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20 Dec 2009 17:586 Comments

Mousavi, Karroubi announce Monday national day of mourning

Norooz | Dec. 20, 2009

Opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi issued a joint statement in which they pronounced Monday, Dec. 21 as a day of national mourning and called on their supporters to attend the funeral of Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri.

Green Movement supporters were urged to gather outside the late Grand Ayatollah's home in Qom at 9 am tomorrow and participate in his funeral procession to the Hazrat Masoumeh shrine.

People flock toward Ayatollah Montazeri's home in Qom

Parleman News | Dec. 20, 2009

Reports from Qom suggest that scores of supporters and followers of the late Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri were flocking toward his residence in Qom from Tehran, Isfahan, Najafabad, and other locations.

Phone, cell phone connections intermittent in Isfahan

Salam News | Dec. 20, 2009

Cell phone reception and text messaging has become intermittent and land lines are down in Isfahan and Najafabad after people began flocking to Qom to participate in Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri's funeral.

Many in Isfahan and Najafabad were followers of Ayatollah Montazeri, who was one of the Shia Sources of Emulation.

Montazeri disciple detained

Rahe Sabz | Dec. 20, 2009

Ahmad Qabel, a religious scholar and one of the disciples of the late Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri, has been arrested.

Qabel who was en route to Qom from Mashhad with his family members to participate in the late Ayatollah's funeral was taken into custody and returned to Mashhad.

Qabel is an outspoken critic of Iran's leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and has accused him of religious dictatorship and mismanaging the country for which he was jailed on a number of occasions.

There was no information about Qabel's captors or where he was being held.

Intelligence ministry warns activists against attending Montazeri funeral

Rahe Sabz | Dec. 20, 2009

Security agents on Sunday afternoon contacted a number of political activists and journalists and threatened to arrest them if they participated in Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri's funeral.

Many of the activists have confirmed the report in telephone interviews with the Jaras reporter.

One of these individuals told Jaras that intelligence officials warned him that he would be arrested before reaching Qom should he decide to participate in the funeral procession.

Karroubi to attend Ayatollah Montazeri's funeral

Blog Watch | Dec. 20, 2009

Mehdi Karroubi's son said his father would be participating in the late Grand Ayatollah's funeral. Hossein Karroubi told the Tagheer website that his father was on his way to Qom to attend the ceremony.

Students react to Ayatollah Montazeri's death

Norooz | Dec. 20, 2009

Students from the universities of Tehran, Sanati Sharif, Elm-o Sanat, and Shahid Beheshti gathered on their campuses and chanted slogans after receiving the news of Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri's death.

The Norooz website reported that Sanati, Sharif and Elm-o Sanat students chanted slogans such as "Montazeri, Montazeri congratulations on your freedom" and "Today is a day of mourning, Iran's green nation is in mourning today."

According to Jaras, students at Tehran University held a Qoran recitation session at the Tehran University mosque and handed out dates, a custom in Iran after someone passes away.

At Shahid Beheshti University, professors at the faculty of law canceled their classes as a sign of mourning and some headed toward Qom to participate in the late Source of Emulation's funeral.

Video: Elm va Sanaat Univ Students mourn Montazeri

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Khamenei sends condolences, asks forgiveness for Grand Ayatollah

Tabnak | Dec. 20, 2009

Iran's Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei extended his condolences for the death of Shia Source of Emulation Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri

Ayatollah Khamenei described Ayatollah Montazeri as "a well-versed jurist and a prominent master", adding that "many disciples have benefited greatly from him."

"Ayatollah Montazeri spent a long period of his life serving the late founder of the Islamic Revolution and made many efforts and suffered much hardship for advancing this cause," he said. "Toward the end of the Imam's life there came a time of a great and dangerous test and I ask God in all his compassion to forgive him [Montazeri for failing that test] and consider his [Montazeri's] earthly struggles as a punishment (collateral) for that [failed test]."

By test, Ayatollah Khamenei was referring to the incident that resulted in the removal of Ayatollah Montazeri from his position as the successor to Ayatollah Rouhollah Khomeini and subsequent exile. Montazeri challenged the notion of the Rule of the Just Jurisprudent, which is the foundation of the lifetime rule of one cleric as the Leader of Iran.

IRNA repeatedly insults Grand Ayatollah

Ayande | Dec. 20, 2009

The official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) insulted the late Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri in its report of the Shia Source of Emulation's death.

Without using the titles "Mister" or "Ayatollah," IRNA ran its insult-ridden story with the headline "Montazeri died."

Under the laws of the Islamic Republic, insulting a Source of Emulation is a crime. This is while the late founder of the Islamic Republic Ayatollah Rouhollah Khomeini in his last letter to Ayatollah Montazeri described him as the "result of his life" -- Ayatollah Montazeri was Imam Khomeini's most prominent disciple -- and praised him for his scholarly brilliance.

It should be noted that Iran's Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei was one of the main proponents of the plan to appoint Ayatollah Montazeri as the successor to Ayatollah Khomeini in the Assembly of Experts in 1985.

Ayatollah Khamenei insisted that Ayatollah Montazeri be be treated with compassion and in a manner worthy of his position after he was relieved from his responsibilities as his successor.

Rafsanjani sends reps to Montazeri funeral

Fararu | Dec. 20, 2009

Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani, head of the Assembly of Experts and Expediency Council, will send two representatives to attend Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri's funeral.

A statement released by the public relations office of the Expediency Council said, "Following the passing of Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri, Hojjatoleslams Nouri Shahroudi and Alami Hosseini will be attending the funeral procession and burial ceremonies of the late jurist on behalf of Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani."

Crowds gather to mourn reformist Iran cleric Montazeri

BBC | Dec. 20, 2009

Crowds of mourners are gathering in the Iranian city of Qom following the death of leading reformist cleric Grand Ayatollah Hoseyn Ali Montazeri at 87.

Some pro-reform websites say thousands of people are travelling to the city ahead of Monday's funeral.

Other unverified reports say opposition supporters are also gathering in some squares in Tehran, fuelling government concern of increased political tension.

Grand Ayatollah Montazeri, one of Shia Islam's most respected figures and a leading critic of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, himself said in August that the turmoil following the election "could lead to the fall of the regime".

He said Iran's clerical leadership was a dictatorship and issued a fatwa condemning the government after the election.

Ayatollah Montazeri dies at 87

Tabnak | AUT | Ayandeh | Dec. 20, 2009

Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri passed away at the age of 87 due to an illness, according to reports.

According to his son Hojjatoleslam Ahmad Montazeri, his father passed away last night. The Grand Ayatollah's office also confirmed the report. No date or time had been set for the funeral.

Ayatollahs Amini, Yousefali Sanei and Shobeiti Zanjani were at the Montazeri home tending to his affairs.

Ayatollah Montazeri was born in 1922 in the city of Najafabad, which is located 24 kilometers west of Isfahan. After Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei assumed the role of Iran's Leader, Montazeri was placed under house arrest for five years. He was one of the critics of Ayatollah Khamenei's leadership.

His funeral procession is slated for 9 am on Monday Dec. 21 and he will be buried in the Hazrat Masoumeh shrine in Qom.

Ayatollah Montazeri to be buried in Qom?

| Dec. 20, 2009

The late Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri's son, Ahmad, said that his father would probably be laid to rest in the Hazart Masoumeh shrine in Qom.

Hazart Masoumeh was the sister of the eighth Shia Imam, Reza. She has been laid to rest in the city of Qom.

Ahmad Montazeri told IRNA that it was highly likely that his father would be buried in the Hazart Masoumeh shrine. He said more details would be announced later.

It has been reported that some members of the late Grand Ayatollah's family would like to have him buried in his birthplace in Najafabad, Isfahan.

Montazeri died of heart attack or stroke: Doctor

Ayandeh | Dec. 20, 2009

Ayatollah Montazeri's physician said Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri passed away due to advanced age and from a heart attack or stroke.

Speaking to Rasa, Dr. Bahonar said, "His Excellency had been suffering from fatigue and physical weakness for the past 10 days and he also had a past history of heart problems and an enlarged prostate."

"We can assume his advanced age and previous ailments as the cause of his death. He was suffering from four or five different ailments such as coronary artery disease, lung disease, an enlarged prostate and nervous symptoms like eyelid twitching," he said.

Bahonar rejected reports suggesting Ayatollah Montazeri was suffering from cancer. "The important thing is that he was 87 years old and suffered from previous chronic diseases therefore his cause of death could be a heart attack or stroke."

Bahonar was the late Imam Khomeini's physician. He is also the physician for other Shia Sources of Emulation.

Son recounts father's last hours

Blog Watch | Dec. 20, 2009

Saeed, the youngest son of the late Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, said his father was feeling unwell during the last three days.

Speaking to Khabar Oline, Saeed Montazeri said that his father had a sealed will that was in the possession of his older brother. He added that a memorial ceremony would be held in the Grand Mosque of Qom tomorrow night after the evening prayer.

Regarding the final hours of his father's life, Saeed Montazeri said, "His general health was not good in the last three days [of his life] and [my brother] Ahmad spent last night at his side. Agha [or Sir, referring to Ayatollah Montazeri] woke up at 2:30 in the morning to do his ablutions for prayer and went to sleep again and he passed away after that."

Son: Montazeri didn't want funeral politicized

IRNA | Dec. 20, 2009

In an apparent effort to head off any possible rioting as a result of Ayatollah Montazeri's death, IRNA and other state news agencies claim that the son of the late Source of Emulation said his father had asked him not to politicize his funeral "under any circumstances."

Khomeini grandson sends condolence message to Montazeri family

Farda | Dec. 20, 2009

Following the news of the death of prominent Shia Source of Emulation Ayatollah Hosseinali Montazeri, Seyyed Hassan Khomeini, the grandson of the founder of the Islamic Republic, issued a formal message of condolence expressing his sorrow over the loss of the revered Grand Ayatollah.

Najafabad mourns Ayatollah Montazeri loss

Salaam | Dec. 20, 2009

The death of Shia Source of Emulation Grand Ayatollah Hosseinali Montazeri is being mourned in his hometown of Najafabad.

According to Salam News, the Najafabad bazaar was closed Sunday out of respect for Montazeri, and a memorial ceremony was held in honor of the late Grand Ayatollah at the Bazaar mosque Sunday afternoon.

Other reports indicate that many of the late Ayatollah's supporters are en route to Qom to attend his funeral. Opposition cleric Mehdi Karroubi is also reportedly on his way to Qom.

The Tehran-Qom highway is experiencing heavy traffic and a notable security presence.

Sources offer condolences to Montazeri family

Ayandeh | Dec. 20, 2009

A number of Sources of Emulation gathered at the residence of the late Grand Ayatollah Hosseinali Montazeri's following the news of his death.

According to ILNA, Ayatollahs Ebrahim Amini, Lotfollah Safi-Golpayegani, Yousefali Sanei, Seyyed Mousa Shobeiri Zanjani, and Abdolkarim Mousavi-Ardebili went to the Montazeri home to offer their condolences to his family.

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He was one of the founders of the Islamic Republic and equally guilty for the murders committed against Iranians in the early days of the revolution.Although he admitted his mistakes of the past, but much of it came too late to stop the damage done to the country.It is time for mullahcracy to depart from Iran, once and for all.This regime is too backward to suffice the needs of Iran in the 21st century.

Gloria Arezoo / December 20, 2009 8:19 PM

He was indeed a key participant in the islamic regime's early atrociies, but he redeemed himself when he relinquished power and his position as official heir to Khomeiny by opposing and later publicly denouncing the execution of thousands of MKO supporters (some just teenagers) who were kept in the regimes prisons. He was one of the few public Iranian figures to more recently recognize his errors in promoting and enabling the philosophy of a "marja taghlid" (learned religious leader) with absolute power to rule over Iran. He vehemently opposed the repressions after the disputed election of June 2009 and predicted that it will lead to the entire Islamic clergy being discredited and to the end of the regime.
His was a full life, not always wise and saintly, but certainly courageous and with integrity & good intentions. That's more than can be said about many of the leaders of this regime, including Khomeiny himself who condoned many of the monstrosities committed under the banner of the Islamic Republic.

Hamid / December 20, 2009 9:27 PM

Amen Hamid.

Parokian / December 21, 2009 4:34 AM

I think some of your commentators are romantic idealists. I do not believe there is a single revoution in history, of whatever political hues, that does not result in victims or by the way casualties. This just seems to be the natural law of life. Of course much more is expected of a religious leader especially an Islamic one of Shia faith because our ideals are too high or rather we are brought with high expectations. The late Ayatallah Khomayni was not infallible and made many mistakes which I am sure even he would admit on a good day. All that can be done is to learn from this history and seek to not make the same mistakes again as well as offering compensation to the heirs of those victims. IRI at some point does need a 'Truth and Reconciliation' commission and this will probably come. Iranians who seek a change need foremost to develop a culture of tolerance and those who express such vehement hatred of the IR but say are 'democratic', need to ask themselves if they would be prepared to accept, if there were to be a fresh referundum and the voters were given a number of choices including remaining an IR under the current model, and this received a majority of votes. Would they be willing to respect this outcome? That would be the true test of their 'democratic' credentials!

rezvan / December 21, 2009 6:34 PM

rezvan, to see your insensitivity towards people's loved one's wasted lives and your offer of compensation in return for their lives is an insult to everything civilized in this world and makes the hatred of the Iranian people towards trash like you that much more and intense.We will defeat you and will bury the memory of you.I am glad you posted these comments.Let the world see up front and close what you people are all about.Death to the Barbaric Republic.

Mehrangiz / December 21, 2009 10:32 PM

Mehrangiz- If you know of a way of bringing those loved ones back to this world then let us know. Of course the pain for those who have suffered such losses is unfathomable. But the brave, and they are the ones who create the future and a new paradigm, cross over understanding that the future must be built on better foundations and the past is there to teach us a lesson and hopefully not repeat the same mistakes again. I am sorry if I have hurt anyone's feelings but I cannot see how a better future can be constructed on the basis of such hatred, the same hatred that the current regime is deemed to be guilty of, albeit under a 'secular/democratic' label.

rezvan / December 23, 2009 4:45 AM