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Testimonies About The Late Ayatollah Shahroudi

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Mokhtar Haddad

Iranians in large crowds paid their last respects to the Chairman of Iran's Expediency Council Ayatollah Sayyed Mahmoud Hashemi-Shahroudi at the Imam Khomeini Grand Prayer Grounds (Mosalla) in Tehran.

The secretary of the Expediency Discernment Council in the Islamic Republic Mohsen Rezaee describes the late Ayatollah Shahroudi as “a pioneer in the defense of the Islamic people”.   

"Throughout the past 40 years during which I knew the deceased and enjoyed a close relationship with his eminence, I always saw him as a fighter and advocate of the issues of the vulnerable in the Islamic world – from Iraq to Yemen to Syria to Palestine and Lebanon,” Rezaee told Al-Ahed website.   

“His Eminence was a pioneer in the defense of the Islamic people and their causes. During this last year of my service in the Expediency Council, I noticed that he did not change throughout the co 40 years since he came to Iran. After his imprisonment by the Saddam regime, he remained in the same struggle and revolutionary approach. He was a jurist, a Mujahid and a great scholar," Rezaee added.

Al-Ahed also spoke to the former Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Hussain al-Shahristani who said that his “relationship with the late Sayyed dates back to the days of Sayyed Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Baqir al-Sadr.”

“He was his student in the holy city of Najaf. I frequently visited the house of the martyred Sayyed. Sayyed Mahmoud was always there. What I remember, in fact, is that after the Baathist regime besieged the house of Sayyed Mohammed Baqir al-Sadr, we asked him ‘if we could not contact you, who do we contact?’ He answered ‘contact Sayyed Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi.’ He was his confidant. After that, I was imprisoned for 12 years. After I escaped from prison, I came to the Islamic Republic of Iran and the first person I went to was Ayatollah Shahroudi. I told him I come to you based on the will of the martyr. Since then, I stayed with Sayyed Mahmoud," al-Shahristani recalled.

"Sayyed Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi’s political role in Iraq amid the rise of the Iraqi people and during the fight against the tyrant Saddam and others can be commended. He was Sayyed Mohammed Baqir al-Sadr’s right hand. He served the Islamic Renaissance in Iraq. When martyr Sayyed [Mohammed Baqir al-Sadr] was executed, he came to Iran and played a prominent and well-known role. He was one of the pillars of the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, along with Imam Khomeini and Imam Khamenei. He has given Islam a lot, and his death is indeed an irreparable loss for the Islamic world. I do not think anyone will be able to compensate it whether with his knowledge or his grace," al-Shahristani added. 

Source: Al-Ahed News, Tehran