In the path of the Imam (51)
Welcome to this week's episode of the series "On the Path of the Imam". In our earlier episodes, we pointed out that the Father of the Islamic Revolution, the Late Imam Khomeini (RA), 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.
In this episode, we elaborate on the outlook and behaviour of the Founder of Islamic Republic of Iran, late Imam Khomeini (God's mercy upon him) with martyrs and their families.
In view of the fact that 8 of the ten-year-leadership of the Father of the Islamic Revolution, Imam Khomeini (RA), was concurrent with the war that the US had imposed on Iran through its agent Saddam of the repressive Ba’th minority regime of Baghdad, the Founder of the Islamic Republic spared no efforts to inspire and encourage the Iranian combatants who wholeheartedly defended and safeguarded the Islamic Revolution and Iran's territorial integrity. Thus, this excellent behaviour towards Iranian combatants help us to have a proper understanding of the ethical virtues and characteristics of the Late Imam.
It is interesting to know that during the 8-year era of Holy Defence, nearly all Iranian families were involved in the efforts to safeguard the nation. There were many instances when the number of individuals of a single family that had been active at the warfronts were more than half of the family unit, and in some cases all family members – many of whom achieved martyrdom. Iran’s combatants were selfless youths, who safeguarded their country from the aggressions of Saddam's regime and its cohorts in the East and West blocs. They were inspired by the guidelines of Imam Khomeini, and on the basis of their Islamic beliefs and sense of patriotism, they played heroic roles at the warfronts.
At every opportunity, Imam Khomeini used to honour Iranian combatants and appreciate their selfless efforts. According to Seyyed Ahmad Khomeini, his father the Late Imam highly admired the Basij mobilization forces, always following the news related to Basiji combatants’ advances at the warfronts.
He would point out that the Islamic combatants surely had an elevated status in the sight of God Almighty; given that they were fully prepared to sacrifice their lives for the sake of their beliefs and love for the country.
The Late Imam Khomeini, as related by his daughter-in-law, Fatemeh Tabatabai, highly enjoyed his conversations with Iranian youths heading toward the warfronts. He was highly touched by observing the purity of intention of the Muslim combatants, and could not hold back his tears upon watching the scenes of courage and selflessness of the combatants.
The Late Imam, in reference to the Iranian combatants who wholeheartedly flocked to the warfronts to defend the revolution and the country, called them angels, in view of their unflinching devotion to Divine Commandments.
An example of the Late Imam's respect for Iranian combatants, was allocation of the time by him to meet them. Despite his advanced age, Imam Khomeini never disappointed the combatants or their families who requested meetings with him. He accepted the commanders' request for allocation of a day every week for meeting with Iranian combatants.
In emergency cases, the Imam used to change his schedule so as to give some time to meetings with these selfless youths. Furthermore, he always called on the officials to take care of the Iranian combatants and to solve their problems.