Biography of Grand Ayatullah Jawad Tabrizi
By: Mohammad Yazdi
Ayatollah Jawad Tabrizi was born in 1926 in Tabriz. After finishing secular school and reaching to the ripe age of eighteen, he entered a theological school in his hometown. Within four years of entering the theological school he completed the preliminary and intermediate levels of his seminary studies.
In the year 1948, he migrated to the holy city of Qom and finished other lessons at the intermediate level. In Qom he reached to the Kharij level; thereupon he attended the lectures of the late Ayatollah Hujjat, and Ayatollah Boroujerdi. Aside from studying he also taught the intermediate to advanced courses of Islamic studies in Qom.
Tabrizi then migrated to Najaf and was fortunate enough to benefit from eminent scholars such as the late Ayatollah Sayyid Abul Hadi Shirazi and the late Ayatollah al-Khou'i until he got the degree of Ijtihad. Tabrizi was invited by al-Khou'i to join the Assembly of Consultants, which is an organized group of scholars that responds to the people's questions.
Mirza Jawad stayed in Najaf for about twenty-three years, leaving only in the holidays to do propagation in different countries. He later returned to Iran and began teaching Fiqh (jurisprudence) and Usool (principles) in the Islamic seminary of Qom.
Ayatullah Tabrizi's students report that their teacher would behave with them as
a kind father would to his children. One of his repeated sentences was, "I am at
your service." Very often, Marhum Tabrizi would visit the homes of his students
and help them in their difficulties, financial or otherwise.
b) Abstinence from worldly pleasures
Ayatullah Tabrizi had very few possessions and was content with the minimum
required to lead his life. He forbade his followers from distributing his photos
and to make lengthy introductions about him. He often refused interviews that
wanted to cover his own life history. He would walk to his lectures. During the
war the city of Qum was under heavy missile fire and Marhum was encouraged to
leave the city for his own safety. He replied, "Why should one group of people
be under missile fire, and we should be safe and relaxed?" He refused to leave
the city and continued teaching.
c) Respect for the martyrs
Marhum Tabrizi had an immense respect for the martyrs of the revolution and the
war. When the soldiers of the Revolution were advancing, Marhum would be seen
reciting Dua Tawassul in such concentration that none dared to interrupt or
speak to him.
d) His Worship
In his daily prayers he would develop an intense feeling of fear of Allah. A
similar state encompassed him during the recitation of the Masaeb of the
Ma'sumeen - his tears would flow very freely - he was described as extremely
soft hearted and quick to cry. He would organise Majalis e Aza on all occasions
of sorrow and also every Thursday.
e) His study
His family report that he would study throughout the night and would not attend
any gathering where time was wasted. He is quoted to have said, "Since the last
40 years I have not understood the term 'vacation'." His personal organisation
was supreme, and he would derive the utmost benefit from his time.