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News Code: 335


Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri passes away

“To Allah we belong and to Him we shall return.” (Surah Al Baqarah 2:156)

TEHRAN - Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, a leading clerical figure, has passed away at his home in the Iranian holy city of Qom Saturday night(20/12/2007) Montazeri, who was born in 1922 in the Najafabad
city of the Isfahan Province, served as Friday prayers leader and a member of the Revolutionary Council in the early years of the Islamic Revolution in Iran. He was once designated as a successor to the founder of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Rouhollah Khomeini and was instrumental in instituting Iran''''s new constitution.
In 1989 Montazeri was relieved from his posts and focused the rest of his life on religious writings and teaching at his home in the holy city of Qom.

Islamic Revolution Leader, Ayatollah Sayyed Ali
Khamenei issued a condolence statement over the demise of Ayatollah Hussein Ali Montazeri.
" The statement reads as follows:.
I received the sad news of the demise of the honorable Islamic jurisprudent Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri. He was a knowledgeable Islamic jurisprudent and a prominent scholar, and many students benefited from his knowledge.
He spent a major portion of his life serving the late Imam Khomeini''''s movement. He made many selfless efforts and endured many hardships on this path.
During the latter stages of Imam Khomeini''''s auspicious life, he went through a difficult and critical test, and I ask Allah the Exalted to bestow mercy and forgiveness on him in light of the hardships he endured.
I extend my condolences to all of his family members, particularly to his honorable wife and children, and I pray to God to bestow mercy and blessing on him.
Sayyed Ali Khamenei
December 20, 2009