Ayatollah Shaikh Zain al-Abedin Mazandarani
Compiled by: Syed Ali Shahbaz
On 16th of the Islamic month of Zil-Qa’dah in 1309 AH, the prominent Iranian Islamic scholar, Ayatollah Shaikh Zain al-Abedin Mazandarani, passed away. Following the completion of preliminary studies, he left Iran for the famous seminary in holy Najaf, Iraq, for higher studies under prominent lecturers such as the celebrated Ayatollah Sheikh Morteza Ansari Dezful.
He soon attained an elevated scientific and spiritual status. He always thought of the poor and the needy and strove to solve their problems. He was also very modest and was highly respected by the ulema and people.
He was instrumental in enlightening a sizeable section of the Nizari Ismaili community of India with the rational beliefs of Ithna Ash’ari or Twelver School during discussions in Najaf with a Khoja delegation that had come on pilgrimage from the Subcontinent. At his behest, Mullah Qader Hussein returned to the Subcontinent espousing Twelver Shi’ism. His preaching was instrumental in convincing several more Khoja families to leave Nizari Ismailism and become Twelvers Shias.