In the path of the Imam (42)
Welcome to this week's episode of the series "In the Path of the Imam". In the last episode, we pointed out that the Father of Islamic Revolution, late Imam Khomeini (God's mercy upon him), was pious and led a simple lifestyle, as the result of his religious standpoint and ethical virtues. In this episode, we intend to enumerate other manifestations of his piety, modesty, and simple lifestyle.
One of the manifestations of late Imam's devoutness and simple lifestyle was his humble home, which astonished his visitors.
Late Imam, in the pre-revolution era, as a major Shia Source of Emulation, was in charge of tidy sums of money, and in the post-revolution era, as the Founder of Islamic Republic of Iran, maintained especial and major authority over the treasury. However, he never made us of his authority for the sake of his personal welfare. Even, late Imam, throughout his years of settlement in the holy city of Najaf, or his years of settlement in the holy city of Qom and Tehran, resided in rented homes.
One of the other manifestations of the simple lifestyle of late Imam was that the Father of Islamic Revolution did not have a personal car. Hojjatoleslam Bakhshayeshi has cited a memory from a Tabrizi youth, who based on a divine pledge intended to present a personal car to late Imam: "Mr. Razavi was one of the businessmen and factory owners of the city of Tabriz, who wanted to present a vehicle to late Imam, based on a Nazri. Upon hearing the remarks of this faithful youth, we paid a visit to late Imam. After being received by late Imam, we presented him the car keys. Late Imam thanked our friends and associates for their kindness, while returning the car keys to his owner. The Tabrizi youth once again called on late Imam to accept his present. In response to the Tabrizi youth's insistence, late Imam noted that he did not need a car and pointed out that based on a personal pledge, he has obligated himself to only have a personal car if he would need one."
Late Imam was pious in other aspects of life, as well. Late Imam also urged other officials, especially clerics who maintained official responsibilities, to lead a simple life and to be modest.
Late Imam, in his devout life, highly refrained from extravagance, and strongly reacted toward those, who were not sufficiently meticulous in the consumption of products. For instance, late Imam was highly cautious toward, and aimed to save electricity. According to one of late Imam's associates, there were three lamps in late Imam's resting place and study room. Whenever late Imam recited ayahs of Holy Quran and/or studied reports, the related lamps were on. But, whenever late Imam finished recitation of the ayahs of Holy Quran or studying reports, despite of his advanced age, he got up and turned the lights off. Meanwhile, late Imam only turned one light on, whenever he observed his daily prayers.
Late Imam was also highly modest in the usage of clothes and in consumption of food. Hojjatoleslam Rasouli Mahalati notes: "Late Imam only had a few clothes. Although many garments and clothes were presented to late Imam, he handed them to other individuals. Late Imam was also highly frugal in consumption of food."