Iranian scholar and diplomat, Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Taskhiri, a Member of the Assembly of Experts passed away on Tuesday 18 August in Tehran at the age of 76.

He  served as the Iranian representative to the Organisation of Islamic Conference as well as Secretary General of World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of thought for many years actively reinforcing unity amongst Muslims.

Ayatollah Taskhiri was born in 1944 in Najaf, Iraq where he received his education and taught at the well know seminary. His father Sheikh Ali Akbar was of Iranian origin.

He was well versed in Farsi, English and Arabic poetry and literature and composed Arabic poetry himself.

In 1971 he went to Qom learning and teaching at the seminary in the companionship of revolutionary scholars and teachers.

After the establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran he got involved in cultural affairs within the country and abroad strengthening relationship between scholars in  Iranian and the Muslim world.

Ayatollah Takshiri was among activists and worked to bring down the Ba’athist regime in Iraq and developed strong relations with the Oslamic opposition in Iraq during Saddam’s rulr.

He has taught in Tehran’s Imam Sadiq University, Tarbiat Modarres University and was also a member of the Fiq’h committee of Islamic bank.