MILLIONS IN TEHRAN AND QOM BID FAREWELL TO GREAT AYATOLLAH SHAHROUDI
Thursday, 27 December 2018
Hundreds of thousands of mourners throng the Tehran and Qom streets to attend the funeral procession of great Ayatollah Seyyed Mahmoud Hashemi-Shahroudi after Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution Grand Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei led his funeral prayers at Hussainia Imam Khomeini in Tehran yesterday.
Grand Ayatollah Shahroudi was Chairman of Iran's Expediency Council, deputy head of Assembly of Experts and had been leading an encyclopedic institute of advanced Islamic jurisprudence. He had served Iran as Chief Justice as well. He was known as one of the leading revolutionary scholar who rendered services in Islamic judicial laws, economic laws, and also worked for cultural revolution in addition to his scholarly work in shape of books and dissertations.
The funeral prayers and procession in Tehran has seen a massive turnout, with a large number of Iranian people and government officials paying their last respects to the senior cleric. The mourning ceremony began on Wednesday morning at Tehranís Imam Khomeini Grand Prayer Ground (Mosalla), where Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei performed the funeral prayer.
The heads of the three branches of Iranís government, namely President Hassan Rouhani, Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani and Judiciary Chief Sadeq Amoli Larijani, were all present.
Among other participants were government ministers, lawmakers, military top brass as well as members of the Expediency Council and the Assembly of Experts.
After the ceremony in Tehran, the body of Ayatollah Shahroudi was transferred to the city of Qom, where he was laid to rest in the premises of at Hazrat Masoumehís holy shrine later in the day. Ocean of people was seen on Qomís main roads to pay homage to Ayatollah Shahroudi.
Wednesday was declared a national day of mourning in honor of Ayatollah Shahroudi, who passed away at the age of 70 after months of battling illness on Monday.
During his lifetime, Ayatollah Shahroudi served in many crucial positions in the Islamic Republic. He was born in 1948 in the Iraqi city of Najaf, which has hosted many Muslim scholars.
In Iraq, he attended classes held by the late founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini.
He fought against the dictatorial rule of Iraqís Saddam Hussein and was jailed and tortured by his Baathist forces.
Ayatollah Shahroudi traveled to Iran in the wake of the Islamic Revolution to serve as an intermediary between Imam Khomeini and Iraqi scholars and leaders.
He took the helm of the Expediency Council in 2017 to succeed the late Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani. The Expediency Council is mainly responsible for arbitrating between the Iranian Parliament and the Guardian Council, which itself supervises the Parliament.
Ayatollah Shahroudi also served as the head of Iranís Judiciary for 10 years. His attempts for speeding up due processes and establishing close contact with ordinary people were among the achievements he was credited for.
He also served in the capacity of the vice president of Iranís Assembly of Experts, which elects and oversees the performance of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution. He had been a member of the Guardian Council for years as well.