Imam Khomeini introduced infallible successors of holy prophet as role-model

Imam Khomeini introduced infallible successors of holy prophet as role-model

The late founder of the Islamic Republic introduced Imam Rida (PBUH), one of the infallible successors of the holy prophet of Islam, as perfect role-model in order to gain salvation in this world and the hereafter.

Imam Khomeini in this regard once in a historic message said as following: 

Imam Rida (PBUH), who faced all those unpleasant occurring and sufferings for spiritual cause, paved the way with great patience. He was also committed to keep the people’s persistence and perseverance as well.

(Sahifeh ye-Imam, Vol. 13, P. 426)  

Imam Khomeini through his historic speeches recommended to follow footsteps of the infallible Imams, the truthful successor of the holy prophet, who revived genuine Islamic teachings and values. 

Imam Ali ibn Musa al-Reza (peace be upon him), the eighth Shia Holy Imam and truthful successor of the holy prophet of Islam was born on 11th Zee al-Qa'adah 148 AH of Islamic calender. in the holy city of Madinah.  

Blessed were those who by chance became wealthy, and who assumed simplicity and austerity so their simple life became a source of consolation for the poor and a model for the rich. This can be illustrated from the life of Imam ‘Ali (PBUH).  

Imam ‘Ali al- Reza (PBUH) too, led a simple life. He did not like to decorate his house with expensive carpets, instead he covered its floor with rough mats during the winter and grass mats during the summer. 

When food was served, he would call all his servants, including the gatekeeper to sit and eat with him. 

Usually, the poor who cannot afford to enjoy the pleasures of life are held in contempt or just tolerated by the society. 

But those who assume a hermits’ simple austerity in spite of wealth and power are the real saints.

The Ahlul Bayt of the Prophet adopted a peculiar policy.

Majlisi in Biharul Anwar, writes that our 8th Imam insisted on eating his meals only after the entire members of his family, young and old, servants and grooms were present.

One day someone who was fonder of royal formalities than the fraternity of the Ahlul Bayt, suggested that it would be better to make separate eating arrangements for the servants.

The Imam replied, "All are created by God, Adam is their father and Eve is their mother. Everyone will be dealt with by God according to his deeds. Why should there be any discrimination in this world."

Imam ‘Ali Al-Reza’’s (PBUH) life contains countless anecdotes of this sort. Once a man said to him, "By God, there is none who is superior to you in the nobleness of your ancestry.”

The Imam said to him, “My ancestors are honored merely for their Godliness, piety and worship.”

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