Martyrdom cannot be analyzed by materialistic perspectives

Martyrdom cannot be analyzed by materialistic perspectives

Imam Khomeini, the late founder of the Islamic Republic, once said in a historic message that martyrdom can only be analyzed by considering its divine perspectives.

Praising the status of martyrs, Imam said that martyrdom for divine purpose is not something that can be evaluated by simple material criterions or worldly measurements.

According to Imam, perceiving the lofty status of those who have been martyred in the cause of truth is impossible through ordinary worldly measures.

The culture of martyrdom has been of great significance in shielding truth and maintenance of justice among the Islamic society.  

Imam’s historic message in this regard comes as following:



Time: August 28, 1983 [Shahrivar 6, 1362 AHS/ Dhul-Qa`dah19, 1403 AH]

Place: Jamaran, Tehran

Subject: Praising the status of martyrs

Addressee: Iranian nation

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

Martyrdom in the cause of God is not something that can be evaluated by human measurements and ordinary incentives. Realizing the lofty standing of those martyred in the cause of truth and divine objectives is impossible from a materialistic perspective. Its enormous value calls for divine standard and its lofty standing requires divine perspective. Not only we, the terrestrial beings, are short of access to them but also the celestial beings are unable to find a way into it, as they are the characteristics of perfect human and the angels are distant from those mysterious stations. When the pen reached this stage, it failed to write. We, the laggards and stragglers are in the hope of this and that day in, day out, be buried while failing to achieve the desire of martyrdom and station of those martyrs and martyr-nurturing people who take pride in these living martyrs by lovingly offering the fruit of their life. We feel ashamed and humiliated at the unique braveries of the martyrs, the prisoners of war, those missing in action and those suffering damage, when we see their indescribable enthusiasm to return to the field of martyrdom. The exemplary women, men and children who sang the song of martyrdom under the bombardments and in beds of hospitals and wish to return to the human-making warfronts with amputated hands and legs are beyond our imagination and what philosophers, mystics, artists and painters can present.

What the latter group has found with scientific, deductive and mystical steps, the former group has attained with actual, objective steps. What they search amid the pages of books, the former group has discovered in the field of blood and martyrdom in the cause of Truth.

O, God! Grant us success in serving their path and great goal. Grant them special manifestations to our dear martyrs at the table of your spiritual banquet. Associate their honorable family with patience and spiritual reward. Grant cure to our injured ones and help our honorable prisoners of war and those missing in action return to the arms of the nation. Grant patience and perseverance to fathers, mothers and wives and shower them and the nation

with the blessings of Imam of the Time- May our souls be sacrificed for him.

Rouhullah al-Mousawi al-Khomeini

Send To Friend