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Excerpts from Supreme Leader's Meeting with People from Various Social Backgrounds

Excerpts from Supreme Leader's Meeting with People from Various Social Backgrounds
August 1, 2016

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, and peace and greetings be upon our Master and Prophet, Ab-al-Qassem al-Mustafa Muhammad and upon his immaculate, pure and chosen household…

Welcome dear brothers and sisters, you who have come from different provinces of the country and who have imbued our Hussainiyah today with the scent of martyrs’ names and memories and with revolutionary spirit. I thank the dear brothers who sang a song and who recited the Holy Quran in chorus. Of course, there was too much noise in the meeting with the result that some people did not hear the very beautiful recitation of these dear brothers. You missed it, but I listened very carefully and I benefited from it. Wherever and whenever the holy ayahs and words of the Holy Quran are recited, they are a source of spirituality and blessing, particularly the ayahs that these dear brothers had chosen: the ayahs of Sura al-Ahzab which represent the clear and straight path of the Islamic Ummah at difficult moments and amid the complicated chains of time.

These ayahs clarify the path of the Islamic Ummah. They make it clear what we should do if the Islamic Ummah faces certain problems – like the problems that are referred to in these ayahs – in every era: “Among the believers are men who have been true to their covenant with Allah” [The Holy Quran: 33: 23]. When one’s covenant with God – the covenant that believers have reached with God – is sincere, all tasks will move forward and all problems will be eliminated. Of course, life involves certain obstacles and problems. There is no paved road ahead of any nation. Nations should smooth the path with their determination and endeavor and they should move towards their goals. The nations who achieved the peak of spirituality, civilization, welfare and bliss moved like this. These ayahs teach these things to us.

Well, the month of Dhul-Qa’da, which is imminent, is the first haraam month. A haraam month means a month in which we should show respect. From the viewpoint of the God of the World, “Of them, four are haraam” [The Holy Quran, 9: 36]. Allah the Exalted has made four months dearer than others with certain religious rules which specify the things and the affairs for which we should show respect. Muslims should learn a lesson from these divine teachings.

A great mystic – the late Hajj Mirza Ali Aqa Qazi– said that the months of haraam, which are months of divine respect, are months in which Muslims should prepare themselves for entering the sensitive and important arenas of life by paying more attention to Allah the Exalted and by worshipping Him more. Today, what is important to the people of Iran – these great and glorious people – is to move forward on this glorious path that they have taken with power, with speed, with dignity and with honor.

The meeting that we have today is a special meeting. Different groups of our dear people have come from the four corners of the country and from various provinces and they have gathered in this place. People from the southeast to the northwest of the country and from various tribes – Fars, Turk, Kurd, Baluch – are present in this meeting. This has a certain meaning. It means that united Iran with its various and numerous tribes has one goal and one path. Languages and religions might be different from one another, but the lofty goals of these people are similar to one another. Everyone wants to introduce dear Iran to the world as a model of an Islamic country.

Being a model of an Islamic country does not mean that everyone in this country is busy saying daily prayers and duas, and fasting. Of course, these things exist and they define spirituality, but as well as this spirituality, there is material progress, scientific growth, expansion of justice, a decrease in class differences, and elimination of examples and peaks of aristocracy. These are the characteristics of an Islamic society.

Moreover, the people in this Islamic society are happy, they have a feeling of happiness and security, they move towards their lofty goals, they worship God and they benefit from worldly achievements. The people of Iran are after creating such a society. Everyone wants such a society. There is no disagreement between Shias and Sunnis, Kurds, Baluch, Fars and Turks in this regard. Everyone is after creating this society. This is a model. When it becomes a model, then other Muslim nations will find the path as well.

Today, this is our problem. Since one or two centuries ago, global arrogance and colonialism has found its interest in creating discord among Muslim nations. It has found its interest in that. Why? It is because if it did that, it could loot the sources of wealth in the world, it could prevent them from making the achievements that they deserved and it could exploit them. Global powers set themselves this goal thanks to the scientific and technological power that they had gained and the weapons that they had built and unfortunately, they succeeded in doing so to a great extent. This is why from the beginning of the Revolution until today, we have been extending the hand of friendship towards Muslim nations and Muslim governments and this is why we have been inviting them to unity, solidarity and resistance in the face of the enemy plots.

When the people of Iran manage to reach the point where they can introduce themselves to the world as a Muslim nation in the real sense of the word, this will be the greatest promotion for Islam. If that happens, other nations too will take that path and the formation of the great Islamic Ummah, which is a source of dignity for Islam and a source of promoting it throughout the world, will become a reality. The Islamic civilization that we expect to have the power to overcome the deviating and corrupt material civilization of the west, will be achieved on that day. The prologue is here. The prologue for that to happen is that we people of Iran find the power to move towards becoming a role model.

Well, everyone should work hard. Both officials and the masses of the people should work hard. This issue will not take one, two years. It is a long-term issue. It will take time. If you take a look at Islamic civilization, you will see that the peak of Islamic civilization occurs during the fourth and fifth centuries. Those centuries were the peak of science. It was during those centuries that great ulama, researchers, philosophers and scholars in the area of worldly sciences emerged in the world of Islam. Those personalities managed to move the world forward. Many of the achievements that westerners have made originate from that movement. Of course, today, we will move at a faster rate. By Allah’s favor, we can achieve those results sooner today. However, this is a process that takes time.

-Sometimes, the enemies create some obstacles. It is a wise course of action for us to go and eliminate these obstacles with acumen. But the enemy cannot be trusted.

-“Arrogant” means this. “Global arrogance” means this. It means bullying, considering oneself as superior, refusing to be committed to one’s promises and regarding oneself as free of any commitment. This is the meaning of arrogance. Arrogant individuals go back on their promises. Well, our magnanimous Imam (r.a.) said that America is the Great Satan. This description is really an excellent description. Allah the Exalted quotes Satan saying to those who followed him, “And Satan will say when the matter is decided, ‘It was Allah Who gave you a promise of truth. I too promised, but I failed in my promise to you” [The Holy Quran, 14: 22]. On Judgment Day, Satan says to his followers, “God gave you a true and genuine promise, but you did not follow His promise and you did not stick to it. I gave you a false promise and you followed me! I broke my promise to you. I gave you a promise and I violated it.”

Satan blames his followers on Judgment Day like this. Then, Allah the Exalted quotes Satan saying to his followers, “Then reproach not me, but reproach your own souls” [The Holy Quran, 14: 22]. He says to them that they should blame themselves, not him. In the present time, this is completely true in the case of America. Satan says this on Judgment Day, and the Americans say it today in this world. They give promises, but they do not act on them. They take a concession that is in cash, but they do not give the one that is on credit. This is America’s condition. Therefore, others should not be trusted.

-Aristocratic lifestyle should be prevented. An aristocratic lifestyle is the ruin of our country! When an aristocratic lifestyle is created at the peaks of society, it will flow down to the foot as well. Under such circumstances, you will see that even those families that are not in good living conditions will have to adopt an aristocratic lifestyle when they want to marry their son or their daughter or when they want to have a gathering. When an aristocratic lifestyle becomes a culture, this will be the result. Aristocratic lifestyle should be prevented. Officials’ behavior and words and the lessons that they teach should be against this aristocratic orientation. Islam has the same outlook as well.

-As for regional matters, the region has become a turbulent region today. When we take a look at it, we see America’s footprint again. The Saudi government has publicly established relations with the Zionist regime and it has made its comings and goings official. This is stabbing the Islamic Ummah in the back. There is no doubt that what the Saudis have done – overt relations with the Zionist regime – is really a dagger that has been pushed into the body of the Islamic Ummah from behind. They have committed high treason. They have committed a sin. However, on this matter too, America’s hand is involved. Because the Saudi government follows America, because it is possessed by it, and because it obeys its orders, it has made this grave mistake. America is involved on this matter too.

Or when you witness that it is almost a year and a half now that Yemen has been under bombardment, is this a minor event? They are constantly bombarding a country. And they are not bombarding its military centers, rather they are bombarding its markets, hospitals, public squares and schools and the people’s houses and gatherings. This is not a minor event, rather it is a very grave crime. They do not understand what the month of Ramadan and a month of haraam are and they do not differentiate between children and adults. They have murdered so many children! Well, this is a grave crime as well which has unfortunately been committed by the Saudi government. However, they have done so with the support of America, with its approval and with its weapons – the weapons and ammunitions that are from America.

It is they who are providing them will all the resources. Even when the United Nations wants to say something in this regard – now, after a lifetime of silence, it has decided to say something true and to condemn this course of action – they shut its mouth with money, with threats and with pressure. This poor and infamous Secretary General of the United Nations acknowledged that they have exerted pressure on him. Well, if they pressured you and if you cannot fulfill your duty, why do you not resign? Why do you stay there and betray humanity? This is betraying humanity! America is involved on this matter as well.

On the issue of Bahrain, when a foreign army comes to Bahrain from another country in order to pressure the people of Bahrain, here too, America has given its green light. The Saudi government is a government that is being managed by children: by silly children in the real sense of the word. The Saudi government is in their hands. However, what one understands after analyzing and witnessing all the issues is that this is really being done by the Americans and with their support.

The same is true of these takfiri groups. In the present time, they claim that they have formed a coalition against takfiri groups. Of course, even right now, they are not doing anything against them. According to the reports that we have received, they even help them in some places. However, the creation of these groups goes back to America. Some American officials have acknowledged this. They have acknowledged that they have helped create Isis in order to create discord inside the Islamic Ummah and in order to promote Umayyad and Marwani Islam. This Wahhabi and takfiri Islam is the same as Umayyad and Marwani Islam! It is a kind of Islam that is miles away from real Islam. They have made Islam disreputable. Of course, they themselves are suffering from the consequences of their actions as well. It is well-known in Farsi that “Anyone who plants a wind will reap a storm.” Now, they are gradually reaping a storm. But this is their fault anyway. It was they who did so.

The same is true of other matters. The Americans claim that they want to solve regional problems, but in reality, it is the opposite of this. They themselves have created or intensified these problems. They are a barrier to solving the problems. If things are in the hands of regional peoples, they will resolve the problems on their own. Once more, we would like to invite the Islamic and Arab governments which are around us to avoid trusting America. They should know that America is not trustworthy. America looks at them as a tool: a tool for preserving the Zionist regime and their own arrogant outlook and interests in the region. In reality, America is not interested in them in any way. It uses their money and their resources for its own interests. It uses them in order to create a rampart for itself, to preserve the Zionist regime and uphold its own arrogant goals in the region. This is what they are doing.

On the issue of regional events, in my opinion, the solution is that Muslim nations and Muslim governments become united and show resistance in the face of the goals of arrogance, America and some European governments. Some European governments made themselves disreputable by following America. This way, they made themselves fall out of favor with regional nations. Well, some European governments were even respected by our people – the people of Iran – but they made themselves disreputable by following America. Their goals should be identified and then our movement should be launched against their goals. Nations can do so. And of course, our nation has stood firm.

I should add that despite all these statements and analyses, America is becoming weaker in the region on a daily basis. Its plans have been revealed and it is clear what it is after: It is after interfering in the affairs of different countries. And it is not the case that it only shows enmity towards us and that it is friends with others. This is not the case. You witnessed what happened in Turkey. Of course, in our opinion, it has not been proved yet that America was involved there, but there is a serious accusation that the coup d’état that was launched in Turkey was masterminded by the Americans. If this is proved, this will be a big scandal for America.

If we people of Iran are optimistic about the promise that Allah the Exalted has given and if we prepare the ground for that promise, then problems will be solved. God has said, “If you help the cause of Allah, He will help you” [The Holy Quran, 47: 7]. If you help God’s religion and if you strengthen and aid divine motives, Allah the Exalted will undoubtedly help you. No creature in the world can weaken a person who is helped by Allah the Exalted. Such a person will become stronger and more victorious on a daily basis. I hope that Allah the Exalted will help the people of Iran to succeed in all arenas – security, economic, military, political, cultural and scientific arenas – God willing. I hope that He will make you dear people happier and more victorious on a daily basis.

Greetings be upon you and Allah’s mercy and blessings

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