The demise of Mr. `Abdul-Rahim Rabbani Shirazi (member of the fuqaha or jurisprudents of the Guardian Council)
Commending the character and struggles of Mr. Rabbani Shirazi
The Iranian nation
جلد ۱۶ صحیفه امام خمینی (ره)، صفحه ۷۸
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
We are from God, and to Him shall we return
With great sorrow I send condolences on the sad demise of the dear Hujjat al-Islam Rabbani Shirazi to Islam, the prominent saints of Islam, particularly Hadrat Baqiyyatullah (may our souls be sacrificed for him), to the honorable people of Iran, theological seminaries, the esteemed residents and the families of the deceased. In the course of history, there were and are many who claimed virtue, struggle, bravery and commitment to truth and religion, yet practitioners of virtue, struggle and commitment to the truth are few in number. Only in hardship, difficulty and resistance against satanic powers can the vaunting claimants be differentiated from the silent committed ones and the selfless sincere ones from cunning impostors. The late meritorious crusader, Rabbani Shirazi, who is now resting in the precincts of Truth, and we have been deprived of his blessed existence, was among these few people. In the course of his honorable life, both before and after the revolution, he stood against falsehood and its supporters without showing leniency. He tolerated imprisonment, tortures and hardships courageously and never surrendered. He, whom God grants mercy and accepts to His threshold, joined the bliss of eternity with composed spirit in dealing with friends and believers and with unyielding spirit in treating the enemies of people. We, who lag behind stand in need of these men of truth and are deprived of their perfection and beauty. I implore God, the Most Exalted, to grant success to all to serve the people, and happiness and patience to the friends and families of the deceased to endure this tragedy.
Rouhullah al-Mousawi al-Khomeini