SHAFAQNA-The distinguished scholar, Ayatollah Hasan Ali Murvarid, was born on Shawwal 8th, 1329 A.H. in the holy city of Mashhad. He lost his father in 1337 A.H. and according to his father’s will, he was taken under the care of Haj Sheikh Hasan Ali Isfahani Nukhudaki and his respected mother. He has benefited the lessons of some distinguished scholars including Haj Sheikh Hasan Ali Isfahani Nukhudaki and Haj Sheikh Hashim Qazvini. Allamah Ayatollah Mirza Mahdi Isfahani (1303-1365 A.H.) was his most distinguished seminary professor. Ayatollah Murwarid started teaching seminary sciences after the death of his respected professor, Mirza Mahdi Isfahani. Many of the seminary students and the researchers of the Islamic sciences attended his classes for more than forty years. Ayatollah Murvarid was also one of the colleagues and close friends of Ayatollah Mirza Jawad Aqa Tehrani.
Ayatollah Murvarid had an important role in the glorious victory of the Islamic Revolution. He was one of the members of “the seven-member group for administering the affairs of the Khurasan province”, soon after the victory of the Islamic Revolution. During the struggle for the Islamic Revolution, he was one of the strong opponents of the Pahlavi regime. Ayatollah Murvarid, along with other distinguisged figures approved and signed the announcements issued by Imam Khomeini (R.A.) opposing the Pahlavi regime. People from different sections of society respected him for his moral and noble character as well as his simple life.
In addition to teaching Islamic sciences and training students, Ayatollah Murvarid rendered many social and scientific services including establishing several schools and scientific-propagative institutions. At present, the seminaries of Be’that and Sa’adat, established by late Ayatollah Murvarid, receive the students of the Islamic sciences.
He was the collective prayer leader in Mirza Ja’far Islamic seminary, Haj Mulla Hashim Mosque and Mulla Heider Mosque; many pilgrims used to participate in these communal prayers. In fact, these locations were also the gathering places for the scholars. Ayatollah Murvarid used to visit the holy shrine every day and insisted on this, even in spite of his old age and sickness.
Finally, this distinguished scholar passed away in Mehr 1383 at the age of 96, and was buried in Dar-al-Surur portico in the holy shrine of Imam Reza (A.S.).
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