Imam Khomeini the Founding Father of Islamic Revolution of Iran

  November 03, 2020   Read time 1 min
Imam Khomeini the Founding Father of Islamic Revolution of Iran
Imam Khomeini a cleric a philosopher a leading political figure represents a high caliber Shia cleric who founded the Islamic Revolution that grew into a global phenomenon. The thought and activities of Imam Khomeini was unique in many respects and this towering figure cannot be assayed just in one short paragraph.

From the mid-1970s Khomeini’s influence inside Iran grew dramatically, owing to mounting public dissatisfaction with the shah’s regime. Iraq’s ruler, Saddam Hussein, forced Khomeini to leave Iraq on October 6, 1978. Khomeini then settled in Neauphle-le-Château, a suburb of Paris. From there his supporters relayed his tape-recorded messages to an increasingly aroused Iranian populace, and massive demonstrations, strikes, and civil unrest in late 1978 forced the departure of the shah from Iran on January 16, 1979. Khomeini arrived in Tehrān in triumph on February 1, 1979, and was acclaimed as the religious leader of Iran’s revolution. He announced the formation of a new government four days later, and on February 11 the army declared its neutrality. Khomeini returned to Qom as the clerical class worked to establish their power. A national referendum in April showed overwhelming support for the institution of an Islamic republic, and the constitution of the Islamic republic was approved in a referendum in December. Khomeini was named rahbar, Iran’s political and religious leader for life (Source: Britanica).

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