Imam Khomeini promoted human dignity

Imam Khomeini promoted human dignity

The founder of the Islamic Republic promoted the human dignity and highlighted its importance in divine and Islamic sources.

Imam in theory and practice the broader picture of subject of human dignity and its regarding issues.

The following article by head of international department Hojjat al-Islam Dr. Mohammad Moghaddam highlights various aspects of the subject from Imam Khomeini viewpoint.

The intellectuals and Muslim scholars have rendered a wide range of views on the subject. However, Imam’s thought in this regard have had novelty that facilitated the emergence and realization of the revolution based on religious teachings. Imam’s approach towards the human dignity had pretty innovative aspects that were responsive to the people and society’s demands and needs. Imam used to take into consideration the People’s beliefs and presented an interpretation and approach to the religion, which matched the people’s faith system.

The great Imam didn’t want the Iranian people to face the same fate as of the Europeans did in recent history. All of their hurdles and troubles stemmed as some Western societies placed freedom and justice on one side while the God Almighty was positioned on other. The great Imam couldn’t stand by this contradiction which goes against genuine teachings of divine religions. Imam deemed these values inseparable from each other and this approach resulted in formation of great bond between Imam and the mass public. This also convinced even the non-Muslims to brace and support the Islamic movement, because they also drew conclusion that the religion would guarantee all human rights and civil liberties. 


Imam’s Views on Mankind and Human Rights

Imam’s views are the same as of religious and Islamic one in this regard. The great spiritual leader introduces man as a being who is subject to self-training, and God the Almighty has assigned them with responsibility of architecting and decorating them with divine attributes and values.  According to this definition, the man with its own determination could carry out self-training in the light of religious guidance, intellect and rationality.

Imam maintains that the human beings are subject to training. At the same time, he also sees the various arenas and fields of life too widespread and defines a greater mission for the mankind. As a result, he doesn’t see the human training to be restricted by certain conditions or to certain individual issues.

Imam maintains that some parts of the human training are related to social, political and law perspectives. He considers man a being which is subject to training and bears responsibility. He believes that the humans are not only bears responsibility of individual issues, but also are accountable regarding their family and social matters as well.   

In fact, Imam Khomeini has very excellent views towards human as he points out that the man has been created in a certain way which facilitates its progress and growth in all fields of life with choice and determination. These views make Imam’s perception quite distinctive from others.

According to Iqbal Lahori, the contemporary poet and intellectual that all the essential difference between the mystic and the prophetic experience is that when the prophets ascend the highest heaven, they would return and start working for salvation and prosperity of society. This is while the mystics remain satisfied with their experience and attempt to rescue themselves.

A Prophet conveys the message of Allah to the people and awakens and organizes their dormant powers. He invites them to Allah and to all that pleases Him, namely peace, cordiality, reformation, non-violence, veracity, uprightness, justice, emancipation from everything ungodly.


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