The story of a man who changed the world
Imam Khomeini is a man who is loved by Iranians and non-Iranians alike. He is popular with people of all ages for what he did for his homeland and for his care for people in other countries.
The late Imam Khomeini is revered as the "father" of the Islamic Revolution, a man who championed the idea of an Islamic Republic focusing on the Islamic faith and republicanism of the ruling system.
He was the man who taught Iranians to practice a type of democracy which centers round Islam and its valuable teachings.
He was a man who led a simple life but his ideology moved the world. His humble life, both at home and in exile, influenced many of his followers.
He passed away in peace as he always tried for peace in his lifetime. Iran lost his father 23 years ago but vowed to continue his path faithfully.
On June 2nd 1989 all Iranians went into mourning for the loss of Imam Khomeini, their great leader. Iran shed tears when it heard the news of his demise. People, all in black, attended ceremonies to show a bit of their love and deep respect for the Founding Father of the Islamic Republic. They shut down their businesses and closed classes to take part in services held in remembrance of the late Imam. Iranians poured out into the cities and streets to mourn his death in a completely spontaneous and unorchestrated outpouring of grief.
He led a nation that had a thirst for independence and freedom. He was not only a leader but also a father for his people. His remarks and pieces of advice still serve as a guide for his true followers.
The Muslim world has now come to appreciate Imam Khomeini's emphasis on jihad, martyrdom, and formation of an Islamic government as the basics for living better.
The Islamic Awakening has its roots in what Imam Khomeini said years ago. Regional revolutions and popular uprisings in the Middle East are the fruit of Imam's efforts long ago to make people believe in their own capacity and in their right to decide their own future.
People from different backgrounds know the Imam for his salient features, his strong faith, resolve, serenity, perseverance, self-confidence and paternal love for people.
He is the man who is known internationally. Khomeini is a big name both at home and abroad. He has inspired many around the world. He is not with Iranians any more but he keeps inspiring them.
Internationally, the late Imam was viewed as a role model for people all over the world in their quest for “perfection and freedom.”
He was and still is a charismatic leader with international influence and has been described as the virtual face of Islam.
He opposed the tyranny of the Shah regime. It was not all. He is also famous for his bitter opposition to the White Revolution put forward by the Mohammad Reza shah in the name of reforms which was in fact a step towards westernization.
Opposition to capitulation was also another signature of Imam. The late Imam denounced the capitulation law which was the government's underhanded attempts to offer diplomatic immunity to American military personnel and rejected the agreement as surrender of Iranian independence and sovereignty.
Imam disapproved of the "capitulation" law (or "status-of-forces agreement") which aimed to allow members of the U.S. armed forces in Iran to be tried in their own military courts.
Borders did not matter for the late Imam. His remarks targeted people in all countries who were seeking the truth. His fame and name is now said everywhere and in every corner of the world.
Imam Khomeini passed away but his legacy lives on. The "Islamic Revolution" and the "Islamic Republic" are the cherished heritage of the Imam. He would be remembered and honored by Iranians of all ages and from all generations.
Iranians renew their allegiance with the late Imam and his lofty ideals each year and promise to act according to what he believed in.
The name of Imam Khomeini made Iran the top headline of world media for long.
Words fail Iranians to describe him. He is second to none, they believe. http://jamejamonline.ir/en/newstext.aspx?newsnum=100813689580