The 14th of the Iranian month of Khordad is the anniversary of the passing away of the Father of the Islamic Revolution, Imam Khomeini.
Certainly his soul rests in eternal peace, because this year the 23rd anniversary of departure from the mortal world has fallen on the threshold of the birthday of his and our Master, the person who continues to transcend history and all historical developments, the Commander of the Faithful, the Leader of the Pious, the Epitome of Virtue, the Symbol of Justice, the Role Model of Bravery, and the Gateway of the City of Knowledge and Wisdom, Imam Ali ibn Abi Taleb (AS), the First Infallible Successor of the Mercy unto the entire creation, Prophet Mohammad (SAWA). Please stay with us for a special programme on how deeply devoted was the Founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the immortal ideals of Imam Ali (AS).
Imam Khomeini regarded himself as a humble servant of the Prophet and the Immaculate Ahl al-Bayt. He was profoundly attached to the dynamic personality of Imam Ali (AS), at whose shrine he spent over 13 years of his years in exile. During those days it was his habit to proceed in a respectful manner to the golden-domed mausoleum in Najaf, to pray and supplicate. He would salute with the words:
Infinite peace be upon the Messenger of Mercy, Prophet Mohammad (SAWA), who groomed such a perfect man, as Imam Ali (AS), on whom be peace. He is indeed our master, the finest of example of the perfect human being, and the speaking Qurâ€™an or the Qurâ€™an personified. His hallowed name will remain forever. It was the fervent prayer of Seyyed Ruhollah Musavi Khomeini to enable him to adhere to the straight and unwavering path of the Commander of the Faithful, and to help implement the ideals of Imam Ali (AS) in society.
Imam Ali (AS) needs no introduction, as the first-cousin and ward of the Prophet, who was brought up by the Prophet himself and later became the son-in-law of the Prophet through marriage to the Impeccable Lady, Hazrat Fatema Zahra. Born in the most holy of holies, that is the Kaâ€™ba, Godâ€™s Symbolic House in Mecca, he was proclaimed as vicegerent to the Prophet on the express commandment of God Almighty at Ghadeer-Khom on the 18th of Zilhijja, 10 AH. Indeed, the man who was to deliver Iran from domestic despotism and foreign hegemony, succeeded in impacting the social, political, cultural and ethical equations of the contemporary world. In his thoughts, speeches and actions, both before the victory of the Islamic Revolution and in its aftermath, he tried to tread the footsteps of the person whom the celestial angels salute. In the various dimensions of life, like piety, knowledge, compassion, helping the poor and the needy, as well as courage in the face of adversities, the model for him was the multi-dimensional personality of Imam Ali (AS).
The Father of the Islamic Revolution used to refer to the exceptional merits of Imam Ali (AS), who used to risk his life and limb in many a crucial battle for the defence of Islam and the Prophet during the many armed encounters the pagan Arabs and the ever-rebellious Israelites imposed on Muslims. At the same time, the tender heart of the brave Imam Ali would weep at the sight of orphans, the needy and the oppressed, and he would spend whatever he had to alleviate their situation. He never yielded to his enemies and when he reluctantly took up the reins of government when the caliphate came begging at his door, he established the model government of social justice. Involvement in government affairs, however, never for a moment distracted his attention from his duties towards his family and kinsmen, nor from the worship of God Almighty in which he was deeply engrossed. The prayer and supplications bequeathed to humanity by Imam Ali (AS) are testimony in this regard. These and other qualities made a lasting impression on the mind of the young Seyyed Ruhollah Musavi from his childhood and lasted till the end of his fruitful life, during which he considered the path blazed out by Imam Ali (AS) all humanity as a guiding light. The honesty, sincerity, truthfulness, sagacity, and the acumen to differentiate right from wrong, were indeed ethereal values for the faithful to emulate.
According to the Father of the Islamic Revolution, rule of Imam Ali (AS) over a vast region that today includes some 20 countries from North Africa to Central Asia, nails lie of the colonialist idea of separation of religion and state affairs. In fact, his concept of Wilayat-e Faqih or Rule of the Supreme Jurisprudent is based on the Wilayat al-Mutlaqa or absolute divine authority of Imam Ali (AS), who showed how to resolve political, social, economic and cultural issues on the firm basis of religion and spiritual values. This is what Global Arrogance is afraid of, and is trying to undermine the power of Muslims by floating wrong conceptions. One of the prominent characteristics of the government of Imam Ali’s is social justice. The way he justly distributed from the public treasury and treated Muslims and non-Muslims in a just and fair manner, is being praised till this day by many of those who are not Muslims. Thus, the people and government officials of the Islamic Republic of Iran should follow the path of Imam Ali (AS), in order to materialize social justice. Obstacles and lack of facilities never disappointed him, and neither did the number of followers ever made him proud. These were the values which inspired the revolutionaries in Iran to rise to greater height, unnerved by the power and might of Global Arrogance. Throughout the 8-year war, the Founder of the Islamic Republic stood firm, saying that since Iran did not start the hostilities, any imposed peace without redressing the root causes of the conflict, is worse than an imposed war. This resoluteness, coupled with self-piety rubbed the nose of the US into dust. He rightly said: The US cannot do a damn thing, and at the same time, he sympathized with the poor and downtrodden sections of the society, evening solemnizing marriages of young couples and affectionately patting children.
Seyyed Ruhollah Khomeini was a high ranking jurisprudence and Gnostic, qualities that he had acquired by deeply contemplating on the peerless personality of Imam Ali (AS). During his exile in Iraq, he did not give up even the late midnight non-obligatory prayer, and once told the head of Iraq’s intelligence organization Sa’doun Shaker: I am not one of those Seyyeds who forgets his duty because of Ziyarat. He modeled his life on Imam Ali (AS), and this explains for his success in toppling the Shahâ€™s regime and defeating the conspiracies of the US. He injected awareness among the masses to the extent that senior scholars such as the late Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Araki would say about him: Over the past 50 years that we became familiar with this great figure we see nothing except piety, generosity, bravery and seriousness in rational and traditional sciences. This great man withstood against infidelity. Like his ancestor, Imam Ali ibn Abi Taleb (AS), he did not fear anyone at all. He died in the way of Imam Ali (AS), and because of his devotion, he continues to be endeared by the Muslims of Iran and the world.