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Ruhollah Khomeini (1902 – 1989)


Iranian Islamic cleric, the political and religious leader of the Islamic Revolution which overthrew the Shah of Iran.
Ruhollah Khomeini
You young people yourselves are capable of performing anything. Our inventors can invent in a high level, Our innovators can innovate in a high level, only if they keep self confidence and believe that we can.
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The Imam throughout his life called America 'the Great Satan'. He believed that all the Muslims' problems were caused by America.
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Islam makes it incumbent on all adult males, provided they are not disabled or 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]? Islam says: Kill them [the non-Muslims], 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 the Holy Warriors! There are hundreds of other [Qur'anic] psalms and Hadiths [sayings of the Prophet] urging Muslims to value war and to fight. Does all this mean that Islam is a religion that prevents men from waging war? I spit upon those foolish souls who make such a claim.




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When anyone studies a little or pays a little attention to the rules of Islamic government, Islamic politics, Islamic society and Islamic economy he will realize that Islam is a very political religion. Anyone who will say that religion is separate from politics is a fool; he does not know Islam or politics.
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With people's revolutionary rage, the king will be ousted and a democratic state, Islamic Republic, will be established.
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All those against the revolution, that insist on their position, must disappear and quickly be executed.
Ruhollah Khomeini
Don't listen to those who speak of democracy. They all are against Islam. They want to take the nation away from its mission. We will break all the poison pens of those who speak of nationalism, democracy, and such things.
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Islamic state means a state based on justice and democracy and structured upon Islamic rules and laws.
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Women are free in the Islamic Republic in the selection of their activities and their future and their clothing.
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Ayatollah, would you be so kind as to tell us how you feel about being back in Iran?
Nothing. I don't feel anything. (Hichi. Hich ehsasi nadaram)
Ruhollah Khomeini
Happy are those who have departed through martyrdom. Unhappy am I that I still survive. Taking this decision is more deadly than drinking from a poisoned chalice. I submitted myself to Allah's will and took this drink for His satisfaction.




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This regime occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time.
Ruhollah Khomeini
I shall kick their teeth in. I am appointing the government. I am appointing the government by the support of this nation!
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In Islam, democracy is included and people are free in Islam, both in expressing their opinions and their actions, until there is no conspiracy and they don't bring up ideas which would deviate Iranian generation.
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It's almost impossible to deal with a crazy man, except that he does have religious beliefs, and the world of Islam will be damaged if a fanatic like him should commit murder in the name of religion against 60 innocent people.
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From the beginning while we were engaged in these issues, I said in interviews with those who came from abroad, even in Najaf or Paris or among my personal words, I have always said that clerics have an occupation which is more important than these executive jobs, and should Islam become victorious, clerics would dedicate themselves to their own occupation. But as we went on with the revolution, we found out that if we tell all clerics to go after their mosques, this country would fall into the throat of America and Soviet Union. We experienced and saw, those who took the lead but were not clerics, even though some of them were religious people, our revolutionary path was not according to their taste, therefore... we temporarily deviate from our original word until this country could be administered by those other than clerics, then clerics will go back to their preach and their own position and they will leave executive matters to others who work for Islam.
Ruhollah Khomeini
All those against the revolution must disappear and quickly be executed.
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Islam is politics or it is nothing.
Ruhollah Khomeini
In the Islamic Republic the rights of the religious minorities are respectfully regarded.
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In Iran's future Islamic system everyone can express their opinion, and the Islamic government will respond to logic with logic.


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