the deputy political affairs of Attorney General’s Office until 1985, during which he was dispatched to the warfronts (Iran-Iraq War) as a seminary student for cultural activities.

Service at the Leader’s Office

At the demise of the Founder of Islamic Revolution Imam Khomeini in 1989, which marks the start of the leadership of Ayatollah Khamenei, Hoj. Ahmad Marvi began his cooperation with the Leader’s Office in various divisions upon an invitation by the Leader, who was well acquainted with his pre- and post-revolution activities. In the new structure of the Leader’s Office, he served as the official in charge of a department for contacts and communications with religious seminaries, which continued for some three decades. During the period, he established Leader’s Office in Qom for more efficient communication with religious scholars and seminary schools. At the proposal of the head of Leader’s Office Hoj. Mohammadi Golpayegani, he also served as the head of the Leader’s Office in Qom until the last day of his presence in Leader’s Office in Tehran.

Hoj. Marvi was also the head of the Council of Leader’s Representatives in Ethnic Regions, which was in charge of policymaking, high-level supervision, macro-management of the affairs related to the ethnic regions in national level.

In 2008, upon a recommendation by the late Ayatollah Mahdavi Kani and approval at the Central Council, Hoj. Ahmad Marvi became a member of the Central Council of the Combatant Clergy Association.