Exile to Turkey

Imam and Sayyid Mustafa Khomeini in exile in Turkey

At 5:30 in the morning, they arrested Imam Khomeini. He was deported without delay from Tehran to Turkey. Then a very short report read by SAVAK radio announced, "Rouhullah Khomeini is in exile." They announced it without mentioning the destination. People were very upset about this news but due to the dangerous circumstances at the time they were unable to protest.

      They took the Imam to Ankara airport then to Bolvar Palace hotel and the following morning they took him somewhere in Atatoork Street. After a week, the final destination was defined and it was Bursa, which is 460 Kilometers from Ankara. This city was quiet and unknown to the Iranians thus it posed no threat for the Pahlavi regime. This city had no mean of communication and so the Imam had to prepare himself for an isolated life.

       The Imam used his time in Bursa well and studied and wrote a book entitled Tahrirol Vasilah. While in Bursa the Imam contacted his friends via letters and he never showed that he was unhappy with the circumstances and never complained. He was content with whatever God had chosen for him and this was expressed in a letter he sent his wife on the 24th of March.

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