News ID: 194151
Published: 0950 GMT June 05, 2017

Imam Khomeini commemoration held in British, South Korean, Kazakh capitals

Imam Khomeini commemoration held in British, South Korean, Kazakh capitals

The ceremonies to mark Imam Khomeini’s 28th death anniversary were held in Kazakhstan, South Korea and Britain on Sunday.

In the ceremony attended by Iranian expatriates in Kazakhstan, Iran’s Ambassador to Astana Mojtaba Damirchiloo delivered a speech on psychological characteristics of the late Founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini.

In a similar gathering in Seoul, Iran’s ambassador Hassan Taherian said that the Islamic Revolution victory ― ending the 2,500 years of kingdom in Iran ― owes to Imam's firm beliefs and his trust in the people.

Meanwhile, in London, the head of Islamic Center of England Sheikh Mohammad Ali Shomali in the commemoration ceremony described Imam Khomeini’s disciples, like Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, as one of his major achievements who were successful both in scientific and political spheres.

Also, Deputy Head of the Center for Research Sheikh Mohammad Saeed Bahmanpour pointed to the youth’s support of the late Imam as a divine blessing and described his belief in the integration of religion and politics as one of Imam Khomeini’s characteristics that distinguishes him from other religious scholars of his time, saying that he encouraged them to use the politics in the peoples' favor.

Born in 1902, Seyyed Rouhollah Mousavi Khomeini grew to become the iconic leader of the Iranian nation’s struggle in the 1970s against the centuries-old monarchical tyranny.

The anniversary of his passing fell on Sunday this year, with hundreds of thousands from across Iran descended on his mausoleum south of Tehran to attend commemoration ceremonies.

Imam Khomeini spearheaded a popular protest against the policies of the tyrannous Pahlavi regime which was a key ally of the US. He guided a churning grassroots movement which was seeing the country’s religious values under attack.

He was arrested and imprisoned in 1963 at a time of mounting protests. Upon release, he made a historic speech in the holy city of Qom, where he lambasted the "capitulations law" granting immunity to Americans on the Iranian soil.

The following years marked his exile to Turkey, Iraq and France before returning to Iran in 1979 which culminated in the victory in of the Islamic Revolution.

On Saturday, President Hassan Rouhani said it was incumbent upon all Iranians to learn his ways and follow the path he has charted out for the nation.

   
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