The great contemporary Iranian Islamic thinker, Ayatollah Morteza Motahhari
Compiled by: Syed Ali Shahbaz
On May 1 in 1979, the great contemporary Iranian Islamic thinker, Ayatollah Morteza Motahhari, was martyred at the age of 59 years by the Forqan terrorist outfit. He was born in Fariman in Khorasan, northeastern Iran, and at the age of 12 years, enrolled at the Islamic seminary in holy Mashhad. Later he left for holy Qom for higher studies. Here he attended the classes of such prominent ulema, as Grand Ayatollah Boroujerdi, Allamah Seyyed Mohammad Hussain Tabatabaei, and the Father of the Islamic Revolution, Imam Khomeini (may his soul rest in peace). Along with his studies he became an activist of the Islamic Revolution Movement, as one of the close allies of Imam Khomeini.
As of the year 1955, Ayatollah Motahhari started lecturing at the Faculty of Theology of Tehran University for 23 years and groomed numerous students. He had a profound understanding of the social, political, and cultural topics of importance of the contemporary era. This brilliant Islamic thinker changed thoughts and attitudes by focusing on the dynamism of Islam for salvage of mankind in accordance with the progress in scientific and other fields. His numerous speeches, articles, and books in different domains elaborate on Islamic topics and have been translated to different languages.