Why Imam Khomeini?

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Alireza Mokhber Dezfuli

In the course of the turbulent history of this land, there have been many freedom-seekers, clerics and revolutionaries who have done everything – even sacrificing their lives – to reform the society and the state but none of them have been fully successful in their bids.

Some, like Seyed Jamaledin Assadabadi, have taken this course by resorting to dialogue with the rulers and the elites but colonialism did not even tolerate this very moderate approach (which later on turned a bit violent by his advocates and apprentices). Others such as Seyed Hassan Modarres bravely stood up against the tyrant, ignorant and arrogant rulers of his time but could not gain much success in changing the rule of oppression and deception due to capriciousness of the time and presence of people who lacked the power of analysis as was the case with people like Ayatollah Kashani, Sheikh Fazlollah Nouri, etc. Yet others such as Navvab Safavi and Mirza Kuchak Khan opted for armed struggle and finally sacrificed their lives for their cause in complete innocence.

Undoubtedly, one of the characteristics of the revolutionary and reformist movement of Imam Khomeini was his indisputable victory in changing the ruling establishment from a dependent and despotic regime to an Islamic state. The regime overthrown by Imam Khomeini was subservient to world-devourers and arrogant powers but treated its own people with full arrogance, immodesty and violence.  

But how this happened and how come only Imam Khomeini was able to do such a miracle and grant the longstanding wish of the ulema, revolutionaries, the pious and authorities in establishing a government based on Quranic instructions and enjoying an Islamic nature?

To cover all these factors would require another time and space but one could perhaps cite some of them in this short piece.

Khomeini was an intelligent and open-minded scholar who benefited from all the experiences of his predecessors in his movement. He employed all their positive points and overlooked all their weak points. He was neither negligent in pinpointing their weaknesses through unilateral praise nor was unfair towards their accomplishments.

In his simple and sincere words (which was one of his unique and laudable features and this simplicity and understandability of his remarks played a significant role in the movement of the masses and in making it easier for the privileged to explain and analyze his words) during the revolution and in the years of consolidation of the pillars of the revolution, we heard him saying "I will not let this revolution get the same treatment as such and such popular movement or movement did at the time of such and such ruler."

In doing this, the Imam time and again recalled memories from former uprisings and the ulema, who played a role in those jihads. These memories were both in their praise and at the same time proved that he has analyzed all the aspects of their movements and the plots of the enemies; identified the pathology of past victories and defeats and refrained from emergence of any gap to pave the way for the enemy's infiltration and success. Interestingly, the Imam's comprehensive and crystal clear analyses of those movements covered the outset up to the end of the road.

This writer has no intention here to mention instances of this claim; although by referring to the books on the Imam's statements and messages (Sahifeye Nour) there are numerous cases such as the relationship of Ayatollah Kashani and Dr. Mossadegh and the oil nationalization movement; as well as the events of the Constitutional Movement and resistance of the late Ayatollah Moddaress against Reza Shah… which all indicate the Imam's full command of the contemporary history and the revolutionary movements of the clergy in Iran. In some instances, Imam Khomeini even clearly enumerated the reasons for their relative failure or success.

The contrast between religiosity and chauvinism; between nationalism and Islamism; non-reliance on and lack of confidence towards the people; lack of connection of the movements of the uelma with the masses; differences between leaders of the revolutions; loss of fundamental slogans of the revolution amidst the deafening noises of –isms and shallow intellectual theories originating from Westernization and self-losses; failure to appreciate the people's power; and … on the one hand, and highlighting the weaknesses of the enemy; steadfastness against colonialism and imperialism; reliance on Divine assistance; not having the slightest doubt about the course that has been taken; living a simple life and real defense of the vulnerable and underprivileged; inspiration of confidence and reliance on the unique strength of manpower in creating transformations in various arenas; dynamism and offering up-to-date and defendable commentaries of Islamic tenets and persistence on them; preparation of the field for men of thought; trust in the youth and benefiting from their valuable power in various fields, and … on the other hand, are parts of the factors emerging as weak and strong points in the reformist movements of the past.

Imam Khomeini with unique prudence and intelligence removed the weak points and maintained and strengthened the strong points and managed - in his divine and perhaps faultless movement - to topple a regime armed to the teeth and supported by the arrogant world with all its colonialist background and record.

Our leader was a man who linked jurisprudence with politics; politics with honesty; honesty with wisdom; wisdom with courage; and courage with insight.

The instances cited on learning a lesson from the past; praising and strengthening of the past strong points and ignoring and refining the past weak points that were cited as one of the characteristics of Imam Khomeini's movement on the anniversary of his demise, was a reminder to all the caring and sympathetic officials of the Islamic establishment not to constantly undermine the services of their predecessors (the outcome of which is regression) nor eulogize them (the outcome of which is recession). Instead, they are advised to sincerely serve a people who sacrificed everything for the cause of Islam and to establish and perpetuate this sacred movement so that the authorities would have no excuse before the Almighty to justify their shortcomings. They should do this for the cause of Allah and in respect for the high spirit of the Imam and the martyrs of his bright path who are now watching our deeds and know even our intentions.

True; on June 3rd, 1989 eyes were closed which were never shut on the blessing of the dawn; a heart stopped beating which always beat for the cause of God and the people; and lips were tied which were always used to narrate the scent of revelation and wisdom.


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