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Rahbar’s address on Quds Day - Last Friday of Ramadan 1442/2021

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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, upon his pure and immaculate household, upon his chosen companions and upon those who follow them until the Day of Judgment.

The issue of Palestine continues to be the most important and active issue for the entire Islamic Ummah. The policies of the oppressive and cruel capitalists have driven a people out of their homes, their homeland and their ancestral roots and instead, have installed a terrorist regime and has housed a foreign people therein.

Can one find any logic weaker and shakier than that of the establishment of the Zionist regime? On the basis of their claim, the Europeans oppressed the Jews during the Second World War. Therefore, they believe that the oppression against the Jews should be avenged by displacing a people in West Asia and by committing a horrible massacre in that country!

This is the logic the western regimes have relied upon with their wholehearted and blind support for the Zionist entity thereby disproving all their claims about human rights and democracy. It has been 70 years now that they have been sticking with this laughable and at the same time tragic story and every now and then, they add a new chapter to it.

Opposing the Zionist regime a collective responsibility

Since the first day, the Zionists turned the usurped land of Palestine into a terrorist base. Israel is not a country; rather, it is a terrorist camp against the Palestinian people as well as Muslims worldwide. Fighting against this despotic regime is fighting against oppression and terrorism. And this is the collective responsibility of all Muslims.

Weakness and discord in the Islamic Ummah

Another noteworthy point is that although the usurping regime was established in 1948, the ground for occupying that sensitive Islamic region had been prepared years earlier. Those years coincided with the active interference of western powers in the affairs of Muslim countries with the purpose of establishing secularism and virulent and blind nationalism. It goal also was to install despotic regimes that were infatuated with or controlled by colonial powers.

Studying those events in Iran, Turkey and Arab countries stretching from West Asia to North Africa reveals this bitter truth that weakness and discord in the Muslim Ummah paved the way for the disastrous usurpation of Palestine, allowing the world of arrogance to deliver that blow upon the Muslims.

Western and Eastern powers’ collusion

It is instructive that at that time, capitalist and communist camps colluded with the rich Zionists. It was the English who masterminded the plot and who persisted in it and then, Zionist capitalists executed it with their money and weapons. The Soviet Union was one of the first governments that officially recognized that illegitimate regime and later on dispatched a large number of Jews to that area.

The usurping regime was actually the outcome of the situation in the world of Islam on the one hand, and of the European plot, invasion and transgression, on the other.

Balance tipped in favor of Islam

Today, the situation in the world is not like those days. We should keep this reality in mind. The balance of power has shifted in favor of the world of Islam. Various political and social incidents in Europe and in the United States have laid bare the weaknesses and deep structural, managerial and moral conflicts among them. The electoral events in the US and the notoriously scandalous failures of the hubristic and arrogant managers in that country, the unsuccessful one-year fight against the pandemic in the US and Europe and the embarrassing incidents that ensued, and also the recent political and social instabilities in the most important European countries are all signs of the downward movement of the western camp.

On the other hand, the growth of Resistance forces in the most sensitive Islamic regions, the development of their defensive and offensive capabilities, their growth of self-awareness, motivation and hope among Muslims, the increasing tendency to follow Islamic and Qur’anic slogans and the growth of independence and self-reliance are auspicious signs of a better future.

The necessity for Muslim countries to cooperate on the pivot of Palestine and Quds

In this auspicious future, cooperation between Muslim countries should be the main and fundamental goal. This is not far-fetched. The pivot around which this cooperation turns is the issue of Palestine–the entirety of that country–and the fate of Holy Quds. This is the same truth that guided the enlightened heart of the great Imam Khomeini (may God bestow mercy upon him) towards the declaration of International Quds Day on the last Friday of Ramadan.

Cooperation between Muslims around the pivot of Holy Quds is an absolute nightmare for the Zionists and their American and European supporters. The failed project called “The Deal of the Century” and the effort to normalize relations between a few weak Arabian regimes and the Zionist entity were desperate attempts to run away from that nightmare.

I can state with great confidence: These attempts will not get them anywhere. The downward movement of the Zionist enemy has begun and it will not stop this downward slide.

Decisive factors for the future

There are two determining factors for the future: First and foremost is the continued activities of resistance in the Palestinian lands and the strengthening of the line of jihad and martyrdom. Second, global support from governments and Muslims throughout the world, for the Palestinian mujahids, is growing.

All of us–government officials, intellectuals, religious scholars, political parties and groups, the brave youths and people of various social backgrounds–should determine our position in this movement and play our part.

This is what neutralizes the enemy’s plots and it will be a millennial manifestation of this ayah: “Or do they intend a plot? But those who defy Allah are themselves involved in a plot” [The noble Quran, 52:42], and “And Allah has full power and control over His affairs, but most among mankind do not know” [The noble Qur’an, 12:21].

I also wish to address the Arab youth in their own language…

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Greetings be upon all liberated individuals in the Arab world, in particular Arab youth, and greetings be upon the resistant people of Palestine and Quds and the defenders in Masjid al-Aqsa.

Greetings be upon the martyrs of Resistance and the large number of the mujahids who laid down their lives on this path, in particular martyr Sheikh Ahmed Yasin, martyr Sayyid Abbas Musawi, martyr Fathi Shaqaqi, martyr Imad Moughniyah, martyr Abdul-Aziz Rantisi, martyr Abu-Mahdi al-Muhandis and finally, the most prominent personality among the martyrs of Resistance, martyr Qassem Soleimani. Even after their fruitful and blessed lives, with their martyrdom, each of these personalities exerted a deep impact on the Resistance.

The endeavors of the Palestinians and the pure blood of the Resistance martyrs have managed to hold up this auspicious flag and to increase the internal power of Palestinian jihad by a hundred times. One day, the Palestinian youth used to defend themselves by throwing stones, but today, they respond to enemy attacks with precision missiles.

Palestine and Quds have been described in the noble Qur’an as the “Holy Land”. It has been tens of years now that the most impure and malicious human beings have been occupying this pure land: they are devils who massacre honorable human beings and then they confess to it with complete shamelessness. They are racists who have been harassing, for more than 70 years, the real owners of the land by murdering, looting, imprisoning and torturing them, but, thank God, they have not been able to break their willpower.

Palestine is alive and it continues to resist and it will finally overcome the malicious enemy with God’s assistance. Holy Quds and the entire Palestine belongs to those people [the Palestinians] and they will regain its possession again: “Nor is that for Allah any great matter.” [The noble Quran, 14:20].

All Muslim governments and nations have a responsibility towards Palestine, but the Palestinians themselves are the pivot of the jihad and their population reaches about 14 million people inside and outside the land. The unity and the unanimous willpower of those people will work wonders.

Unity the biggest weapon for Palestinians

The enemies of Palestinian unity are the Zionist regime, the US and some other political powers, but if unity is not shattered from inside the Palestinian society itself, the external enemies will not be able to do anything.

The pivot of this unity should be national jihad and lack of trust in the enemies. The main enemies of the Palestinians—the US, Britain and the vicious Zionists—should not be used as a source of support for Palestinian politics.

All Palestinians—including the Palestinians in Gaza, in Quds, in the West Bank, in 1948 lands and even the ones living in refugee camps—form a single unit and they should adopt the strategy of blending with each other. Every part should defend the other part and when under pressure, they should utilize the tools at their disposal.

Today, hope for achieving victory is stronger than ever. The balance of power has shifted in favor of the Palestinians. The Zionist enemy has become weaker year after year while its army, which used to describe itself as “the army which will never be defeated”, has turned into “an army which will never taste victory” after its debacle in the 33-day war in Lebanon and its experiences in 22-day and 8-day wars. As for its political condition, it has been forced to hold four elections in the space of two years. In terms of security as well, it continuously tastes defeat. Moreover, the increasing desire among Jews to emigrate from that country has become a source of embarrassment for that overconfident regime.

Its desperate attempts to normalize relations with a few Arab countries backed by the US, is another sign of the decline of that illegitimate regime. Of course, this will not help the regime in any way. More than 40 years ago, it established relations with Egypt but since then it has become much weaker and much more vulnerable.

Will the ‘normalization’ of relations with a few small, weak countries be able to help that regime? Of course, those countries will not benefit from the relations either, as the Zionist regime will transgress against their properties and their land and it will promote corruption and insecurity in their societies.

These truths should not make others forget about their heavy duty. Muslim and Christian ulama should declare the act of ‘normalization’ as haraam from a religious perspective and intellectuals and liberated individuals should explain to everyone the results of this treachery, which is a stab in the back of Palestine.

In contrast to the downward slide of the regime, increase in the capabilities of the camp of Resistance is a sign of a bright future: increase in defensive and military power, self-sufficiency in building effective weapons, the self-confidence of mujahids, the increasing awareness of youth, the extension of the Resistance circle to the entire country of Palestine and beyond, the recent uprising of youth in defending Masjid al-Aqsa and the simultaneous promotion of the Palestinian nation’s spirit of jihad and innocence among public opinion in many parts of the world.

The logic behind the Palestinian cause, which has been registered in the United Nations documents, is a progressive and attractive logic. Palestinian warriors can bring up the idea of holding a referendum with the participation of the main inhabitants of Palestine. The referendum will determine the political system of the country and the main inhabitants, including the displaced Palestinians, no matter what their ethnicity and religion are, will participate in it. That political system will bring back the displaced [Palestinians] and will determine the fate of the foreigners inhabiting the holy land.

This demand is based on the commonly accepted practices of democracy in the whole world and no one can question its validity.

The Palestinian fighters should continue their legitimate and moral fight against the usurping regime until it is forced to give in to this demand.

Move forward in the Name of God and know that: “Allah will certainly aid those who aid His cause” [The noble Qur’an, 22:40].

Greetings be upon you and Allah’s mercy

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