Mar 01, 2022 08:52 UTC

If you remember we had a survey of Imam Khomeini’s testament in a number of episodes and last episode you heard the concluding part of the testament. In this episode, you are going to know more about his marriage with lady Khadijeh Saqafi.

Lady Khadijeh Saqafi was Imam Khomeini’s wife. She was a virtuous lady while she was well aware of social and political developments of her time. A brief glance at her marital life shows that she was a very patient woman as she had to accompany the greatest contemporary personality, Imam Khomeini, who successfully changed the course of history against the will of oppressors and tyrants. Ms. Saqafi was the lady who tolerated the hard times of Imam Khomeini’s arrest, several months’ separation, his life in exile in Turkey and then Iraq under tough conditions. This great lady was undoubtedly a major factor in all phases of the Imam’s struggles and successes.

Khadijeh Saqafi, also known as Qodsi and Qods-e Iran, was born in 1914 in a religious family. Her father, Ayatollah Mirza Mohammad Saqafi, was one of the great ulema in Tehran whose ancestors were clergymen for generations. Her mother, however, was from a well-to-do family; hence Khadijeh grew up with no financial problem. Young Khadijeh lived 15 years with her grandmother who had no child. Yet, the wealthy life didn’t prevent her from acquiring ethical merits. She was a hardworking girl and she spent her elementary school and part of her high school to learn French. This enthusiasm for knowledge continued through her marital life even when she gave birth to her fourth child. Lady Khadijeh Saqafi endured all problems of migration to Qom and living in difficult conditions with Imam Khomeini as the Imam was a pain in the neck of the Pahlavi regime.

Lady Khadijeh Saqafi loved studying and would rarely spend her day without studying a book or a newspaper and a magazine. Recitation of the noble Qur’an was also part of her daily works. She had also studied the Divan of Hafez, Golestan of Sa’adi, and many literary and historical books. She knew many poems by heart. Imam Khomeini’s wife was so interested in reading books that the last years of her life she would ask others to read books for as she could not read due to old age.

Imam Khomeini was studying till the age of 26 in the holy city of Qom. He lived only with the money that he received from his family in Khomein and would never accept the stipend that the Sources of Emulation sent to him. Ms. Khadijeh Saqafi was introduced to Imam Khomeini by Ayatollah Seyyed Ahmad Lavāsāni and the former accepted as he had an old-age friendship with Ms. Saqafi’s father. However, the difference of living conditions of the two families caused a wave of opposition against this marriage. Lady Khadijeh Saqafi writes on this, “The opposition increased. Basically, it was considered impossible that I would be the wife of a seminary student. For these reasons, my dear father explained in detail to Mr. Seyyed Ahmad Lavāsāni as why this proposal was impossible. My father had told him that this was very problematic. This girl would not be allowed to cope with the life a seminary student. It is true that Mr. Rouhollah [Imam Khomeini] is very pious and Godwary who has gained the degree of Ejtihad at a young age and he has studied philosophy and Erfān [Islamic Gnosticism] regularly and is a man of both knowledge and practice. I know Mr. Khomeini and I know that his knowledge is more than his age and he has a bright future, yet, and Qodsi and her grandfather consider a big number of problems.” The proposal for marriage was presented several times but each time the answer was disappointing.

Finally, lady Khadijeh Saqafi gave the positive answer to the marriage proposal after nine months. The positive answer was mainly because of the three dreams that she had seen. Khadijeh Saqafi relates one of her dreams as follows, “I saw in a dream that there was a small room in a house in which three men were sitting while I and a lady who had a special chador were sitting in the opposite room. The lady answered my questions. I asked her as who those men were. She answered, ‘The man in the opposite is the Prophet (SAWA) who has a black turban. On his side, the Commander of the Faithful [Imam Ali (AS)] is sitting who has a green turban and on the other side Imam Hassan (AS) is sitting also with a black turban.’ I was very happy and asked, ‘So, these are my Prophet and Imams?’ She answered bitterly, ‘But you do not accept them.’ As I was thumping my chest, I said angrily, ‘What are you saying? I love them very much and I consider myself among their Ummah and I have obeyed what they have said and I will obey what they will say.’ At this time I woke up.”

Thus, the ceremony of proposal for marriage was done shortly after the dream of Khadijeh Saqafi. Interestingly, the house of Khadijeh and Rouhollah was the same that she had seen in her dream. She writes, “The day after the marriage, I noticed that this is the same house that I had dreamt. This is the same room where I had dreamt the Prophet, the Commander of the Faithful and Imam Hassan. Even the door and the window are the same which my mother had prepared for me after the dream.”