On February 1, 1979, when the aircraft carrying the Imam landed at Tehran
airport, Ayatullah Pasandideh, the brother of the Imam went inside the plane to
welcome the Imam. In keeping with his ethical outlook, he requested Mr.
Pasandideh to disembark from the plane first because the Imam would never walk
ahead of his elder brother. On the other hand, because of the political
sensitivity of recording the historical moment when a large number of film
cameras and projectors waited for the Imam to disembark and to shoot the arrival
of the Imam to the country, it did not seem proper that Mr. Pasandideh to walk
ahead of the Imam. The Imam stated to his elder brother that, “You please
disembark from the plane ahead of us otherwise I will not disembark ahead of
you.” Thus, only a short while after Mr. Pasandideh had disembarked from the
stairway did the Imam disembark from the aircraft.
* By: Sayyid Mahdi
Imam-Jamarani, ibid., p. 251.Aya