Grand Ayatollah Sheikh Mortaza Taleqani
Sheikh Mortaza Taleqani was born in 1858 in the city of Taleqan. He learned Qur'an and Persian literature in the katateeb of the city then migrated to Tehran and from there to Isfahan so he could attend classes by its great scholars such as Ayatollah Abul Ma'ali Karbalai, Hakeem Qashqayi Akhund Mulla Muhammad Kashi and others.
He migrated to the city of Najaf and was tutored at the hands of its great scholars such as Akhund Khorasani, Sayyid Muhammad Kadhim Yazdi, Sheikh Shari'at Isfahani, Mirza Muhammad Taqi Shirazi and others. He paid attention to nurturing himself and purifying his soul so he could fold the stages of perfection and reach the ultimate objective.
He paid attention to nurturing himself and purifying his soul so he could fold the stages of perfection and reach the ultimate objective.
Ayatollah Taleqani, may Allah have mercy on him, abandoned the world and spent most of his time teaching the students and cultivating them. Many of them later on rose to distinction, becoming authorities and great scholars of our time. He lived single all his life, and resided in the school of Sayyid Yazdi of the reliable niche in the city of Najaf till he died there in 1945.