Iranian Revolution –Manzoor Ahmad Nomani
“ As we have stated earlier, Khomeini’s Al-Hukumat-ul-Islamia, consisting of about 150
pages forms the religious and intellectual base of the Iranian Revolution. In it, Khomeini
has tried to establish that during the period of Ghaibat-e-Kubra (Major Absence) of the
Twelfth Imam(the awaited Mehdi) which has already continued for over a thousand
years, and in his own words, may further continue for thousands of years, it is the right,
duty and religious obligation of Fuqaha (i.e. Shia Mujtahids – religious directors) that as
vicegerents or deputies of Imam-I-Gha’ib (the Absent Imam) they should endeavour to
take over the reins of the government and if a competent person from among them rises
to led the struggle then in all social mattes and in all matters relating to government, it is
the bounden duty of all the other Mujtahids to obey him just as they would obey the
Imam, or rather, the Prophet.
On pages 18 of this book [ urdu ] , Khomeini writes: "More than thousand years have
elapsed since the disappearance of our Imam Mehdi and 100,000 [ 1 lac ] of years may
yet pass before expedience demands his appearance and, he may come (out)?".
One page 49, it reads: "When a Mujtahid who is just and learned stands up for the
establishment and organization of the government, he will enjoy all the rights in the
affairs of the society that were enjoyed by the Prophet, and it will be the duty of the
people to listen and obey (him) and this Faqih-and-Mujtahid ruler will hold the supreme
power in the government and the management and control of social and political affairs
of the people in the same way as the Prophet and Hazrat Ali (used to do)".
Again, on page 75, the writes: "The Fuqaha (Mujtahids) are after the innocent Imams
and during the absence of the last Imam, the Wasi of the Last Prophet (i.e. designated
by the Prophet himself to be his successors) and they are conferred with the
responsibility of transacting all the business and carrying out all the affairs with which the Imams were entrusted.”
This is the spiritual and intellectual basis of Khomeini’s Revolution and his position is
not like that of any other revolutionary leader or head of State, but owing to the
fundamental Shi’ite doctrine of Imamate and the Major Absence of the last Imam and
the intervening institution of Wilayat-ul-Faqih till the reappearance of the latter,
Khomeini is the representative of the Twelfth Imam and the nominee of the holy Prophet
as his successor, and, as such, he is entitled to all loyalty and obedience that is due to
the Prophet and the Imam, and all the steps he takes are in the same capacity.”
Khomeini’s Al-Hukumut-ul-Islamia: [ urdu ] / page 18 –Imam Mehdi, may have to wait 100000 years !