Al Maraji, Religious Reference

The Late Grand Ayatollah Hajj Sheikh Hussein Ali Montazeri (May ALLAH protect his soul)

Grand Ayatollah Hajj Sheikh Hussein Ali Montazeri

Excerpts from his website:

Grand Ayatollah Hajj Sheikh Hussein Ali Montazeri, the great Islamic thinker, is among the most prominent scientific and revolutionary figures of the contemporary age, because of his leading role in the Islamic Revolution of Iran, and his outstanding scientific and political stances in the last fifty years.

 This free-minded clergyman whose Islamic views a great number of Shi’a Muslims from Iran and all over the world follow in performing their deeds has been subject to the public judgment more than other mujtahids.

As an individual who played the second major role in the most important event of contemporary Iran, that is the establishment of Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Montazeri is now subject to unkindness of the Iranian officials. He was under house arrest for more than five years by his unthankful students, for his advice and benevolence. In the last sixteen years, he has been under so many pressures and limitations.

So many people in the world and especially in Islamic countries are interested in the life of this elderly revolutionist, so a brief account of his life, personality, and views is presented here.

Islamic Q&A with Montezari

The invaluable scholar, Ayatollah Montazeri, has always attempted to state the exact phrases when he quotes the opinions of jurisprudents and the authors. The reason is that indirect quotation may cause fallacy in meaning. Moreover, the mere acquaintance of the scholars with the scientific texts and great scholars’ statements results in their mastery of the scientific points, as well as increasing their motivation and talent for research.

He also writes his teaching material before every session and adds any additional points he thinks of during his presentation. In recent years, these before-teaching drafts are copied and handed out to the students. Both the teachers and students in the Seminary now welcome this method, which facilitates referring to scientific sources and authors’ opinions. Another characteristic of his teaching method is his restating difficult phrases in a simple way. As stated by himself, he has learned this from his professor, the late Ayatollah Borujerdi.

Furthermore, he attends to the dates and processes of the issues in jurisprudential circles of the past and among old Shi’a scholars. He also pays attention to the past record of the issues among Sunni jurisprudents. If the dates of all the issues and the special conditions of Imams’ traditions are studied, as well as the verdicts of old jurisprudents, many of the ambiguities and uncertainties of secondary jurisprudential issues would undoubtedly be solved. Ayatollah Montazeri attends to this fact in his teaching, to a great extent.