Imam Khomeini's historic return marked turning point in revolution history

Imam Khomeini's historic return marked turning point in revolution history

On February 1, 1979, Imam Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Revolution returned to Iran in triumph after 15 years of exile.

 The shah and his family had fled the country two weeks before, and Iranian revolutionaries were now eager to establish a Islamic-republic system under wise leadership of Imam Khomeini.

Each year in Iran, this victory is commemorated from February 1 to February 11, which is better known as Daheye Fajr or “Ten Days of Dawn,” a period that celebrates Iran’s notion of “independence” from Western influence and foreign dominance.

Millions of people had converged on the capital from across the country on the day of his return. His arrival gave considerable momentum to popular protests against the US-backed Pahlavi regime, which eventually led to its overthrow 10 days later.

The Islamic Revolution established a new political system; a republic based on Islamic values and democracy.

The Islamic Revolution came about at a time when the world was categorized into two blocs. The Eastern bloc, which was being led by materialism and strongly disagreed with religion, and the Western bloc, which believed that religion was completely a personal matter and followed the liberalism and secularism theory. Imam Khomeini's unprecedented movement broke this shell.

 

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