Statement: Ayatollah Lankarani Returns to His Lord

ImageVerily 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 Fadhel Lankarani (may Allah elevate his status). The grand Ayatollah, who had millions of followers inside and outside Iran, recently moved to Tehran from the holy city of Qom to receive medical treatment but after his treatment proved unsatisfactory and his general health conditions deteriorated, he sadly departed from this world on Saturday 16th June 2007.

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 Fadhel Lankarani (may Allah elevate his status).

The grand Ayatollah, who had millions of followers inside and outside Iran, recently moved to Tehran from the holy city of Qom to receive medical treatment but after his treatment proved unsatisfactory and his general health conditions deteriorated, he sadly departed from this world on Saturday 16th June 2007.

Ayatollah Lankarani was born in 1931 in the holy city of Qom. At the age of 19, he started attending lessons in Fiqh (Jurisprudence) and Usul (Principles of Jurisprudence) at the highest level of Islamic studies, which were being taught by the late Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Muhammad Hussein Burujerdi (may Allah elevate his status). Due to his academic excellence, perseverance and ability, he was able to attain the level of Ijithad at the early age of 25; a rank that his eminent teacher, the late Ayatollah Sayyid Muhammad Hussein Burujerdi gave to him in writing.

For many years now, he had been an unparalleled source of knowledge and piety for the Islamic seminary in Qom and its students; teaching lessons at the highest level for the past 25 years, thereby training scholars of the highest calibre for future generations.

In addition to his academic expertise, the Late Ayatollah Lankarani was one of the key components of the Islamic revolution in Iran. From the beginning of the political and social struggle led by Imam Khomeini (may Allah elevate his status) against oppression and corruption in Iran, at its helm the tyrannical regime of the Pahlavi dynasty, the late Ayatollah remained a steadfast supporter of Imam Khomeini eventually leading to his banishment to Bandar Lange and thereafter to Yazd.

Those interested in finding out more about the late Marja can visit his official website: http://www.lankarani.org/

We request all believers to recite Surat Al-Fatiha and to please remember the late Marja in Salaat Al-Wahsha.

Wa Min Allah Al-Tawfiq.

Wasalaamu Alaikum

AhlulBayt Islamic Mission (AIM)

17th June 2007

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