1142 GMT June 25, 2022
The main responsibility of clerics and religious scholars, as soldiers of Imam Mahdi, is to protect religious beliefs. It endorses educating in religious sciences, understanding Islam and finally disseminating Islamic disciplines of the Household of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), known as Ahl al-Bayt (PBUT).
Clerics had a considerable role during the Iraqi-imposed war, before and after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, so much so that analysis of Sacred Defense would be imperfect without considering their role.
The presence of the late founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini as well as Grand Ayatollah Golpaygani and Grand Ayatollah Araki played a leading role in defending the country against Iraq’s Baathist regime and spreading the culture of martyrdom among the people and soldiers.
During the years of the Sacred Defense, clerics were highly influential in encouraging people as well as their peers to be at the frontline, keeping up the spirits of soldiers through strengthening their beliefs and their reliance on God and resorting to the Ahl al-Bayt (PBUT).
They also had a moral and educational role in regards to the younger generation and even soldiers at the frontline.
Some other clerics narrated the profound stories of the Muslim world, particularly what had happened in Karbala, to encourage people to remain present in the frontline.
Every so often, they were responsible for developing Islamic discipline among soldiers. Another group of clerics served active duty, accompanying soldiers in the frontline and raising their spirits.
On top of all these duties, clerics who were also commanders gave double spirits to the frontline’s army.
The number of martyr clerics indicates that they had a meaningful participation in army responsibilities. However, there were large number of anonymous martyred clerics, whose names may or may not be discovered.
The above is provided by the Congress to Commemorate Clerics Martyred in the Iraqi-Imposed War, which will be convened on May 25, 2022, in the city of Qom, central Iran.