65 million Iranians and millions of other Muslims around the world pay homage to the Leader of Islamic Revolution (1979), Imam Rouhollah Mousavi Khomeini, who met his Creator on June 3, 1989, eleven days after he was taken to hospital for an operation to stop internal bleeding in May 1989.
Yesterday, addressing tens of thousands of mourners at Imam Khomeini’s mausoleum in Southern Tehran, Iranian president Dr. Ahmadinejad reminded the audience that Imam Khomeini was against injustice to all people and nations.
“Imam affirmed that we revolted and stood firm to claim the rights of nations and establish justice, and it was for this very cause that he took a stand against the Zionist regime that was obvious injustice and an insult to nations and humanity“.
An international conference attended by scholars from 60 countries is held in Tehran to commemorate the event. All speakers agreed that the teachings of Imam Khomeini will continue to inspire Muslims around the world in the years to come.
“Imam Khomeini’s Islamic movement shook up the equation of power in the world and created a new order in the bipolar world. In this new order Islam came into prominence as the democratic and religious power on the world stage,” Khalil Ismail, a Turkish participant said.
Shirin Mostowfi, an Afghan MP said that “Imam Khomeini had proved to the world that Islam is not only a religion but it is a complete political system“.
Canadian Islamic scholars and academics held a conference at Ottawa’s Carleton University to commemorate the 23rd anniversary of Imam’s passing. Both Muslim and Christian speakers lauded the Imam as a religious and political role model. They also discussed the role of Islamic Republic has played in inspiring Islamic thinking and political resistance to foreign occupations in the Muslim world.