Imam Khomeini once said that martyrs Rajai and Bahonar have been of great value due to their closely association with common people.

Rajai, Bahonar were closely associated to public

Imam Khomeini once said that martyrs Rajai and Bahonar have been of great value due to their closely association with common people.

Imam Khomeini, the late founder of the Islamic Republic, made remarks immediately after the martyrdom of two dignitaries on August 29 1981. 29 August is the anniversary of Bahonar and Rajaee’s martyrdom who honestly confronted terrorism.

Mohammad-Ali Rajai and Mohammad Javad Bahonar Bahonar are appreciated due to their simple life-style, wisdom and close association with public. They were assassinated on 29 August.

Bahonar was an Iranian theologian and politician who served as the Prime minister of Iran. Bahonar along with another members of President Mohammad-Ali Rajai's government was assassinated by the terrorist Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO), 

MKO terrorist members have been responsible for lots of terrorist attacks in 1980s. In fact they wanted to destroy the newly-established Islamic-democratic system but their attempts were vain.

MKO position in the world shows that now they themselves are trapped in their black criminal record.

Rajaei, Bahonar and other 17159 fell victims to terrorist activities of MKO across Iran over the past decades.

Much of the international community has listed the MKO as a terrorist organization which has committed numerous terrorist acts against Iranians and Iraqis.

Imam Khomeini’s historic message following the martyrdom of Rajai and Bahonar comes as following:

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

The logic of our nation is the logic of believers, the logic of Qur'an:" We are from God, and to Him shall we return". No power can challenge this logic. No one can ever confront a nation who believes in God and who sees return to Him as the ultimate desire. The blind-hearted can never confront one who embraces martyrdom as one does one's dear ones. The blind-hearted people make one mistake; they do not understand Islam, faith and our Muslim nation. They think by assassinating our personalities they can confront this nation. They were blind to notice that whenever we have offered a martyr, our nation's solidarity has been further strengthened.

A nation which has risen up against all bullying powers in the world for the sake of Islam, for the sake of God and for implementation of the Qur'anic rules, cannot be pushed back by assassination. They think the mentality of believers and our rising nation is the same as that of the Westerners and the westoxicated individuals, who think of nothing except worldly gains.


While martyrdom of these two honorable men is difficult for me to tolerate, I know that they have joined the Exalted Friend and are in peace. They no longer suffer such difficulties in which we are still embroiled. They have achieved their ultimate goal. From this aspect I congratulate their families and the great Iranian nation who have offered such martyrs. Although their loss is difficult for us to endure, our country and our nation have stood with full force to offer such martyrs. They have no way for retreating and never think of laxity. The blind-hearted ones who have thought that the Islamic Republic would collapse with the absence of a few personalities, they know nothing about Islam, are unaware of faith and indulged in material allurements.

Sahifeh-ye Imam, vol. 15, pp. 115-19

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