Ayatollah Khamenei

Martyrdom is the best bargain with God: Imam Khamenei

The following is the full text of the speech delivered on February 5, 2018 by Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, in a meeting with the officials in charge of commemorating Ayatollah Muhammad Sadiq Saduq and 372 martyrs of Golpayegan.

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

As the gentlemen in the meeting pointed out, the city and area of Golpayegan is an area which cultivates many scholars. In the past 150 years, great scholars have emerged from this city. In the present time too, there are some great scholars from Golpayegan in Islamic seminaries. However, the color and quality of martyrdom is something beyond these things. Thankfully, as the gentlemen in the meeting pointed out, the city of Golpayegan has had outstanding martyrs including the late Shahid Saduq. I have not met him in person, but the characteristics that you mentioned are outstanding characteristics: first, the characteristic of serving the people, second the characteristic of facing and confronting the taghuti apparatus and most importantly, the characteristic of martyrdom in the way of God. He lost his life on this path and he was martyred. This is very valuable and magnificent. I hope that God will raise his position and associate him with his saints, with the martyrs of the early Islamic era and with the martyrs of Karbala.

The other martyrs who were martyred in the arena of fighting against the enemy –whether during the Sacred Defense Era or in other arenas – all enjoy the lofty position of martyrdom. On the issue of martyrdom, what is important is that one becomes ready to sacrifice his life in the way of God. All our self-sacrificing soldiers who were prepared to lay down their lives enjoyed this virtue, but sometimes, Allah the Exalted pays special attention to some individuals by giving them their reward – which is martyrdom – as if "in cash". So, the value of such individuals increases several times because they receive the rewards of such jihad as if in cash: "Allah has purchased of the believers their persons and their goods. For theirs in return is the garden of Paradise. They fight in His cause, and slay and are slain: a promise binding on Him in truth, through the Law, the Gospel, and the Qur'an" [The Holy Quran, 9: 111]. In other words, Allah the Exalted accepted the commodity of martyrs – their lives and their persons – and gave them Paradise in return. This is the best deal. This is the best profit.

Our life is a resource which will be lost in any case, whether we want it or not. There is no person who can preserve this life which is their most valuable resource. It exists for a while and then it will be taken from us. This happens in various forms. One person has an accident, for example, in a desert or on the streets and they die like this. Another person dies of a disease, but another person bargains it with God. They trade this perishable thing with God. Before the Revolution, I used to frequently say in my speeches that martyrdom is a businessman's death. It is a calculated death. A person who is martyred in the way of God is actually making the best kind of calculation. This is because our life is not something eternal.

According to a common saying in Farsi, "Spilt oil should be given to an Imamzadeh [an Imam's child] as an offering." Well, our lives are like spilt oil because they cannot be preserved. If one offers this to an Imamzadeh, this is very valuable and a very shrewd act. Our martyrs had the shrewdness to trade this perishable life with Allah the Exalted. Allah the Exalted speaks to them in this tone, "Allah has purchased of the believers their persons." Dear God, who are we that you want to purchase our lives? This life belongs to you. It is yours and we have no power about it.

Notice that Allah the Exalted places a very high value on mujahids in the way of God: "Allah has purchased of the believers their persons and their goods. For theirs in return is the garden of Paradise. They fight in His cause, and slay and are slain." This is what it is. Allah the Exalted has chosen this path for our martyrs. We should attach great value to this.

You who are defending, supporting, respecting and venerating this dear clergy-martyr – Shahid Saduq – and the other martyrs of your city should know that this is a very good task. I hope that Allah the Exalted will reward you, God willing. I hope that like its past, the future of Golpayegan will be imbued with knowledge, spirituality and self-sacrifice.

Greetings be upon you and Allah's mercy and blessings


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