The Spiritual Aspect of Hajj
Now that we are at the threshold of performing our auspicious religious precept of Hajj, it is necessary to consider its gnostic, spiritual, social, political and cultural aspects. Many dedicated friends have already discussed the merits of the various aspects of Hajj and now I wish to make a brief and quick mention of some of its aspects hoping to serve as a reminder.Since there are delicate gnostic and spiritual hints in these wonderful rituals, from the beginning of putting on a pilgrim's garb "EHRAM" through "TALBIYA" or "LABBEYK" (Lit, HereI am at Thy service), to the end, the details of which may not be explained in this discourse, I would only mention someindications of "TALBIYA".
Such repeated words of "LABBEYK" are only true from those who have perceived God's call with their insight and, so, they respond to Almighty God's call in thoroughness. The real issue is our presence before God, and the contemplation of his beloved glory; so much so that, one would say, the utterer has been transported with ecstasy and thus, he is repeating his response to the divine call, and consequently, he negates idolatry in its absolute sense, in a way very well known to the pure-hearted believers. Although negation of an associate to God means negation of all degrees of association, including the negation of the universe, in the view of the clear-sighted, and includes all considerations of the commendable, as: "Praise be to Thee and blessings are of Thee....", appropriates the praise and blessings to the most sacred Supreme Being and negates any associates, and this is the ultimate monotheism which means that every praise and blessing that is realized in the world of existence is praise to God and blessing of Him alone, and the same is true in every station, wit, intelligence, motion, repose and act and other than that is but idolatry in its general sense, and all of us, the inwardly blind, are afflicted with it.(1)
Imam Khomeini's Advices to People of Egypt to Rise up Against Oppressive Regime
The Egyptian nation should know that if they rise up against these plots just as Iran did, they will attain victory. The Egyptian nation should not fear the martial law and not care about it. In the same way that Iranian nation broke the martial law and took to the streets, they should follow suit and drive out these American scums. The Egyptian nation should not sit and wait for this almost lost power to pull its weight together and force its influence on the nation. This is the day for the Egyptian nation to rise up. Today is the day of the government’s weakness and the nations’ power.They should show strength and not care about the martial law, which is against all standards. They should break this martial law and take to the streets and topple this government which wants to fight Islam with bayonet. He has said outright that whoever is loyal to Islam will be suppressed. This is a duty for the Egyptian nation and for the scholars who do not depend on the government. This is a duty for scholars. Egyptian scholars should rise up and defend Islam for the sake of God. What excuse can the scholars of Egypt give for sitting and listening idle and seeing the same people region power? Prior to coming to power, this government declared that they would suppress whoever related to Islam. Today, you are victorious. Today, the Egyptian people command the power.
Celebration of the Prophet Mohammad's Birthday
As we approach the birthday of prophet Mohammad (s), we are also celebrating the week of Islamic Unity. The week of Islamic Unity was introduced by Imam Khomeini from 12th of Rabi' ul Awal, the birthday of Prophet according to Sunni narrations, until the 17th of Rabi' ul Awal, the birthday of Prophet according to Shia narrations. Below is and excerpt from Imam Khomeini's lecture on Islamic Unity: