In the Path of the Imam (49)
Welcome to this week's episode of the series "On the Path of the Imam". Today, we elaborate on the modes of behaviour of the Father of Islamic Revolution, late Imam Khomeini (God's mercy upon him) towards his close friends.
In our earlier episodes, we pointed out that late Imam Khomeini was a self-built figure, who had achieved the pinnacle of piety and developed with people from various walks of life, a highly ethical relationship, in accordance with Islamic teachings. We also spoke of his approach towards the deprived and disadvantaged strata of the society, noting that he acted kindly toward the poor and the needy, both in his personal life, and in the political-social arenas, as the Founder of Islamic Republic of Iran.
Selection of a friend, and formation of appropriate relations with him, in addition to being a spiritual need, is a social necessity. In order to a successful life, having a good friend is an irrefutable necessity given that it eases the endurance of hardships and problems, and facilitates access to the desired goals and objectives. At times, on the path toward success or during the endurance of hardships, the role of a sympathetic friend is more significant and effective than the role played by one's own relatives. The divine religion of Islam calls on Muslims to have good friends, who play an effective part in influencing one’s behaviour.
The behaviour of late Imam toward his friends was based on Islamic teachings and culture. He was completely committed to the teachings of Islam in selection of friends and in interacting with them. In accordance to the divine religion of Islam, one of the main characteristics of a good and real friend is honesty, willingness to assist and help in times of hardship and difficulty, and expressing of sympathetic feelings.
One of the main traits of Late Imam Khomeini was that he always helped and supported his friends throughout difficulties, and made utmost efforts to alleviate and solve their problems.
During his years of exile in the holy city of Najaf in Iraq, in the vicinity of the holy shrine of the Commander of the Faithful, Imam Ali ibn Abi Taleb (AS), he used to strongly protest the persecution, imprisonment and torture of Ulema by the repressive Ba'th minority regime, despite the fact that these officials were ruthless and bloodthirsty.
Although Imam Khomeini did not agree with the political outlook of Iran’s Fadaiaan-e Islam; following detention of members of this group and the prospects of their execution by agents of the Pahlavi regime, he made utmost efforts for their release. He was profound sad when his efforts to procure their release failed to succeed.
Although Imam Khomeini was courageous and brave in his political activities against despotic Pahlavi regime, he was concerned over the possible emergence of problems for his friends and associates in their struggle against the Shah. He always advised his friends to be careful in their political activities in order to avoid detention by the security forces of the Pahlavi regime.
In several cases, he took responsibility for the political activities of his friends and associates in their struggles against the despotic regime, in order to protect them.