Defending the Downtrodden and the Deprived
(Wise Sayings of Imam Khomeini)
o Defending the downtrodden is the way of Islam!
o In following the great Islam, we support all the downtrodden people. o I doubt if a worship loftier than service to the deprived exists!
o My dear friends! Prepare yourselves for service to Islam and the deprived nation. Prepare yourselves to serve the servants of God, which is service to Him!
o I advise all to make every effort for the welfare and relief of the deprived
classes, for your goodness and reward in this and in the next world lies in
helping the deprived of the society.
o What a worthy thing it would be if the well-to-do classes volunteer to
provide relief and housing for the slum dwellers for it would constitute
their good deed and reward for this life and for the hereafter. It is unfair
that one owns scores of apartments and so many others do not have a roof over their heads!
o That day is our day of festivity when our needy and deprived people
acquire decent living and welfare, and gain proper Islamic-humane
o The important point is that the downtrodden stratum would receive the
o God forbid the day when it becomes our policy and that of the authorities
of the country to abandon our defense of the deprived and turn to the
support of the capitalists.
o Islam has come for the downtrodden; its attention is essentially focused on
o This century, by the will of the Almighty God, is the century in which the
oppressed overpower the arrogant and the truth smashes falsehood!
o Serve the oppressed, the needy and the slum-dwellers for they are our
o No service is worthier before God, the Blessed and Exalted, than service
to the slum-dwellers!
Source: 'Wise Sayings of Imam Khomeini" book
The Supreme Leaders View of the Majlis
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