In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
Quds Day is an international day, it is not a day devoted to Quds alone. It is
the day for the weak and oppressed to confront the arrogant powers, the day for
those nations suffering under the pressure of American oppression and oppression
by other powers to confront the superpowers; it is the day when the oppressed
should arm themselves against the oppressors and rub their noses in the dirt; it
is the day when the hypocrites will be distinguished from the true believers.
For the true believers acknowledge this day as Quds Day and do what they must
do. The hypocrites, however, those who are secretly affiliated with the
superpowers and are friends of Israel, are either indifferent on this day or do
not allow the people to hold demonstrations.
Quds Day is the day when the fate of the oppressed nations should be determined.
The oppressed nations should announce their existence against the oppressors,
and just as Iran rose up and rubbed the noses of the oppressors in the dirt, and
will continue to do so, so too all the nations should rise up and throw these
germs of corruption into the rubbish bin.
Quds Day is the day when the followers of the former regime in Iran and those
who conspire for the corrupt regime (Israel) and the superpowers in other
regions, particularly in Lebanon, should be put in their place. It is the day
when we must strive to rescue Quds and deliver our Lebanese brothers from these
pressures. It is the day when we must free all the oppressed from the clutches
of the oppressors, the day when the Muslim community, when all the Muslims
should announce their existence and warn the superpowers . . . Quds Day is the
day when the superpowers should be warned to stay at home and leave the
oppressed alone. Israel, the enemy of mankind, the enemy of humanity, which is
creating disturbances every day and is attacking our brothers in south Lebanon,
must realize that its masters are no longer accepted in the world and must
retreat. They must give up their ambitious designs on Iran, their hands must be
severed from all the Islamic countries and their agents in these countries must
step down. Quds Day is the day for announcing such things, for announcing such
things to the satans who want to push the Islamic nations aside and bring the
superpowers into the arena. Quds Day is the day to dash their hopes and warn
them that those days are gone.
Quds Day is the day of Islam; it is the day when Islam should be revived, so let
us revive it and implement Islamic laws in the Islamic countries. Quds Day is
the day when we must warn all the superpowers that they can no longer keep Islam
under their control by means of their evil agents. Quds Day is the day to give
life to Islam. The Muslims must awaken, they must come to realize the power they
have, the material power and the spiritual. What are the Muslims, who form a
population of one billion, enjoy divine support and have Islam and their faith
behind them, afraid of? . . . The governments of the world should know that
Islam will not be defeated, Islam and the teachings of the Quran should prevail
in all countries. Religion should be the religion of God and Islam is the
religion of God so it should advance on all regions of the world. Quds Day is
the day to announce such a matter, the day to announce Muslims, advance! Advance
on all the regions of the world. Quds Day is not confined to (matters pertaining
to) Palestine alone, it is the day of Islam, the day of Islamic government, the
day when the flag of an Islamic Republic should be raised in all (Islamic)
countries, the day when the superpowers should be made to realize that they can
no longer advance on the Islamic countries.
I see Quds Day as a day of Islam and a day of the Most Noble Messenger (peace be
upon him and his descendants). It is the day when we must prepare all our forces
and bring the Muslims out of the seclusion they (the foreign powers and their
agents) forced them into, so that with all their might and main they can stand
up to the foreigners. And with all our strength we are standing against the
foreigners and will not allow anyone else to interfere in our countries affairs.
The Muslims should not allow anyone else to interfere in the affairs of their
country. On Quds Day, the nations should caution those governments which are
traitors. Quds Day is the day when we shall discover which individuals and which
regimes approve of the conspiracies of international groups and oppose Islam.
Those who do not participate oppose Islam and are in agreement with Israel, and
those who participate are committed, are in agreement with Islam and oppose the
enemies of Islam at the head of whom are America and Israel. It is a day when
truth will be distinguished from falsehood, the day when truth and falsehood
will be distinct.
I beseech God the Blessed and Exalted to grant victory to Islam over all
sections of the population in the world and to the oppressed over all the
oppressors. And I beseech God the Blessed and Exalted to deliver our brothers in
Palestine, in Lebanon and in southern Lebanon, indeed anywhere in the world they
may be, from the hands of the oppressors and plunderers.
Peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of God and the Imams of the Muslims
* Imams message
dated 16 August 1979 (25 Murdad 1358 AHS). Sahifa-yi Nur, Vol. 8, pp. 233-234