Imam Khomeini stressed the need for a process of spiritual development

Imam Khomeini stressed the need for a process of spiritual development

The way of moral reform advocated by Imam Khomeini is a process of spiritual development in which the adept learns to conquer and then lose interest in his worldly desires and become totally devoted to God.

Imam explains the matter through his theological works as following: 

 This process is described as a journey toward Allah, a journey which holds a central place in ‘irfan, which may be considered the kernel of Islam.

This journey is described in different ways and from a variety of viewpoints in the poetry of the Sufis, in the transcendent philosophy of Mulla Sadra, and in the poetry and teachings of Imam Khomeini, as well.

Imam also stresses that  the immaculate Imams, peace be with them, have explained many things by the tongue of supplication.

The late founder of the Islamic Republic also advises the believers and faithful people to regularly recite supplications narrated by the holy prophet of Islam and his infallible sucessors. 

The tongue of supplication is very different from the other tongues by which those greats explained precepts. They have explained most spiritual, metaphysical, and precisely divine matters, and that which is related to knowledge of Allah by the tongue of supplication.

But we recite supplications to the end and unfortunately pay no attention to their meanings, and we fail to understand what they really want to say, Imam further explains. 

 For an instance, Imam’s famous work known as “the combat with the self” consists of speeches delivered to the students at Najaf, the moral advice given is particularly pertinent for all Muslims in the contemporary situation of discord and confusion. 

It is a work which can be read in order to learn something about history, sociology or anthropology, and in all of these areas valuable lessons are to be learned.

But more important than any of these is the moral lessons to be drawn for the Islamic community in general. Let us not content ourselves with ritual duties while ignoring the need for moral reform.

Let us appoint moral guides in all of our Islamic educational institutions, so that Islamic education may become more truly a training in submission to Allah, and let us draw upon the example as well as the teachings of the prophets and the Imams so that we may learn to seek to commence the journey of the believer toward Allah.

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