A villager came to me asking for an item of Imams clothing which he would have worn whilst saying his prayers. I went to see the Imam. When I had finished my work with him, I said, someone has asked me for an item of your clothing which you have worn whilst saying your prayers. The Imam smiled and cheerfully said, No problem. He then gave me his own cloak so that I could give it to the villager. I was surprised at how kind such a great personality was as compared to others and that in the face of such a request how extremely cheerfully he behaved.
One day I was with Hujjatul Islam Salimi. He had come from the Imam Khomeini’s house to the Southern war front to strengthen the spirits and meet the soldiers of Islam. The topic of Imam’s characteristics came up. He said: “A few days ago in the presence of the Imam, on the topic of the boldness and insolence of
One of Imam’s daughters narrates: “At the start of my marriage, I went to Haaj Agha so that he could give me some advice. He said: “If your husband is upset, or if he says something to you for whatever reason, or acts badly, at that time don’t say anything, even if you are in the right. Leave it until he has calmed down, and then say what you have to.” He also gave the exact same advice to my husband.
In the beginning I didn’t give this advice much importance. Later upon reflection, I saw that indeed the root of many of the family disputes came back to this very issue. Therefore, from then on, every time somebody has wanted advice about family issues, I have given them this very same advice of the Imam.
Notes: Paa be Paaye Aaftab, Vol 4, Pg. 140
Observance of the Rights of a Wife
Imam Khomeini always offered me the better place in the room. He would not start eating until I came to the dinner table. He would also tell the children: ‘Wait until Khanom comes.’ He maintained respect for me and was not even willing that I should work in the house. He would always tell me: ‘Don’t sweep.’ If I wanted to wash the children’s clothes at the pond, he would come and say: “Get up, you shouldn’t be washing.”
Imam Ayatollah Seyed Ruhollah Musavi Khomeini (May 17, 1900 – June 3, 1989) was a Muslim cleric and Marja, and the political leader of the 1979 Islamic Revolution of Iran which overthrew Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last Shah of Iran. Following the Revolution, Imam Khomeini became Grand Leader of Iran — the paramount figure in the political system of the new Islamic Republic — until his demise.