Verily we are from Allah and to Him do we return. It is with deep sadness and grief that the AhlulBayt Islamic Mission offers its condolences to the Imam of our time and the Ummah at large on the demise of his Eminence Grand Ayatollah Muhammad Taqi Behjat (may Allah elevate his status).
The Grand Ayatollah who was revered by millions of followers, passed away in the holy city of Qum. Having suffered from heart problems, his eminence sadly departed this world towards the higher abode on Sunday 17th May 2009.
Ayatollah Muhammad Taqi Behjat was born into a religious and pious family in 1915 in the city of Fuman, located in northern Iran. After completing his primary education, he began his religious studies and moved to Karbala at the age of 14. Four years later he moved to the renowned Islamic seminary of Najaf where he studied under the greatest Shia scholars of his time including: Grand Ayatollah Abu’l Hasan Isfahani, Grand Ayatollah Mirza Naeeni and Grand Ayatollah Mirza Muhammad Taqi Shirazi amongst others. After spending more than a decade in the seminary of Najaf, he migrated to the holy city of Qum and continued his studies under Grand Ayatollah Muhammad Husayn Burujordi.
The late Ayatollah was renowned for his academic brilliance, humility, and lofty spiritual status. For many years now, he had been an unparalleled source of knowledge and piety for the Islamic seminary in Qum and its students; teaching lessons at the highest level for the past 40 years and thereby training scholars of the finest calibre for future generations.
In addition to his expertise and being a great ‘Arif (spiritual mystic), the late Ayatollah Behjat was a strong supporter of the political and social struggle led by Imam Khomeini against oppression and corruption in Iran.
We request all believers to recite Surat Al-Fatiha and to please remember the late Marja in Salaat Al-Wahsha.
For more information on the life of the late Ayatollah Behjat please visit the following link: http://www.aimislam.com/resources/17-biography/1255-biography-of-ayatollah-behjat.html
Wa Min Allah Al-Tawfiq.
AhlulBayt Islamic Mission (AIM)
17th May 2009
21st Jamadi Al-Ula 1430