Ayatollah Beheshti - man of deep thought and confidence
By: Sheikh M Khurasani
The eminent figure we are now contemplating is
remembered as a man of deep thought, disciplined in everyday
activities, having high confidence in his ability to learn and educate
himself, self confident in behavior and logical in manner.
He was a scholar whose multi-dimensional attributes made him a truly
great man. However extensive knowledge is required to form a
comprehensive appraisal of his personality, his goals, and his
Martyr Ayatollah Mohammad Hosseini Beheshti is the individual whose
lifetime accomplishments require time and patience to appreciate. We
are indebted to him for the hardships he suffered in order that we
should benefit and the great achievements he bestowed on the people of
this land and on the world.
Once again, on the martyrdom anniversary of Martyr Beheshti who was
martyred at the terrorist bomb blast in the Islamic Republic Party
headquarters in 1981, there is a chance to talk a little about the
life of this most accomplished man.
We will focus on the scientific and cultural dimensions of his life,
beginning with his studies at school in Isfahan, his academic studies
at Tehran University, and later abroad.
Ayatollah Beheshti was born on October 24, 1928 in Isfahan and his
studies commenced at the age of four. During his high school years, he
began the study of seminary lessons in Arab literature, fiqh, and
He continued his studies in Qom under the guidance of Imam Khomeini
and Ayatollah Borujerdi. He was a serious and self-disciplined
student. As a cleric studying at the seminary, he never liked to make
use of “Bait ul-Mal” (the public treasury), and this was an attribute
that endured until the end of his life. He believed strongly in
financial independence and during his studies he managed to live on
the small allowance his father sent him from Isfahan and later on he
earned his living by teaching.
He believed that a cleric’s knowledge of religious science must never
be the source of his income, except when there is no other choice. He
deemed that a cleric must be financially independent or else his
dependency on using his clerical knowledge might come into conflict
with his life’s events and become an obstacle in choosing the correct
In 1948, he passed the entrance exam for Tehran University and
continued his religious studies.
It was when he came to Tehran that he began studying English language
seriously and later he commenced teaching English in schools.
In 1951, he had the opportunity to continue his studies overseas in
philosophy and to become familiar with the philosophy of the west, but
he postponed his travels until five years later because of his meeting
with the late Ayatollah Tabatabaii with the recommendation of
Ayatollah Morteza Motahhari that he take part in Tabatabaii’s
Martyr Beheshti is survived by four children: two boys and two girls.
The elder daughter is teaching English at university, the first son
has studied philosophy and is teaching at Tehran University, his
second son has studied political science and is teaching at Tarbiat-e
Modarres University, and his second daughter is still a student.
better than wealth because it protects you while you have to
guard wealth. it decreases if you keep on spending it but the
more you make use of knowledge ,the more it increases . what you
get through wealth disappears as soon as wealth disappears but
what you achieve through knowledge will remain even after you."MORE