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Commemorating the Anniversary of the Islamic Revolution

Thirty one years ago the nation of Iran revolted against a despotic, incompetent king whose policies,
dictated and formulated by the West, were designed to make Iran a “modern” country, by uprooting
it from its Islamic roots. Much to the surprise of the political analysts, a revolution flared up in 1979
spreading across the country like a river in full spate. The Islamic Revolution reached its final stage on February 1st, 1979, when the father of the revolution, the late Imam Khomeini (ra), arrived at Mehrabad International Airport from a long exile and was greeted by millions of enthusiastic well-wishers. The West with its materialist and hedonistic soul has never been able or willing to understand the nature of this revolution which was in its essence, religious and spiritual.
The establishment of a government whose objective is the creation of a society whose values and policies are based on the teaching of the sacred religion of Islam cannot be other then spiritual.
Another significance of this revolution is that after many centuries, for the first time the followers of the Ahl ul Bayt (as) (Prophet Muhammad(s)’s Family) were able to establish a government which recognized the authority of the twelfth Imam, Al Mahdi (may Allah hasten his re-appearance).
The enthusiasm felt across the Islamic world had no boundaries. Pious and sincere individuals across the world had no trouble in recognizing the importance of this event and decided from the beginning, to whom to give their loyalty to.
There were three major reactions towards the Islamic Revolution when it happened in 1979. The reaction of the enemies who tried at all cost to destroy the core of the Revolution at its birth. The reaction of joy, for those who longed for this change to take place. Those who actively participated in its success and subsequent developments. And then there was the reaction of those who choose deliberately, to disregard or acknowledge it even as an historical event, out of ignorance, envy or even arrogance. They were unable to share the joy. The event that preceded the Islamic Revolution and those that followed are part of the world political history of Islam. Indeed the Islamic Revolution is a happy page in the history of Islam even though this page has been written with the blood of many martyrs. Whenever a group of people is able to defeat a tyrant (such as Mohammad Reza Pahlavi ) it is always a time to rejoice. Thirty one years from the date of its success, the young Islamic state passing through innumerable difficulties, is still standing. Over these three decades it had also to learn to stand on its own feet and that the idea of a united Islamic world that would support it, is still only a wish. Thirty one years is not much in the history of a nation and the road to success is not an easy one, especially when many would like it to fail. There are many questions marking the future of this Revolution and how the events will unfold for the Islamic State of Iran. Today the Islamic Republic of Iran, the direct result of the Islamic Revolution is a state and a society in evolution. Its efforts in establishing a just society based on the teachings of the Last Prophet, Muhammad (s) and his holy progeny, cannot be taken for granted. It will require the help and participation of all Iranian and non Iranian well-wishers, but above all it requires a firm reliance in Allah and an extraordinary will-power. It is our desire, as followers of Ahl ul Bayt (as) that from now till the re-appearance of our Twelfth Imam (as), to be able to work towards building the foundation, upon which the global government of Imam Al-Mahdi (as) will stand. We have no certainty that we will be able to do so but we all shall strive towards it. Our prayers rest solely with Allah (swt) to whom we request to hasten the return of our Imam and to initiate the period of apparent divine guidance for which the world is in desperate need.
We also pray on this occasion that the effort of the Iranian nation to rise against the oppression and attempted annihilation of its religious identity by the Shah, thirty-one years ago, will be reworded by being considered by future generations as the starting point, marking the coming of Imam Al-Mahdi (aj) and the beginning of his universal mission.

To Commemorate this event the Islamic Centre of England will hold a programme on Friday 12th of February 2010 Details as follows:
The 31st Anniversary ofthe Islamic Revolution in Iran

An introduction to the revolution
* Its importance for the Muslim Nation (Ummah) * The recent sedition * Rule of law

Speaker: Sister Tahirah Kathryn Azarpay (BA East Mediterranean History) Date: Friday 12th February 2010 Time: 6:00 – 7:00 PM (library Hall – First Floor) [Maghrib prayer time: 5:26PM]