Ayatullah Ashrafi Isfahani
Shaheed Mehrab (The Martyr of Mehrab) Ayatullah Ashrafi Isfahani was born in 1944 to a religious family in Khomeini Shahr city of Isfahan province. When he was 12 years old, he went to Isfahan to study religious sciences.
After 10 years, he moved to Qom where he continued his studies at Fayziyah Theology School. A few years later he found his way into Imam Khomeini’s philosophy classes as well as Ayatollah Boroujerdi’s classes in Qom.
In total, he studied for 23 years in Qom and 10 years in Isfahan’s theology schools. Having gained a prominent degree in religious sciences, he headed for Kermanshah to take on a teaching career.
In the wake of June 5, 1963 (Khordad 15, 1342) uprising, Imam Khomeini appointed him as his fully authorized representative in Kermanshah province.
Following the 1979 victory of the Islamic Revolution, he was appointed as Friday prayer leader of Kermanshah City.
The major achievements of the religious scholar include: establishment of Imam Khomeini Theology School in Kermanshah; reconstruction of Ayatollah Boroujerdi School and expansion of its library; establishment of an exclusive women school of theology; helping forge solidarity among Shiites and Sunnis; and reconstruction of Jame’ Masjid in Kermanshah.
Ayatullah Ashrafi Isfahani was assassinated by members of the Mujahideen Khalq Organization (MKO), a Marxist terrorist in 1982 while he was performing the Friday prayer at Jame Masjid.