We begin tonight’s edition of A Window to the Fatherland with Dr. Alireza Nourizadeh reading one of his poems from the book of his collected works.
Dr. Alireza Nourizadeh:
Tonight we will look at the story of the 15th of Khordad riots of 1963 and the arrest of Khomeini and how he was elevated to the rank of an ayatollah and his consequent hypocrisy when he came to power 17 years later.
I remember in those days I used to go to Haj Fayzullah Mosque with my uncle and listen to the sermons of cleric Phalsafi in the city of Qum.
Then Khomeini was issuing leaflets directed at the late Shah’s rule and distributed at the mosque. The fiery statements were full of verbal attacks to the Shah.
After the death of the late grand ayatollah Boroujerdi as the Shah was the only Shia monarch he offered his condolences to the late ayatollah Hakim in Najaf, which implied that he recognizes Hakim as Boroujerdi’s successor.
The grand ayatollahs of Iran, including Shariatmadri at the time never recognized Khomeini’s status for this succession.
But Shariatmadri intervened and saved Khomeini’s life by appealing to the Shah to regard him as a grand ayatollah too, which excluded him from any harsh treatment and just sent him to exile.
However, when Khomeini came to power he humiliated ayatollah Shariatmadari and defroged him as a religious leader and even barred the old man to be seen by doctors. Nobody in our history has been more hypocrite than Khomeini.
The 15th of Khordad rioting was the beginning of the sedition that eventually engulfed our country in calamities in the name of the Islamic revolution.
Later in the program we will look at Rouhani’s comments about entering talks with the US and what discussions President Trump and Theresa May have had about Iran and its regime.