A warning to Arafat: the superpowers are not a reliable refuge!
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
Even though the material strength of our revolution is little, its spiritual
power is what has caused its progress. So it was that our people with only their
fists and blood prevailed over a great satanic power which was supported by the
superpowers equipped with all kinds of satanic paraphernalia, and over those
powers which before this victory supported the Shah and expressed loyalty to
him. It was the power of the peoples faith that caused them to be victorious
over all of these with only their fists and blood. And in addition to the power
of faith which existed, the true secret of this victory, indeed something which
was a consequence of this power of faith, was the peoples ideological unity.
Because this was an Islamic and human revolution, it spread like wildfire
throughout all the regions of Iran, from the remote villages to the major
cities, and through all sections of society. It was because of this ideological
unity that these satanic powers were unable to resist it and one stronghold
after another was relinquished. Of course, we still have many problems to face;
they plundered our country, they turned our country upside down and perverted
all signs of civilization. In the name of a great civilization they put our
educational system in a state of backwardness; in the name of progress they
completely destroyed our agrarian economy; and in the name of freedom they
suppressed the freedoms of all our newspapers and propaganda organs. We have
inherited a country which is in a terrible mess. Everything in it is ruined and
must be built anew. However, through Gods grace, because the affair is a divine
one and I feel that it is Gods intention that the weak will be victorious, all
sections of the nation are united to overcome these difficulties of ours, and,
God willing, through the efforts of our people we will solve our problems.
I ask of God the Blessed and Exalted that our brethren nation of Palestine will
overcome their difficulties. We are their brothers. From this movements
inception more than fifteen years ago, I have always, in my writings and
speeches, spoken of Palestine and called attention to the crimes that Israel has
perpetrated there. God willing, after we are freed from these fetters then to
the same degree that we stood with you at that time and are now standing with
you, I hope that we will confront the problems together like brothers. I beseech
God the Blessed and Exalted to exalt Islam and the Muslims and to return Quds to
Yassir Arafat addressing Imam: It was my misfortune, or good fortune, to have
been born there; it is my homeland. Fate decreed that I be born there, but that
does not mean I alone am responsible for freeing Beit ul-Maqaddas. You are all
responsible. After this great victory in Iran, your responsibility is greater
than mine, even though I was born there. I have nothing to offer in the way of
freeing Quds apart from my blood, but you, with this great victory and the means
at your disposal, have a great flood at your command; you must do something so
that you can all pray in Quds. God willing.
Imam: God willing.
Yassir Arafat: An earthquake is now in the offing and may have even arrived.
"When thou threwest a spear, it was not thy act but Gods." (Quran 8:17). In
reply to Dayan and Begin, I told them they could go and choose a patron and rely
on America, but I too could find support and indeed have done so: I rely on the
Iranian nation under the leadership of His Holiness the Grand Ayatullah Musavi
Imam: The Shah too relied on America, Britain, China, Israel and the others, but
these refuges are powerless. That refuge which is not powerless, but powerful,
is God. God is our refuge. I advise you, my own people and your people, to
always turn to God, not to these powers. Do not rely on material things but on
the spiritual. The power of God is greater than all these powers, thus it was
that we saw a nation which was weak and empty-handed prevail over all the
powers, and, God willing, will continue to do so. When we are with God, we are
not afraid of anything, for if we are slain in the way of God, we are blessed,
and if we slay in the way of God, we are also blessed.
Yassir Arafat: Last year, a large force from the Israeli military was sent to
the south of Lebanon to crush the Palestinian people and the Muslim people of
south Lebanon. The fighters gathered to resist these large military units did
not exceed 2,000. Facing them were 65,000 Israeli soldiers, either reserve
forces behind the front line or forces on the battlefield who believed that they
would destroy them in two hours. We found ourselves in a very difficult
situation. At the height of the difficulties, I turned to God and said: Oh God,
if these people, this group of people are killed, there will be none of your
worshippers left in this region, then victory arrived. That man, Mr. Brzezinski,
had said goodbye to the Liberation organization, believing it to be lost, but we
saw that God granted us a great victory, a victory in southern Lebanon. A year
had not passed since that victory - and our victory in southern Lebanon was a
small, simple victory - when we achieved the greatest of victories here "Truth
has now arrived and falsehood perished, for falsehood is by its nature bound to
perish." (Quran 17:81).
We struck terror into the hearts of our enemies. When Begin says that a dark
period has begun for the Israelis, it has great meaning. This is the cause of
their fear. When Kissinger says: the greatest event since the Second World War
has occurred, he is referring to the victory of the revolution in Iran. How is
the victory of the Islamic revolution in Iran dangerous for America? If America
does not adopt the measures in Iran that it took in Vietnam, the revolutionary
movement in Iran will be maintained until it reaches Israel. This is what
Kissinger said yesterday. From his comments we can see just how dangerous it is
for American interests in the region, and from the mouth of our enemy we can
understand the truth of our situation.
When I went to Baghdad, I told the heads of the Arab countries there, the Arab
rulers, that the very least I had heard from them was: What do you have to do in
Iran? What business do you have with Grand Ayatullah Khomeini? This was the
least of their remarks. Others told us our interests would best be served with
the Shah in power. Keep the Shah and your interests may even be furthered, they
said. In the last meeting with the leaders of the Persian Gulf states in the
Persian Gulf, just a few days before your victory here, they said information
had reached them to the effect that Bakhtiar would be victorious and the
Americans could keep him in Iran.
Imam Khomeini: All the estimations that the big governments made turned out
wrong because this was a divine affair.
Yassir Arafat: "And the unbelievers plotted and planned, and God too planned;
and the best of planners is God." (Quran 3:54).
Imam: They continue to make these appraisals and will do so in the future, but
they will all turn out to be wrong.
Yassir Arafat: They say an earthquake has taken place, we say an explosion of
light has occurred. We say the time has come when our people and our region will
be free and independent. Many problems lie before us, but nevertheless I am
optimistic about the future. A greater jihad and even more exhausting struggles
lie ahead of you, rebuilding a society is more difficult than fighting and
achieving victory. The Shah has ruined this place.
Imam: We place our hopes in God and do not despair of Him. God willing, we will
overcome our problems, but we don't believe we will overcome them through
material means, victory is attained through spiritual means. As long as our
people put their trust in God the Blessed and Exalted, they will progress, and
if, God forbid, there is any deviation, then it will be the end for us all.
Yassir Arafat: I don't think that the conspiracies of the enemies have ended.
When we look at the flood of events, we are certain that the enemy will not let
such a fortress collapse as easily as this.
Imam: The enemy doesn't want this to happen, but God will act against him, if He
Yassir Arafat: Even though I may smile now, the smile is only on my lips. My
heart is bleeding because of the killings that have occurred in Iran.
Imam: God willing, your heart will be gladdened.
Yassir Arafat: God is my witness that in my life I have not been as happy as I
was when you achieved victory.
Imam Khomeini: May God protect the Muslims, God willing.
Yassir Arafat: In Lebanon, shooting bullets into the air in celebration is not
allowed. It has been forbidden for more than a year now, the commander-in-chief
of the Palestine Liberation forces having given the command that no one must
waste any bullets no matter what the occasion. Yet with all of Lebanon engulfed
in flames, Abu Ammar himself broke this law for the
first time by shooting five bullets into the air in celebration. The villages in
the south of Lebanon, the Shiite-inhabited regions, these Shiite villages will
undoubtedly be pounded in air raids now, for Begin is grieved about events in
Iran. May God protect the south of Lebanon from the Israeli bomb attacks. May He
protect the forces of the Arab governments. God willing, may He protect His
Holiness the Grand Ayatullah and his people.
Imam: I hope that God will protect them.
Arafat: It is true that Israel has friends, but we too have brothers and
Imam Khomeini: We place our trust in God the Blessed and Exalted.
Yassir Arafat: The last week was the start of a new period.
Imam: God willing.
Imams remarks in a meeting with the Palestine Council, 18 February 1979 (29
Bahman 1357 AHS). Sahifa-yi Nur, Vol. 5, p. 92.
Unity and Relying on God are the Requisites for Victory
I ask God the Blessed and Exalted that just as our people triumphed through
ideological unity and reliance on God the Blessed and Exalted, freeing
themselves from the yoke of this dynasty and the people who supported and
promoted them, so too may God Almighty free our Palestinian brothers. The
important thing is that they have ideological unity and rely on God the Blessed
The secret of our victory was ideological unity, reliance on God the Blessed and
Exalted and the power of faith. The power of our nations faith was such that
martyrdom was seen as a blessing. The people sought martyrdom, they had no fear
of death, and thus it was that their fists prevailed over the tanks. The other
nations, the Palestinian nation, must find ideological unity and place their
reliance in God the Blessed and Exalted. Wherever this secret of victory
materializes, victory will ensue. Our dear Palestinian people must be united and
rely on God the Blessed and Exalted, they must turn their attention to the
clergy, to spiritual matters and to God the Blessed and Exalted so that they
will be victorious. I ask God the Blessed and Exalted to grant victory to all
the oppressed nations.
For many years now, perhaps twenty years, I have repeatedly aired my views on
Palestine and Israel, and I will say again: We condemn Israel. Israel is an
usurper. The land it has taken, it has taken unlawfully. Quds must be freed and
Israel driven out. The Arab governments must unite and drive Israel out of their
lands and sever the hands of the colonizers. I ask God the
Blessed and Exalted to grant that we achieve these aspirations and we can meet
Imams remarks at a meeting with a group of Palestinians and Bishop Cappucci, 2
April 1979 (13 Farvardin 1358 AHS). Sahifa-yi Nur, Vol. 5, p. 242.
Uprising of the people, the path to freeing Palestine
Do not wait for your governments to do something for you. For more than 15 years
now, I have been exhorting the Arab governments to unite together and free Quds,
but my words had no effect at all because they are not concerned about this
problem . . . not one of them is concerned about the people, the people must
think about themselves. If we were expected to sit and wait until the
governments did something for us, we would still have that same state of
backwardness that we had and the former Shah would still be ruling over us. It
was through the power of faith that our people acquired that we opposed the
superpowers and, praise be to God, were victorious and severed their hands. If
you want to overcome your problems, if you
want to free Quds, if you want to free Palestine, if you want to free Egypt and
the other Arab countries from the hands of these agents, from the hands of the
foreigners, then the people must rise up. The people must do this, they cannot
sit by and wait for the governments to do something about these problems, for
they only act when it is profitable for them. The people must rise up, they must
realize that the secret of victory is to wish for martyrdom and place no value
on material life, on the worldly, animalistic life. This is the secret that can
take the people forward, this is the secret that the Quran has revealed.
Imams remarks, 6 April 1979 (17 Farvardin 1358 AHS). Sahifa-yi Nur, Vol. 5, p.
Unite and Deracinate this Germ of Corruption
Unfortunately, the differences that are evident in the region, particularly the
Arab region, have made it possible for Israel with its small population to
resist the Arabs with their large population and the vast means they have at
their disposal. This germ of corruption covets the whole region, if it is not
stopped it will not be content with just Palestine and the al- Aqsa mosque, it
wants to conquer everywhere. It is up to the Muslims and the Muslim governments
to unite and deracinate this germ of corruption and not allow those who support
it to continue doing so.
I beseech God the Blessed and Exalted to enhance the power of Islam, to exalt
Islam and the Muslims and bring them unity. Imams remarks dated 21 April 1979 (1
Urdibihisht 1358 AHS). Sahifa-yi Nur, Vol. 6, p. 5.
The People must Awaken
For many years now I have continuously spoken about Israel and its crimes in my
sermons and writings, and have brought to the notice of the Muslims that
Israel is a cancerous tumour in a corner of
the Islamic countries which will not be satisfied with Quds and the other
places. No, they (the Zionists) intend to move on. They are the followers of
Americas policy and America does not simply aspire after one place, just as all
the superpowers wish to bring all the countries under their control if they can
. . . the Muslims must awaken. Today is not the day for the Muslims to be
sitting in a corner, each living his own particular life, this cannot be. At a
time when it is the policy of the superpowers to swallow up every place, the
Muslims must awaken. I hold out no hope for most of the governments, but the
people must awaken and come together under the banner of Islam and the command
of the Quran. God be praised, the Muslims number about a billion, their
countries are rich and their people are meritorious. However, those who seek to
rule over these countries (the imperialists) have, through the distorted
propaganda they have circulated over the past few hundred years and the
influence they have achieved in the universities and the centers which educate
the sons of Muslims, made the Muslims lose hope in themselves, they have made
them lose themselves. The Muslims must strive to find their greatness.
Imams remarks at a gathering of Shiite representatives from southern Lebanon, 21
May 1979 (31 Urdibihisht 1358 AHS). Sahifa- yi Nur, Vol. 6, p. 218.
We are by your side fighting Israel
Brothers, after offering you greetings and wishes for good health and peace, I
would like to say that the situation in Lebanon and the disasters which are
being brought upon our brothers have not escaped our attention. We are deeply
grieved by these inhuman actions being carried out against Muslim countries,
particularly against the people of Lebanon and our brothers, by the Zionists
with the help of America. We hope that God the Blessed and Exalted, who is the
supporter of the weak and oppressed, will help you and all our brothers. We are
fighting Israel and America by your side and hope that the forces of Truth will
defeat the satanic and tyrannical forces. Your troubles and suffering are not
new to Islam and the Muslims, the forces of tyranny have always opposed Islam
and fought with the Muslims. I ask for your victory and the success of all the
Imams message to the Shiites of Lebanon, 6 June 1979 (16 Khurdad 1358 AHS).
Sahifa-yi Nur, Vol. 7, p. 65.
Prayers for the Pa
and Lebanese brothers
Now all the Muslims and the oppressed, particularly (those in) beloved Iran and
(the) usurped (lands of) Lebanon and Palestine, are facing a sensitive period.
Iran confronts agitators connected to the regime along with renegades and
international Zionism, while Lebanon and Palestine stand against Israel the
enemy of Islam and the Muslims and the man-eating corrupter. At present, our
Muslim brothers in Palestine and Lebanon are bedevilled by the inhuman
aggressions of Israel, and if, God forbid, Israel is victorious on that front,
its aggressions will spread to other countries. It is required that in the
gatherings during the holy month, prayers are offered for the Palestinian and
Imams remarks dated 21 August 1979 (30 Murdad 1358 AHS).
Sahifa-yi Nur, Vol. 8, p. 218.
Advice to Make Revelations about Israel in Public
I have repeatedly warned the brothers in Islam in all countries, and
particularly the Arab brothers and the great Arab nation who are the vanguard of
Islam, of the great danger the foreigners, especially Zionism, pose to them. In
the month of Ramadan, which is a month of Islamic assemblies, it is necessary
that the believers pull back the curtain on the plots of this world-devouring
monster in their public gatherings and reveal the dangers posed by this enemy of
Imams remarks dated 25 July 1979 (3 Murdad 1357 AHS). Sahifa-yi Nur, Vol. 8, p.
If the Muslims come together, Israel will be destroyed
If the Muslims were united and each one of them threw a bucket of water over
Israel it would be washed away, yet still they are helpless before it. I am
puzzled as to why, when they know this, they do not turn to the sure remedy
which is unity and alliance? Why do they not neutralize the plots which the
imperialists use to undermine them? At what time will this puzzle be solved and
who is to be the one to solve it? Who should neutralize these plots other than
the Muslim governments and the Muslim nations?
Imams remarks dated 16 August 1979 (25 Murdad 1358 AHS). Sahifa-yi Nur, Vol. 8,
The need for the Muslims to unite in order to rectify the basic mistake
With the deepest of regret I must state that the governments and nations of
Islam, in particular the Arab governments and nations, made a mistake. The
mistake that all the Muslims made, particularly the Arab nations and
governments, was to give Israel a respite. The personal interests of the
governments prevented them from stifling Israels voice at the very start and
stopping it from gaining power. Unfortunately, their interests prevented them
from heeding our exhortations, which we have been voicing loudly over the past
20 years, or a little less, along with our call to unite against Israel. They
gave it a respite until the affair reached the stage it has. Now its aggressive
hands have reached out and set southern Lebanon aflame, and it means to extend
the borders of Palestine even further.
We have said repeatedly that Israel, this germ of corruption, will not be
satisfied with Quds, will not content itself with Beit ul-Moqaddas. If it is
given further reprieve, all the Muslim governments will be placed in danger. The
past mistake must be rectified through the Muslims unity and through the
formation of a Party of the Oppressed to stand against the imperious ones at
whose head are the criminal America and its most corrupt servant Israel.
This was the mistake of the Muslim governments and the Arabs in particular; they
must rectify this mistake and repent before God the Blessed and Exalted.
Imams remarks dated 18 August 1979 (27 Murdad 1358 AHS). Sahifa-yi Nur, Vol. 8,