Millions welcomed Imam Khomeini in Tehran

Millions welcomed Imam Khomeini in Tehran

On Feb. 1, 1979, Imam Khomeini, the great leader of the Iran’s Islamic revolution arrived in the Iranian capital Tehran to a welcoming crowd, ending 15 years in exile.

The great Muslim leader returned to Tehran from the French capital Paris by plane on Feb. 1 after 15 years in exile.


The great Imam had earlier released a message to express his thanks for the French nation who had been hospitable during his months long stay on the suburbs of the Paris.  While in exile in France, Imam led the Islamic movement against the Shah and his backers.


The spiritual leader of a revolution had come back to released the nation form clutches of the eastern and western powers.


 Imam Khomeini then traveled from the Mehrabad airport to a nearby cemetery known as Behesht-e-Zahra where many martyrs of the revolution were buried.


On the way from airport to cemetery, millions of his supporters lined to route to cheer his name, and hundreds of thousands gathered at the cemetery to hear him speak.


I must tell you that Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, that evil traitor, has gone. … We are saying this man, his government, his parliament are all illegal. If they were to continue to stay in power, we would treat them as criminals and would try them as criminals, declared the great leader of the Muslim world.  


I shall determine the government with the backing of this nation. Imam appointed a transitional government in order to hold referendum and election and pave the way for democratic process.

Imam Khomeini appointed the transitional administration as public demonstrations were spreading against remnants of Shah throughout the country. Weakened by the uprisings, the Shah installed Bakhtiar’s regime was dealt its final blow on Feb. 11 when the military declared itself neutral, allowing the revolutionaries to take control.


Ruhollah Khomeini was exiled in 1964 after repeatedly lambasting the Shah regime. Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi largely depended on the United States and Israel.


Imam Khomeini is widely loved by devotees and believers and his works are increasingly becoming popular around the globe.


The great Imam believed that the progressive Islamic system will guard and watch all social, material and spiritual interests of the Muslim world and oppressed nation.

The progressive Islamic government brought prosperity and development for the nation in coming years.

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