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Visit To The Islamic Republic Of Iran

Imam Achmad Cassiem
February 4th 2003

Early morning Tehran, Iran

In February 2003 we were invited to Tehran for the founding meeting of the International Union of NGOs for the Protection of Palestinians Human Rights. There we met Imam Achmad Cassiem, a fellow delegate. We asked him a few questions about his visit to the Islamic Republic.


Imam Achmad Cassiem (left) at the NGO meeting.

Imam Achmad Cassiem is the National Chairperson of the Islamic Unity Convention (South Africa). At aged 15 he joined the armed struggle against the oppressive apartheid regime in South Africa and at the age of 17 he was one of the youngest people to be imprisoned on Robben Island.


Dr. Zahra Mostafavi, daughter of Imam Khomeini,
was one of the delegates at the founding meeting.
She is head of the Society for Defence of
Palestinian Nation (SDPN)

Q1: This is your first visit to Iran, what are your first impressions?


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"Wondering through the streets I observed no liquor adverts, no night clubs, no pornographic display boards - the billboards along the roads had no semi-naked women as in all western and unfortunately most Muslim countries, but instead beautiful revolutionary slogans, photographs of some of the great leaders of the revolution. That was noticeable immediately..."


"On that day when United States of America will praise us we should mourn", Imam Khomeini



Q2: You visited both the house Imam Khomeini lived in and the mausoleum where his body rests. Please describe what you saw and what imprints the visits left on you.


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The main room in Imam Khomeini's house

Imams slippers still visible
in the room

"The room measured 3 by 4.5 metres, the floor was carpeted by two old rugs and a curtain covered the back wall which lead to a sleeping area. The room was furnished with four shelves, a circular mirror, a couch, a coffee table and two little foot stools which were used as tables for writing on and reading the Quran. This room was the reception room where the leader of the revolution, Imam Khomeini (RA) received world leaders..."

Imam Achmad Cassiem visiting
Imam Khomeinis home


The Imam at home with his books,
notice the huge cracks in the back wall.

"When Shevardnadze, the Soviet foreign minister, visited Imam Khomeini with Gorbachev's response to Imams historic letter forecasting the collapse of communism and inviting the communists to Islam, he was actually shivering in front of Imam because here was a person who commanded the respect of a nation of 60 million people, living in such humble conditions..."


Following his heart problem and hospitalisation a few months after the victory of the Islamic Revolution, Imam Khomeini was not allowed to return to Qum due to its bad weather. Doctors recommended he stay in Tehran.

After rejecting the first house he was shown as being too luxurious, the leader of the Ummah agreed to rent this simple home.

After sometime, the army began to build a helicopter pad for emergency landing of a helicopter to take the Imam to safety should something serious happen. As soon as the Imam found out about this he stopped the work immediately. He didn't want any special treatment.

When the army built a bomb shelter so that Imam could go there during the air raids he again refused to use it - "if the poor people do not have air shelters how can I have one?"

The footbridge from the house leads to Imams Mosque.


Imams Mosque.
The footbridge from the house leads to the door
on the balcony from where Imam delivered his message.


Imam Achmad Cassiem sitting with Revolutionary Guards
listening to poetry being recited in Imam Khomeini's Mosque.


Some of the delegates from the NGO meeting
(Imam Achmad Cassiem on right)
with members of Sahar TV visiting Imams
Mausoleum located next to Beheshti Zahra,
the martyrs cemetery, on the outskirts of Tehran


Q3: If you could meet Imam today, what would you say to him?


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Imam Achmad Cassiem paying his respects
inside Imam Khomeini's Mausoleum.
Imams son Ahmad and Allamah Tabatabai,
the great scholar of Islam and author of Al-Mizan,
are also buried under the same dome.


Q4: Is Imams revolution secure? What advise would you give the young generation born after the revolution on whose shoulders will pass the responsibility of sustaining the revolution?


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Mural showing how America is using satellite TV broadcasts to
corrupt the youth of Iran - destroying the flowers of the Revolution.



© Innovative Minds 2003



Related Resources

Resources on Imam Khomeini & The Islamic Revolution

Links to our pages on Imam Khomeini including:

  • Visit to Imam Khomeini's House
  • What I think of Imam Khomeini - by a Christian Lay-Minister
  • Lifestyle of Imam Khomeini
  • Ahmed Deedat's visit to Iran
  • Islamic Revolution - Quranic Viewpoint by Ayatullah Mesbah Yazdi (audio lecture)


Art of the Islamic Revolution CDROM


Exclusive Interview : Imam Achmad Cassiem