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Indian Roots for the Ayatollah Khomeini?

By February 26, 2013

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Shi'a man bends over Ayatollah Khomeini's hand after Islamic Revolution in Iran, 1979

I learn such interesting things, doing research for this website. For example, did you know that the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Shi'a cleric who led the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, had family roots in India?

Evidently, in the 18th century, the ayatollah's Persian ancestors migrated from Nishapur, in the north-eastern part of Iran, to the Persian-ruled kingdom of Awadh in Northern India, centered near Lucknow. Ayatollah Khomeini's grandfather left India in 1830 for a pilgrimage to Najaf, Iraq (where Khomeini would later live in exile for 13 years), and never returned. Nine years later, he settled in the Persian village of Khomein.

As a result, the Grand Ayatollah Khomeini's father was known as Mostafa Hindi ("Mostafa the Indian"). The ayatollah himself signed some of his early poems and political musings with the pseudonym "Hindi," as well.

Photo from Hulton Archive / Getty Images.

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July 28, 2013 at 1:13 am
(1) human says:

khomein is a new name for old name of Kamare village that khomeini family lived there.what your document about khorasani root of khomeini family there is any dcument that refr to khrasani root of khomeini family all
things say they came from india and they didnt live in iran before their migration from india .in addition the logo of isalmic new flag is a sikh logo from sikh temples.

September 6, 2013 at 7:42 pm
(2) Shah says:

Not an Indian root. There root originally comes from Iran, his ancestor moved to India and ruled a region in Lucknow. After that his father went on pilgrimage to Iraq and escaped the British rule after that and moved to khomein in Iran.

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