In His Name, the Most High
A few years ago, I had delivered a couple of lectures at various centres on the subject of Islamic Revolution and Imam Khomeini12, with a view to attempting to understand the roots of this most beautiful and amazing of Revolutions; a revolution that has been described as an Explosion of Light3. It is a revolution that inspires and motivates and indeed revived the true Islam of Muhammad4.
The good folk over at Islamic Pulse felt that the speeches would provide a good backdrop for explaining the idea of the Islamic Revolution, and as a result put together an excellent video montage in this regard. This is shown below:
What follows is a transcript – with explanations as applicable – of what has been montaged by Islamic Pulse, to create the video titled “The Idol Breakers”. The original source videos are referenced in Footnotes 1 and 2.
The Idol Breakers – Understanding the Islamic Revolution
This revolution was something that was the culmination and the continuation of the revolution that started over 1400 years ago, in Makkah.
At that time those roots were set.
We have all of the Prophets7. We have the story of when Nabi8 Ibrahim9 made resistance against someone who worshipped that which was created. Nimrud10. He (Ibrahim) made a resistance against him and he paid a heavy price. But Allah, 7amdu lillah11, protected him. Nabi Ya’qub12 used to make resistance against those fake Gods13. Nabi Yusuf14, 7amdu lillah15 managed to overthrow the fake gods in Egypt.
When Rasul Allah16 came to Makkah, he said to the people qulu la ilaha illa Allah, tuflihu. Say la ilaha illa Allah17, say that there is nothing worthy of worship, that there is nothing that I will make prostration to18 except for Allah, and you will be successful.
We can see, that the bulk of these ideas denied Allah, denied God. They instead, worshipped the “God of the Self”21. He (Prophet Muhammad) told them don’t rely on yourself22, don’t rely on these instructions that you manufacture yourself. Don’t rely on a god23 which in reality is made of wood or is made of stone24.
If someone follows an ideology, which insists that they do not look up to the Creator, but instead that they turn to the created for instruction, there is a fundamental problem over here.
The highest cost, the most expensive price is submission to the despots.
Why did Imam Husayn29 come out against Yazid30? Because Imam Husayn31, was obligated to do Amr bil Ma’rouf32 and Nahi Anil Munkar33; and make a resistance against the despots of the time. Whatever the cost.
Moving, fast forwarding to 1979, Imam Khomeini, quddisa sirruh34, destroyed this thing called the Shah35. Firaun36 said the same thing like Shah, that “I am your Lord the Most High”, “I don’t answer to anybody, I answer only to myself”37.
If we look at the American hegemony, the Western ideas, that were permeating. We can see that the bulk of these ideas denied Allah, denied God. They instead, worshipped the God of the Self38.
That “I am your Lord the Most High”, “I don’t answer to anybody, I answer only to myself”41. And this is the same cry, that we can see today, coming from Washington, from Tel Aviv and even from London.
Where they go, and the help certain people who they like, and they forget about other people who they don’t like.
So he (Nimrud) brought two prisoners, he killed one and he set the other one free45. The same way, we can see the super powers of today, we can see them saying that “we create life and we give death”. How!?
All of these systems, capitalism, socialism, Marxism, this-ism, that-ism, there’s so many isms! Whatever they called it because it did not come from Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala46, because it wasn’t an understanding that wasn’t given by Senior Ulema47, because it didn’t stay in sync with the instructions of Imam Mahdi, 3ajjal Allahu t3ala farajuhu (a)sh-shareef48, where Imam Mahdi had told all of us, just before the start of Ghaybat-e-Kubra49, that if you have any issues, that if you have any problems, if you have any questions, then refer to the Righteous Faqih50, this is the word of Imam Mahdi for all of us.
If someone follows an ideology, which insists that they do not look up to the Creator, but instead turn to the created for instruction, there’s a fundamental problem over here. It is not valid to look at the created because the created by definition is limited.
Capitalism, socialism, Marxism, this-ism, that-ism, there’s so many isms!
As-Sayyed Ruhullah al-Musawi al-Khumayni53 woke us up! He took us out of our comatose state. Where the life of another was meaningless, and where our allegiance was not to Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala54, where our preparation was not for the return of the Mahdi55, but it was purely and completely rooted in this world, and in this temporal domain.
The clip them moves to a short snippet from a beautiful speech by the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Imam Khamenei, the transcript of that follows below:
What is “American Islam”? American “Islam” has only two branches:
One is “secular Islam”, the other is “fanatical Islam”.
From the viewpoint of Imam (Khomeini), both of these are rejected.
The first matter about Imam (Khomeini) is that he proved (and took us back to) the original Muhammadi Islam56 and rejected the “American Islam”.
And from Allah alone is all ability, and He is the ultimate recource in all matters.
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- The first speech was delivered at the annual program commemorating the 32nd anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 2011. The event was organised by the AhlulBayt Islamic Mission (AIM) and the Islamic Centre of England (ICEL). The speech was titled “A Gifting and Liberating Revolution”. The full video of this speech can be found on Youtube
- The second speech was delivered at the Imam Khomeini Conference in 2011, organised by the AhlulBayt Islamic Mission (AIM) and the Islamic Centre of England (ICEL). The title of the speech was “Roots of Revolution”. The full video of this speech can be found on Youtube
- Imam Khomeini had described the Islamic Revolution as an explosion of light, this can be understood in many ways. An excellent article (albeit in Farsi – which I will attempt to translate at some stage God willing) explaining this can be found at porsman.ir, another article from the kayhan.ir website explains this in the context of the Invincibility of the Islamic Revolution and makes for excellent reading.
- The phrase “true Islam of Muhammad” is a term used by Imam Khomeini to describe the original Islam or the pure Islam delivered by Prophet Muhammad. It is a term that is synonymous with the Revolutionary Islam that was revived by Imam Khomeini through and in the run-up to the Islamic Revolution and its victory in Iran. For a deeper understanding of the thoughts of Imam Khomeini, please study the book “Islam and Revolution” by Imam Khomeini – a collection of his speeches and works on this subject translated elegantly by Dr Hamid Algar
- The Prophet Muhammad is often in Muslim terminology referred to with the Arabic term Rasul Allah – which literally means the Prophet of God
- Allah is the Arabic term for God, linguistically it is the word in Arabic for God – Ilah, with the definitive article – “the” added to the front. Therefore, the literal translation of Allah is “The God”
- According to Islamic teachings, since the dawn of time, since Adam, there have been 124,000 prophets, to every nation and tribe on the planet, with Prophet Muhammad being the last of them, and the seal of the Prophets
- The word Nabi is another word for Prophet or apostle of God. There is a difference between the idea of a Nabi and a Rasul. A Rasul has a divine book delivered by him to the masses, whereas a Nabi doesn’t. It is also valid to say that every Rasul is a Nabi, but not every Nabi is a Rasul
- Ibrahim is the Arabized version of Abraham, one of the greatest of the Prophets, and known as the great Patriarch, as well as in Islamic terminology the Friend of God – Khalil Allah.
- Known as Nimrod. This was the ruler at the time of Abraham. Nimrod rebelled against the Creator and declared himself as a deity, he declared that he had the power of giving and taking life and such. A detailed discussion on Nimrod can be found here
- This is an Arabic phrase, it is pronounced al-hamdu-lil-lah and meaning All praise is due to God. The spelling has the letter 7, as I have used a typing technique for rendering Arabic correctly in the Latin script known as Arabic Chat Alphabet. This makes the understanding of various words in Arabic a lot simpler – especially for speakers of Arabic – though in the opinion of some people can be quite unsightly when reading in the Latin script
- Ya’qub is the Arabized version of Jacob. Jacob was another one of the great prophets of God, like Abraham, who was the father of Joseph and is also known as Israel. The Children of Israel are the Children of Jacob, from the 12 sons that he had including Joseph (Yusuf in Arabic and Islamic terminology
- A full series – with English subtitles has been produced by Iranian TV and Radio on Prophet Yusuf (Joseph), its first few parts discuss the situation of Prophet Ya’qub (Jacob). It is 44 parts – but is well worth viewing. It can be found on Youtube here
- Yusuf is the Arabized name of Joseph. A detailed series has been put together by Iranian TV and Radio on Prophet Joseph. For more details and to view the entire 44 part series, please see the previous footnote
- See footnote 11
- See footnote 5
- This is the Islamic testimony of Unity (Tawheed), it means literally, there is none worthy of worship, except Allah (see footnote 6 for explanation of what Allah means)
- To bow down to, to make obeisance to. Obeisance can only be made to that which has actual power, and as a result, it is impossible to make obeisance to any other than God, who is the only true and actual power.
- Secularism is the theory that dictates that the political and social aspects of a society should be separated and not governed by a divine set of values. For a more detailed explanation please see Secularism on Wikipedia
- Without using or relying on any divine ideology as a basis for understanding the human condition, and indeed rejecting the divine, in favour of the temporal
- This is another way of saying that the divine was ignored and rendered invalid or void even and that all matters were decided and legislated without any divine morality, but by the morality of the self, falling back to the base animalistic self. Naturally, this is a very simple explanation as a footnote, the subject of secularism is a complex one, and I will cover it at a later stage in a comprehensive article, God willing
- This doesn’t mean do be self-reliant or independent, rather don’t deny the existence and teachings of God, and try to make things up as you go along so to speak
- The reference here is to the pagan gods and other false deities. The Prophet Muhammad was speaking when he said this to the pagans of Makkah, hence the context is important to understand what is being said.
- See footnote 11
- This is a reference to the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, and the son of the daughter of the Prophet Muhammad, Imam Husayn who was martyred by the despots on the day of Ashura in Karbala in the year 680. For more information on Imam Husayn, and to learn about his revolution please see the book the Revolution of Imam Husayn by Shaykh Muhammad Mahdi Shams ad-Din al-Amili
- This is the sister of Imam Husayn, and granddaughter of Prophet Muhammad, who following the massacre of Kerbala in 680, continued to propagate the message of Imam Husayn. For more information on Lady Zaynab please see Lady Zaynab by Badr Shahin
- This is a phrase that means peace be upon them, it is a term that is used within Islam and by Muslim and indeed by those familiar with the Arabic language, when speaking of those who are revered or respected. The spelling has the letter 3, as I have used a typing technique for rendering Arabic correctly in the Latin script known as Arabic Chat Alphabet. This makes the understanding of various words in Arabic a lot simpler – especially for speakers of Arabic – though in the opinion of some people can be quite unsightly when reading in the Latin script
- See footnote 26
- Yazid was the Umayyad Caliph, the son of Muawiyyah, the son of Abu Sufyan – one of the most virulent enemies of Islam and the Prophet Muhammad. Yazid flaunted all the teachings of Islam, and acted in a manner where he rejected the teachings, he is known to have rejected the entire concept of revelation (to Prophet Muhammad). For more details please examine The Hidden Truth about Karbala by A K Ahmed and more specifically Chapter 14 which discusses Yazid ibn Muawiyyah
- See footnote 26
- This is the Islamic tenant from the branches of religion. More information can be found in the chapter of Enjoining of good and forbidding of wrong in the book All Solutions are with the Prophet’s Progeny by Muhammad at-Tijani al-Samawi
- This is an Arabic and Islamic term meaning may his path be blessed. This is normally used for great leaders and pious personalities who have left behind a strong legacy that can be followed and emulated by the people.
- The Shah references the Pahlavi monarch, who was brought to power by the CIA’s Operation Ajax when they deposed the democratically elected president Mosaddeq of Iran. The Shah was not a leader who was working in the best interests of his country or people, rather he instigated projects and policies that removed the rights from the people of Iran and granted them to the West – be it America or the British. More details about the reign of Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, the Shah of Iran, can be found in the excellent book by Islam and Revolution by Imam Khomeini and translated by Dr Hamid Algar
- This is the Arabized version of Pharaoh
- For more details on this hubris exhibited by Pharaoh and also by Shah, please see the article “I am Your Lord Most High”: Pharaoh and the Sin of Hubris in the Qur’an by Vincent J Cornell of the University of Arkansas
- See footnote 21
- See footnote 32
- See footnote 37
- See footnote 10
- An honorific in Arabic used when referring to those who are revered, an English language equivalent would be His/Her Excellency
- See footnote 9
- This account and indeed the entire life history of Abraham can be found in the book Hayat al-Qulub (Life of the Hearts) – Volume 1 – Stories of the Prophets, by Allamah Muhammad Baqir al-Majlisi, in the Chapter named An Account of Ibrahim and his righteous sons
- This is an Arabic statement that is used sometimes when the name of Allah is invoked, and it means Glorified be He and the Most High. It is used to emphasise respect for the Almighty
- The world Ulema is the plural of the word Alem, this means – in Arabic – one who has knowledge (since Elm is the word in Arabic for knowledge). An Alem is one who possesses knowledge – both theoretical and applied knowledge of Islam in this context. An Alem is normally a title of honour used for one who has studied the Islamic Sciences ideally in the Islamic Seminary. The reference here of the term Senior Ulema indicates that the persons that can derive the understanding are not lowly undergraduate scholars or even post-graduate scholars, but rather these are scholars with the equivalent of multiple Ph.Ds and years of teaching and studying experience. For more information on the system of the Islamic Seminary, the Hawza please see A beginners guide to Hawza Studies as well as Hawza / Islamic Seminary (Advanced Islamic Studies), What is Learned by the Ulema / Mujtahids and How (the Process)
- This term is again an Arabic and Islamic phrase that is used generally after mentioning the name of the Awaited Savior, Imam al-Mahdi, the twelfth Imam of the Muslims, who is in a state of occultation, that is to say, we can’t see him, however, he is aware of us and sees us. For more information on Imam Mahdi, please see Imam al-Mahdi – the Just Leader of Humanity, by Ayatullah Ibrahim Amini. The term is a supplication/prayer to God and means “May God, the Most High, hasten his return and the honourable relief (that will come from his returning)”.
- This is a term, in this form it is a Farsified Arabic term – the pure Arabic term would be Ghaybat al-Kubra – that is given to the greater occultation of Imam al-Mahdi – please see The Occultation of the Twelfth Imam (A Historical Background) by Jassim M. Hussein. The greater occultation – which still continues to this day, started in 941, while the minor occultation was from 874 to 941. During the minor occultation, when the Imam had four explicitly nominated deputies who were in direct contact with the Imam, and they were in contact the people. In the time of the greater occultation – there are no explicitly nominated deputies, but that those from the Ulema who had a series of characteristics and qualities – brought about by their hard work on self-purification, self-building, knowledge – deep knowledge – of the many Islamic Sciences, a clear and highly advanced knowledge of Islamic Jurisprudence and of the Quran and Ahadith (traditions narrated from the Prophet Muhammad, and his family and righteous companions) and much more besides, who protected themselves through self-control and awareness of God from committing sins and crimes against others as well as themselves. For more information on this and on the four deputies of Imam Mahdi during his minor occultation please see the book titled Special Deputies published by the Association of Imam Mahdi
- This is an Arabic term meaning Jurist – one who is an expert in the science of Islamic Jurisprudence. One who understands Islamic legislation and judicial matters at a very very advanced level. A necessary requirement for a Faqih is that they are also an Alem (see footnote 50). More information on what a Faqih is and what the position of said Faqih is can be found in the excellent book Shia Political Thought by Ahmed Vaezi, in the Chapter titled What is Wilayat al-Faqih? as well as the excellent article on the Imam Reza website titled Fiqh and Ijtihad in Shi’ism
- See footnote 32
- This is the full Arabized name of Imam Khomeini
- See footnote 49
- It is the belief of the Muslims that Imam Mahdi, the twelfth Imam of the Muslims, who is in a state of occultation, will return – but only once we are ready to work with him and to be loyal to him. For more information on Imam Mahdi, please see Imam al-Mahdi – the Just Leader of Humanity, by Ayatullah Ibrahim Amini. Imam Khamenei, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution spoke about the true meaning of waiting for Imam Mahdi
- See footnote 4