Islam is a comprehensive religion, Imam Khomeini stressed

Islam is a comprehensive religion, Imam Khomeini stressed

Imam Khomeini, the late founder of the Islamic Republic through his theological works stressed that the teachings of Islam encompass all aspects of human life.

According to Imam Khomeini, through establishing a just government, Muslims can bring about social justice. 

Therefore, it can be inferred that Islamic politics, while taking into account all physical and spiritual dimensions of man, is meant to guide man towards perfection. 

He writes in one of his theological works as following:  

“If one looks at various teachings of Islam including its social dimensions , concentrates over its rituals like prayers and hajj pilgrimage which pertains to man's relation with God and takes into account social, economic, political and legal laws of Islam, one would conclude that Islam does not deal only with rituals and moral matters ... but it is meant to establish a just government and has certain rules on tax, public finance, legal issues, jihad, and international relations as well.” 

Imam Khomeini is of the view that politics can benefit from religious rules, likewise, religious rules are also linked with politics. In this regard he says:

“ Saying we have nothing to do with politics, is tantamount to keeping Islam in isolation. Swear by God, Islam in all its aspects deals with politics. Islam has been in fact misinterpreted.”  

It seems that Mudarris, the renown Iranian scholar shares the same views with Imam Khomeini .He says, “Our politics is our religion and our religion is our politics.” 

Imam Khomeini had a firm conviction that Islam is a comprehensive religion and can provide a political theory for a society. In his political will he writes:

“Unlike other atheist schools of thought, Islam take into account all aspects of human life, that is, individual, social, physical, spiritual, cultural, political, economic and military affairs of life. Islam does not leave any point helpful for the material and spiritual development of man and society untouched. Islam elaborates on the obstacles of such development in society and teaches how to remove them.

Imam Khomeini even disagrees with those who try to justify the political thought of Islam with the help of un-Islamic sources. In this regard he says:

“Be sure that Islam can provide justice, independence, freedom, economic equality without relying on the teachings of other schools of thought.

Imam Khomeini bases his ideas on theological accounts. He refers to some of the Qur'anic verses and narration from the infallible Imams (peace be upon them). In his speeches he affirms that political and economic system of Islam has not been worked out seriously.

He refers to the following verses of the Qur'an to support his views:

“We have not neglected anything in the Book..nor any green nor dry but (it is all) in a clear book. “

There are also certain narration indicating that necessary rulings are not entrusted to man. 

 Keeping in view to these verses and narration some of the scholars of Qur'an concluded that it is possible to propound a political or economic theories. 

 Yet it does not mean that we have to ignore the outcomes of scientific works in persuading our task.

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