(Arabic: سيد كاظم بن قاسم الحسيني الرﺷتي
) was the son of Sayyid Qasim of Rasht, a town in northern Iran
. He was appointed as the successor of Shaykh Ahmad
, and led the Shaykhí movement until his death. He came from a family of well known merchants. He was a Mullah who, through study of the Islamic writing told his students about the coming of the Mahdi
and the "Masih" (the return of Christ
) and taught them how to recognize them. After his death in 1843
, many of his students spread out around Asia, Europe and Africa for the search.