Imam Khomeini exercised great patience and tolerance: Lady Khadija Saqafi

Imam Khomeini exercised great patience and tolerance: Lady Khadija Saqafi

Late Lady Khadija Saqafi has described through her memories that the founder of the Islamic Republic exercised a great amount of patience and tolerance during all tough years of struggle and following the victory of the Islamic Revolution.

Lady Khadija Saqafi frequently appreciated the great ethical norms practiced by the great spiritual leader within and outside the family environment.

The wise lady noted that the great leader never imposed his own will on any of family members or friends.

The great lady said Imam had given her and all family members a great deal of liberation and all were free to buy or eat of their own choices and styles.

The great leader of the Islamic world had only demanded her to perform obligatory worships and fulfill religious obligations. He never demanded too much extra or beyond expectations regarding the worldly and religious affairs, Lady Khadija noted.

The Imam’s wife went on to say that following the speech about capitalism by Imam, the Shah Regime forces raided the house in order to arrest the great leader. The troops poured into house from over the walls and kept knocking and breaking the door.

At that time Lady Khadija was standing in the yard and became a little bit frightened. Then Imam came out of the room confidently and advised the regime forces to remain calm and not disturb the comfort of his family.

Imam delivered some keys to me and went ahead with troops with calm and peace without bring traumatized or allowing any fear to prevail, the Lady Khadija recalled.

The troops had pointed their guns towards Khadija and asked not to get closer the Imam, but she also displayed all dignity and patience in these difficult moments.

The great spouse of Imam remained with Imam during years of exile and never gave him up for a single moment in thick or thin times.

After the victory of the Islamic Revolution, several officials and dignitaries’ families paid visits to Imam’s house and she along with her family visited their homes. She never became tried of fulfilling her responsibilities. She always avoided nepotism, favoritism or siding lines in politics. Imam always used to praise her sacrifices and services she rendered to family and the revolution.

The lady Khadija described one of  the most difficult and tough times of her life when the great leader of the Islamic world Imam Khomeini passed away and departed to heavens. She stood by her children and the revolution after the Imam’s passing away.

Late Lady Khadija is known as mother of the Islamic Revolution and her sacrifices are hailed and appreciated by all the entire Iranian nation and divine people around the world.

Biography of Lady Khadija Saqafi, Imam Khomeini’s Dear Wife 

Lady Khadija Saqafi was born among a religious family in Tehran in 1913. Her late father, Ayatollah Mirza Mohammad Saqafi, who wrote the exegesis Tafsir Javan, was one of the great scholars of his time and was a student of the grand Ayatollah Hae'ri Yazdi. Her great grandfather was Mirza Abulfazl Tehrani, who was a genius in his era and wrote the famous book "Shafa Al-Sodoor" which described 'Ziyarat-e-Ashura'.

The great Imam’s wife was very intelligent, and showed great interest in pursuing her studies. After their marriage, Imam taught her seminary studies for fifteen years. He always encouraged his wife to study and helped her a great deal.

 She got her diploma and learnt French at school, and learnt Arabic from Imam Khomeini. Even after they were deported from Iran to Iraq, she still wanted to continue her studies. She was well versed in Persian poetry and literature, such that when she grew older, she could still recite many poems off by heart.

Imam and lady Khadija got married in the month of Ramadan in 1929. Their five children are martyr Hajj Mostafa, Lady Seddiqa Mostafavi, Dr.Farideh Mostafavi, Dr. Zahra Mostafavi and the late Hajj Ahmad.

Imam's wife brought her children up well. She made sure that the children respected their father and provided an environment which allowed her children and Imam to excel in every aspect. In return Imam Khomeini himself insisted that his children respect their mother and made sure the children looked up to her. Thus the children had their utmost respect for both their parents. Apart from respecting his wife, Imam Khomeini also loved his wife very much and always expressed his affection towards her. Their love for one another was talked of and admired by friends and family.

Imam's wife was a real and sincere religious woman. She would never backbite, lie and talk ill of anyone. She always liked to carry out good deeds and helped people financially. The lady of the revolution was a wise and patient woman. If some ones pay attention to her patience, they easily finds that it was with great wisdom.

 She knew of the ultimate goal they wanted to achieve and so she endured great difficulties. Thus during her childhood and teenage years she lived a comfortable life. However after her marriage she prepared herself for a simple life. Throughout her life she always tried to live according to the financial circumstances of Imam Khomeini;. The Imam had a simple life and lived as the people did, and there was nothing extravagant about his life.

At home, Lady Khadija provided a peaceful and stress-free environment for the great leader when the movements against the Pahlavi regime began in 1962. When the great religious and spiritual leader of the Muslim world was arrested in 1963, his wife showed great tolerance and their home became a place where many concerned people visited.

Imam's wife portrayed strength which in turn gave strength to the people. The events which took place in 1964, like Imam Khomeini's famous speech regarding capitulation, the sudden attack on Imam's house during the night, Imam and Sayyid Mustafa's arrest and deportation, and having no news of them, could have only been endured by a truly patient and courageous woman such as Lady Khadija. The great lady accompanied her husband when he was exiled to Iraq. She left behind her family and her children to be beside her husband. She felt great loneliness and was very homesick but never mentioned it.

 Sayyid Mustafa's martyrdom while they were in exile, was a very bitter and sorrowful experience for Imam and his wife. When the revolution was finally victorious lady Khadija's sorrow multiplied as her son was not there to witness this great success.

 After the revolution, Imam Khomeini's wife provided a calm and suitable environment for the people interested in visiting Imam Khomeini at his home. She cooked simple food for Imam who was given strict doctor's orders to abstain from having particular ingredients. Lady Khadija knew that she wasn't only a host to family and friends, therefore she received anyone who wanted to see Imam Khomeini and his family at their home. Her hospitality was famous among people in Qom, Najaf and Tehran. Lady Khadija had a close relationship with the families of government officials and authorities, and made sure that her meetings with them did not involve political debates. This is evident from the fact that although many officials in the three decades after the revolution have changed, she was still in contact with many of their families and they still visited her on particular occasions. She also, as it is custom in Iranian culture, repaid their visits by visiting them in return. After Imam Khomeini's death, she still showed strength and independence even though she lost her partner of sixty years. Her children always stood by her side and always supported her.

After Imam's passing away the supreme leader and government and judicial authorities and officials visited her house every year. They did so to show their respect for a great woman who played a vital role in the revolution. She honored them when they came, sometimes gave constructive criticism and was of the view that anyone who worked hard for the people and this revolution should be respected by the Imam's family.

She passed the many tests that God set her throughout her life with persistence and showed outstanding patience throughout great hardships. During the later years of her life, Lady Khadija still managed her time and chose when the family should travel, when to receive guests and when to visit family and friends. The last seven months of her life, were difficult as she was very ill and was confined to her bed. However she never complained or showed that she was in pain. Finally in 2007 she passed away and widely respected by the devotees of the Islamic Revolution.

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