Friday, 01 January 2021
Today one of Almighty Allah’s most sincere and God conscious servants returned to his Lord.
The Prophet (sawa) said, ‘The death of a scholar is an affliction that cannot be compensated and a void that cannot be filled, for he is a star that has been obliterated. The death of a whole tribe is easier to bear than the death of a scholar.’
Ayatullah Muhammad Taqi Misbah Yazdi was a scholar of the highest calibre who lived a full life on the path of striving towards comprehensive human perfection. His return to his Lord today leaves a void that cannot be filled. Perhaps most famous for his unmatched defence of the Theory of Wilayatul Faqih or Governance of the Jurist, his honourable life showed a synthesis of acquisition and dissemination of knowledge at the most sublime level together with social and political activism and authentic wayfaring in the valleys of Gnosis of Allah.
Great scholars often had great teachers, and Ayatullah Misbah was no different. He was influenced by the likes of Ayatullah Burujerdi, Ayatullah Araki, Imam Khomeini and Allamah Tabatabai, each of whom have left their footprints in this world. And then to round it off, he was trained by the great mystic, Ayatullah Behjat for 15 years. He served the Islamic Revolution from the days before its dawn and in the days thereafter as a member of the Assembly of Experts and various other roles.
He served the Hawza or Islamic Seminary through particularly teaching advanced books on philosophy of Mulla Sadra and others and encouraged his best students to acquire PHDs in Western Universities after their Hawza studies to enable them to serve Western communities by making the Islamic Sciences available to them in their local languages. He also served as Head of the Higher Council of the Ahlul Bait World Assembly for years and it is through this mechanism we also greatly benefited from his kind patronship.
With his demise, he further leaves a legacy of numerous books he authored on the intellectual sciences, some of which are prescribed texts in the seminaries.
AFOSA extends its most sincere condolences to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatullah al uzma Khamenei and the Iranian people and his students throughout the world.
May Almighty Allah receive him into His Infinite Mercy and Honour him with the Highest place in Jannah and the close company of Prophet Muhammad (sawa) and his Holy Household.
Mowlana Syed Aftab Haider
National Coordinator of Ahlul Bait Foundation of South Africa
Director of Ahlul Bait (a.s) Mosque Complex, Ottery, Cape Town