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Khomeini’s Frenzied Funeral

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June 6 1989: To cover-up the humiliating funeral of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Iranian authorities tried to confiscate every roll of film taken in a crowd estimated at 2 million. One of such photos made it to The Associated Press in London next day and it shows the emotional outpouring at the funeral that reflected both Iranians’ grief over the death of the leader who seemed to embody their revolution and the emphasis Shiite Muslims place on martyrdom and death. When the Ayatollah’s coffin was brought to Behesht-e-Zahara cemetery in Teheran, wailing mourners ripped the body from the flimsy box and fought to touch it. — the New York Times

Westerners found [it] as bizarre, frightening — and ultimately incomprehensible, wrote Time. As a helicopter brought the open wooden coffin containing the mortal remains of the Imam, nearly a million mourners thrust forward in the blistering heat and choking dust to touch the body and snatch a piece of the linen burial shroud, leading to an ignominious exposing of the remains.

The corpse spilled to the ground, bare feet protruding from beneath the white shroud. As the Revolutionary Guards beat back the crowds, firing shots in the air and spraying fire hoses, other soldiers shoved the body and coffin back into the chopper. It lifted off with the casket hanging precariously out the door. Some five hours passed before there was another, successful attempt to deliver the body to its final resting place, this time encased in a metal coffin. With chants of “Death to America!”, the guards ripped of the metal lid to inter the body in only a shroud in accordance with the Islamic tradition. The grave was quickly covered with concrete slabs and a large freight container to prevent the mourners from exhuming the corpse. By the end of the ceremony, eight people had died, more than 440 people had been hospitalized and an additional 10,800 had been treated for injuries.”

See Khomeni’s Iran on The Times and a reflection 20 years on New Statesman.

Written by Alex Selwyn-Holmes

June 1, 2009 at 11:48 pm

Posted in Politics, Society

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  1. I remember Americans fighting almost to death when a rich man dropped some hundred dollars down from his balcony.

    I think that clearly shows the alleged American cultural “superiority” to the Iranians.


    August 19, 2009 at 6:17 am

  2. this is not islam. this is syiah.


    November 9, 2009 at 5:56 pm

  3. ILUVISLAM: What these people need is a case of good ol’ fashioned forced conversion to Wahabism. What’s good for Saudi Arabia is definitely good for Iran.

    Gooze mani Khomeini.


    December 25, 2009 at 12:58 am

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  5. shameless funeral

    majid hashmi

    July 1, 2011 at 12:29 am

  6. Wasn’t this the same guy who sent children to clear minefields for the army in the ’80 to ’88 Iran/Iraq war? Great guy….
    Fitting funeral….


    July 30, 2011 at 8:00 pm

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    • This guy was a clown. Now dead = good.


      December 24, 2012 at 12:00 pm

      • You are a clown don’t say that because khomine is ayatalloh when you goet your crack head straight then talk.


        February 27, 2013 at 3:28 pm

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  11. Khomine still lives on don’t judge Him because Khomeini is an ayatalloh the highest ranking in Islam when you clowns become ayatalloh then talk.


    February 27, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    • LoL. If Khomeini still lives he is sucking a pig’s cock in hell.


      December 9, 2015 at 4:09 am

  12. Marg Bar Khomeini


    May 28, 2013 at 7:25 pm

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  14. it is difficult to ascertain from these photos of he was loved, or hated. were they really trying to tear his body to pieces? it doesn’t seem like they respected him.


    October 16, 2015 at 4:33 pm

  15. The name of the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran is in the Guinness Book of Records. The funeral of Imam Khomeini (RA) has been named as the highest number of participants. According to the statement, according to Guinness officials had 10 million 200 thousand people attended the event that took about a sixth of the population of Iran.


    December 4, 2015 at 5:58 am

  16. Muslims being Muslims. Ridiculous disgusting savages.

    d c

    December 9, 2015 at 4:07 am

  17. May God grant him paradise.

    Abdulai M.Momoh

    October 5, 2016 at 9:22 pm

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