Ata'ollah Ashrafi Esfahani

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Ayatollah Ata'ollah Ashrafi Esfahani (Template:Lang-fa, 1902- 1982) was an Iranian religious leader. He was born in Esfahan and educated in Esfahan and Qom Seminary. He became a Mojtahed, when he was 40. After victory of Islamic Revolution in Iran, he was selected as Imam Jumu'ah (The chief mullah for Friday prayers) of Kermanshah. He was killed by a member of Mujahideen-e Khalq in Friday prayer on October 15, 1982.

The following has been said bout him:

  • He had the pleasing face and he was very virtuous. His speaking style was so delightful that people were not tired of hearing his words and his bright face was very charming. Khomeini said about him: «When I see him, he reminds me of Allah.»[1]
  • He was nutty upon martyrdom. In answering to unidentified persons who threatened to kill him, He said:«Martyrdom, is my ultimate goal».[1]
  • He was very modest. If someone admired him, he was becoming and was taunting him. He had not servant or telephonist and if somebody had suggested him to employ one person he had said: «Imam Khomeini's life is simple than our life. We must live simply.»[2][3] Ayatollah Khamenei about him said:«Although he was a popular scholar, but he was very modest,unassuming and sedately.»[4]
  • He was very kind. he disliked too much praise and commendation, lie and specially backbite, he restrained every one from backbiting.[2][5]
  • He was very patient. When he went to Kermanshah for founding seminary, Two persons went to Kermanshah with him but they returned to Qom for plenty of problems in Kermanshah, but he stayed in that city despite problems.[1] Ahmad Jannati said about him: «When he was in Feyzieh Seminary, We sow him virtuous and dignified»[6]


  1. a b c Eshaqi, Seyyed Mohammad; Sadeqi, Mohammad Ali; Qarib bolouk, Halime; Haeri, Ali. Alter Martyrs. Iran: Research Center of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting. ISBN 978-964-2761-86-9. 
  2. a b Ashrafi Esfahani, Mohammad. Bloody Ascension. Nashre Shahed. p. 7. 
  3. Center study of historical documents. fellowship of Imam Khomeini in narrated by SAVAK document Volume: 25. Center study of historical documents. p. 18. ISBN 964-5798-45-0. 
  4. Template:Cite speech
  5. Mashayekhi, Mahdi. Guardians of Islam. Mousavi zadeh. p. 71. 
  6. Jannati, Ahmad. Interview with Shahed Yaran Magazine. "Ensign of Kermanshah." 2009.