Mujtaba Musavi Lari is the son of the late Ayatullah Sayyid ‘Ali Asghar Lari,
one of the great religious scholars and social personalities of
Mujtaba Musavi Lari was born in 1314/1925 in the city of
In 1341/1962, he became a collaborator of Maktab-i-lslam, a religious and scientific journal, writing a series of articles on Islamic ethics. These articles were later collected into a book published under the title Ethical and Psychological Problems. Nine editions of the Persian original of this book have been published, and it has also been translated into Arabic and most recently English.
1342/1963 he travelled to
1349/1970 it was translated into English by a British Orientalist, F. G.
Goulding and it aroused much attention in
three years after the publication of the English translation, Rudolf Singler, a
German university professor translated it into German and the version he
produced proved influential in
The English and German versions of the book were reprinted by the Ministry of Islamic Guidance for wide distribution abroad through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Islamic Students' Associations abroad.
same time that the first printing of the German translation was published an
Indian Muslim scholar by the name of Maulana Raushan Ali translated it into
Urdu for distribution in
Mujtaba Musavi Lari has also written a pamphlet on tawhid (divine unity) which
was translated in
In 1343/1964 he established a charitable organization in Lar with the purposes of propagating Islam, teaching Islam to rural youth and helping the needy. This organization remained active until 1346/1967. Its main accomplishments were the dispatch of students of the religious sciences to the countryside to teach Islam to children and young people; providing thousands of school children with clothing, books and writing equipment; building a number of mosques, schools, and clinics in towns and villages; and the provision of miscellaneous services.
Sayyid Mujtaba Musavi Lari pursued his interest in Islamic ethics and writing new articles on the subject. In 1353/1974 a collection of these articles, revised and supplemented, appeared in book form under the title “The Function of Ethics in Human Development”. This book has now been reprinted six times.
1357/1978 he travelled to
This four volume work has been translated into Arabic, some parts of it having already been printed three times. The English translation of the first volume of this work forms the present book, the remaining volumes will also be translated and published. Urdu, Hindi and French translations are also underway; two volumes of the French translation have already appeared.
Sayyid Mujtaba Musavi Lari established an organization in