Hujjat al-Islam Khosropanah, the faculty member of the Research Institute for Culture and Thought, described the characteristics of Imam Khomeyni’s school of thought in the conference of “Imam Khomeyni’s School of Thought: The Civilization-Building School of Thought” held at Rasa News Agency On June 1st 2020 in Qom.
He stated, “The late Imam was a jurist who brought together mysticism, logical proof and the Quran. Before the Imam, other jurists also raised the issue of wilayat al-faqih (guardianship of the jurisprudent), but the distinctive feature of Imam Khomeyni is the mystical view of this discussion such that it can be said that Imam Khomeyni’s interpretation of wilayat al-faqih al-mutlaqah (absolute guardianship of the jurisprudent) used his mystical outlook on the discussion of wilayat al-faqih. Another feature is the jurisprudence of government. That is to say, the approach of the government that Imam Khomeyni had throughout jurisprudence is one of the innovations and special schools of the Imam.”
His Eminence emphasized, “The term ‘wilayat al-faqih al-mutlaqah’ has not been mentioned in jurisprudential books at all, but other interpretations have been given, but the Imam has used the absolute interpretation of mysticism. This kind of view is a wise and mystical view of politics, human beings and social spheres. This is a new foundation that the Imam has in his school.”
He continued, “Another important feature in the school of thought of the late Imam is anti-arrogance. You cannot take this feature from the Imam and say that we are followers of the Imam’s school. Another feature is his approach to political jurisprudence. Imam Khomeyni believes that a jurist, apart from being a jurist, also has guardianship according to which he can forge a verdict. No other jurists have had this special view on wilayat al-faqih.”
Hujjat al-Islam Khosropanah referred to the characteristics of the civilizational view and the fight against degeneration in the school of Imam Khomeyni and said, “Imam Khomeyni repeatedly emphasized in his statements that the Muslim community must come out of degeneration. In his view, the most important factor in this decline is the decline of governments, and therefore he believed that there should be a strong Islamic government so that the Muslim community would emerge from decline. The result of this powerful government is Islamic civilization.