The Culture War
The Enemy's Strategy
In the Culture War, the enemy has lured us to the conflict so that we will use
the same instruments or else we will be outside the arena of confrontation. It
is important to point out that these instruments are foul, artificial,
commercial, hypocritical, individualistic, competitive, and are governed by the
In the Culture War, Western hegemony has been solidified to the extent that the
enemy is not willing to give up a single inch of our land, a portion of our
economy, or a drop of our blood. The enemy considers us as a part of his
abundant possessions and he is ready to wage wars that would last for a hundred
years in order not to lose his great feudal estate.
The infrastructure of the Culture War is the educational system and everything
else is based upon it.
In the Culture War, no clamor is made by the defender; there is only the voice
of the teacher who dictates Western ideology and submission to tyrannical
In the Culture War, we must "find the origin, foundation, and basis of
Humanities in the Holy Quran. This is one of the important sections in Quranic
Studies. We must pay heed to Quranic ideas and intricate points in different
domains, and we must search for the principles of Humanities in the Holy Quran.
This is an essential and very important feat. If this is accomplished, then
intellectuals, researchers, and opinion makers in different branches of
Humanities will be able to construct lofty monuments from this base and
foundation. Of course, in this case, they can benefit from the achievements of
other Westerners and those who have precedence in Humanities but the basis must
-The Supreme Leader, Sayyed Ali Khamenei in a meeting with female students of
Quranic Disciplines, 20 October, 2009.
In the Culture War, the effect of secular knowledge surpasses the scholarly and
objective aspect to encompass the individual and moral one. The reason is
because this knowledge attempts to determine man's true nature and to plan the
different aspects of his life in a way similar to how we benefit from the
methodologies of Humanities when contemplating life issues. Due to the fact that
the human mind concentrates upon life issues for most of the time, this
contributes to transforming these methodologies into the viewpoint we maintain
toward life- this viewpoint which faith and conduct depend on.
In the Culture War, the more that we accept submission to the tyrannical despot-
who considers himself as the sole possessor of true knowledge- the more will we
drift away from monotheism.
In the Culture War, we have not yet determined how to take from our enemy what
is of benefit to us and we have limited ourselves to the scientific,
intellectual, and cultural assistance which imperialistic embassies specify.
In the Culture War, the educational system which maintains a material viewpoint
to the universe is responsible for spiritual, emotional, and familial
disintegration. This educational system adopts a viewpoint which only pays heed
to the concrete aspect and expects us to perceive only what is material and
In the Culture War, Western "scholarly" texts take us to an atmosphere where
there is no spirit, emotions, family, or society. There are only instruments for
domination, control, and the transformation of humans to a means for
exploitation in various domains.
In the Culture War, when a Muslim teacher is informed that Islam has a say in
Humanities, he denounces this entire notion. He considers this as a trespass
upon his social rank as an instructor who has fulfilled all of the conditions of
learning because he adopts the Western educational system which is restricted to
the standards of foreign embassies.
In the Culture War, when you ask an educated person about his opinion concerning
a certain issue, he boasts that a certain "Western" figure says so and so…
Are you mute? Or have you had no time to contemplate and reach your own idea?
In the Culture War, we have become subjugated to Western intellectual standards
which we abide by because we consider them to be the highest exemplar for
conduct, thought, and life. Being instructed in these standards in educational
institutions brings us joy, and we conform to imperialistic knowledge with
In the Culture War, the first defeat was on the level of our outlook to the
universe. We are being targeted by a staggering amount of texts which are
provided by the current educational system and they are in charge of forming an
outlook to the universe which the West imposes upon us in all Humanities majors
and details. The first defeat occurred in educational institutions.
In the Culture War, all treacherous cadres and all unsuccessful ones are a
result of the educational system which has been formulated to produce either
imitation or pretense.
In the Culture War, our universities are devoid of a defiant motive for
intellectual resistance. What exists is a motive for acquiring a level in
memorization and receptiveness to directive instruction. The maximum aim is to
comprehend what the West desires and how it thinks because we forsook our
existence and entity a long time ago…!
In the Culture War, research methodology teaches us how to organize information
and not how to produce solutions because the productive mind forms a threat to
the haughty influence of the West.
In the Culture War, the basis is to consider that you have to memorize what
Westerners say, and the current educational system is responsible for
In the Culture War, Imam Khomeini's experience represents a knowledge source
which links between exalted knowledge and worldly knowledge and upon which we
can depend on in erudition and theory. However, we have limited ourselves to the
political aspect and neglected the wealth of knowledge…
In the Culture War, Imam Khomeini's experience consists of many matters which we
have not yet tried to discover. It consists of numerous aspects and the Imam
only clarified a part of them in his texts and speeches while the other parts
are scattered in his words and inside book pages. The issue we are discussing in
this humble attempt is the compilation and contemplation of some of those
dispersed ideas in order to produce an explanation for one of the aspects of
that brilliant experience: the knowledge aspect.
In the Culture War, the definition of an "educated person" has become distorted
to the individual who has dissented from genuine culture and has lost all
direction like a self-operating and self-destructive virus.
In the Culture War, we should pay heed to the intellectual fountain which we
drink from when we want to learn about humans as individuals and as a society.
Human dogmas which are based upon secular and material ideology have considered
the object of study- man – in an incomplete manner. Thus, they have fallen into
omission and contradiction which arises from disorderly diversity. They have
deviated from the correct path because they rely upon knowledge which is
inadequate and ambiguous concerning the origin and nature of human existence.
In the Culture War, books are a prized possession, reading is a form of
training, and parents are the teachers. As long as parents don’t sense that
raising their children to read well is necessary just like providing proper
nutrition, then our defenses will remain vulnerable and deficient.
To the religious university instructor who is affiliated with the Resistance but
adopts educational curriculums which provide his students with a sense of
cultural inferiority and subjugation to the West: If you don’t carry a weapon in
the military battle then don’t be a bullet shot from the enemy’s rifle in the
Culture War, at the very least in respect to the blood of martyrs.
In the Culture War, there is a central imperialistic arena which concerns
intellect and knowledge. The instructor who raises anti-imperialistic slogans
presents a complete set of subject matter about colonial subjugation and injects
the minds of our youth with destructive concepts. He is firmly convinced of the
rightfulness of his slogans but is heedless that he is a central figure in the
In the Culture War, the secular approach which is adopted in the Humanities
majors in our universities has become dissociated from spirituality through four
-A cultural gap: This approach is concerned with a domain which does not employ
cultural spiritual conceptualization.
-A doctrinal gap: It relies upon a material and incomplete viewpoint toward the
-A spiritual gap: It affects the soul and isolates it from its entity through
obscuring it and cancelling its function.
- A practical gap: It sorts practical guidelines which isolate the individual
and society from spirituality.
In the Culture War, upon careful consideration and examination we will discover
the amount of our genuine cultural elements which have been eliminated and
erased from the morality of our youth and nation.
In the Culture War, identities have been confiscated and substitute,
insignificant, and shallow identities have been forged to serve Western
advantage. After that, the West immerses us in various conflicts so that we will
remain dependent in everything.
In the Culture War, the first defensive line is to know that knowledge- prior to
being a means to gain a job or a social rank- is a field of struggle and
confrontation against the Western plunderer.
In the Culture War, being concerned for the community is a central factor in
identity, awareness, and confrontation. Solely being concerned with individual
needs is a fatal blow to nations.
Unfortunately In the Culture War, the utmost value is for everything new and not
everything which is beneficial.
In the Culture War, the holy month of Ramadan has been transformed into a month
of TV series. Our utmost concern has become how to avoid hunger, thirst, and
exhaustion as if we were fasting compulsively and with no knowledge of the
spiritual aims of fasting. The reason is because all our concern is limited to
the material aspect and our mind has been trained and confined to a material
framework which exploits every chance to flee from the difficulties of worship.
In the Culture War, the value of outer appearances has become established and
thus we have become poor in both wealth and intellect.
In the Culture War, we have lost the first building stone of the firm
confrontational structure. Our ideas have become individualistic, our
egocentrism dominates every behavior, and the rivalry between us makes us
heedless of confronting the enemy’s forces.
The most costly defeat In the Culture War is transforming the month of Ramadan
from a chance to recover our entities to a period for immersing in worldly
In the Culture War, our role models are the martyrs who sacrificed their souls
and did not give in to fear, exhaustion, or difficulty. They were martyred
standing firm and defiant and did not abandon their stance and resistance.
In the Culture War, we must understand and make use of our military victory
against the West and its representatives: the association of Zionists and
extremists. We should realize that we are also present and that we must stand in
the face of ideological invasion, in respect to the blood of our martyrs.
In the Culture War, we surrendered all the front-lines to the enemy even before
the war commenced. The military front will eventually drift us toward sacrifice
and struggle, but the West looks upon our intellectual and practical dissension
with great joy.
In the Culture War, the martyrs have sacrificed their lives for intellectual and
spiritual freedom. Time is the blood of this battle and effort is its weapon.
In the Culture War, we have started to regain the independence of our usurped
lands in order to reach the liberation of minds, hearts, and souls.
In the Culture War, we should not forget our
martyrs and the values they defended with their blood.
“We used to import diving suits from Europe with great effort because the
Pentagon had confiscated the stocks of diving suits many times and halted them.
In the night prior to operation ‘Wal Fajr 8’ when we were about to dive in the
water, I remember that Martyr Shushteri (may Allah have mercy on his soul) spoke
to us in a jesting yet serious tone. He said: ‘My brothers, try hard so that a
bullet will not hit your diving suits and pierce them. We have suffered a lot to
gain these suits.’
We said: ‘How can a bullet hit us yet not perforate the diving suit?’
He answered: ‘Let it hit your heads and faces for example’.
This was our previous state. We used to confront the world with empty hands and
started from below zero to reach what we have now achieved for all the enemy
battle ships fear us. We were the only ones who caused them humiliation because
they witnessed the great feat we accomplished in a time when we possessed
-Professor Hassan Rahimpour Azghadi
In the Culture War, the enemy prepares many ambushes for diversion and many
attacks to cause deviation.
In the Culture War, the last impregnable fortress is the month of Ramadan, but
now the forces of the enemy have crept into it.
In the Culture War, the enemy specifies our food, clothing, priorities, form of
entertainment, how to spend time, right and wrong, and values and ethics and we
are happy to follow his deceptive and exploitative guidelines.
In the Culture War, we know that we have lost a lot of money and time in
consuming products which only benefit the enemy’s economy and which he has
compelled us to buy through the way of life he has founded in societies.
In the Culture War, the Western plunderer has transformed nonessentials into
necessities through the media so that he will continue to gain profit and so
that we will proceed to impoverish ourselves.
In the Culture War, the person who earns the highest scholarly rank is the one
who is most submissive to Western concepts ideologies. Imitators are produced
In the Culture War, if you are not a fighter in the field of confrontation then
at least don’t be a spokesman for the enemy and don’t aim your rifle toward our
ideas and the minds of our youth.
In the Culture War, infiltration commences from the mind, ideology, and
knowledge. No lifeline is intact from being tread upon by Western ideology.
In the Culture War, the Western plunderer has crept into our souls and has been
able to plant the notion of dependence upon him in everything. We have become
convinced that it is impossible to gain independence and thus our countries and
nations continue to live in an imposed prison in all domains: political,
economical, and cultural…
In the Culture War, Islam has once again become unfamiliar due to the distortion
of the followers of the corrupt and deviant Ibn Taymiya. Thus, concepts such as
political Islam, Islamization, Islamists, jihad, jihadis…have become political
In the Culture War, the Islamic Republic of Iran has presented an exemplary
model of political Islam. It balances between genuineness and the needs of our
modern era and maintains diversity while confronting the Western plunderer. This
is the reason why the West and its Arab agents have striven to distort this
model after they despaired of destroying it.
The Spiritual and Religious Aspect
In the Culture War, we must always remember that it is the spirit which fights.
The Culture War starts with intellectual and mental plundering to reach
inactivity and despair in front of the enemy. After that we lose our spiritual
and moral freedom and this is the cause of every calamity in our Arabian and
In the Culture War, we have assimilated opportunism and egocentricity in every
detail. This is the absolute contrast of our exalted Islamic culture but we are
living happily with our spiritual and intellectual gap.
In the Culture War, the unity of minds and hearts is a necessity and a priority.
Separation and discord is proof of defeat.
The person who is wounded as a result of the Culture War needs a bandage,
medication, and compassionate treatment –not reproach for getting injured!
In the Culture War, we should be confident that the Resistance has illuminated
the darkness of the Arabian and Islamic state of affairs. This resistance
depends upon a deep-rooted, profound, and exalted culture which holds the
answers to intellectual and cultural challenges and is able to enlighten minds
and hearts in every domain. However, all this can be achieved under the
condition of putting up a struggle and a persistent effort, as in the case of a
In the Culture War, martyrs are the lights of guidance because they have
forsaken external appearances and insignificant ornaments.
In the Culture War, there are two movements which are propelled exponentially
and they are disbelief and extremism. Disbelief leads a religious person to
extremism and excommunicating others, while extremism leads the simple religious
individual to disbelief and the West controls these two movements. The
intellectual product of this motive is the disintegration of the culture and
value system of the Islamic region and the effect on the field of action is to
ignite this geographical area forever.
In the time of Israeli occupation, we rose and taught individuals who despaired
the lesson of revolution and God granted us victory. Similarly, in the Culture
War we are in a war of existence and victory will only be granted by God.
However, the revolution must first commence from deep inside us…
In the Culture War, after fulfilling the protection and establishment of our
existence we will become engaged in the battle of formulating it.
In the Culture War, the one who will remain alive is he who has gotten rid of
all the material and psychological desires of the worldly life.
In the Culture War, the West has placed our society between two choices: Either
the Islam which is distorted to the extent of brutality, or liberalism which is
degraded to complete lewdness. Thus, the only choice is corruption and
dissoluteness…either disbelief or extremism.
In the Culture War, we are amazed with physical theories because they provide
ready instruments, but we are heedless of the fact that these instruments were
formed with complete inattention to man’s true nature because the purpose of
their creation is domination and exploitation. They represent an existential and
ethical contrast. However, the Islamic view which we think is indirect is based
upon both truth and value.
In the Culture War, the integrity of the instruments, pureness of intention, and
profound affiliation are essential conditions in the true confrontation. I can’t
reflect the immaculateness of an exalted culture with a heart ardently attached
to fame or wealth, or a personality which is embarrassed of its affiliation or
does not hold on well to its standards of values, ethics, and religious
Strategy of Defense
In the Culture War, we must first admit that we announced our defeat a long time
ago and that we need to awaken in order to know which point the enemy's forces
have now reached.
In the Culture War, the timing is extremely important. Currently, the sound of
rifles is intense but there is no escape from engaging in a decisive war in the
true field of confrontation later on.
In the Culture War, we must specify the standards of acceptance and
rejection…our standards and our barricades.
In the Culture War, the road is long and the required effort will not quickly
lead to the desired results.
In the Culture War, whoever turns his back away from the battle will lose the
ability to defend and to remain in existence.
In the Culture War, failure to act and remaining silent are tantamount to
admitting defeat and accepting submission to the occupier.
In the Culture War, we live in a world which is not ours but we are struggling
and remaining firm in every moment and at every intersection.
In the Culture War, we establish concepts and we don't assimilate them without