“I say good bye to you my brothers and sisters because I’m traveling to my eternal abode with a peaceful and reassured heart, a happy spirit, and hopeful conscience in the kindness of Allah. I ask for your continuous prayers, as I ask Allah, the Most Gracious, Most Merciful, to accept my excuse over my shortage and omission, and I hope that people would accept my excuse over my shortage and move forward with power, will, and determination…”
This is how Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Grand Ayatollah Imam Ruhollah Al-Musawi Al-Khomeini bid farewell to millions of lovers before his heart stopped beating in June, 1989.
As soon as the news on Imam Khomeini’s departure came out, millions of Iranians of all ages took to the streets to bid farewell to the historic man who enlightened them and promoted them to revolt against tyranny and oppression which the ruling Pahlavi regime embodied.
In the largest funeral of this time, 10 million and 200 thousand people, a number documented in Guinness Book of Records, took part in the funeral of their leader who awakened their being and drew the path of resistance against every arrogant power and conspirator.
On the anniversary of his departure, Al-Manar website recollects some of the images firmly established in our memories.