Ruhollah Khomeini

(Sayyid Ruhollah Mūsavi Khomeini)

Ruhollah Khomeini
Ruhollah Khomeini
  • Born: September 24, 1902
  • Died: June 3, 1989
  • Nationality: Iranian
  • Profession: Statesman









Sayyid Ruhollah Mūsavi Khomeini, known in the Western world as Ayatollah Khomeini, was an Iranian politician and marja. He was the founder of the Islamic republic of Iran and the leader of the 1979 Iranian Revolution that saw the overthrow of the last Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, and the end of 2,500 years of Persian monarchy. Following the revolution, Khomeini became the country's Supreme Leader, a position created in the constitution of the Islamic Republic as the highest-ranking political and religious authority of the nation, which he held until his death. He was succeeded by Ali Khamenei on 4 June 1989.

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… the government has evil intentions and is opposed to the ordinances of Islam. ... The Ministry of Justice has made clear its opposition to the ordinances of Islam by various measures like the abolition of the requirement that judges be Muslim and male; henceforth, Jews, Christians, and the enemies of Islam and the Muslims are to decide on affairs concerning the honor and person of the Muslims. Discrimination & Prejudice
A Moslem will not be punished for killing an infidel, unless a Moslem has a habit of killing infidels. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
All those against the revolution must disappear and quickly be executed. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
All Western governments are just thieves. Nothing but evil comes from them. Miscellaneous
From the very beginning, the historical movement of Islam has had to contend with the Jews, for it was they who first established anti-Islamic propaganda and engaged in various stratagems, and as you can see, this activity continues down to the present. Later they were joined by other groups, who were in certain respects more satanic then they. Discrimination & Prejudice
Give them Islam, proclaim to the world the program of Islamic government; maybe the kings and presidents of the Muslim countries will understand the truth of what we say and accept it. We would not want to take anything away from them; we will leave anyone in his place who faithfully follows Islam. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
If a revolution is to succeed, sometimes you must kill. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
If a revolution is to succeed, sometimes you must kill. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
If one permits an infidel to continue in his role as a corrupter of the earth, his moral suffering will be all the worse. If one kills the infidel, and this stops him from perpetrating his misdeeds, his death will be a blessing to him. Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
if you hope at this juncture to cut the Gordian knots of socialism and communism by appealing to the center of Western capitalism, you will, far from remedying any of the ills of your society, commit a mistake which those to come will have to erase. For if Marxism has come to a deadlock in its social and economic policies, capitalism has also bogged down. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Capitalism
In Islam, the legislative power and competence to establish laws belong exclusively to God Almighty. Religion & God
In the Islamic Republic, the rights of the religious minorities are respected. Minorities & Women
Islam makes it incumbent on all adult males, provided they are not disabled and incapacitated, to prepare themselves for the conquest of other countries so that the writ of Islam is obeyed in every country in the world. But those who study Islamic Holy War will understand why Islam wants to conquer the whole world ... Those who know nothing of Islam pretend that Islam counsels against war. Those who say this are witless. Islam says: ‘kill all the unbelievers just as they would kill you all!’ Does this mean that Muslims should sit back until they are devoured by the unbelievers? Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
Islam proclaims monarchy and hereditary succession wrong and invalid. When Islam first appeared in Iran, the Byzantine Empire, Egypt, and the Yemen, the entire institution of monarchy was abolished. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
It is our duty now to implement and put into practice the plan of government established by Islam… We will create a strong new current of thought and a powerful popular movement that will result in the establishment of an Islamic government. Religion & God
It is recommended that one should hurry in giving husband to a daughter who has attained puberty, meaning that she is of the age of religious accountability. His Holiness, Sadegh (the 6th Imam) salutations to him, bade that it is one of a man's good fortunes that his daughter does not see menses in his own house. Families, Children & Parenting
More than Iran’s enemies need artillery, guns, and so forth, they need to spread cultural values that lead to moral corruption …. I recently read in the news that a senior official in an important American political center said “Instead of bombs, send them miniskirts”. He is right. If they arouse unrestrained mixing of men and women, and if they lead youth to behavior to which they are naturally inclined by instincts, there will no longer be any need for artillery and guns against that nation. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
Reality must be faced. The main problem facing your country is not one of private ownership, freedom and economy; your problem is the absence of true faith in God. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Saddam Hussein wishes to return Islam to blasphemy and polytheism ... if America becomes victorious ... and grants victory to Saddam, Islam will receive such a blow that it will not be able to raise its head for a long time ...The issue is one of Islam versus blasphemy, and not of Iran versus Iraq Religion & God
Superfluous bureaucracies and the system of file-keeping and paper-shuffling that is enforced by them … are totally alien to Islam Bureaucracy
The agents of imperialism are busy in every corner of the Islamic world drawing our youth away from us with their evil propaganda…. centers of evil propaganda are run by the Christian churches, the Zionists, and the Baha’is in order to lead our people astray and make them abandon the ordinances and teaching of Islam ... Religion & God
The author of the Satanic Verses book, which is against Islam, the Prophet and the Koran, and all those involved in its publication who were aware of its content, are sentenced to death. I ask all Muslims to execute them wherever they find them. Freedom & Liberty
The Basiji must understand that he is a soldier of God for whom it is not so much the outcome of the conflict as the mere participation in it that provides fulfillment and gratification Military & Veterans
The entire system of government and administration, together with necessary laws, lies ready for you. If the administration of the country calls for taxes, Islam has made the necessary provision; and if laws are needed, Islam has established them all. There is no need for you, after establishing a government, to sit down and draw up laws …. There is not a single topic in human life for which Islam has not provided instruction and established a norm. Religion & God
The governments of the world should know that Islam cannot be defeated. Islam will be victorious in all the countries of the world, and Islam and the teachings of the Koran will prevail all over the world. Religion & God
The imperialists have also imposed on us an unjust economic order, and thereby divided our people into two groups: oppressors and oppressed. Hundreds of millions of Muslims are hungry and deprived of all form of health care and education. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs ;Capitalism
The more people who die for our cause, the stronger we shall become. Religion & God
The natural world is the lowest element, the scum of creation. What is decisive is the beyond: the divine world, that is eternal. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The purpose of the imperialists is to keep us backward, to keep us in our present miserable state so they can exploit our riches, our underground wealth, our lands and our human resources. They want us to remain afflicted and wretched, and our poor to be trapped in their misery ... they and their agents wish to go on living in huge palaces and enjoying lives of abominable luxury…. In order to assure the unity of the Islamic umma, in order to liberate the Islamic homeland from occupation and penetration by the imperialists and their puppet governments, it is imperative that we establish a government. ... we must overthrow the oppressive governments installed by the imperialists and bring into existence an Islamic government of justice ... Energy ;Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
Theocracy is something that God, the exalted ... has ordained ... Wake up, you gentlemen ... because the deviationists are ... trying to ... smash our movement ... They speak out against the concept of theocracy .... Stop this talk ... Enough is enough: what ought to be done must be done! Religion & God
There are eleven things which are impure: urine, excrement, sperm, bones, blood, dogs, pigs, non-Moslem men and women, wine, beer, and the sweat of the excrement-eating camel…. Every part of the body of a non-Moslem individual is impure, even the hair on his hand and his body hair, his nails, and all the secretions of his body. Discrimination & Prejudice
There is no room for play in Islam ... It is deadly serious about everything. Parks & Recreation
They have reduced the Iranian people to that of an American Dog. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Those who know nothing of Islam pretend that Islam counsels against war. Those who say this are witless. Islam says: Kill all the unbelievers just as they would kill you all! Does this mean that Muslims should sit back until they are devoured by the unbelievers? Islam says: Kill them, put them to the sword and scatter their armies. Does this mean sitting back until [non-Muslims] overcome us? Islam says: Kill in the service of Allah those who may want to kill you! Does this mean that we should surrender [to the enemy]? Islam says: Whatever good there is exists thanks to the sword and in the shadow of the sword! People cannot be made obedient except with the sword! The sword is the key to paradise, which can be opened only for holy warriors! There are hundreds of other Koranic psalms and hadiths urging Muslims to value war and to fight. Does all that mean that Islam is a religion that prevents men from waging war? I spit upon those foolish souls who make such a claim War & Peace
We affirm that music engenders immorality, lust, and licentiousness, and stifles courage, valor, and the chivalrous spirit; it is forbidden by Koranic laws and must not be taught in the schools. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
We have in reality, no choice but to destroy those systems of government that are corrupt in themselves and also entail the corruption of others, and to overthrow all treacherous, corrupt, oppressive and criminal regimes. This is the duty that all Muslims must fulfill, in every one of the Muslim countries, in order to achieve the triumphant political revolution of Islam. Corruption
We must settle our accounts with great and superpowers, and show them that we can take on the whole world ideology, despite all the painful problems that face us. Religion & God
We shall export our revolution to the whole world. Until the cry `There is no God but God` resounds over the whole world, there will be struggle…. Establishing the Islamic state world-wide belong to the great goals of the revolution. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
We studied Western journalists' reporting methods, fed them story ideas, steered them toward sympathetic interviewees, and supplied them with the revolutionary movement's facts and figures. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Weapons in our hands are used to realize divine and Islamic aspirations. Religion & God
Western governments have completely separated Islam from politics. They have cut off its head and given the rest to us. Religion & God
Women voting is like prostitution. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Americans are the great Satan, the wounded snake.
If one commits the act of sodomy with a cow, an ewe, or a camel, their urine and their excrements become impure, and even their milk may no longer be consumed. The animal must then be killed and as quickly as possible and burned.
One thing I congratulate everyone on is the great explosion which has occurred in Washington's Black House and the very important scandal which has gripped leaders of America.