Ayatollah Mahdi Hadavi Tehrani was born in 1961 in the city of Tehran. After finishing elementary and middle school, he proceeded to high school. He graduated from Kharazmi High School, which was a well-known and accredited high school at that time, in Mathematics and Physics as an honor roll student. In the SAT’s he scored a high rank and was accepted at Sharif University of Technology where he studied Electrical Engineering.
He first started his Howza studies unofficially and in 1980, he started his official Howza studies in the Holy City of Qom. He went back to Tehran where he studied Arabic literature and logic under Ayatollah Khoshvaqt. After his return to Qom, he finished the Sath (intermediate level studies) in five years, during which he was many times ranked top student in the Howza exams. He then started his advanced studies under great scholars such as Ayatollah Sheikh Javad Tabrizi, Ayatollah vahid Khorasani, Ayatollah Bahjat Foomani, Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi, Ayatollah Mirza Hashem Aamoli and Ayatollah Sheikh Ja’far Sbhani. Moreover, he mostly studied under Ayatollah Sayyed Kazhem Ha’eri, and benefited from his classes.
In philosophy, he studied under eminent figures such as Ayatollah Ansari Shirazi, Ayatollah Hasan Zadeh Aamoli, and Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi and for many years he picked off the branches of Ayatollay Javadi Amoli’s wisdom. In addition, since the early days of his stay in Qom, he started his relationship with Ayatollah Baha’o Dini, the great Arif. Eventually, he gained a closer relationship which he maintained until Ayatollah Baha’o Dini’s demise. Not only did he practice Irfan and Akhlaq under Ayatollah Baha’o Dini, but he also studied Fiqh, Tafseer and Hadith under this great Arif and Faqih.
Other than teaching in the Howza, Ayatollah Hadavi has kept up an academic relation with the different universities and institutions of higher education. He is a member of the Council for Revising Humanities Text Books in the Ministry of Sciences, Research and Technology. He is the chairman of the Jurisprudence and Law Group in this council. In the Sharif University of Technology, he is a member of the Postgraduate Scholarly Council of the Philosophy of Knowledge. Ayatollah Hadavi has done extensive studies and research on modern sciences such as economics, modern theology, philosophy of knowledge and philosophy of art. Some of his studies and research has been published in the form of books and articles.
Ayatollah Hadavi has been in contact with and visited Islamic centres all over Asia, Europe and Africa. In addition, he has participated in the founding of Islamic Organizations such as the Ahl-ul-bayt Association in Switzerland, the Mohammadia Association in Thailand, and the Islamic Centre of Holland. He has also participated in the establishment of the World Council of Religious Leaders (WCRL).
He was the chairman of the scholarly council of Ayatollah Khamenei's Delegation to Hajj. He is a member of the Supreme Council of the Ahl-ul-bayt World Assembly, the Islamic Banking and Finance Consulting Committee, the WCRL's Board of Directors, Trustee board of Institution for Humanities and Cultural studies, Fiqh (Shariah) Committee of Stock exchange Market in Islamic Republic of Iran.
Ayatollah Hadavi currently has 10 books published in the fields of Logic, Rijal, Modern Theology, Qur’anic Sciences, Economics, Islamic Political Thought, Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence, Ethics and Education. These books are:
· The Chest of Wisdom (Vol 2.)
· Tahrir-ol-Maqal Fi Kolliat-e-Elm-e-Rejal (Arabic)
· Wilayatol Faqih (principles, proofs and jurisdiction)
· Judging and the judge
· The Theological Bases of Ijtihad (Recognized as book of the year in 1999 by the Howza in Qom)
· Islam's Economic Doctrine and System,
· Governance and Religion: Essays on the Islamic Political Thought
· Beliefs and Questions
· The History of Usool (the Principles of Jurisprudence)
· To the Heavens with the Youth
· The Green Tryst
· The Green steps of Anticipation
· Iran: The Homeland of Godly wisdom
· The overall structure of the Islamic Economic System According to the Qur’an