Imam Khomeini, Ethics and Politics

Imam Khomeini, Ethics and Politics

The volume is a discussion on ethics and its relation to politics from the viewpoint of Imam Khomeini.

The discussions in this book are presented in three parts.

 The first part is a view on the ethical principles of Imam Khomeini’s Islamic thought and his fundamental views on ethics.

 The second part is a deliberation on the relation between ethics and politics. The third part deals with ethical politics and ethical elements in politics.

In the heart of Imam Khomeini way of thinking, ethics has a [special] place, and in fact, all areas of knowledge revolve around this pivot. According to his view, by citing a hadith (Prophetic tradition) from the Messenger of God, all kinds of knowledge can be placed in three general categories.

It is because the human being possesses three existential presences and three types of world: one, external and sensory; another, the allegorical world; the third, the intellectual one.

Social science, juristic precepts and transactions are examples of the first category while rational sciences are instances of the third type. Yet, what is related and complementary to the second type is called ethics. If man wants to go beyond logic and the law of instincts, then he needs ethics in its broad sense. Ethics in this context cannot be confined to merely a number of ethical rules; instead, it is in fact a knowledge which searches for the deepest recesses of man’s existence, and which cures him.

This ethics is, indeed, a sort of theoretical and practical anthropology. It is awareness of fixed principles and their application. It is owing to this that this knowledge can be considered as the noblest one and the raison d’être of the prophets summons.

The Messenger of God’s sayings were a manifestation of such kind of ethics which he made known as the purpose of his mission. In this sense, man can be needless of many types of knowledge; yet, he cannot consider himself needless of ethics since this knowledge is the capital asset of felicities in both worlds:


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