Khomeini And The Sahabah

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Khomeini And The Sahabah


Consider the following four points:

  1. When Khomeini speaks of the Islamic government during the rightly guided era, he feigns ignorance to the reign of the three Khalifas who preceded ‘Ali radiya Llahu ‘anhu. He only refers to the judgments of the Prophet and to those of ‘Ali radiya Llahu ‘anhu. For example, he states:


لقد ثبت بضرورة الشرع والعقل ان ما كان ضروریا ایام الرسول صلى الله عليه وسلم وفي عهد الإمام أمير المؤمنين من وجود الحكومة لا يزال ضروريا إلى يومنا هذا

The shari’ah as well as the intellect denote that what was a given in governance during the era of Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam and Amir al Mu’minin, is given to this day.[1]


This oversight is based on a Shia belief regarding the caliphate of ‘Ali radiya Llahu ‘anhu. Their scholar, al Mufid, explains it in the following terms:


وكانت امامة أمير المؤمنين بعد النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم ثلاثون سنة منها اربع وعشرون سنة وستة اشهر ممنوعا من التصرف في احكامها مستعملا للتقية والمداراة ومنها خمس سنين وستة أشهر ممتحنا بجهاد المنافقين من الناكثين والقاسطين والمارقین

The reign of the Amir al Mu’minin lasted thirty years after Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam. For twenty-four years and six months he was denied the ability to govern and during which time he adopted Taqiyyah. The latter five years and six months were spent being tested at the hands of the hypocrites who had broken rank, caused oppression, and had defected.[2]


  1. Khomeini criticizers the Sahabah due to them opposing the ‘supposed’ directive regarding the Imamah of ‘Ali. He says:


وفي غدیر خم في حجة الوداع عينه الرسول صلى الله عليه وسلم حاكما من بعده ومن حينها بدأ الخلاف يدب في نفوس قوم

At Ghadir Khumm during the farewell pilgrimage, Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam appointed him as the leader after him. It was from this point forward that opposition began creeping into the hearts of people.[3]


The Shia, and Khomeini in particular, believe that this was the beginning of a conspiracy.


  1. Khomeini clearly vilifies the Sahabah. For example, he accuses the Sahabi, Samurah ibn Jundub of fabricating hadith. He says:


ففي الرواة من يفتري على لسان النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم احاديث لم يقلها ولعل راویا کسمرة بن جندب يفتري أحاديث تمس من كرامة أمير المؤمنين

Amongst the narrators are those who attribute fabrications to the Prophet salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, narrating that which he never said. And perhaps a narrator like Samurah ibn Jundub fabricated narrations that go against the nobility of Amir al Mu’minin.[4]


Regarding the governance of Muawiyah he says:

ولم تكن حكومة معاوية تمثل الحكومة الاسلامية أو تشبهها من قريب ولا من بعيد

The governance of Muawiyah did not resemble an Islamic government one bit.[5]


Speaking of Muawiyah he says:

فاستحق لعنة الناس في الدنيا وعذاب الله في الآخرة

He is deserving of curses from people in this world and punishment from Allah in the Hereafter.


  1. We have already discussed the endorsement of Khomeini a group of Ayatollahs of the book that teaches one how to curse the ‘two idols of the Quraysh’. They believe that whoever repeats this curse will attain rewards and great virtue. In their book, Diya’ al Salihin the following is mentioned:


عن السجاد من قال اللهم العن الجبت والطاغوت كل غداة مرة واحدة كتب الله له سبعين ألف حسنة ومحی عنه سبعين ألف سيئة ورفع له سبعين درجة

Sajjad reports, “Whoever says, ‘O Allah, send your curses on al Jibt and al Taghut,’ once every morning, Allah will write for him seventy thousand good deeds, forgive seventy thousand of his sins, and raise his status by seventy.[6]


May the one who says this prayer or says any prayer that seeks to send curses or vilify the Sahabah radiya Llahu ‘anhum, perish. May he perish!


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[1] Al Hukumah al Islamiyyah, pg. 26.

[2] Ibid, pg. 131.

[3] Ibid, pg. 13.

[4] Al Hukumah al Islamiyyah, pg. 71.

[5] Al Hukumah al Islamiyyah, pg. 71.

[6] Diya’ al Salihin, pg. 513, Twelfth edition, 1389.