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Ayatollah Fateminiya passes away

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Al-Fatiha for him and his parents.

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Innaa lillahi Wa Innaa Ilayhi Raaji'oon. "Indeed to Allah we belong, and to Him we return." [Holy Qur'an 2:156]

(Fatiha recited) May Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) elevate his status in Heaven and comfort everyone who is grieving for his loss. 

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:bismillah:

Innalillahi wa inna ilaihi raji'oon. 

It is yet difficult for many of us to fully appreciate the importance of what we have lost. 

Us youth, in particular, have lost a role model, a gold-standard to live by. In an age when the gap between religion and the youth is widening, his tireless efforts, and constant concern verging on worry, to reach out to the youth and to introduce the noble face of our religious traditions to them are something which are hard to parallel. In an age when spurious profundities, hollow scholastic posseurism, devious charlatanry and pseudo-intellectual perversion, all hidden behind the sinister baying for 'reform', are rearing their ugly head within the hawza, he was one of the few individuals who actively strove to hold out the authentic teachings of the Ahlul Bayt (ams) to us, in a language and a tenor to which we can relate. 

Each of his lectures is a pearl to treasure. Combining a formidable scholarship with a rigorous quest for spiritual self-cultivation, he represented one of the last links in the great tradition of Allama Ali Qadi Tabataba'i (rh) , through his teacher Shaykh Bahjat (rh). His irfan was not the irfan of obscure and difficult texts or of jargons, nor was it the mysticism of ritual exotica and esotericism. His irfan was the one of everyday life, which one and all can implement in their day to day lives. 

His formidable scholarly status notwithstanding, and regardless of the fact that his lectures were being recorded and telecast all over Iran and abroad, he maintained a relatively low profile and saintly reticence, which explains why a lot of us don't know him, or his contributions. This is in stark contrast to the present crop of hawza-educated turbaned careerists, who, even with comparatively insignificant scholarly credentials, strike out to chase fame as scholars and celebrity speakers at the first opportunity. In other words, he was among those rare individuals of our age who fully understood the gravitas of the scholarly dress he wore. 

His last years, atleast since 2017, were marked by an uphill battle against cancer. He never let the signs of discomfort show. Neither suffering and pain, nor success and recognition, got in the way of his noble work. 

The hawza has not merely lost a cleric. The pulpits have not merely lost a preacher. We the youth have lost a spiritual father, a mentor, a guide. The void he has left behind will be extremely difficult to fill. 

Condolences to the Imam of our time (عليه السلام). 

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