On the auspicious occasion of the holy Prophet Muhammad and Imam Ja'far al-Sadeq's (pbut) birth anniversary, heads of government branches, a group of government officials, and invitees to the 30th International Unity Conference met with the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Khamenei. In this meeting his Eminence elaborated on the issue of unity among Muslim nations, and stated: "Today the World of Islam is afflicted with major plights and the solution is Islamic Unity. If we are united and if we move in union towards the achievement of Islamic goals, the United States of America and the malicious Zionist network can no longer grab nations within their claws."
Ayatollah Khamenei stressed: “Today two wills are opposing one another in this region; one is the will of unity, and the other is the will of discord. If unity is realized the situation would not be as it is today, and Muslims could gain more dignity. Presently, Muslims from Myanmar to Africa are being massacred; some are killed by Boko Haram and some by the hands of a few Buddhists."
The Leader of the Revolution highlighted the significance of Muslim unity by saying: "The American Sunnis and British Shia, who turn Muslims against one another, are the two blades of the same scissors."
He further advised Muslims to "Read all Quranic verses about Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh): it is a comprehensive collection. The problem with what we do is that we neglect the divine teachings. If we pay attention to this comprehensive collection, then the right path will appear before us.”
Ayatollah Khamenei blamed the United Kingdom of attempting, for decades, to foment discord among nations. He held: “For centuries, Britain has always been the source of wickedness and evil among nations of our region: the strikes that these Britons have blown, against the lives of our neighbors, are incomparable to others! In Pakistan, Iran, and Iraq; and in Palestine, they've committed a vicious act by forcing entire nations off their homelands. Now, the same Britain, shamelessly, claims Iran is a threat to the region.”
His Eminence pointed to the confrontation, between a satanic will to foment discord and the will to grant Muslims dignity, by adding: “The old British policy to divide and rule is being pursued, intensely, topping the agenda of Islam’s enemies.”
The Leader of the Revolution described the arrogant powers’ increased efforts against Islam, particularly after the Islamic revolution, as a sign of fear towards the establishment and consolidation of a mighty Islamic system, which would serve as an ideal model and pioneering method for other nations. He added: “The enemies—even if they claim to pursue flexibility, and even if they appear fine—from within they are indeed aggressive and violent; thus, nations must prepare themselves to confront their immoral, disbelieving, and unjust enemies.”
Ayatollah Khamenei dubbed unity as the most important preparation that the world of Islam needs and stated: “all Islamic denominations—whether Shia or Sunni—should avoid creating discord; and they should regard the noble and beloved prophet (pbuh), the holy Quran, and the Holy Ka’aba as the axis of unity and solidarity amongst themselves.”
The Supreme Leader asked that the nations and states be vigilant in the face of the domineering powers' conspiracies. He further posed the question: "Why do countries with an Islamic appearance accept the words of the enemies, about the threats and the intra-animosity within the Islamic World, and openly obey their policies?"
Finally, the Leader of the Revolution addressed the dear and tested nation of Iran by stating: "Continuation of the prideful path of Imam Khomeini and the Revolution, resistance against the enemies, and fearless defense of truth and the right will, undoubtedly, bring about dignity and prosperity, in this world and the next."
Read the full text of the speech here.