The following is text of Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei’s letter to Ismail Haniyeh, the embattled Prime Minister of Palestine and leader of Hamas, on Muharram 18, 1430
In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful
Dear Mujahid Brother Ismail Haniyeh,
Assalamu alaikum wa Rahmatullah
The 20-day perseverance that you, the courageous resistance fighters and the people of Ghazzah demonstrated against one of the most atrocious war crimes in the history of the world has hoisted the flag of glory over the head of the Islamic Ummah. You have proven that Muslim hearts filled with confidence in Allah, glorified be His name, and the Day of Judgment, which will not bow to oppression, can create such heroism that will bring the arrogant powers of the world and their well-equipped armies to their knees.
The army, which you have managed with your perseverance to keep outside Ghazzah City for the past 20 days, is the same army that occupied large parts of three Arab states in just six days. You must be proud of your unshakable faith in Allah the Almighty and His promises; you must be proud of your courage, patience and sacrifices, as today, the whole Muslim world is proud of you. Your resistance has brought shame on the US, the zionist regime and their supporters, the United Nations, and the hypocrites in the Islamic Ummah.
Today, not only Muslims, but also many Europeans and Americans have acknowledged your righteousness. In our eyes, you are victorious today and with the continuation of your resistance, you will bring more shame to the enemy. You must remember that “Your Lord has not forsaken you, nor has He become displeased,” (93:03) and “Soon your Lord will give you so that you shall be well pleased,” (93:05) insha’Allah.
Nevertheless, atrocities committed in Ghazzah and the death of innocent Palestinians, especially the children, has deeply saddened us. Our entire nation is in mourning because of the crimes committed by the occupiers of Palestine that are broadcast on our television channels everyday.
May Allah make your reward great and hasten your victory. As Allah, the Almighty, never goes back on His promises and has said “Surely Allah will help him who helps His cause” (47:07); “most surely Allah is Strong, Mighty” (33:25) and “Those who strive, strive for their own good …” (41:46). Those in the Arab world who have committed treachery must know that a fate no better than that of Yahud involved in the Battle of the Confederates [al-Ahzab] awaits them, as Allah the Almighty has said “He also brought down their allies among the people of the scripture from their secure positions …” (33:26).
The nations of the world stand beside the people and resistance fighters of Ghazzah. Any government that goes against the will of its nation will further distance itself from its people and the fate of such government is obvious.
They must remember that Amir ul-mu’mineen (as) has said, “Living a life of defeat is death and death with dignity is life.” I salute you and the resistance fighters of Ghazzah and the oppressed and resistant people of Ghazzah.
Aside from the efforts of the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to provide aid for you and your people, which is our duty, I pray for you day and night. I wish you patience and victory from Allah, the Almighty.
Peace be upon you and upon righteous servants of Allah. Wassalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullah wa Barakatuh.