- Posted June 5, 2013 by
24th anniversary of the man who changed the world
___________________ By Masoud Karian, I.R.I.B. ___________________. Iranian people are commemorating the 24th anniversary of the passing of the founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Seyyed Rouhollah Khomeini.
. Iranian cities and towns across the country are all draped in black in remembrance of the man who brought Islamic Revolution--a new and national religious uprising that transformed the nation-- to Iran.
________________________Tehran, I.R.I.B. ________________________
High-ranking Iranian officials and people from every walk of life have since early Tuesday gathered at his mausoleum in southern Tehran to mark the sad occasion and also renew their allegiance to the ideals of late Imam Khomeini, the spiritual leader.
Every year, millions of Iranians across the country travel to Tehran to pay tribute to the late founder of the Islamic Republic.
Multitudes of mourners, among them Christians, Jews and Zoroastrians as well as foreign guests, have since early morning gathered at Imam Khomeini's mausoleum in southern Tehran to mourn the sad occasion.
The mausoleum ground is packed with black-clad mourners who have been gathering in the mausoleum hours before the commemoration ceremonies started.
Imam Khomeini’s disciples who have come from all over Iran, some on foot, and also from various countries of the world, all dressed in black, are beating their chests as part of Muslim religious commemoration.
All the highways and streets leading to the mausoleum, near Tehran's Behesht-e Zahra cemetery, are jammed with cars packed with people who want to reach the mausoleum.
Since Saturday, huge number of mourners have been arriving in Tehran from the provinces on buses and cars and many on foot.
Rouhollah Mousavi Khomeini, who came to be known as Imam Khomeini, was born in the town of Khomein on September 24, 1902.
Coming from a family of scholars, who for generations had devoted their lives to offering religious guidance to the people, young Rouhollah began his education by memorizing the holy Qur’an and later went to Arak (1920-21) and Qom (1923) to complete his religious studies.
During the 1930s, Imam Khomeini dedicated his time to teaching Islamic jurisprudence in Qom.
In 1961, Ayatollah Khomeini became a Shia source of emulation and gradually entered the political arena. In January 1963, he engaged in activities against the then-monarch of Iran, Mohammad-Reza Pahlavi, who had announced his so-called White Revolution program.
Imam Khomeini changed the lives of Iranians and inspired people from other countries by guiding one of the greatest revolutionary movements of modern history to victory.
Black banners have been hoisted in streets and on most of the state buildings, shops and mosques while make-shift tents have been set up in cities to offer free drinks and meal to mourners.
There have been religious rituals in cities throughout Iran where people beat chests to lament in grief for the death anniversary of the founder of the Islamic Revolution.
Even 13 years after his departure, the Imam's guidelines are still showing the real path to the Iranian nation and government as well as to the world oppressed.
At the age of 86, Ayatollah Khomeini passed away on June 3, 1989, eleven days after he was taken to hospital for an operation to stop internal bleeding in May 1989. He was succeeded by Ali Khamenei. The descision made by Iran’s Assembly of Experts.
The Islamic Revolution, under the guidance of the late Imam Khomeini, established a new political system based on Islamic values