Imam highly trusted Seyyed Ahmad Khomeini

Imam Khomeini had highly trusted his learned son during tough years of struggle against the Shah regime and its backers.

ID: 39295 | Date: 2019/03/14

It is noteworthy that Seyed Ahmad Khomeini remained the most trusted figure and right-hand of Imam Khomeini during the tough years of struggle and following the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979.


The great Imam and his son deemed the Muslim Ummah a single society and used to attach great significance to issues facing the Muslim world.


Seyed Ahmad Khomeini passed away 19 years ago in 1995. His services for the Islamic Revolution and the Muslim Ummah will always be remembered by the generations for decades to come:


The son of the grand Ayatollah Khomeini, leader of the Islamic Revolution of Iran, founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran.


The son of Imam Khomeini  a trustworthy to Imam and the people.


Someone who was trusted by Imam and meanwhile a great support for the people.


Brother to Ayatollah Mustafa Khomeini, who was also exiled and martyred during the revolution.


A person who during his father’s exile, filled his place in Iran and the revolution.


A person that during his living only a few understood his beneficial role for the revolution.


He was a connection between Imam and the people.


Late Hojjat al-Islam Seyyed Ahmad Khomeini had frequently praised his elder brother martyr Seyyed Mostafa, saying that his sibling was unique in knowledge and has been decorated with divine virtues.


Islamic scholars say both of the sons of the founder of the Islamic Republic were capable academically and decorated with divine virtues and values.


Following the martyrdom of Hojjat al-Islam Seyyed Mustafa Khomeini in the holy city of Najaf in 1977, Ahmad Khomeini said during an interview that his elder brother had a well command over several disciplines and Islamic sciences.


Mustafa has deep knowledge of several Islamic disciplines, including jurisprudence, Quranic exegesis, Arabic literature and several other fields, Seyyed Ahmad said.


Seyyed Ahmad in the historic interview had further stressed that he was a pupil of his learned brother and owes his knowledge to him.


He also noted that Seyyed Mustafa has had never lost patience and remained very calm in very tense political situations. 


Seyyed Mostafa Khomeini wrote exegesis and interpretation on the holy Quran and several other works which are popular among seminary scholars and his devotees alike.


His works covers several Islamic fields including the Quranic interpretation, hadith, jurisprudence and several other fields.


He accompanied Imam as a companion and advisor since the very beginning days of Imam Khomeini’s movement in 1962.


He was comprehended subsequent to uprising of June 5, and after Imam’s exile he was once again arrested by SAVAK for his anti-regime protesting activities.


Eventually the regime’s agents trespassed his domicile on January 3, 1964 and exiled him to Turkey.


Upon arriving Najaf, he continued his struggle shoulder to shoulder with Imam Khomeini besides engaging in study and scientific activities.


He was comprehended subsequent to uprising of June 5, and after Imam’s exile he was once again arrested by SAVAK for his anti-regime protesting activities.


Eventually the regime’s agents trespassed his domicile on January 3, 1964 and exiled him to Turkey.


Upon arriving Najaf, he continued his struggle shoulder to shoulder with Imam Khomeini besides engaging in study and scientific activities.


Brief biography




The late Hojat al-Islam Sayyid Ahmad Khomeini was born on March 14, 1946 in Qom. He accomplished his primary and secondary education there and then engaged in learning Islamic sciences.


Subsequent to Imam Khomeini’s exile, he secretly departed for Najaf in 1966 to join his father and there he was honored by Imam Khomeini to become a clergyman.


He returned home after a while and by making secure connections between revolutionaries and the leader of the revolution, endeavored to organize active religious forces. Besides these political activities, he diligently continued his religious studies. Having accomplished primary and secondary hawza courses, he benefited from the presence of great teachers inclusive of Ayatollah Soltani (his father-in-law), Ayatollah Haj Morteza Ansari and Ayatollah Shobeiri Zanjani to study high levels of hawza. In 1977, some of his comrades were apprehended by SAVAK and their connection with Sayyid Ahmad was exposed. So he decided to secretly leave Iran for Najaf. It was during the very same flight that he received the news of his honorable brother Ayatollah Sayyid Mostafa Khomeini’s martyrdom. After the victory of the Islamic Revolution, as well, he played a very sensitive revolutionary and social role, as during the first decade of the post-Pahlavi era and in the midst of the Sacred Defense (Iran-Iraq war) he was still the most honest and trustworthy advisor of Imam Khomeini and the trustee of his residence and did his best to serve Iranian people and Imam Khomeini. After the demise of Imam Khomeini, conforming the line of velayat-e-faqih (absolute clerical supremacy), he focused all his efforts to preserve his father’s testament and will and always appeared at the frontline of movements to guard the Islamic Revolution and system. Finally, after some years of suffering from the grief of losing his father, as the most terrible injury on his body and soul, he passed away on  March 15, 1995, and his spirit went to meet his creator.