Ayatollah Khomeini and the rest of the Shia Ayatollahs exploit the teachings of Shi’ism in order to further their own power and status. The Ayatollahs elaborate on the concept of Infallible Imams, and by doing so, they indirectly boost their own position and status since they are the interim Imams. To put it bluntly, the Ayatollahs are telling us that since the Hidden Imam could not make it to work today, Ayatollah Khomeini is going to be filling in for him.
This concept is called Wilayat ul-Faqih. In the absence of the Hidden Imam, the Shia decided that they would elect a popular leader, or deputy Imam. This deputy Imam, such as Ayatollah Khomeini, would be the “representative” of the Mahdi while he is in occultation.
Under this system of Wilayat ul-Faqih, Ayatollah Khomeini became the supreme leader of the Shia of Iran. In 1969-70, the late Ayatullah Khomoeini further elaborated on the concept in his work “Islamic Government” and the notion of Wilayat ul-Faqih was enshrined in the Iranian Constitution in 1979. Ayatullah Khomeini declared that the deputy Imam is endowed with the same authority as an Infallible Imam, encompassing all spheres of life. Ayatollah Khomeini declared himself to have Wilayat ul-Mutlaqa, or Absolute Authority from Allah. Ayatollah Khomeini said in one of his speeches that the Wilayat-ul-Faqih can even order Muslims to stop reading prayer if he finds that reading the prayers could harm Islam.
The Shia scholars have quoted the Infallible Imams as calling themselves Ayatollahs (the Signs of Allah). We are not surprised to find that Khomeini also took this title. We wonder: how exactly is Khomeini a “Sign of Allah?” In fact, his entire name–Ayatollah Ruhallah Khomeini–is a perplexity. Ruhallah translates to “Spirit of Allah.” Are the Shia really claiming that Khomeini is the Spirit of Allah? Likewise did the Christians do with their Prophet. The Shia also say that their Infallible Imams were the Hujjat (proof) of Allah, and we are then not surprised to find that Ayatollah Khomeini also declared himself Hujjat of Allah.
Using the concept of Wilayat ul-Faqih and Mutlaqa, the Shia Imams have quickly brought themselves to such a lofty position as rulers and monarchs of Iran. This Wilayat ul-Faqih is the biggest fraud in the world; these Shia Imams have hoodwinked so many millions of people into being subservient to their rule.
Khomeini and the rest of the Shia leaders have used and abused the Shia doctrine of Imamah in order to boost their own political power by using the concept of Wilayat-ul-Faqih. The Shia Ayatollahs have become so powerful and politically influential that they have millions of Shia adherents posting up pictures of the Ayatollahs as if they were pop idols.
The Shia Clergy have used their power to get immensely wealthy. They are quite literally swimming in money, thanks to the concept of Khums. Of the Khums payment (which is 20% of a man’s income), half of it must be given to the deputy Imam. In this manner, the Ayatollahs and Imams of the Shia have become billionaires in Iran.
It is altogether degrading how the Shia Imams exploit their religion to fool the incredulous masses who do not bother to question the exalted status of their leaders.
Article Written By: Ibn al-Hashimi, www.ahlelbayt.com