Khomeini, with a rigid theocratic rule, wanted to supposedly prepare for al-Mahdi’s return.
During his many years in exile, Khomeini studied Plato, Aristotle and other philosophers and was influenced by Sufi mystics. At that time, he was a harsh critic of religion and spirituality.
Khomeini had knowledge regarding past Persian dynasties and knew just how to manipulate the religious feelings of the masses. He propelled himself to power with manipulation and exploitation.
Once he had the reins, Khomeini’s rule was with a totalitarian type of discipline. Religion was no longer the ethical guide for the people of the country and he used an obsessive and over-the-top security system to dominate every part of the people’s lives.
The people’s identity was removed and they were enslaved. The religious fascism dominated every aspect of life.
Khomeini stole the revolution that freed the people from Mohammed Reza Shah (who sent him to exile). During exile, Khomeini urged the people to protest. And they did.
The Shah was eventually overthrown and Khomeini took control of law and order and ensured that the people had no choice other than to fully adhere to his ideology, turning him into a type of cult figure.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, former President of Iran from 2005 to 2013, also hypocrite as he was, told friends that the al-Mahdi had appeared to him. He said that he was sent on a divine mission to provoke a cataclysmic confrontation with the West. He believed that this would bring about the second coming of the al-Madhi.
Although it looked like he was crazy to many, it was radical religious thought that Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, commanders of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), the Basij force and Hezbollah (Iran’s proxy terror organisation that it trains and funds), also adhered to.
But on the serious side, there are serious consequences to this “craziness”. For one, the Iranian regime has more than enough military equipment to start another major war and it is well on its way to obtaining a nuclear weapon.
To stop the warmongering of Iranian regime, Iranian people through a heroic resistance which is materialized in their organized opposition, called the National Council of Resistance of Iran are capable of regime change and they should be supported by the international community.