The Jews Ceremony for Imam Khomeini’s Commemoration

Imam’s Role in Convergence of Monotheistic Religions

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Imam’s Role in Convergence of Monotheistic Religions

The ceremony of commemorating Imam’s 23rd demise anniversary was held at the Yusef Abad Synagogue (Sukat Shalom Synagogue) by the Jewish Community.

According to a report by the News Committee of Imam Khomeini’s Commemoration, the ceremony of reading the Psalm of David for the peace of the spirits and Imam Khomeini was held at the Sukat Shalom Synagogue by the attendance of Tehran’s Jews on Monday May 21st from 9 p.m. until midnight.

A specification of reading the Psalm of David is that unlike the other religious ceremonies of the Jews, the children and women are allowed to participate and it’s not only for men.

During this ceremony, Dr. Kohan Sidq, Deputy Head of Tehran’s Jewish Community by saying his condolence on the demise anniversary of Imam in behalf of the Jewish society, said: “If we review the history of the Islamic Revolution and Imam’s life, we’ll find out that his character has moral and religious specifications that are bold. Imam was a divine and religious person who lived simply.”

He added: “Through the Islamic revolution, a few of rancor's rumored that in an Islamic government the rights of the religious minorities wouldn’t be seen, then the representatives of the Jewish society went to the Imam, and he wisely spoke and prevented from this conspiracy and gave his word to the Jews that after the revolution the rights of all minorities will be seen, and thus after the revolution throughout the articles 12 and 13 of the constitution spoke about this.”

“Relying to religious believes was Imam’s strongest weapon against the dictator regime of the Shah. Though the population of the Jews are few considering the country’s population, but with this few population they have always served during the revolution and the 8 years imposed war. "continued Dr. Kohan Sidq.

Mowahedi, secretary of the Religious Minorities Committee for Imam Khomeini’s Commemoration, by thanking the Jewish society, stated: “Once in a meeting with a number of religious minorities, Imam mentioned that the religion of all of us is monotheism… and we are one nation.”

Homami, cultural expert of Tehran’s Jewish Community said: “Imam always respected all religions and prophets before and after the revolution and he always said that “We are one nation” and by his leadership he walked on the path of religion and God’s orders, and he had an impact on all Muslim nations and made the followers of other religions to pay more attention to their holy books and this is the value that the Imam spread in the world.”

Dr. Farzin Farnoushi, member of the board of directors of the Jewish Community, through the ceremony said: “Imam payed attention to the details and he was against this issue that there should be difference between monotheistic religions. In the story of Moses we see him standing against the Pharaoh all alone, or when Abraham stands in front of Nimrod. This is a specification that Imam had and helped him to stand against the arrogance.”

He added: “The prophets of God stood in front of the governments because they didn’t accept to kneel in front of anyone except God. And this has happened through the history and also for Imam; he stood against the Shah all by himself because he wanted to obey the God. He geared a lot of difficulties and he continued his path after the revolution.”

“The Jewish Community has been a part of this nation from the beginning of the revolution and has been present in all fields such as the imposed war to give service to the people and they have shown their unity with the others in different occasions. All divine religions have lived together in peace until now and it will be the same.”

It is notable that at the end of this ceremony, Saeedian a Jewish poet, read two poems about Imam’s demise and the ceremony was finished with the night prayer.