TEHRAN -- A funeral procession was held here in the Iranian capital on Tuesday to bid farewell to Islamic ethics scholar Ayatollah Abdullah Fateminia.
A large number of people and seminary and university scholars attended the event, held at the University of Tehran.
It included recitation of the Qur’an, elegy recitations, and prayers led by Kazem Sediqi.
The body of the late cleric was then transferred to the holy city of Qom to be buried at the holy shrine of Hazrat Masoumeh (SA).
Ayatollah Fateminia passed away on Monday at the age of 76 after a long illness.
In a message on Monday, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei condoled the demise of the cleric to his family, admirers, and all of those who have benefited from his teachings.
Fateminia’s “extensive knowledge, attractive speech, and pleasing language” turned him into a “rich source” for the young generation and seekers of truth, the Leader said in the message.
Describing his absence as a “source of sorrow”, Ayatollah Khamenei asked God to bestow His forgiveness to the late scholar and grant him abundant rewards.
Ayatollah Fateminia was a professor of Islamic ethics, orator, Islamic historian, and bibliographer.
He was also engaged in research in the fields of Hadith, Arabic poetry, ethics, and mysticism, and wrote interpretations on Nahj-ul-Balaqa and Sahifeh Sajjadiyeh.
Ayatollah Fateminia is a well-known religious figure in Iran as his sermons are often broadcast on Iranian television.
He was born in 1946 in Tabriz, northwest Iran. As a child, he learned religious and scientific lessons from his father, Ayatollah Ismail Asfiaei Shendabadi. Then, for about 30 years, he studied under Allameh Mostafavi, one of eminent ethics teachers Ali Qazi Tabatabaei’s students, and was educated by him. At the same time, he pursued his Islamic seminary education. After Allameh Mostafavi, he studied under Islamic scholars such as Allameh Tabatabaei, Seyyed Muhammad Hassan Elahi Tabatabaei, Muhammad Taqi Amoli, and Seyyed Reza Bahaadini.