Imam-khomeini

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

جعلني الله فداءً لك، وصدقة تدفع عنك كل بلاء، ان الزمان الذي أبعدني عن النور العزيز لكياني وعن غذاء قلبي قد صيّرني ذاكراً لك، وقد نقش صورتك الحلوة على مرآة قلبي
عزيزتي، أرجو الله أن يحفظكم سالمين مسرورين في كنفه ورعايته.
ان حالي مع كل شدّة تتأتى لي ميسَّرة، وإن كان ولله الحمد لمّا يحصل إلا كل جميل.
موجود الآن في مدينة الجمال بيروت وافتقدك، تأسفت مئة مرة أن لا تكون عزيزتي ومحبوبتي رفيقة سفري هذا لتضم الى قلبها هذا المشهد البديع لمنظر المدينة والبحر الرائع
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In the name of Allah, the most merciful, the most kind. May God make me a ransom for you, and a charity that will pay off any affliction on you. The time that distanced me away from the dear light of my existence and the nutrition of my heart has caused me to remember you, and has engraved your sweet image on the mirror of my heart. My dear, I hope that God will keep you safe and happy. As for me, every difficulty I face is eased, thanks be to Allah for without him nothing beautiful takes place. I am currently in the city of beauty, Beirut, and I’m missing you. I regretted a hundred times that my darling and love could not accompany me in this trip, to hug to her heart the wonderful scenery of this city and the magnificent sea

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الإمام الخميني في رسالة محبة إلى زوجته من بيروت مدينة الجمال

A letter from Imam Khomeini to his wife whilst on a trip to Beirut.

A summary of the sixth chapter of Imam Khomeini’s (RA) “Adabus Salat”

One of the disciplines of salat is to approach it, like other forms of worship, with vivacity, cheerfulness of heart, and gaiety of mind, and to avoid laziness and reluctance in its performance. Forcing oneself to pray while feeling lazy or sluggish has bad consequences; it will gradually lead to feeling tired of worshipping and eventually being disgusted with worship and servitude, which is the source of all happiness. Performing acts of worship cheerfully and actively allows the will of the soul to operate on the realm of the body. As the will of the soul becomes stronger, overpowering the forces of Satan and the commanding soul, the soldiers of the soul are driven to submission, then to contentment, and finally to annihilation, where the soul will see some of the secrets of worship.

The Qur’an says: And they do not come to the Salat unless they are sluggish, and they do not

spend unless they are reluctant (9:54) and O you who believe! Do not approach the Salat when you are drunk (4:43)

A hadith explains ‘drunkenness’ as ‘sluggishness’, which is supported by other hadiths such as:

Imam as Sadiq (as) said “do not force yourselves to worship”, and he also quoted the holy prophet (saw) saying “The Messenger of Allah (s) said: “O ‘Alī, this religion is firm, get into it mildly, and do not cause yourself to hate worshipping your Lord”.

Imām al-'Askarī (’a) is quoted to have said: “When the hearts are active, confide in them, and when they are reluctant, bid them farewell” meaning that the hearts must not be forced to acquire knowledge (ma’rifat) when they are not responsive; this is the first discipline.

You desire a certain position, which someone else also wants; naturally, this leads to jealousy and strife. However, the people of God, who have expelled the love of this world from their hearts, have no aim but God, never fight with one another, and never cause such calamities and corruption. If all of the divine prophets were together in a city today, there would be no disagreement or conflict among them, for their aims and destinations are one.
—  Imam Khomeini (ra), Jihad al-Akbar

Sticker in Iraq reads:
‘“Imam Khamenie : [the martyr al Sadr] welcomed the Islamic revolution and assisted it with an open heart, in a most sensitive time and when the surveilling eyes, did not stop its persistent threats, teaches something about this revolution, his eminence ruled upon the revolution with perspicacious insight a deep and affirmative ruling. He knew Imam [Khomeini] and said to his supporters “melt in Imam [Khomeini] as he has melted in Islam.”’

The woman is a grand human being, society’s nurturer. Humans are discovered from the laps of women. After all, she is the educator of humankind. The prosperity and wretchedness of a given society depends on the existence and status of women. By correctly educating herself, she educates humans, and by correctly educating herself, she frees nations. The source of all prosperities emanates and springs from her lap. The woman must be the source of all prosperity.
—  Imam Khomeini

A scholar has narrated: One summer, we went for ziyarat to Mashad with Imam Khomeini and several other scholars. There, we rented a house to stay in.

Our timetable was such that in the afternoons, after one or two hours rest, we would wake up and head for the shrine together. After ziyarat, prayers, and supplication, we would return to the house and in the pleasant setting of the veranda, we would sit and drink tea.

Imam’s timetable was that he would come with everyone to the shrine; however, he would shorten his ziyarat and supplication and return to the house alone. He would sweep and wash the veranda, spread a rug, and prepare the tea. When we returned from the shrine, he would serve everyone tea.
 
One day I asked him: ‘What is this? You shorten your ziyarat and supplications and return home in a hurry in order to make tea for your friends?’ Imam replied: ‘I don’t consider the reward of this act to be less than that of the ziyarat and supplications.’

[Paa be Paaye Aaftaab, Vol. 3, Pg. 169]  

Imam Khomeini’s (ra) 16 Steps to Self Perfection:

1. Perform the five daily prayers on time, and definitely (try to) perform Qiyam al-Layl.

2. Fast on Mondays and Thursdays as much as you can.

3. Decrease your sleeping hours, and instead dedicate your time to reading more Qur’an.

4. Make sure to fulfill your promises and oaths. (Give great importance to keeping your promises.)

5. Help the poor and needy.

6. Refrain from tohmat/gheebah (backbiting or gossip).

7. Do not take part in/throw lavish parties

8. Wear simple clothing.

9. Don’t speak too much, and say more du’a instead.

10. Exercise.

11. Read more.

12. Learn technical sciences (like computer science etc.)

13. Learn Arabic and tajweed, and be knowledgeable in anything relating those areas of knowledge. 

14. Forget about all the good you’ve done, and reflect on your past sins.

15. In terms of materialistic possessions, compare yourself to a poor person, and in terms of spirituality, compare yourself to Awliya Allah. 

16. Be up-to-date on current affairs and umur-ul-muslimeen (any events relating to the Muslim World).

Farsi-speaking people, if my translation isn’t top notch, then add some changes please. c: