Imam Khomeini's Death
Tuesday the 22nd of May 1989 was a sorrowful day for all those who were
supporters and followers of the Imam. On this day the 2pm news reported that the
Imam's bleeding digestive system needed an emergency surgery. People were so
concerned that they went to the mosques and prayed for Imam Khomeini to get
well. The updates that Imam Khomeini's doctors gave indicated promising news.
However on the 2nd of June worrying news spread throughout the country. People
started to pray again for Imam Khomeini and kept reading the following holy
verse: "He Who answers the desperate one when he calls to Him and Who removes
The 3rd of June was a tragic day, the 7 am news on the radio stated the
following: "In the name of God, to God we belong and to Him we return. The holy
spirit of the leader of Muslims and free men, Imam Khomeini, has gone to meet
Upon hearing the news, people went into the streets and cries could be heard
from every corner. Tehran and all the cities of Iran mourned this great loss.
Hosseiniyaya Jamaran, where the Imam sometimes gave his speeches, was covered
with black cloth and people came to mourn the loss of their leader.
On the morning of the 5th of June millions of people came to bid farewell to a
leader whom they loved. Millions of people all around the world saw incredible
scenes, which showed how the people said goodbye to their leader. It has been
recorded that over 10 million people attended his funeral. Imam Khomeini
captured the hearts of millions of people.
Imam Khomeini's body was buried next to the graves of thousands of martyrs who
had lost their lives for their country. The blessings his life bestowed upon
people did not finish with his passing and still continues to illuminate
people's lives today.
*Derived from the
Institute for Compilation and Publication of Imam Khomeini's Works