The Iranian administration has renewed allegiance to the ideals of the late founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini, in the run-up to the 42nd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.
President Hassan Rouhani and other members of his cabinet visited Imam Khomeini’s mausoleum in southern Tehran on Monday, paying tribute to the late leader and his legacy.
The president delivered an address during the visit, recalling how the late Imam led the Islamic Revolution to victory.
Rouhani said Imam Khomeini depended solely on the power of the people, knowing that “soft power” would eventually triumph over “hard power.”
This, he added, made the Islamic Revolution distinct from those that depended on military or paramilitary strength.
The president recalled how Imam Khomeini’s return to the country to a massive welcome marked the most momentous development that preceded the victory of the Islamic Revolution, calling the occasion the day when Imam Khomeini projected the revolution’s social assets to the world.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei attended the mausoleum on Sunday, paying tribute to the late Imam by reciting the Qur’an and praying for his lofty soul.
Imam Khomeini flew back to Iran after spending almost 15 years in an exile that had been imposed on him by the former Western-backed Pahlavi regime.
But the exile in Turkey, Iraq and France did not dampen the revolutionary zeal that he had kindled in the hearts of Iranians.
That zeal generated a swell of public agitation which became too strong to be put down, forcing former shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi to flee and draw the curtain on 2,500-old monarchy in Iran.