Secrets of Durability of the Islamic Revolution
Greetings dear listeners on the day that changed for good the destiny of Iran. Today is the historic 22 of the Iranian month of Bahman corresponding to February 11, the day the grassroots of movement of the Iranian people culminated in a resounding victory that changed global equations as the American hegemons were kicked out of Iran with the end of the British-installed rootless Pahlavi regime.
As Islamic Iran steps into its 40th year with celebration of the 39th anniversary we present you a special feature on the Secrets of the Durability of the Islamic Revolution generated by the Sage of the Age, Imam Khomeini (God bless him), who in 1979 foreseeing its worldwide impact had aptly said: Our Revolution was burst of light.
Today millions of people are joyously rallying in Tehran and other cities of the Islamic Republic of Iran. They comprise all sections of the society. Among them are the elderly on wheelchairs and babies in perambulators pushed by parents, while commemorating the grand occasion. As usual the world’s political analysts and the media horns have their eyes glued to the happenings on this day in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Of course, we do not expect all of them to be sincere reporters of the millions-strong presence of the Iranian people on the streets to celebrate the anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution, but even their grudging admission of the memorable marking of the 22nd Bahman, is proof of the power of the people of Iran, and their message to Muslims and the oppressed all over the world.
In all scores of millions of Iranians are holding rallies throughout the length and breadth of the Islamic Republic to reaffirm their allegiance to the ideals of the Late Imam and the present leader, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.
In Tehran today, millions have converged on Azadi or Freedom Square from all directions of the capital, amidst cheers and cries of Allah-o Akbar and Death to the US, Death to Israel, and Death to the Terrorists and Traitors. Amid the bonfire of the flags and effigies of the chief oppressors, such as the US, the Zionists, and the Wahhabis, the huge rallies are expressing the Iranian nation’s support for the oppressed people of Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, Bahrain and other places.
This is proof of the fact that the Islamic Revolution continues its march to enlighten and awaken people in other countries, despite the plots of the four decades of Global Arrogance, Zionism, and Wahhabism to try to stop what they called its export to other countries.
A study of the history of revolutions shows that with the passing of years and decades the people lose enthusiasm and drift away from the ideals for which they or their parents had made sacrifices, to the extent that the so-called revolution remains a mere historical event of only academic interest, rather than a recurring thing to inspire people in the subsequent eras. Crane Brinton in his book titled “The Anatomy of Revolution” makes a comparative study of the French, Russian, and American revolutions, and reaches conclusion that as time passes the fervor subsides, and the values and the situation the revolutionaries had tried to change gradually return to take control of the society, as if nothing had happened. According to Crane Brinton, the revolutions pass through three phases. In the first phase, after the overthrow of the ruling regime, the moderate forces come to power. In the second phase, after a short time, the government of the moderates is dismissed for not meeting the revolutionary demands of the people and is replaced by radical elements. The third phase which is called the Thermidorian Reaction – a term derived from the French Revolution, and the parliamentary revolt initiated on 9 Thermidor (July 27, 1794), which resulted in the fall of Maximilien Robespierre and the collapse of revolutionary fervour – the radicals make the exit and the values of the former pre-revolutionary regime are restored.
Following the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, some shortsighted analysts tried to adopt the same criterion of Crane Brinton to analyze the trend of developments in the Islamic Republic of Iran, but have become flabbergasted to discover that no such theories are applicable to the grassroots movement of the Muslim people of Iran that was brought to fruition by the Father of the Islamic Revolution, Imam Khomeini. In other words, the theorists and analysts have failed in their attempts, since the revolution in Iran is based on the timeless teachings of Islam and the dynamism of the Shari’a.
This is the reason that despite the passing of 39 years, the revolution continues to attract the third and even the fourth generation in Iran by the millions, who have kept alive the ideals of the movement generated by Imam Khomeini. Today, no one can deny the reality that the liberating movements which took place against despotic regimes in various Muslim states have been affected by the Islamic Revolution that triumphed in Iran some forty years ago. So impressive is the impact of the revolutionary events on the people of our neighbourhood that even Turkey despite the laic secularism imposed on it, did not remain unaffected. In other words, the coming to power of an Islamic-oriented government in Turkey is proof of the fact that President Rajab Tayyab Erdoghan, his government and party, are all indebted to the Islamic Revolution in Iran. Similarly the Islamic Awakening that brought down regimes in North Africa and West Asia over the past few years, owes its power to the Islamic Revolution.
The Islamic Revolution is based on the timeless worldview of Islam. One of the prominent features of the revolution in Iran is that it is Islam which is the primary force for building of revolutionary culture that dominates Iran today and continues its developmental task. Concepts such as Jihad or striving sincerely in the way of God, and the glories of martyrdom, coupled with piety, solidarity of the masses, adherence to humanitarian values, and hatred of oppression, are the salient features of the Islamic Revolution in Iran.
The most glaring difference between the Islamic Revolution in Iran and the revolutions that have occurred in other places in the course of history, as well as in modern times, is the factor of God-oriented leadership that was manifested by Imam Khomeini. The Late Imam practiced what he believed, and to be more precise he lived according to the letter and spirit of the dynamic laws of Islam. This is the secret to the success of the Islamic Republic of Iran which today is led by a loyal disciple of the late Imam – Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei. Now we understand the meaning of the words of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution who says: The people are the real owners of this system. This explains the success of the Islamic Republic in all fields, including its firm adherence to the original values and goals of the Islamic Revolution that have restored to the Iranian people their real Muslim identity. This is the reason that the Islamic Republic has become a role model for Islamic unity and solidarity for the people of the region and beyond, who are clearly inspired by the system of government in Iran, much to the chagrin of the enemies. All this means that the Islam claimed by the Godless Takfiri terrorists is nothing but a mockery of Islamic values as dictated by their creators in the West and the illegal Zionist entity. Al-Qa’eda and all similar outfits have miserably failed to fool the overwhelming majority of Muslims throughout the world, who cherish genuine Mohammadan Islam, as presented to the world by Islamic Iran.
Ayatollah Khamenei considers the most important reason of the durability of the Islamic Revolution to its emphasis on virtue, justice, and righteousness. As God Almighty says in ayahs 24 and 25 of Surah Ibrahim of the holy Qur’an: “A good word is like a good tree: its roots are steady and its branches are in the sky. It gives its fruit every season by the leave of its Lord.”
As we explained in one of our earlier programmes marking the Ten-Day Dawn, the cornerstone of the durability of the Islamic Revolution is the dynamic concept of Velayat-e Faqih or Governance of the Supreme Jurisprudent, as practically shown by Imam Khomeini, and being elaborated in its different aspects by Ayatollah Khamenei. According to Ayatollah Khamenei: It is not easy to direct the hearts of millions of people to a particular side, unless with the help of God, who says in ayah 63 of Surah Anfal:
“Had you spent all that is in the earth, you could not have united their hearts, but Allah united them together. Indeed He is All-Mighty, All-Wise.”
Thus, what makes the Islamic Revolution continues its forward march in the face of the most intricate plots and sanctions, is Divine Help, which becomes fully manifest on Bahman 22 throughout the country.
To sum up the Islamic Revolution is based on the path of the Prophets of God culminating in the universal message of Islam entrusted to the Last and Greatest Messenger, Prophet Mohammad (blessings of God upon him and his progeny). The Prophet in turn, on the God’s express commandment proclaimed Imam Ali (AS) as Vicegerent by entrusting him Velayat al-Mutlaqa or Absolute Divinely-Decreed Authority. On this principle of Perfection of Faith, in the absence of the Awaited Saviour of mankind, the 12th Infallible Imam, the concept of Velayat-e Faqih or Governance of the Supreme Jurisprudent is based, thus ensuring durability for the Islamic System, to which Imam Husain (AS) granted eternity by drinking the elixir of immortal martyrdom in Karbala on the epic day of Ashura.