I Knew Khomeini

Al Jazeera speaks to those people who knew the man

Al Jazeera: Grand Ayatollah Khomeini. The architect, and the face of the Iranian revolution. Rarely in history has a man who did not seek power come to wield so much of it. As part of its series of programmes on the 30th anniversary of the Iranian revolution. Also see "I Knew the Shah".

Part 1

Part 2



Khomeini turned out to be

by Anonymous1 (not verified) on

Khomeini turned out to be worse than the Shah could ever be

In 3 years after power he killed more people than the Shah ever did

He made him look like an angel, way to go to completely contradict yourself.

He talked about the Shah being cruel. Rofl, what a joke.




by T.h.e.P.o.p.e. (not verified) on

"Allah did not create man so that he could have fun. The aim of creation was for mankind to be put to the test through hardship and prayer. An Islamic regime must be serious in every field. There are no jokes in Islam. There is no humor in Islam. There is no fun in Islam. There can be no fun and joy in whatever is serious."
-Ayatollah Khomeini


Now, lets start

by only10in1978 (not verified) on

New. We had a revolution, we thought (not we, our parents)thought it was the right thing to do.ok it did not really work out the way they wanted it. (we, our country and the next generation failed)
Now, instead of still living in 1978, let's do something and turn this negative energy in to a positive one and stop blaming each other and saying no dis vaz a good ting, Na baba aslan blah blah blah.
So, you yes you who is sitting along the pacific coast do soomething. Remeber, Iran is OUR responsibility.



by Anonymousx (not verified) on

I don't know if your story is true or if you are joking, but it is indeed the story of all run-away revolutionaries. Islamists, leftists, intellectuals, ALL fell for deceits of a mulla from 7th century and thought that he would cure ALL the ills of iran; and then run-away if they could, and left the outcome of their doing, i.e. IRI, to those who had no means of escaping.

The weirdest are though the ones who still cheer for the revolution and IRI from the comfort of their residence in the west, without any empathy for those who are left behind and no shame for the courage that they do not have to practice what they still prescribe for those in iran, i.e., to LIVE under the IRI regime.


we bring Komini in power

by hajiagha on

فرصت کردید آقایان روشنفکر خودتان را تو آینه نگاه کنید و از خودتان بپرسید من برای ایران چکار کردم. هر کی بیاد سر کار باز همین تا ما خودمان را باور نکنیم و عوض نکنیم چون کمبود از ماست از دیگران ایراد می گیریم  فلیپینی ها و ایرانی ها مثل هم هستند بیگانه پرست هستند و مغرور و پر حرف


You guys are actually

by Anony-mouse (not verified) on

You guys are actually -insane-, this guy was no hero, but at least he established Iran's sovereignty, at least he didn't whore himself to another country for the sake of power. What about the moron (the kindest word I can use) before him who PRACTICALLY sold our country, overthrew the only chance we had at a democracy just because he wanted to be like his daddy?

You guys actually disgust me with your short-sightedness. You would much rather see today's Iran like Iraq? We may have lost a lot but at least we have a bit of our fucking dignity and we don't have a bunch of people come and shoot 600,000 of us after they get tired of our dictator whom they gave power too, which is EXACTLY what would have happened if the Shah was still in power. They propped him up the same way as Saddam and they would've torn him down the same way.

Idiots. You miss the forest because of the tree. Sometimes I ask myself why does Iran have such stupid excuses for leaders inside, and then I remember, the ones on the outside are even worse.



by AHassan Danesh (not verified) on

Majid... by the way I know Mr. Hajseyedjavadi in person when I was a kid.

He used to come to our house in Ghazvin visit my mother during the noroz festive time since my (late) mother was older than him. Both shared the same grand father (cousin).

Perhaps I was 10 or so but I was told that he is a very educated and proliferated writer.

After the revolution my mother told us a funny story.
She said she was in bank and when the teller called her maiden name (Hajseeyedjavadi)to pick her retirement check a customer overheard the conversation.

He steped forward and said: with due respect mam ... do you have any relation with Mr. Ali asghar Hajseyed javadi?

And then my mother in response put some air in her fvoice with pride and fuss and with considerable confidence said: yes sir he is my cousin... we know each other since our childhood.

Having said that and expecting to be recipricated with jubilee and greeting and honorification from the bank customer, instead the man began shouting...

Ah he was the man that he helped instigate the revolution in iran.

He made our lives all misrable!

And now he has gone to a safe heaven living in europe in comfort...

---What do you expect? My mother blushed all the way with her teaching retirement check in her purse until reached home that now was in Tehran.

Hope this was a good night bed story ...
Tomorrow will be another day when it comes ...

Balla rafteem maast bood
Paayeen omadeem doogh bood
Ghesseh ma ...... boad?

Good night everybody ...good noght!



Regime Change & Referendum: All or nothing!

by AHassan Danesh (not verified) on

If one day
The Iranians
Commission me
With a hefty salary
To solicit my opinion
On post Islamic
Post Republic
Post Khomeini Iranian's flag
And how it should be designed
I would tell the committee right off the bat that
Yu guys better to include
All the primary colors
That is Yellow, Blue, and Red
Along with Black and white colors
Now with these five colors
There is not a single color on earth
That you have not included in the new flag
And in this fashion
The new flag keep hoisting until eternity
No matter how many new designs
Come to how many people in the future
Each with his or her
Reformist or revolutionary agenda


حاج سید جوادی: وقتی امام خمینی بیاید دیگر کسی دروغ نمی‌گوید



علی‌اصغر حاج سید جوادی، نویسنده و روشنفکر سرشناس و حقوقدان ایرانی که یکی از اولین کسانی بود که با نوشتن نامه‌هایی سرگشاده به شاه ایران، مخالفت با شاه را علنی کرد، به مناسبت بازگشت آیت‌الله خمینی به کشور، متنی شعرگونه را در نشریه خود «جنبش» به تاریخ هفتم بهمن‌ماه نوشت.


«امام می‌آید، با صدای نوح، با طیلسان و تیشه ابراهیم، با عصای موسی، با هیأت صمیمی عیسی و با کتاب محمد و دشت‌های سرخ شقایق را می‌پیماید و خطبه رهایی انسان را فریاد می‌کند. وقتی امام بیاید دیگر کسی دروغ نمی‌گوید. دیگر کسی به در خانه خود قفل نمی‌زند، دیگر کسی به باجگزاران باجی نمی‌دهد، مردم برادر هم می‌شوند و نان شادی‌شان را با یکدیگر به عدل و صداقت تقسیم می‌کنند. دیگر صفی وجود نخواهد داشت، صف‌های نان و گوشت، صف‌های نفت و بنزین، صف‌های مالیات، صف‌های نام‌نویسی برای استعمار، و صبح بیداری و بهار آزادی لبخند می‌زند. باید امام بیاید تا حق به جای خودش بنشیند و باطل و خیانت و نفرت در روزگار نماند.»

آیت الله خمینی آمد و علی‌اصغر حاج سیدجوادی پس از آمدن ایشان چند کتاب در مورد انقلاب به چاپ رساند. وی در جریان بحران دهه شصت مجبور به خروج از ایران شد و در حال حاضر بیش از ۲۵ سال است که در پاریس زندگی می‌کند.


He is of Indian

by ahvazi on

Heritage. Ironically Iran gave India, Zorastrians, who today are the wealthiest people there, making India one of the leading economy. They gave us Khomeini, the embodiment of gloom, backwardness, supersition and poverty.


Imam Khomayni did 1 good deed

by Jamshid Niavarani IV (not verified) on

"By the mid-1970s the shah reigned amidst widespread discontent caused by the continuing repressiveness of his regime, socioeconomic changes that benefited some classes at the expense of others, and the increasing gap between the ruling elite and the disaffected populace. Islamic leaders, particularly the exiled cleric Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, were able to focus this discontent with a populist ideology tied to Islamic principles and calls for the overthrow of the shah. The shah’s government collapsed following widespread uprisings in 1978 and 1979. His regime was succeeded by an Islamic government under Khomeini."
Microsoft ® Encarta ® Encyclopedia 2005 © 1993-2004 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

The end of the monarchy was probably the best thing Imam Khomayni did for Iran.

As an American born freedom lover, from a country that kicked King George III out, I say Cheers to Ayat'Allah Khomayni for kicking the Shah (King) out of Iran.

"George III (1738-1820), king of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (1760-1820), who presided over the loss of Britain's American colonies."
Microsoft ® Encarta ® Encyclopedia 2005 © 1993-2004 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

If I was living in Iran in early 1979, I would have tackled the Shah, knocked that SOB to the ground and kicked all his teeth in. He should have been tried by a Criminal Court in Tehran, and swiftly executed like that pig Saddam Hussein.

The Pahlavi dynasty, Maryam and Masoud Rajavi are people that Iran did not need. They are historical instances of barbarians that hurt Iranian progress. May all of them rot in hell.

Iran should become a democratic republic. Why not?


my truth...

by Anonymous999999999999 (not verified) on

Emam khomeini wanted to transform Iran and establish the next great islamic empire; and his model was the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (Salavatollah aleihi vasallam). Just like Navid K. mentioned he simply failed. and when great men fail, nations fail, futures fail, lives fail. Emam khomeini is a perfect example of a failed idealogy. Emam Khoeimi was not Muahammad, not even close. Emam was not smart as people claim in the video. Emam Khomeini failed, YOU fail us Khomeini, and we will never forgive you. I don't care if you had the best of intentions, but you were so arrongant to think that you could recreate Muhammad's success and his accomplishments. he was a prophet, you were Not. you should have brought simple democracy to Iran, where every iranian had the same right under our constitution, even bahai's. then people would respect you and pay teribute to you, But not anymore, emam khomeini. but something inside me will always admire you, just because you thought big.


"He usually wore a woman's perfume"

by Anonymous77 (not verified) on

his granddaughter in Part 1.

What the?


This man will be remembered

by tasvir (not verified) on

This man will be remembered in a few century as the main instrument of Shia religion extinction. He was a necessary evil to accomplish a larger good. Thank you ugly face!


--evil thoughts evil words evil deeds--

by T.h.e.P.o.p.e. (not verified) on



This shows how we Iranian

by Fatollah (not verified) on

This shows how we Iranian became a KHAR, Big Time - Khar!!! I swear I could rip up this Yazdi SOB!


Referendum After the Regine Change

by AHassan Danesh (not verified) on

... I have heard this issue again and again from different corners of society that Khomeni's tomb to be destroyed.

Well let's have this very opinion to the test of referendum to draw for conclusion of course after the regime change and to see whether or not the public opinion wish to keep the entire structure over his grave stone or to remove it altogher turning his grave site simple just like every one else.

By the way ...Does anybody know how much gold is used for his cubic shield and that how much it worths in rial of course right before the "IrANiaN rEvoLuTiOn" before its devaluation in the present time.

And finally is the word "referandum" a foreign word or it is just purely a farsi one generated from withing long long long long long time ago...



So much BS! He was known

by Fatollah (not verified) on

So much BS! He was known outside Iran as ... in 1963?
come on! Well informed? Hey! He was introduced to outside World in 1978 (he lived 6 month outside Paris)!

The Shah should have strangled him just like a stray DOG ...



by I LOVE IMAM (not verified) on

One of the greatest unfairness about our great Imam and the Islamic system is that foreign propaganda accuses the Imam, the Islamic system and the Islamic Republic of autocracy and lack of democracy. This magnificent revolution was created in Iran while after the victory of the revolution the first public-opinion poll was conducted by the Imam which was not preceded by any other revolution. You might see that when there is a coup d'etat, a minor change and a brief replacement in a country, elections are delayed for two or three years. People of the country did not know the ballot-box. Elections held at the time of the dictatorial regime were merely nominal and a sham. The people never went to the ballot-box to take part in an actual election. They made whoever they wanted win for the satellite parliament. With such a background, two months after the victory of the revolution, the Imam called the people for the ballot-box and they voted for the Islamic Republic. People took part in five elections within a single year. During the twenty three years which succeeded the revolution people participated in different elections for twenty three times to elect members of the Islamic Consultative Majlis (the parliament), members of the Assembly of Experts, the president and members of the City Council, and determining the Constitution and the system of the Islamic Republic. In what system – even among those so-called democratic systems – could we find such a stress on people's vote and will? The brazen and shameless enemies of this revolution and nation are unfair enough to accuse this revolution, system and its great builder, architect and founder of opposition to democracy.

The great art of the honorable Imam is that he has constructed a consolidated framework for this revolution and did not permit the dominating powers and political mainstreams to digest it. The slogan "Neither Eastern, nor Western, but Islamic Republic," or the slogan "Independence, Freedom, Islamic Republic," which were chanted by the people through the influence of the Imam's teachings and guidance implied that this revolution is supported by fixed and consolidated principles which were connected neither to the principles of the Eastern Socialism nor those of the Western Liberal Capitalism of the time. That is why both the East and the West showed hostility to the revolution.

This is the difference between our honorable Imam and other saviors of the history of Islam during the last two centuries. The Imam entered the scene, appeared in the middle of the field, was among the people, talked to them, explained his principles to them, and made them reach a status of intellectual and conscious faith like that of his. Then faith and the motivation of the people and Islamic teachings won the battle for the right and the truth. Others could not make advancement in this difficult stage but the Imam could. The Iranian nation believed in these principles and struggled for them. The result was that, firstly, the Islamic system despite all obstructions and hostilities became victorious and its root day by day grew deeper and deeper to date, and, secondly, the idea and realization of the Islamic Renaissance and saving the Muslim nation from the cruelty and imperialism of the hegemonic powers did not remain restricted in this country.

The most important achievement of our honorable Imam at the level of the Muslim world was his role as the revivalist of the political and social dimensions of Islam. From the time colonialism intruded the Muslim countries, colonialists and hegemonic powers did their best to omit the political and social dimensions of Islam: justice-seeking, freedom-seeking and independence-seeking. In order to further dominate the Muslim nations and exploit their resources, the hegemonic powers had to strip Islam of its political dimensions and interpret it as submission to events, submission to occupier and submission to the cruel and fierce enemy. Imam Khomeini (RA) revived the forgotten facts of Islam: he waved the flag of Islam's justice-seeking and publicized the Islam's opposition to discrimination, class distinction and aristocracy. From the beginning to the last days of his life the honorable Imam emphasized the down-trodden, the bare-footed and the deprived people. Once and again at the advent of the Islamic system and during the blissful ten-year period of his life as the leader of the Islamic system he wanted all officials to take care of the weak. You are indebted to the barefooted class of the country. My dear ones! Great nation of Iran! We won whenever we heeded this recommendation of the Imam and exercised it in planning, law-making, execution and appointing and dismissing.

The most important thing done by the Imam, regarding people, was to completely remove the concept of democracy from what the planners of Western democracy and their agents wanted to show in the scientific scenes. They tried to inculcate that democracy does not get along with theocracy and religiosity. Imam Khomeini (RA) destroyed this wrong idea and introduced democracy – meaning the Islamic Republic – in the world. He did not content himself with language; neither did he deem intellectual reasoning sufficient; he showed this in action.


I never forget when

by Kurdish Warrior (not verified) on

he called the kurds of Iran the children of satan...


May he rot in hell

by mahmoudg on

Next to Mohamad and their version of Islam.  They are both reading the Quran, that puts Playboy and Hustler to shame.


He changed the Islamic world

by Alborzi (not verified) on

Its very interesting, your view of the changes in Iran is a function of your status before. However he changed what was insulting to him. This is much more than can be said of Shah. He challenged the world order as it was settled by super powers and stood his ground. In fact he was much more of a strategist than he let known, he was much more like the 70 show Colombo than anything. Just remember to judge him by his own values, he did what was good to his values.


He was the embodiment of

by AnonymousX (not verified) on

He was the embodiment of evil and lie on earth. Future generations will remember him as the tragic but true realization of the mythic Zahaak.

May he suffer in pain an agony in hell.

Description of hell from Koran:

They (the sinners, the likes of khomeini) will drink from water of fire and their skin will burn in flame. They cry out in agony and ask for forgiveness. They shall have none. Instead they shall be given new skin to be burnt again and again.

May khomeini burn in his own religion's hell.


Navid K

SO true

by Navid K on

At the end he did look a lot like Hitler and Manson

Same Evil Like expression on His Face 


Every time

by MRX1 on

Every time you try to rest and chill, some one posts a video of this piece of human waste Khomeini on this site. Makes you want to throw uop. if there is a hell I hope he is burning there....



by ali123 (not verified) on

that should be the title....
this scumbag is on a skewer in hell right now along with khalkhali and the rest of his murderers...
get the bulldozers ready for the day soon that his "maghbareh" will be leveled so there is no longer a sign on his bloody footprint in iran



by Iva (not verified) on

I just threw up my lunch. May he rot in hell for eternity.

Navid K

He Was a Complete Failure

by Navid K on

In the final analysis - He and his revolution were failures. He over threw a despotic regime and replaced it with another one which was even more restrictive and oppressive. Iran could have changed the landscape of the middle east, if we had established a Democracy. It is sad. Well may be one day. Iran will be an agent of Good in the region rather than EVIL

He was a total Failure.




Who is the Ayatollah Khomeini?

by Hamid Javanbakht (not verified) on

He could barely speak Farsi, he prolonged the Iran-Iraq war leading to millions of deaths, whoever he was he was not an Iranian.