Imam highlighted significance of masque as culture, social  and spiritual site

Imam highlighted significance of masque as culture, social and spiritual site

Imam Khomeini through his historic speeches and messages highlighted the significance of mosque as the symbol of Islamic culture and and spiritual place for all Muslims.

Iranian Muslims in their long history, and placed all their hopes and good wishes. Therefore, the mosque truly becomes the political, economic, cultural, educational and social center for the Iranian people. 

For a long time, the life of the Iranian people has been closely linked with the mosque. “Where is the Muslim, there is the Mosque.  

The clerics should be from the mosque to the community. Imam Khomeini emphasized that the role scholars is not only the explanation of the holy law, but also its promotion. 

Therefore, he advocated that the clerics should go out from the mosque to a broad community. They not only love the religion, but also love the country and people.

 It is not only necessary to engage in religious events, judicial affairs, education and other important areas, but also to be against "oppressors".

In fact, Khomeini himself was not only a religious scientist, but also a political leader and national hero

From Imam Khomeini’s viewpoint,  the mosque has the function of political activities and connects prayer and politics together.

The followings are reasons on the idea of prayer and politics:

. Religious leaders bear the dual mission of religion and politics.

Imam Khomeini believed that the life experiences and political careers of the Prophet and Imam Ali (peace be upon them) proved the inseparability of Islam and politics.

The holy Prophet stressed that "the closest place to Allah is the mosque" and prayer as one of the rukun is "the essence of Islam."

Imam Khomeini didnot appreciate the mosque's leaders who only concentrated on worship and ignored the social and political issues.

Some of statements regarding the significance of the mosques by Imam come as following:

If the Sanctuary and the Divine House, the Holy Mosque and the prayer niche are not secure grounds providing safety and support to the defenders of the honor of the House and the prophets of God, where else shall they find safety and security? 

 Sahifeh-ye-Imam, Vol.20, page 298

Keep the mosques full and inhabited. You, the academic and the religious students, none of you should desert the mosques. Mosques are the fronts. The fronts should be depth occupied.

Sahifeh-ye-Imam, Vol.12, page 337

 

Keep the mosques and religious assemblies which are Islam’s fortresses against the evils, vibrant and mobilized, and confront these heartless imperialists wrathfully and loathsomely.

Sahifeh-ye-Imam, Vol.2, page 470

 

Mosques are very important centers that people must pay heed to, from where all our affairs must be governed. The mosque was the cause of our nation’s victory.

Sahifeh-ye-Imam, Vol.13, page 13


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