Some of His Personal and Social Virtues
Ayatollah Saanei’s deep, heartfelt and, at the same time, manifest affection for the Immaculate Family of the Prophet, specially, Hazrat Fatimah (Allah’s Blessings upon them all) has always been noticeable to the lecturers, researchers, students and the members of the public who are received by His Eminence.
Amenable treatment of the people, which verges on meekness specially when meeting the esteemed members of the clergy and the Islamic thinkers, respect for the seminary students, praise lavished on seminary teachers and researchers and the esteem in which the seminary elders are held all among Ayatollah-ul-Uzma Saanei’s personal marks.
His behavior is graced with a sincere interest in the lives of the people, affection and care for the underprivileged and those in trouble, humility before the former prisoners of war, the families of war martyrs and the disabled victims of the war, and deep concern for the deprived sections of society whose suffering he feels to the bone, the plainness of his residence and the simple way of his life and vigilance in dispensation of religious funds have combined to create an environment around him in which every seminary student and researcher and any member of the general public finds him directly accessible to answer their questions and solve their problems.
Yet, his vigilant devotion to religious and academic affairs has not meant the neglect of His Eminence’s responsibilities toward the revolution and the system of the Islamic Republic and the need to emphasize the duty to preserve and promote it, nor has it prevented him from assuming what he considers to be the right stance regarding the state of the Muslim world.
Indeed, it has helped underline the need to participate in social and political activities and bolster the highest interests of Islam, the revolution and the system alongside cooperating to overcome the difficulties relating to these issues.
Ayatollah Saanei’s close involvement in canonical, political and social efforts is a reminder of Imam Khomeini’s pronouncement, “The profession of the prophets is politics and religion, the politics which arouses people from this position and leads them to what is in the interest of the nation and the public.”
To Ayatollah Saanei, the link between the position of a marja' and political involvement emanates from the sprit of the culture and the teachings of the religion and its doctrine.
We pray to God, the Almighty, the Exalted, to grant health and grace to this venerable canonist. We pray that under the auspices of the system of the Islamic Republic and blessed with the sacred soul of our departed Imam, the Islamic seminaries and our Islamic community will continue to be endowed with such eminent canonists and religious scholars.