Grand Ayatollah Seyyed Mohammad Taqi Khwansari
Compiled by: Syed Ali Shahbaz
On August 28, in 1952, the Source of Emulation, Grand Ayatollah Seyyed Mohammad Taqi Khwansari, passed away. Born in the central Iranian city of Khwansar, he learned theology, jurisprudence, and philosophy under the prominent lecturers of Najaf Seminary in Iraq.
Alongside the Iraqi people, Grand Ayatollah Khwansari participated in their war against the British forces. He was held captive by the British and was sent to exile in Singapore. After four years in exile, he returned to Iran and started to lecture at the Qom Seminary. He continued to struggle against the British colonialists in Iran, and supported the Iranian nation’s struggles for nationalization of the oil industry.