I said I want to be Imam Khomeini's tea server: Ayatollah Khamenei

The Leader of the Revolution narrates a memory, from the days of preparation before Imam Khomeini's return to Iran:


Before the return of Imam Khomeini, my friends and I met, saying: “Well, tomorrow Imam is coming to Tehran. We need to get ready and organize for Imam’s bayt (place). Every one of us should accept a specific responsibility."--Everybody decided to gather and think about this.

In the meeting, I said: “I will be the tea man[1]." My friends laughed, asking: “Are you joking?” I said: “No, I mean it, seriously. Actually because I like tea, I am also good at making it. Anyway, Imam’s place will need a tea man: I will be that tea man."


These words took our session in a good direction. There is a big difference if we, instead, decide to choose the head of an organization first. Everybody might believe he is the best person for the highest position. In such a situation, a quarrel might rise.


In this quarrel, I insisted, by saying “That's the only job I will accept; I want to be the tea man." Everyone else offered to carry out a responsibility likewise and order was established.


July 29, 1993


[1]  A person who prepares and serves tea.


  • Imam Khomeini
  • Iran
  • Islamic Revolution
  • Revolution