Khadijeh Saqafi

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Khadijeh Saqafi (aka Ghods Iran Saqafi) (1913 – 21 March 2009) was the wife of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of the 1979 Iranian Revolution. Saqafi was known as the "mother of the Islamic Revolution" within Iran.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Saqafi was the daughter of Hajj Mirza Tehrani a respected cleric.[3] originally from Thaqif tribe in Arabia ,

Marriage and later years[edit]

Saqafi married Ruhollah Khomeini in 1929.[1] She gave birth to seven children with Khomeini during her life, though only five survived childhood.[4] Her son, Mostafa, died in Iraq in 1977, while a second son, Ahmad, died of cardiac arrest in 1995 at the age of 50.[1]

Saqafi, who largely stayed out of the Iranian public's eye, has been described as a strong supporter of her husband's opposition to the Shah of Iran.[1] Former President of Iran Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, referred to Saqafi as the "closest and most patient" supporter for her husband."[1]


Saqafi died on 21 March 2009, in Tehran after a long illness at the age of 96.[1] Thousands of people attended her funeral, including the Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and then President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.[1] Saqafi was buried next to her husband at his Mausoleum in Behesht-e Zahra.[2] She was survived by her three daughters.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Khadijeh Saqafi, Khomeini’s Wife, Is Dead at 93". Associated Press (New York Times). 23 March 2009. Retrieved 28 March 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Iranians mourn Khomeini's widow". BBC News. 22 March 2009. Retrieved 28 March 2009. 
  3. ^ Dabashi, H. (1993). Theology of discont (PDF). New York: New York University Press. 
  4. ^ "'Mother of Islamic Revolution' passes away". Press TV. 21 March 2009. Retrieved 28 March 2009.