Hosseinali Montazeri


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BBC: One of Iran's most prominent dissident clerics, Grand Ayatollah Hoseyn Ali Montazeri, has died aged 87. Hoseyn Ali Montazeri was a moving spirit in the 1979 revolution which created Iran's Islamic state, and was at one stage set to become its leader. One of Shia Islam's most respected figures, he was also a leading critic of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The BBC's Jon Leyne says the death comes at a crucial time in a standoff between the government and opposition. Iran's rulers will now fear the opposition may attempt a big turnout for his funeral on Monday and other ceremonies marking his death, especially in the run-up to the Shia Muslim festival of Ashura on 27 December, our correspondent says >>>

Tehran's Mohseni Sq. "Zendani e siasi azad bayad gardad":

Mohseni Sq."Azaa, azaast emrooz, jonbesh e sabz e Iran saaheb azaast emrooz"

Montazeri's hometown Najafabad: "Dictator, dictator, Montazeri rahash edameh darad"

Mohseni Sq.: "Een maah maah-e khooneh, Seyed Ali sar negooneh"

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Najafabad: "Montazeri, congratulations on your freedom"

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Najafabad: "Uproot oppression"

Najafabad: "Montazeri, congratulations on your freedom"


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by ramintork on

You are absolutely right, but with almost all the Ayatollahs turning up to be thieves and butchers, it seemed like a novelty to see one who actually had the good of people on his mind.



by Fair on

I am not muslim, do not believe in velayat faqih, or Islamic republic, am secular, and Montazeri helped found all which I am against. We probably would not agree on much when it comes to religion and social views, and I used to not like him very much at all.

But at some point, he said "wait a minute" and did the uncomfortable and courageous task of realizing a mistake, and spent the rest of his life trying to right the wrong that he contributed to. When I read his latest statements regarding the illegitimacy of this government, the rights of the people, that the idea of velayat faqih is not a figure that vetos the people, but one that must abide by the people's will; that the hostage taking was wrong, and that Khomeini was not infallible and even if his picture was torn, nobody should be punished, etc., it is clear to me that he sided with the people of Iran as best as he could, and he meant well. We need more mullahs to be like him.  I wonder what the chance of that happening is.

He could have easily played the game, went along with the Islamic Fuehrer's establishment and crimes, built an empire like Rafsanjani, IRGC thieves, and other politicians. He didn't. He lived a simple life, and died simple, and spoke from the heart, plain and simple.

For that he has earned the respect of someone who disagrees with him on many things- me. As a human being. As an Iranian. As an advocate of morality and human rights, and of the Iranian people's right to self determination.

The hero pilot Chesley Sullenberger who landed his plane in the Hudson river recently said, "When your values are clear, your choices are easy". Today it is evident to me, Grand Ayatollah Montazeri's values were clear. May he rest in peace today, and may his spirit and enduring words continue to help free Iran.




Tabrik va Tasliat

by TheMrs on

Tabrik = one less man of "faith" in iran

Tasliat = to the green movement

Red Wine


by Red Wine on

 حیف دانا مردن و صد حیف نادان زیستن

Ali9 Akbar

I feel that The Aytollah Montazery did not want...

by Ali9 Akbar on

to sell his soul to the devil or in this case the IRI therefore as a man of conscience he voluntary took his punishment....


Ramin; sided with the

by Fatollah on


sided with the people? well, it must have been his God damn duty, moftaki Grand Ayatollah ke nashod-e bood! 

RedWine, bless you for your wisdom.



No No No!

by Fatollah on

No blessing please as some people here seem to suffer from memory loss, short circuit'ed so to speak!



Grand Ayatollah Montazeri

by vildemose on

Grand Ayatollah Montazeri on "What are the recent achievements of Iran’s “green movement”?"

This movement is the accurate reflection and representation of the justified demands of the majority that have surfaced over many years. While it has faced a violent reaction and vehement hostility from the hardliner faction of the state, its domestic and foreign achievements are undeniable. Inside Iran, this movement has succeeded in institutionalizing a tolerant culture for demanding the rights of a large number of people, which were ignored during the election [process] and the events that followed. In addition, this movement has also prevailed in exposing the violent nature of the radical and the oppressive. Of course, to achieve this, it has paid a high price, which shows that the people will not be swayed until they attain the rights they are entitled to. Death, intimidation, threats, detainments, arrests, illegal and non-religious trials, heavy and unjust convictions for political activists and freedom seekers, as well as false and misleading propaganda – none of this has influenced the people’s will and determination. Outside Iran, the movement has succeeded in drawing international attention – especially that of developed societies and human rights organizations – to the oppression it faces as well as its rightful demands. From a political [perspective], [the movement] has presented the real power of nationhood to the world.

gitdoun ver.2.0

Recite Fateha

by gitdoun ver.2.0 on

May God Bless Him and Give Him Peace. He spent decades doing his best to undo his horrible mistake of supporting khomeini. I feel,Montazeri, like many other iranians were duped by Khomeini's half truths and lies leading up to 1979. But I feel once he saw how monsterous the regime became he stood couragously, defiantly,  against khomeini and spoke against the government till his last breath. The regime did everything they could , short of murdering him,  to have him silenced. They offered him money , threatened him, publically humiliated him, sent their basij to beat him, and finally had him under house arrest. He was a good man that made a huge horrible mistake in helping to create this regime but spent decades doing his best to atone for it.

Veiled Prophet of Khorasan

Re: Is a successor to Ayatollah

by Veiled Prophet of Khorasan on


If Montazeri had been a better politician he would have been  successor to Khomeini.  In that position he unlike Khamenei would have been able to reform the Islamic Republic. It may have changed history but now we will never know.

I wish we had more pragmatic leaders; we would be so much better off.  Unfortunately our leaders are full of passion but lack pragmatism. Now Islamic Republic is doomed; we shall see what will replace it.

May Ayatollah Montazeri rest in peace. 

May Iran be free of Islam!



As a successor to Ayatollah

by vildemose on

As a successor to Ayatollah Khomeini to be the next Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Montazeri gave up all his privileges when he protested against the massacre of Iranian political prisoners in 1988 and asked for a review of the revolution's failures.


 Perhaps the most memorable quote remembered by Ayatallah Montazeri, who himself was one of the founders of the Islamic Republic,  will be 'The Islamic Republic is neither a Republic nor Islamic'

The Phantom Of The Opera

Can you handle the truth this "one" time?

by The Phantom Of The Opera on

Once in a while I receive a reply which is posted by a brand-new username who has decided to make his/her debut on my comment; which, probably to the chagrin of the contributor, leaves me with an enormous sense of self-flattering and sleazy pride. Thanks for the free publicity.

Remember; we are not here to convince each others; the undecided third party is the target. Ignoring me is your best bet.

The Pahlavis and all mullahs must disclose the source and the amount of their wealth.

David ET

May at last he rest in peace now

by David ET on

جلسه ای با حضور تمامی عوامل کودتا در بیت خامنه ای تشکیل شده است. گفته میشود تصمیم اولیه این جلسه فشار بر فرزندان آیت الله فقید منتظری برای تسریع در مراسم خاکسپاری بوده است. همچنین تصمیم گرفته شده است در شهرهای تهران - قم - نجف آباد - اصفهان - مشهد و تبریز حالت فوق العاده اعلام شود.

ایران پرس نیوز بخش خبری کانال یک تلویزیون جمهوری اسلامی، بعد از خبرهای یمن و هواشناسی و ... فقط در 30 ثانیه درگذشت آیت الله منتظری رو پوشش داد


God bless his soul!

by statira on

May his soul haunt Ahmaginejad, Khamenei and his thugs! This is a good opportunity for more gathering and protest against  the Islamic Rapist Government.


Bless his soul!

by Khar on

He was a good humanbeing and he loved Iran and Iranians! He always stood with people.

Red Wine


by Red Wine on

گیریم که شاه فاسد و بی‌ لیاقت بود،اما عقل مردم ایران کجا بود ؟ که نیک بلدیم دیگران را مقصر دانیم بی‌ آنکه اندکی‌ خود را در آینه بینیم و خود را بشناسیم و بینیم که خود بیشتر از هر کس و هر چیزی مقصرتریم. 


" شاه بی‌ لیاقت و خانواده فاسد پهلوی عرصه را به مشتی آخوند که به


Of course, this didn't happen, and let us never forget, without the help of those traitors, and those morons, who saw Khomeini's picture on the moon, and gave the coutry away to the Grand Evil.


One less akhond...

by Emil on

...Hope Khamenie would follow him soon...

marhoum Kharmagas

a good man

by marhoum Kharmagas on

It suffices to say that he was among the very few (in the regime) who had the courage and integrity to oppose murders/executions of 1988.


Roohash Shaad

by ramintork on

A dead man's wealth is the love, dignity and wisdom that he has nurtured in the heart of others.

Bravest of men must be those who for the love of humanity would stand up and admit their mistakes as he did with the development of 'supreme leader' concept.

I am not a religious man, so I mourn not an Ayatollah but the loss of a man who stood by the Iranian people.


The Bell Tolls

by Ahura on

With condolences for Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri’s family and friends, may be he can inspire the freedom loving Iranians to rise and complete in his death what he could not accomplish in life, namely undoing of theocracy he engineered and toll the bell for the death of IRI.

The Phantom Of The Opera

Joy of mourning

by The Phantom Of The Opera on

این طرف دنیا رسم است که به جای توی سر و صورت کوفتن و شلوغ
بازی؛ مراسم عزاداری را فرصتی بر مرور خاطرات زندگی‌ آن‌ شخص میکنند. حال
اگر مراسم تشییع و تدفین او فرصتی برای سر دادن ندای آزادی خواهی‌ بر علیه
رژیمی شود که به کمک او پا گرفت، یک بار دیگر یکی‌ از تضاد‌ها و تناقضات
سنتی‌ ایران به نمایش در خواهد آمد. وی به عقیده من بر حسب تصادف روزگار
توی دار و دسته باند خمینی به اصطلاح "بُر" خورد؛ برکنار کردن وی از مقام
جانشینی بزرگترین خدمت خمینی بود به ملّا‌های مفتخواری که امروزه در راس
کارند. به خاطر دارم که پس از داستان حمله چریک وار پسرش، معروف به محمد
رینگو، به فرودگاه مهرآباد و بست نشستن روی باند فرودگاه و بقیه قضایا،
آیت الله  در یکی از سخنرانی‌هایش پسر را دیوانه خواند؛ وقتی‌ هم که محمد
رینگو در حادثه انفجار کشته شد، در یک مصاحبه تلویزیونی از خواب وحشتناکی
که  آن‌ شب پس از عمل لقاح، که منجر به نطفه "محمد"شد، دیده بود برای ملت
انقلابی و همیشه در صحنه گفت.

به هر حال این فرصت را برای یادآوری یک واقعیت تاریخی‌ مغتنم میدانم و
آن‌ اینکه " شاه بی‌ لیاقت و خانواده فاسد پهلوی عرصه را به مشتی آخوند که
بهترینشان این بود باختند."

The Pahlavis and all mullahs must disclose the source and the amount of their wealth.


Khoda rahmatesh koneh!

by Souri on

One of the most human cleric of Iran. I liked him.

God bless his soul. He died too soon. We needed him now actually.


Died, sad, but he destroyed a great country by his actions

by mahmoudg on

His death is sad, but his repentance after the revolution is too little too late.  His like destroyed a great country and I for one cannot bring myself to mourn or be saddened by this.  The devastation and destruction his Islamic way of thought brought about is reprenehsible.



Raahat Shod

by ghalam-doon on

This is what his son said after his death.

Reminds me of another honarable human being...

Maryam Hojjat

Was he killed? or really died?

by Maryam Hojjat on

the Ayetollah Montazari was talking a few days ago about Rahbar e Anghalab not being innocent.

May he rest in peace.



by SamSamIIII on


I will not judge him as an Iranian since the differences are immence but as a fairly decent human being . Eventhough Ayat Hussein Montazeri  was a major culprit in bringing about the Theory of Velayateh Fghih(tokhmeh omar) into reality yet early on he was the rare mullah with courage & dignity who stood in the face of tyrrany against a back drop of herds of ommatie goats who sided with tyrant. That alone will suffice for his lasting legacy as a good human being .The old man did ok . God bless

As a shaikhak poet once wrote(with a bit of distortion);

hargez namirad ankeh delash zendeh shod beh eshgh

Ancheh neveshteh bar chehreyeh donya beh yaadeh maa



Path of Kiaan Resurrection of True Iran Hoisting Drafshe Kaviaan //iranianidentity.blogspot.com //www.youtube.com/user/samsamsia

Jahanshah Javid


by Jahanshah Javid on

In the coming days and weeks, Montazeri's death will add vigor to the anti-regime demonstrations, notably during Tasooa and Ashoora rallies. The first week and fortieth day of his death will also draw very large demonstrations.

Bless his soul for his adamant defense of human rights in recent years and firmly standing up to the regime he helped create.

Ali9 Akbar

Let 29 AZAR 1388 be the date of

by Ali9 Akbar on