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The late Haj
Mirza Abolfazl Senobari, the son of the late Ayatollah Akhond Mollah
Mohammad Bagher was born in Dialabad in 1920. He lost his father at the
age of 12. Then he moved to Tehran along with his mother and siblings.
There they led a life below the subsistence level. He got a job at the
Municipality after he served out his military duty. He quit his job on
ideological grounds and launched a carrier as a vendor on Naser Khosrow
Street. He was a cab driver for years before he took over as principal of
Narges religious school in 1966. The school, attended by girls, was among
the best and most noble in the capital. In that school, before launching a
life of retirement, he made efforts to train students both scientifically
and spiritually and helped others settle the problems they were facing.
Between 1958 and 1962, he attended courses offered by great contemporary
mystic figure Sheikh Rajabali Khayyat (Nekoo Gooyan) who passed away in
The heart attack he suffered three years before his demise forced him into early retirement. He spent the last three years of his life studying and dispensing advice to relatives and friends. Eventually he passed away on February 19, 2002 and secured the Reunion he awaited for a long time.
Who was Senobari? If you want to develop an insight into the character of this great man, you need to employ an in-depth understanding and look at him through the same eyes you look at the Prophet Mohammad's household. Not everyone can do that. Each individual will be able to develop an insight into his character in proportion to their status, knowledge, understanding and scientific awareness. As the following line of poetry says:
You can't take away the entire sea
At least drink enough to quench your thirst
He was a symbol of piety, insight,
care, love, compassion, and knowledge. God, the Almighty was the
centerpiece of his life. He would recall the Almighty night and day,
asleep and awake, at home and at work, in public and in private, in times
of trouble and in times of joy, in times of health and disease, as well as
in times of affluence and in times of need. His attention was always
focused on the Almighty. All he did and all he said were for the sake of
God. His words and deeds were all aimed at serving the Almighty. He was a
true friend of the Prophet Mohammad (Peace be upon him) and his household.
At all times he would comply with the instructions of God and Shiite
Imams. He loved his family and friends. He was nice to neighbors and
fellow humans at large.
He would attend to the needs of the poor and the needy. In order to get closer to God and to follow in the footsteps of the Muslim Prophet he was good-tempered at all times.
His pondered over divine signs at his prayers. He had full knowledge of political and social questions of his time. He believed in the great role of Islam in governance. He was of the conviction that the institution of the supreme clerical leader was instrumental during the absence of the 12th Shiite Imam. At all times, he was in anticipation of the second coming of the Imam Mahdi (May God hasten his reappearance). He was a true friend of Shiite Imams. The mention of the Hazrat Fatima's name would give him a strong feeling, which is beyond words. He couldn't stand hearing about the sufferings of great Muslim figures. He developed an affinity for eulogy and elegy at a young age. He would euphoniously whisper verses about the sufferings of the Prophet Mohammad and his household. He would try his best to remind others of the Almighty at all times. He was like a shinning star in the night sky. What a pity we couldn't make ultimate use of his knowledge and insight.