Worn-out slippers of the Leader of a country with the 3rd highest proven oil reserves and 2nd proven gas reserves in the world
By » [Waseem Raza]
In the recent meetings of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatullah Sayyid Ali Khameine, and members of the Assembly of Experts, we saw the worn-out slippers of the great Leader.
Worn-out slippers of the Leader of a country with the 3rd highest proven oil reserves and 2nd proven gas reserves in the world!
I felt guilty and shamed of myself because all my shoes and slippers are far better than that. Intact I do not wear worn-out slippers, slippers are replaced before they get worn-out.
When I saw those worn-out slippers of the Leader, I asked myself this question ‘Am I a true follower of the Leader’?
That is a lesson to all of us, we should take this world lightly and concentrate on issues that are more important, issues like elevating the plight of the poor no matter how little.
It was reported in history that Imam Ali(as) when he was the Amir ul-Mu’mineen used to mend his shoes with his own hands, and today he is the greatest role-model after the Prophet(sa) for all those who seek guidance.
The above incidence also reminded me of another incident involving Ayatullah Khameine in 1989 when he was appointed to replace the late Imam Khomeini(rd). Then the frame of the glasses he was using was made of silver, when he was appointed as the Leader of the Islamic Revolution he changed that frame to an ordinary one and gave the silver frame in charity.
Its truly a honor to have lived as a contemporary and a follower to such a Leader.