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Islamic Solidarity in Infra-National Thoughts of Imam Khomeini

Tendencies of governments toward Islam as a key to solution of problems



Our problems are our governments. Islam’s problem lies with the Muslim governments. This should be dealt with. If the governments change their path and move towards Islam; if they turned from Pan-’Arabism to Islam, from Turkish nationalism (Pan-Turanism) to Islam, the problems would be solved. But if they do not make this move, the troubles will persist until the Muslim nations take action themselves as the Iranians did. Iranians solved their problems with the force of their fists, and so all other countries must follow suit.

August 9, 1980 [Mordad 18, 1359 AHS / Ramazan 27, 1400 AH] Sahife-ye Imam, vol. 13, p. 88


Islam and patriotism Islam wants the whole world to be one family. It wants a single government to be established for the entire world; a government of justice. It wants all the people to be like one family. We have, therefore, repeatedly spoken about this matter. It is being mentioned everywhere that the Iranians and Iraqis are separate nations intolerant of one another. It is said that they have nothing to do even with Islam, but are concerned with “nation” and “nationalism”. This is a baseless issue of no consequence in Islam; rather, it is contrary to Islam. While Islam respects one’s country inasmuch as it is one’s birthplace, it does not place it together with Islam. Islam constitutes the basis. All the rest are secondary issues.

August 28, 1980 [Shahrivar 6, 1359 AHS / Shawwal 17, 1400 AH] Sahife-ye Imam, vol. 13, p. 168


Nationalism is against Islam and the goodness of the Muslims

One of the issues that the plotters have raised for the sake of fomenting discord among Muslims, and about which the agents of the oppressors have stated making propaganda, is that of nationalism, an issue which the Iraqi government has been making much of for many years. In Iran, too, a limited number of groups, are knowingly or unknowingly promoting and endorsing it. Turks, Kurds, and other places are following the same trend, pitting the Muslims against one another even to the point of enmity … The type of nationalism that results in antagonism among the Muslims and creates a schism among the ranks of the believers, is against Islam and the good of the Muslims, being, as it is, one of the ruses employed by the foreigners who are smarting because of Islam and its expansion.

September 12, 1980 [Shahrivar 21, 1359 AHS / Dhul-Qa’dah 2, 1400 AH] Sahife-ye Imam, vol. 13, p. 209


Ultimate objective is the maintenance of united Islamic Ummah under the banner of monotheism Islam has come to unite all the nations—‘Arabs and ‘Ajam, Turk and Fars—and establish one big community, called the “Islamic ummah,” in the world so that those who want to dominate the Islamic countries and the Islamic centers will not be able to do so because of the vast multitudes of the various classes of Muslims… All the Muslims are brothers; all of them are equal. All of them should remain under the banner of Islam and the banner of monotheism.

January 7, 1980 [Dey 5, 1359 AHS / Safar 18, 1401 AH Sahife-ye Imam, vol. 13, p. 243


Nationalism as a tool for dominance of super powers

The plan of the big powers is to bring the Muslims under their sway, and to seize their resources and plunder their assets. They have been pursuing their plans for many long years, and one of their prime plans concerns the issue of nationalism… The design of the big powers and those connected to them in the Islamic countries is to divide the strata of the Muslims among whom the Blessed and Exalted God has created brotherhood, and has called them brothers,1 and to name them Turks, Kurds, ‘Arabs and Persians. In fact, they want to make them enemies of one another. This is absolutely contrary to the path of Islam and the Holy Qur’an … the ones that sow discord among the Muslims in the name of nationalism, factionalism and nationality belong to Satan’s army. They are the accomplices of the big powers. They are against the Holy Qur’an.

January 7, 1980 [Dey 5, 1359 AHS / Safar 18, 1401 AH] Sahife-ye Imam, vol. 13, p. 244


Dispersing as an outcome of nationalism and it harms the basic mission of the messengers

So we see that the thing which they2 insist on the most is that we should not come together, we should not be brothers to one another and that Muslims, wherever they are should be of different forms. One form is nationalism with terms such as Persian, ‘Arabic and Turkish to signify the differences. Nationalism in this sense means that every country whatever its language is stands up against another country with another language; this harms the basic mission of the messengers.

January 10, 1982 [Dey 20, 1360 AHS / Rab’ al-Awwal 14, 1402 AH] Sahife-ye Imam, vol. 15, p. 471

Source: "Islamic Solidarity in Infra-National-Thoughts of Imam Khomeini" Book 

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