How do relatives, friends recall about Imam Khomeini’s family life?

How do relatives, friends recall about Imam Khomeini’s family life?

Imam Khomeini’s family members and people within his close circle have recalled in a series of memoirs that the late founder of the Islamic Republic was so kind and used to perform works by himself and never passed on his works to others.

Imam Khomeini, the leader of contemporary Muslim world had observed and kept a balance in handling his responsibilities while undertaking struggle for the Islamic Revolution and after becoming the leader of the Islamic Republic. 

Some historic memoirs in this regard come as following:

I have come to wash the dishes

One day, as it so happened, there were many guests at Imam’s house.  After the meal, I collected the dishes and took them to the kitchen.  Along with Zahra, the daughter of Agha Ishraqi, we prepared to wash the dishes.  However we saw that Imam himself had immediately come to the kitchen.

I asked Zahra: “Why has Hajj Agha come to the kitchen?”  I had a right to be surprised because it wasn’t time to perform wudu.  Imam rolled up his sleeves and said: “Because there are many dishes today, I have come to help you.”  My body started to tremble.  My Lord!  What am I seeing!  I said to Zahra: “I swear by you to Allah, please request Imam to leave.  We will wash the dishes ourselves.”  This was really unexpected for me.
Marzieh Hadide Chi (Dabagh)

He would never pass on his work to anyone else

As far as possible, Imam was particular that he should not impose his work on others, but rather carry it out himself.  In Najaf, it sometimes happened that from the roof , Imam would notice that the kitchen or bathroom light was left on. 
In these cases, he would not tell his wife or anybody else who was also on the roof to go and switch off the light.  Rather, he would himself make his way down three flights of stairs in the darkness, switch off the light and return.
Occasionally, he would also want a pen or paper that was upstairs.  In this circumstance too, he would not tell anyone, not even his loved ones the children of Martyr Marhum Hajj Sayyid Mustafa (Imam’s son), to bring them for him. He would himself get up and go up the stairs to get what he needed and return.
Hujjatul Islam Sayyid Hamid Ruhani

A piece of advice to solve family issues

One of Imam’s daughters narrates: “At the start of my marriage, I went to Hajj Agha so that he could give me some advice.  He said: “If your husband is upset, or if he says something to you for whatever reason, or acts badly, at that time don’t say anything, even if you are in the right.  Leave it until he has calmed down, and then say what you have to.”  He also gave the exact same advice to my husband.

In the beginning I didn’t give this advice much importance.  Later upon reflection, I saw that indeed the root of many of the family disputes came back to this very issue.  Therefore, from then on, every time somebody has wanted advice about family issues, I have given them this very same advice of the Imam.
Hujjatul Islam Muhammad Hassan Murtadhavi Langarudi

Imam is not crying at all

It was around Dhuhr on the day that Marhum Hajj Agha Mustafa had passed away. Imam’s house was full of people who had come to offer their condolences.  When everyone had left, the Adhaan of Dhuhr was heard.  Imam got up and went to do wudu and said: “I am going to the mosque.”  I said: “Oh, Agha is not leaving his habit of praying congregational prayers even today.”  I then said to one of the servants: “Quickly go and let the caretaker of the mosque know.”
When the people realised that Imam was going to the mosque, crowds of people from all over also flocked there.  When we reached the mosque with Agha, the people who were crying and wailing opened the way and the Imam entered the mosque.  The people remarked to each other with surprise: “What is this?  Imam is not crying at all.”
Hujjatul Islam Furqani

I was scared that I would cry for other than Allah

On the night of the martyrdom of Marhum Hajj Agha Mustafa, a Fatiha majlis (a service of prayer and condolence) took place in the Hindi Mosque in Najaf, and Agha Sayyid Jawad Shabbar recited from the pulpit.  He narrates:
In that majlis in which Imam was also present, I narrated the masaib of Hazrat Ali Akbar (as), and also mentioned it 7 times from the pulpit, connecting it to my lecture. Imam sat throughout the majlis with complete calm. 
Agha Sayyid Jawad Shabbar had wanted to make the Imam cry with these narrations so that his heart would become light, but he wasn’t successful despite the fact that it (the death of his son) was a major calamity.  A number of people who witnessed the Imam’s state thought that Imam was not crying because he was in a state of shock from the heavy calamity.  Therefore, after the majlis they went to the Imam who had returned home and asked: “Agha, you didn’t cry at the masaib today?”  He replied: “When he was reciting themasaib he was looking at me, and I was scared that if I cry it would be for other than Allah, i.e. it would be for the tragedy of my son, and not for the pleasure of Allah.”
Hujjatul Islam Sayyid Murtaza Musawi Ardabili Abarkuhi

Why is Hassan dishevelled like this?

Imam acted exactly according to all the instructions that he gave from the start, and in actuality, was an embodiment of those very instructions. He himself was the book ‘Forty Hadith’ that he had written in his youth.  Suppose he spoke about riya (performing any action for the purpose of other than the pleasure of Allah) and reproached it, he himself would stay away from it with intensity. 
I remember one day my son entered the house wearing trousers which I had patched up at one knee.  Imam asked: “Why is Hassan dishevelled like this?”  I jokingly replied: “It’s the life of poor people, Agha.”
Immediately, his face became drawn, and he said: “You don’t want to do riya.”  I said: “No, why riya?”  He said: “Be careful.  Not paying attention to outward physical appearances has value.  However, if you want to show (people) that I am such and such, it is riya.”
Imam said this sentence to me with the same intensity with which he had, at the age of 30 years, written in his book!
Fatema Tabatabai (Imam’s daughter-in-law)

 Worn away bricks

The simplicity of Imam’s house in Qom during his life was an indication of his contentment.  
It is well known that the bricks of the courtyard stairs were worn away.   A builder had advised: “Get a number of bricks made so that these worn away ones can be replaced.”  Imam responded: “Turn these worn away bricks around and let them be.
Ayatullah Bani Fadhl


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