Sayyid Abdul Majid al-Khoei

Sayyid Abdul Majid al-Khoei, (b. 1962 Najaf, d. 2003) was a Twelver Shia cleric and the son of Ayatollah Al-Udhma Sayyid Abul Qasim al-Khoei. He lived and studied under his father in Najaf until 1991. During the Shia uprising of 1991 he actively took part in the fighting against Saddam's Ba'ath Party but also attempted to minimize revenge killings. When the uprising was crushed he was forced to leave Iraq.

In exile in London, he worked for the al-Khoei Foundation, a charitable foundation set up by his father in 1989, becoming its head in 1994 when his brother, Sayyid Mohammed Taqi al-Khoei, was assassinated.

He was also an outspoken critic of Saddam Hussein's rule; he did, however, also call for national unity. Seven days after his arrival he was brutally assisinated by a mob at the shrine of Imam Ali in Najaf. Muqtada al-Sadr was suspected by U.S. and Iraqi authorities of ordering the assassination and an arrest was ordered.

al-Khoei was seen as a "moderate" cleric by the west and as pro-US by many Iraqis. British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who met al-Khoei for talks before his departure, said he was "a religious leader who embodied hope and reconciliation and who was committed to building a better future for the people of Iraq". His murder was also "strongly condemned" by US President Bush's administration.