Imam Khamenei addressed public on anniversary of the passing of Imam Khomeini

We trust our people, our dear youth and their capabilities

The following is the full text of a speech delivered on June 4, 2018, by Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, on the occasion of the 29th demise anniversary of Imam Khomeini (r.a.). The speech was delivered at Imam Khomeini's shrine.


In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful,

All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds; peace and greetings are upon our Master Muhammad and upon his pure household, especially the one remaining with Allah on earth.


Allah, the Omniscient, revealed in His Sacred Book: "It is He Who sent down tranquility into the hearts of the believers, that they may add faith to their faith, for to Allah belong the forces of the heavens and the earth and Allah is full of Knowledge and Wisdom [The Holy Quran, 48: 4]."


The remembrance of great achievements, reaching high altitudes, and the spiritual voyages of great individuals are a source of tranquility, assurance, and self-confidence for many great hearts. In the holy ayah, which was recited, peace and tranquility in the hearts of Muslims are an attribute of divine victory and assistance: the ayah considers tranquility, assurance, and heartfelt serenity as a source for increasing one's faith. However, the enemy pursues quite the opposite of this notion in a mission against the Islamic Ummah, and against our pious, dynamic, and vibrant society.


30 years have passed, now, since we have been speaking about our magnanimous Imam on each day like this. Imam [Khomeini] stands above on a high peak; from now on, too, our people and our nation will continue to speak of him: he deserves this because he is the symbol of the Islamic Revolution. Our country could not manage to achieve its expected goals and dreams without the powerful turbine of the Revolution.


This year, the coincidence of Imam's passing anniversary with the martyrdom anniversary of the

Commander of the Faithful calls to mind certain similarities between the sincere follower, the Commander of the Faithful, and that lofty and magnificent leader [Imam Khomeini]. There are certain similarities between these two personalities, which are a source of pride for the Iranian nation and the Islamic Ummah. Attention towards these similarities is essential and beneficial because we can uncover the path of truth and become more familiar with our magnanimous Imam. I have prepared to discuss three criteria which are shared between these two personalities.


One criterion is that there were seemingly two conflicting sets of characteristics in the Commander of the Faithful: the first was steadfastness, resistance, and strictness; another was leniency, compassion, and clemency. These qualities existed in the Commander of the Faithful to their perfection. He was steadfast and strict in the face of every evasive course of action. In the face of oppression, oppressors, deviation from the path of God, transgression, and greed: the Commander of the Faithful would stand up against these matters with complete steadfastness and power; his resistance against those conditions is unprecedented, to this very day. He also behaved in a completely sensitive and delicate manner when it came to divine remembrance and dhikr; he behaved similarly towards the oppressed, underprivileged, and vulnerable classes of society. However, the Commander of the Faithful (peace and greetings be upon him) was completely strict when facing Muawiyah. He was advised to show patience and to avoid dismissing Muawiyah from the position of Shaam's [Levant] governor, but he did not accept this condition. 


He was also very strict in the face of two long-time, respectable, and honorable companions that had particular expectations of him since he thought their demands were illegitimate. He did not give in to their expectations, and he resisted with absolute steadfastness and endurance. He also stood up against the Khawarij, who claimed to be staunch followers of Islam yet defied the Commander of the Faithful -- that true symbol of Islam. The Commander of the Faithful stood up against them with unwavering solidity and power. 


On the one hand, we witness such steadfastness in that lofty and great Wali [intimate] of God, and on the other hand, we witness extreme leniency and compassion, in him, in the face of the weak and the underprivileged classes: this is astonishing. There is a story of Imam Ali (a.s.) visiting the house of a woman whose husband was martyred and children orphaned; it is a well-known story, one which you have certainly heard of. He went to the oven and began to bake bread for the children and entertained them. --One may become awestruck with all his compassion and leniency. 


Another example is an event during which the vicious troops of Sha’am attacked the Iraqi province of Al-Anbar. During that event, the Commander of the Faithful's governor was murdered. The people's homes were under attack, children were killed, and women were violently threatened. After witnessing the tragedy, the Commander of the Faithful said: "If any Muslim dies of grief after seeing this, he is not to be blamed [Nahjul Balaghah, Sermon 27]." [He also said that] When a Muslim hears that foreigners have attacked the homes of defenseless people, stealing away the women's ornaments, if he dies of grief or regret, he is not to be blamed. Notice that the Commander of the Faithful exhibited such astonishing and unique emotions in regard to defending the rights of the weak: these two conflicting qualities existed in the Commander of the Faithful (a.s.).


These very same qualities can be seen in our late Imam as well. On the one hand, he displayed steadfastness, solidity, and firm resistance against oppressors and against evil. He stood up against the deviant Taghut [tyrannical] and corrupt Pahlavi regime like a firm cliff. He stood up against the US like a mountain.

He stood up -- without any hesitation -- against threats, against the transgressing Saddam during the imposed eight-year war, against domestic seditions, and even against his long-time student and companion because he deemed his behavior illegitimate. --This was an example of Imam's steadfastness.


On the other hand, one can see the compassion and leniency of our magnanimous Imam. He once received a message from the mother of a martyr: I myself took that message, given by the mother of a martyr, to our magnanimous Imam. The eyes of that powerful man filled up with tears! He was deeply touched by the mother’s message of respect and her sacrifice. Another example is his defense of the weak and the bare-footed – the term was frequently used by our magnanimous Imam [to mean the underprivileged]. --This is another instance of an astonishing similarity between our magnanimous Imam and the Leader of the Pious, Imam Ali (a.s.).


The second remarkably similar trait between Imam Khomeini (r.a.) and Imam Ali (a.s.) resides in the personality of Imam Ali (a.s.). Three apparently contradictory features coexist in the Commander of the faithful (a.s.): Imam Ali (a.s.) is a strong, powerful, and a sovereign man, at the same time, he was wronged; moreover, and at the same time, he is was ultimately victorious during various events. 


If we want to acquire an accurate understanding of the power and strength of the Commander of the Faithful, we should look to the vast dominions of his government. The large territory which was under the management of the Commander of the Faithful extended as far as present-day Afghanistan to the Mediterranean Sea, and to Egypt. This vast territory was governed by the Commander of the Faithful, and he did so with complete power and solidity. His iron will, his courage, his military might as an art form, his eloquent tongue, and his appealing logic – the Commander of the Faithful's words and addresses, full of enthusiasm and full of wisdom, have provided instructive lessons for all humans to live by to this day – are signs of his strength. His robust physique, intellect, determination, management, and style of rhetoric were all indications of a strong and powerful individual.


At the same time, this strong man was wronged. Signs of oppression against him could be witnessed in the behavior of his enemies and the envious. They could be witnessed in the unfair accusations that were leveled against him by the agents of his enemies, during his lifetime, and in the materialistic behavior of some of his companions – a number of his companions and comrades broke away from him because they pursued their materialistic desires. --These are hints of oppression against that great personality. The burdens that were exerted on him from various sides were so vast that this patient, ocean-like heart of a man was so tolerant that he is said to have complained into a well! He would open up into a well! These instances are all indications of the persecution faced by the Commander of the Faithful. After his demise and martyrdom, his enemies – who had seized the government – would insult him for many years at their podiums. They would insult him throughout that vast country; they would speak harshly of the Commander of the Faithful who was the embodiment of piety, justice, and fair-mindedness.


Coincidently, when we take a general look at those events, we see in that prolonged battle, the

Commander of the Faithful (a.s.) was the final victor. Today, notice where the Commander of the Faithful's name and personality stands in this vast human panorama and history. He stands at the peak, and there is no trace of his enemies. His Nahjul Balaghah is an instructive lesson for heightened individuals. His tradition is the most important and prominent tradition after that of the Holy Prophet of Islam (PBUH). His form of justice and his great personality were outstanding features in this day and age. His cause defeated that of his enemies: he was the final victor.


The same three characteristics existed in our late magnanimous Imam Khomeini. He was a strong and sovereign man; he managed to overturn the tyrannical, hereditary dictatorship, after two thousand years, in this great country: this requires a lot of strength. He managed to defeat and repel the US government, which had defined strategic interests for itself in our region, and he managed to force them into retreat. He managed to foil dangerous plots and frustrate those who had devised the imposed war. Those who had devised the imposed war pursued a goal of destroying the Islamic Revolution and uprooting Iran's Islamic government. However, our magnanimous Imam turned this threat into a great opportunity. These [aforementioned qualities] are signs of the strength, power, and authority belonging to our magnanimous Imam.


Meanwhile, our transcendent Imam was wronged, too, due to extensive propaganda campaigns led by the enemies against him. Offensive propaganda against Imam Khomeini continued, frequently, during his lifetime and after his demise. Some people behaved one-sidedly towards him, while this was unexpected: it was a mark of persecution against our magnanimous Imam. The grief that he felt because of this betrayal and oppression can be seen in his powerful and solid statements and speeches: they reveal that this great man suffered from deep grief, which was another sign that he endured oppression. 


The final victory of our magnanimous Imam is another point that I would like to stress. He was powerful, oppressed, and victorious. Just like the Commander of the Faithful, our magnanimous Imam achieved victory. His victory shows itself in the solidity of the Islamic government, in the survival of the Islamic Republic, and in the growth, development, and progress of the Islamic government. Many of his visions came true after his demise: national self-worth and self-sufficiency; the scientific, technological, and political progress of the country; and the expansion of influence that the country and the Islamic Republic achieved in the vast region of West Asia and North Africa, are all visions that became a reality. These visions made into a reality are a symbol of victory stemming from Imam's discourse, path, and method. Many of Imam Khomeini's dreams have come true, over time, and many others will, by Allah's favor, come true in the future. 


Our magnanimous Imam's Islamic Republic will achieve more growth and greatness on a daily basis, and that has made the enemies edgy and angry. My dear ones -- dear youth, great people of Iran -- the actions taken up by the enemies are signs of their tension, fear, and anger -- not a sign of power. What the enemy does, today, against the Islamic Republic does not stem from power. The enemies’ behavior shows only that they are nervous, angry, and agitated because of the Islamic Republic's greatness and progress. They are angry with the Iranian nation's resistance: their behavior originates from this. 


The third criterion has to do with the identification of the Commander of the Faithful's enemies: this is instructive as well. Take a look at the front that rallied against the Commander of the Faithful: it is clear this front is made up of the “Qaasitin” [oppressors], the “Naakithin” [oath breakers], and the

“Maareqin” [heretics]. The Qaasitin were fundamental enemies of the Commander of the Faithful's (a.s.) government. The Naakithin were the weak-willed and irresolute companions who broke their allegiance because of trifles in the world and because of their materialistic desires and temptations. And the Maareqin(s) were the witless imbeciles and ignorant people who stood up against the living Quran – the Commander of the Faithful – thinking that they were following the Quran. --This was the front which opposed the Commander of the Faithful. 


The Qaasitin, who were the fundamental enemies, were opposed to the essence of the Commander of the Faithful's government; but, later on, history revealed the replacement they had chosen for the government of the Commander of the Faithful. The likes of Ḥajjaj ibn Yusuf, Ubayd Allah ibn Ziyad, and Yusuf ibn Umar al-Thaqafi were individuals who had been chosen by the Qaasitin – fundamental enemies – to replace the justice-based government of Ali. Opportunists, materialists, and the witless wanted the same thing, but they did this in different ways. Of course, witlessness was a specific quality of the Maareqin hordes and their leaders, who most probably collaborated with the enemies: the same claim is being made in the history of the Khawarij.


These three fronts [Qaasitin, Naakithin, and Maareqin] confronted our magnanimous Imam as well. The fronts which confronted our late Imam were comprised of these three groups: the US, the Zionist regime and their cohorts within the country formed the Qaasitin against our magnanimous Imam. They were individuals who were opposed to the essence of the Islamic Republic's and the Islamic government's rule, and they were against the authority of a person like our magnanimous Imam. They, too, were and still are looking for a replacement for this government. Their replacements are today's versions of Hajjaj ibn Yusuf, and it is clear who they are. 


In the front which opposed Imam, Naakithin – the oath breakers – were formed of loose companions. Woe upon those loose companions who could not resist materialistic desires! They turned the arena of competition to do well into an arena of war for the sake of power and seizing the trifles of the world. There were all kinds of individuals among them. During the time of the Commander of the Faithful, the Naakithin were comprised of the likes of Talha and Zubayr and some other insignificant individuals. The same was true for Imam, but he stood up against this diverse and vast front.


The Maareqin – the ignorant – were comprised of those people who did not understand the conditions and circumstances of the country or the people of Iran in the presence of our magnanimous Imam. They failed to identify the enemy's deployments and methods. They busied themselves with a peripheral matter, and they failed to understand the greatness of our Imam's movement. If we want to cite examples of this group, we can refer to the likes of DAESH and others, in our time and at the beginning of the Revolution, we can refer to the munafeqeen [MEK] and other such groups whose treacherous leaders and their cohorts – the subordinate factions among them – were ignorant and deceived.


These three groups and the enmity that they showed was not particular to Imam Khomeini. Such enmity has continued after Imam's existence as well. Today, too, these three groups have deployed their forces against the Islamic government and the great legacy of Imam – the Islamic Republic. However, the Islamic Republic's fighting, resistance, and steadfastness have prevented their transgression. Of course, this joint front is doing its best to create obstacles and problems for the Islamic Republic. They are creating problems, and they are slowing down the movement of the people of Iran, but they will not be able to prevent them from making progress.


We thank God for living in an era wherein we have managed to witness a great man who had so many things in common with the Leader of the Pious and the guide for all liberated individuals throughout history – the Commander of the Faithful, Imam Ali (a.s.) – and who managed to leave behind the product of his greatness for the Iranian nation.


Well, now hearts and minds are prepared. How would Imam (may God bestow paradise on him) face this situation? What made Imam a role model? I would like to discuss this very briefly as this is a good lesson for us. I would like to mention a few characteristics of our magnanimous Imam's behavior.


First of all, Imam behaved in a courageous and active manner in the face of enmities and enemies. His behavior was not marked by weakness and passiveness. Imam never became passive, nor did he feel weak and exhibit weakness. He confronted the enemies in a powerful and active manner.


The second characteristic is that Imam would avoid making hasty decisions out of impatience. He would not get carried away in the face of events, and he would not rely on irrational feelings. His decisions were courageous decisions accompanied by firm feelings based on rational calculations.


The third characteristic is that Imam would pay attention to priorities. His focus was on immediate priorities. For example, during the time of revolutionary activities, his priority was confronting the monarchic regime, and he would not get involved in peripheral matters. During the time of the imposed war, his priority was the war. He said many times that the war and the sacred defense was at the top of all affairs. And this was the truth of the matter. He always focused on matters of high priority, and he would not bring peripheral matters into his sphere of work. At the beginning of the Revolution – in the first days and weeks after the Revolution – one could, surprisingly, see that his focus was on the Constitution, the establishment of the government, the authority of the law and other such things. He always focused on the main issue.


The fourth characteristic is that he trusted the capabilities of the people. He considered the people of Iran to be great, well-informed, and capable people. He trusted them, and he was optimistic about them, particularly the youth. Notice how optimistic he was, in his statements, about the people and youth.


The fifth admirable characteristic [of Imam] was his refusal to trust the enemy. Throughout his ten-year blessed presence at the top of the Islamic government, Imam did not trust the enemy even for one moment. He was pessimistic towards the enemy's suggestions. He was indifferent towards the enemy's pretentions. He considered the enemy as the enemy in the real sense of the word, and he would not trust the enemy at all. 


The sixth characteristic was his insistence on the solidarity and unity of the people. --This was another characteristic of Imam's behavioral mode in the face of such enmity. Everything that could divide the people into factions and poles was condemned in the eyes of Imam.


The seventh characteristic was faith and firm belief in divine assistance and divine promises: this is a pivotal point. Imam would rely on divine assistance. He would do his very best, and he would stand in the arena with all his existence, but his hope was pinned on divine assistance and divine power. He truly believed in one of two good things – "Can you expect for us any fate other than one of two good things [martyrdom or victory] {The Holy Quran, 9: 52}?" He believed that if we do things for the sake of God, the gates of loss would be closed. If tasks are carried out for the sake of God, no loss, whatsoever, will come our way. We will either progress or carry out our duties even if we do not make any progress and this way, we can hold our heads up high before God.


I will tell you dear brothers, dear sisters, and great people of Iran, we have precisely followed the path of Imam even after his demise and, by Allah's favor, we will continue to do so. We will not adopt a passive or weak position, by Allah's favor and grace, we will stand up against the greed and bullying of foreigners and enemies. We will not make decisions in a hasty and irrational manner, and we will not pay attention to peripheral – instead of fundamental – matters. We will not get involved in such matters, and we will not busy ourselves with them. We will correctly identify our priorities by Allah's favor and guidance. Hopefully, we will trust our people and our dear youth, and their capabilities. We will never place our trust in the enemy. We will prevent our dear people from duality and polarization, and we are confident of divine assistance. We have no doubt that by Allah's favor and grace, the people of Iran will achieve victory through this motivational force, with the same feeling that is pushing them forward today, with this faith and with this hope.


We are aware of the enemy's plan! We are completely aware of the enemy's plan and we will reveal it to the people. Of course, our dear people know, understand, and feel many things. Today, the enemy's plan is comprised of these three elements: economic pressure, psychological pressure, and practical pressure. The purpose of these three kinds of pressure is to dominate our dear country – Iran – as they have dominated some miserable and ignominious countries in the region.


Economic pressure means imposing sanctions and preventing other countries from cooperating with us in economic areas. --They are exerting such pressures. Pay careful attention that what they want to achieve from economic pressures and sanctions is not only pressuring the government and the Islamic Republic, rather they foolishly want to exhaust the people of Iran. They say that they should exhaust the people of Iran so that the Islamic government would be forced to give in to their bullying. --This is their goal. They neither know the people nor the Islamic Republic. This is economic pressure, and they pursue this goal, but this goal will turn out to be a complete failure, by Allah's favor and grace, and with the efforts of officials and the people


As for the psychological pressure, this is a very important and noteworthy point. They have targeted the Islamic Republic's strengths – those strong points which are a source of power for the country and the people – introducing them, in their propaganda and encounters with others, as problematic and challenging issues with the purpose of making the Iranian nation disappointed in those strengths. 


For example, one of these strong points is our nuclear progress. Nuclear progress has been a source of pride for the technology of the country. Nuclear progress has been a source of pride for fields of technology and science of the country. It has revealed the talents of our youth; therefore, it is not a minor achievement. Perhaps, you remember the day when we needed 20-percent enriched uranium for medical purposes. Our resources at 20 percent were about to run out, and we had to get more. How were we supposed to do so? We had to get it from foreign countries – like the US, European countries, and the like – but they created all sorts of obstacles ahead of us. They laid down numerous terms and conditions for us because they understood that we needed it. When a people vitally need something, they have no choice other than to accept the conditions and impositions of sellers. They wanted to seize the opportunity to lay down all kinds of terms and conditions for us.


The negotiations, talks, and meetings lasted for months – perhaps for more than a year – but they would not retreat, and they would repeat their demands and expectations. However, the Islamic Republic placed its trust in its youth and it asked them to develop our nuclear power. Our youth went to work, and they managed to produce the 20-percent enriched uranium inside the country, much to their surprise. They did so without having any model from the outside. This shocked them! The issue is like this: the power of our experts, scientists, and youth to launch a scientific and technological movement – those scientists and youths are present in the country today as well -- made the enemy angry and enraged. Well, this is a great strength for the country: it is a source of reputation and credit. In practice too, it brings the country towards progress.


Through their extensive propaganda efforts, they tried to make some people believe that this achievement – which is a national strong point – is a problematic issue and a weakness. They said that the nuclear issue of the country is a source of tension and a challenge, that it will make the enemy increase his pressure; therefore, it is of no avail. They want to turn this source of strength into a problematic and challenging issue so that they can take it away from us: it's just one of the things that they are doing. This is a psychological course of action, one which is deep-rooted and important to comprehend. They want to make a people pessimistic towards their greatest breakthroughs.


Another example is the issue of missiles. Building various missiles and missile power is a source of security in the country. Our youthful generations do not remember the days when Tehran was burning under a barrage of missile attacks day and night. Houses were destroyed, and innocent lives were taken in Tehran! The enemy's missiles reached cities near the front-lines -- like Dezfoul, Ahvaz, Susa, and other towns and cities -- and other cities even farther! We did not have missiles or other means of self-defense, we simply had to watch all the suffering as our hands were tied.


Today, our youth have made us the foremost missile power in the region. The enemy must know if they strike us just once, we will strike back ten times fold! [Audience chants "Down with the USA, Down with Israel!"] So, missiles are a source of security and strength for Iran. Notice that the enemy has focused on our strengths: they have set their sights on our missile program. Unfortunately, some inside the country are going along with the enemy, echoing the enemies’ words by saying, "What's the use of our missile program?"


Another strong point of our country is the Islamic Republic's pursuit of international justice. This is a source of praise for the Islamic Republic. If the Islamic Republic advocates for oppressed nations, this is a basis for our keen reputation. The Islamic Republic of Iran's support for the Palestinian nation and other oppressed nations is a source of refinement for Iran. The Islamic Republic has strengthened resistance forces in the region that stand against the Zionist regime: this is while the enemies have created detrimental elements such as ISIS and Al-Nusrah fronts in Iraq and Syria. The Islamic Republic supported the resistance forces in the West Asian region. This pursuit of justice led us towards defending the Palestinian nation; defending the independence of regional countries; defending the territorial integrity of countries; therefore, it is a strong point. However, the enemy is pretending that this strongpoint is an act of interference by the Islamic Republic. They are introducing our righteous aptitudes as delinquent.

--This is our situation with the enemy today. 


The enemies’ agents inside the Islamic Republic, today, are unfortunately busy at stirring up some problems as well. At one time, they chanted the slogan "Neither Gaza nor Lebanon" on the streets of Tehran and on the occasion of Quds Day—a national day for defending Palestine. Those who help with the enemy's psychological warfare, inside the country, are corrupt beings. They are despicable individuals: a source of embarrassment.


In the present time too, there are some people who are trying to impose a distorted form of the

the JCPOA on the country. Foreign governments are pursuing this goal, and some inside the country are saying that "if we do not go along [with the JCPOA]," this will lead to war. --This is a lie that the enemy wants others to believe. It is clear what the enemy's ultimate goal is. The enemy is trying to lead us towards the abandonment of our strengths, they want us to give up our elements of national power so that they can easily dominate our country, our people, our fate, and our future. They have devised such an unruly plot, but the people have stood up against the enemy. 


As for the practical pressure, I would like to speak a little about this to our dear people throughout the country. Their practical pressure is exerted by causing a commotion in various parts of the country. Causing upheaval is one of their definite plans, but they will fail miserably on this one for sure, as it has been the case to this day! The enemy's plan is to take advantage of the people's demands. Now, some people in a particular city or region of the country might have some valid demands or requests; naturally, they gather somewhere, pursuing their rights. For example, there are laborers who pursue their labor rights or city people who pursue civil demands. 


In such cases, as mentioned, the enemy sends in infiltrators – like thugs and malicious individuals who are, of course, very few in number – inside the country so that they can turn the people's peaceful and valid demonstrations into an anti-security and seditious movement with the purpose of staining the reputation of the country, the people, and the Islamic Republic. The people throughout the country must be aware of the enemies’ intentions: they have devised schemes to that end. Of course, I reckon, I firmly believe that they are horribly wrong, and our dear people will stand up against their schemes in a powerful, courageous, and vigilant manner. I advise our dear people to preserve their vigilance, as they have done so until now.


The people's presence on the scene is very important: Quds Day is imminent. The upcoming Friday is Quds Day and the world will see the people's active presence on that day. By Allah's favor, despite the fact that the people are fasting and it is very hot – they will do so while they are fasting just like all other Quds days. This year’s Quds Day will gain moment and be stronger and more enthusiastic than Quds days in previous years.


Now, that I’ve mentioned the JCPOA, I would like to raise a few points about it. One can infer from the statements of some European governments that they expect the people of Iran to both endure and wrestle with sanctions, and to give up their nuclear activities – which are a vital need for the future of the country – and to continue the restrictions that they have imposed on them. 


The West's dream regarding the JCPOA will not come true, and the Iranian nation and government will not tolerate being under sanctions, while limited in the nuclear field. The Atomic Energy Organization has the responsibility to immediately prepare the ground for developing 190,000 SWUs – for the moment within the framework of the JCPOA. It should also prepare the ground, effective tomorrow, for other activities which have been ordered by the President.


Now, I would like to say a few words to the Arab youth.

[Speaking in Arabic] I would like to address courageous Arab youth and say to them: today, your nations have pinned their hopes on the youth. You should prepare yourselves for a future wherein your countries will benefit from the blessings of freedom, progress, and independence. Submitting to the US, failing to adopt a decisive position in the face of the usurping Zionist regime, adopting hostile positions against the brethren, and flattering the enemies – all these actions have turned some Arab states into an enemy for their nations. And you, the youth, have the responsibility of overcoming this issue. 


I call on you, dear ones, to fill yourselves with hope, innovation, and action: cultivate your personalities. Attach great significance to the cultivation of your personalities, and the future will belong to you if you embark on building it up today. If you build towards a brighter future, you will be the ones who will benefit from its blessings. 


You should not be intimated by the dominance of the world by Kufr [incredulity], and you should be confident about the promise of Allah, the Omnipotent, and the Magnificent. Allah the Pure and the Exalted says with complete clarity:  "Or do they intend a plot? But those who defy Allah are themselves involved in a plot," [The Holy Quran, 52: 42].


Friday is Quds Day and defending the resistant, Mujahid, and self-sacrificing people of Palestine on that day is a big step in this direction. I pray to Allah the Exalted for you, for your success, and for your steadfastness on this enlightened path.


Greetings are upon you and Allah's mercy and blessings


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