Ayatullah Seestani on Samarra Blast

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In The Name of Allah The Merciful, The Compassionate

Once again evil hands returned to violate the sanctity of the Askari shrine in Samarra by targeting the remaining minarets of this holy site. This heinous crime just shows the extent of the perpetrators’ hatred towards the household of the Prophet, may Allah bless him and his family, and their relentless efforts to ignite the sectarian fire between the citizens of beloved Iraq.

The religious Marja’iyyah expresses its extreme anger and condemnation at this evil attack. It greatly regrets that the responsible authorities have not fulfilled their obligation in protecting this sacred Shrine and calls upon the beloved faithful, during these trying times, to be patient and exercise restraint and avoid any revenge action against innocent people and places considered holy to others.

We hope the government will take the initiative to implement its promise and take swift procedures to provide the required protection for the holy shrine and its reconstruction.

There is not power except the power of Allah The High and Mighty.
Seal of The Office of Ayatullah Seestani (long may he live) – Najaf

27 Jumada al-Awal 1428H


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Ayatollah Lankarani Returns to His Lord



We are from Allah, and to Him is our return.

Grand Ayatollah Fazel Lankarani, prominent religious authority passed away on Saturday. 16 June 2007 ,We extend our condolences to the Imam of Time, Imam Mahdi (a.s.), Supreme Leader grand Ayatollah Khamenei and the Muslims of the world on this sad demise.

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: