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Mostafa Khomeini

Mostafa Khomeini
File:Seyyed-mostafa khomeini.jpg
Born 12 December 1930
Qom, Iran
Died 23 October 1977(1977-10-23) (aged 46)
Najaf, Iraq
Resting place
Nationality Iranian
Known for Son of Ruhollah Khomeini and Khadijeh Saqafi
Religion Islam

Mostafa Khomeini (12 December 1930–23 October 1977) was an Iranian cleric and the son of Ayatollah Khomeini. He died before the 1979 revolution.

Early life and education

Khomeini was born in Qom on 12 December 1930.[1] He was the eldest son of Ayatollah Khomeini and Khadijeh Saqafi, daughter of a respected cleric, Hajj Mirza Tehrani.[2]

He graduated from the Qom Theological Center.[1]


Khomeini participated in his father's movement.[1] He was arrested and imprisoned after the 1963 events and also, after his father's exile.[3] On 3 January 1965, he joined his father in Bursa, Turkey, where he was in exile.[3] Then he lived with his family in Najaf, Iraq.[1] He and his brother Ahmad became part of Khomeini's underground movement in Najaf.[4] The group also included Mohammad Hussein Behesti and Morteza Motahhari.[4]


Khomeini died in Najaf on 23 October 1977.[5] He was buried in Najaf.[6]

His death has been regarded as suspicious and the followers of Ayatollah Khomeini alleged SAVAK for his death.[5] His father described Mostafa's death as one of hidden favors of God.[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Biography and Struggles of Ayatollah Sayyid Mustafa Khomeini". Imam Khomeini. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  2. Dabashi, H. (1993). Theology of discont (PDF). New York: New York University Press. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Baqer Moin (1999). Khomeini: Life of the Ayatollah. I.B.Tauris. p. 136. ISBN 978-1-85043-128-2. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Samii, Abbas William (1997). "The Shah's Lebanon policy: the role of SAVAK". Middle Eastern Studies 33 (1): 66–91. doi:10.1080/00263209708701142. Retrieved 21 August 2013. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Michael Axworthy (1 September 2013). Revolutionary Iran: A History of the Islamic Republic. Oxford University Press. p. 99. ISBN 978-0-19-932226-8. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  6. Ismail Zabeeh (4 January 2007). "Mustafa Khomeini's tomb reopens". Jafariya News. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  7. Abdar Rahman Koya (2009). Imam Khomeini: Life, Thought and Legacy. The Other Press. p. 41. ISBN 978-967-5062-25-4. Retrieved 9 August 2013.