New release from Ayat Allah ‘Ali Hussayni Khamina’i: “The Armed Forces Are the Fortress of the People”

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 pure and immaculate household, especially the one remaining with Allah on earth
You are very welcome dear brothers, diligent and hard working  in the true sense of the word  commanders. I deem it necessary to congratulate all you – including the honorable Commander, the commanders of different forces, the high-ranking officials of the Islamic Republic of Iran Army and each and every member of this diligent army – on Army Day and on the different achievements of the army which has thankfully brought us many glories in different areas.
Of course, this congratulation is not particular to you. It is expressed to your families as well because they endeavor beside you too, particularly your spouses. Had it not been for their cooperation, harmony and assistance in this difficult task that has been entrusted to you, you would not have been able to make these achievements or at least, you would have faced difficulties in part of your job and part of your duties. The higher the responsibilities, the more trouble families go through. Send salaams to your spouses and families on my part and congratulate them on Army Day, on the 15th of Shaban, on the eids of Shaban and on Eid Nowruz.
Well, the statements of Brigadier Haydari were very good statements. He correctly explained the issues. He correctly explained most forceful against unbelievers and compassionate among themselves [reference to the Holy Quran, 48: 29]. That was a good interpretation of the realities of todays army. Without a doubt, the Armed Forces are one of the main manifestations and elements of national power. Of course, this is not the case in all countries. In many countries, the armed forces are not an element of a nations power, rather they are an element of the power that belongs to tyrants, dictators and the like. If necessary, they will suppress their nations as well.
This is the case even in those countries where the claim of supporting freedom and democracy has deafened the whole world. You should look at the Parisian Saturdays”. However, in our country, this is not the case thanks to Islam and to Islamic teachings. It is Islam that has taught this to us: The army is, by the will of Allah, the fortress of the subjects [Nahjul Balaghah, Letter 53].
You are the nations fortress. You are the fortress of the masses of the people. This fortress is not particular to wartime. Well, during wartime, you stand in the frontline and risk your lives in the face of the enemy. You employ different methods on the basis of your knowledge and expertise in order to defeat and suppress the enemy and force the aggressor into retreat. This is related to wartime. In that area, you are truly the peoples fortress and bulwark.
The same is true of peacetime. Of course, this does not include natural calamities which I will expand on later. Even if there are not natural incidents and even if the Armed Forces stay in their bases and military headquarters, they are still a source of assurance for the masses of the people. When the people feel there is an efficient ground force, air force, sea force and a competent defense force which is ready in the country, they rest assured and feel comfortable. The enemies of the Iranian nation are opposed to this though. Notice that they sometimes say certain things about the Army, about the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps and about their relations towards one another in order to agitate the people by portraying the Army Forces as nervous inside themselves. Therefore, in peacetime too, the establishment and preparedness of the Armed Forces in their bases, in their offices and in their headquarters are a source of tranquility for the people.
Now, we need to speak about natural incidents. After the Kermanshah earthquake, the presence of the army and other divisions of the Armed Forces was a vital presence. In other words, if they had not shown their presence in the quake-stricken areas and if they had not rushed to the peoples help, our casualties  apart from various damages  would certainly have multiplied. This was related to the Kermanshah earthquake. Regarding the recent floods too, I ordered the Armed Forces to participate, but I know for sure that even before my command, an important part of the Armed Forces  the army, Sepah and others  were present in the arena.
The Army showed its presence in Golestan before the Crisis Management Headquarters did so. Before the Crisis Management Headquarters could set foot there, the army was there: The fortress of the subjects means this. And this presence was not confined to providing machinery, tools and the like, rather their bodies and physical capabilities were at the service of the people.
A colonel from the army bends down to allow an old man to step on his back so he can climb unto truck! Notice that these are things that will be remembered forever. They will not be lost in history. The Iranian nation saw this. This is being the fortress of the subjects. When the army says that it will sacrifice its life for the nation, we know that this is a genuine claim. The army is working. These are the values that exist.
Another point is that thanks to the Islamic Republic, the Islamic Republic of Iran Army is not merely a provider of machinery, experience, science and skill, rather in various parts of the army, there is an exhibition of Islamic values. Many divisions of the army are a showcase of Islamic values. In army academies, military bases and office centers, there is attention to religious obligations and duties and to rendering service. These are issues that have shown themselves in the army. I do not want to pass a general judgement. Not everyone in the army is like this. The important point is to have role models who can be held up and shown to others. One can show the likes of Abbas Babai, Sayyad Shirazi and others to the people. We can show such people to the Islamic Ummah saying that they are like this. Their commitment, their sacrifice, their humility and their indifference to fame and position were exemplary.
At a certain point in time, we wanted to appoint the commander-in-chief of the Air Force. Three names had been brought up: Shahid Sattari, Shahid Babai and another person whose name I do not remember. This dates back to my presidency. I left it to them saying that I do not want to choose. I think that I summoned them, but I do not remember it exactly as it happened a long time ago  many years ago. I said to them that they should sit down and choose one from among themselves. So, they did this. At that time, it was customary for the commander-in-chief of the air force to be a pilot. Shahid Sattari was not a pilot, rather he was in the technical department. However, they appointed him citing certain reasons. Shahid Babai, whose name I remember, and the other person, whose name I do not remember, could have given a signal to help others understand that they were willing to be the commander-in-chief and this would easily have happened.
After all, Shahid Babai was a pilot and at that time, pilots had the most resources at the Air Force. They had the best chance to be appointed as the commander-in-chief, but they did not signal anything. These are very important points. Narrow-minded eyes and foolish tongues often fail to either see these things or mention them in any way. However, these phenomena exist. I have been very active in the army and I have been in contact with many army personalities. I have seen these things up close and they exist in the army. This army is very valuable. “Ideological army” means this. You who are commanders should strengthen this phenomenon.
In the present time, the army is in the hands of pious and revolutionary youth at the army. The gentlemen who are commanders in the present time were mostly revolutionary youth who entered the army after the Revolution. Of course, a few of them used to be in the army a little before the Revolution, but most of them enlisted after the Revolution. Today, the management of this large and valuable organization is in your hands. You should strengthen the army in this direction as much as you can. Today, our army is more pious and efficient than ever. There is really no doubt about this.
Those who have gotten used to humiliating the nation and respecting the traitors to this nation keep repeating that it was Reza Khan who established the modern army. Well, how resistant was that modern army against the invasion of the foreigners? How many individuals in that modern army could stand by the cause and lay down their lives? They can do the counting to enlighten us. They could not resist even for 24 hours, but this army resisted and fought at a full-scale war for eight years! We were witness to their endeavors and moves. We were witness to the trouble that they went through. This is how things are. This army has more expertise, experience and morale. It has better capabilities and it is more pious, Godly and trustworthy. This has been achieved thanks to the Islamic Republic. It is the Islamic Republic that has trained such an army which is thankfully a source of honor.
The army and the armed forces do not merely attend to national interests. They ensure national interests, but our Armed Forces today are beneficent to many other countries as well. Notice what would have happened to the region had the Armed Forces  the Army and Sepah  not participated in the fight against DAESH. Of course, other countries did what they were supposed to do, but who can deny the role of the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran? Notice if they had not gotten involved, how peoples in our neighboring countries would have fared and what kind of people would have seized power? The Armed Forces are distributing their blessings. They are distributing God-given blessings among themselves and among others. Everyone benefits from their blessings. I hope that this will continue so much so that the whole world will benefit from your blessings, God willing.
Another important task which can already be seen in the army, but which should be strengthened God willing  Brigadier Haydari also pointed it out  is unity among the Armed Forces. You and Sepah should not get disunited. What the gentlemen did following the indecent move against Sepah made by the Americans was a beautiful move. They extended the hand of brotherhood to Sepah. Whatever that you do which makes the enemy angry is good and whatever is done which is to the advantage of the enemy is bad, no matter if it is done by someone who wears a seminarian cloak like me or by someone who wears a military uniform. It does not make a difference. The enemy should not be emboldened. His morale should not be boosted.
Today, one of the most important war tactics in the world, is the war of morale. Of course, this has always been the case but it is even more so today. In war, they try to weaken the other sides morale. That little man [US president] has trillions of dollars of debts with different calamities and difficulties in his own country. They are faced with floods and storms  like the one that broke out a few years ago and they could not help for many years. They have these difficulties, but they engage in lecturing the Islamic Republic, the people of Iran and the officials of the country. They talk a load of nonsense and label the people of Iran with things that befit their own status. The enemy is like this. He wants to weaken the other sides morale.
They know what the truth is and they are aware of their own problems and miseries. They also see the great and fast movement of the Iranian nation. What is being done in the present time in several provinces regarding the recent floods is extraordinary. Ones tongue is really incapable of describing this correctly. The Army, Sepah, Basij, the masses of the people and the clergy and seminarians have all contributed in different ways. Several thousand clergy and students rushed to the peoples help with empty hands while many of them did not have the necessary capability and resources to do so. The financial resources that the people provided are astonishing. They are either unprecedented in the world or have very few precedents.
These are incidents which show the great movement of the Iranian nation. The enemy sees these things, but he does not deem it appropriate to express it. That is why they engage in raving and ranting in order to weaken our morale. On the other hand, you should take care not to boost the other sides morale and to weaken our own morale. No one should behave like this. You should apply this in your promotions, in your statements and in your performances.
The army is thankfully a good army. I hope that you will carry out tasks in a better way, benefit from your expertise, improve your performance and employ your experience in an extensive manner on a daily basis. The reports that are delivered to your superiors should be exact and real reports. All organizations should pay attention that they should deliver true reports because reports lead to decision-building. Decision-makers should have access to correct reports so that they can make correct decisions. I thank all of you. I hope that you will be successful, God willing.
Greetings be upon you and Allahs mercy and blessings



New issue of Ayat Allah ‘Ali Hussayni Khamina’i’s magazine: “Khat Hizb Allah #180″

For prior issues see: #179, #178, #177#176#175#174#172#171#170#169#168#167#166#165#164#163, and #162.

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New release from Ayat Allah ‘Ali Hussayni Khamina’i: “The Plight of the Islamic Nation Is Failure to Act on the Holy Quran”

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 pure, immaculate and chosen household, especially the one remaining with Allah on earth.
First of all, I am very glad that Allah the Exalted has given us Iranians another opportunity to establish a close relationship with the Quran in the company of our Muslim brothers from other countries. The International Quran Competitions means that a number of Muslims from around the world gather together around the Quran. This should, therefore, be appreciated. First of all, I would like to thank the organizers  the Awqaf Affairs Organization and other such organizations – for this pleasant and sweet event and secondly, I wish to welcome all the honorable participants and guests, particularly the ones who have attended the ceremony from other countries.
What is important is that we should appreciate the value of the Quran. The Quran is not only there for recitation. The recitation is only an introduction towards understanding the Quran and gaining a Quranic perception. We should achieve this. If the recitation part is carried out correctly, it will give us two important advantages: one is that it will deepen and broaden our spirituality and spiritual soul. We are immersed in materialistic affairs. So, individuals need spiritual attention and spiritual soul and with such recitation  if we recite it well  this will be achieved.
And the second advantage is that it will help us feed our thoughts with Quranic teachings. In other words, the Quran influences both our hearts and our minds. If we get close to the Quran, many concepts of life and living will become clear to us. Instances of deviation, misunderstanding, disappointment and betrayal, enmity of humans towards one another and self-humiliation in the face of global taghuts- all originate from drifting away from the Quran. The Quran gives us both spirituality and understanding.
The Quran is the book of human bliss: such bliss which is undoubtedly for this world and the hereafter. The Quran is not only for humans bliss in the hereafter. It ensures ones bliss in this world as well. Worldly bliss means benefiting from divine blessings in this universe. This can be achieved with the Holy Quran. Nations can achieve dignity, welfare, scientific capability, power, unity and solidary with the Quran and by acting on the Quran. They can lead a sweet life with the Quran. All these are worldly affairs. Otherworldly bliss too  which is a spiritual, real, perpetual and eternal life  will be ensured with the Quran. Therefore, the Quran is the book of worldly and otherworldly bliss provided that we act on it and heed its words of advice.
Notice that instances where we the Islamic Ummah have failed to act on the Quran are not few in number and our problems originate from that. For example, the Holy Quran says about the followers of the Prophet: Those who are with him are most forceful against unbelievers, but compassionate amongst each other. You will see them bow and prostrate themselves in prayer, seeking grace from Allah and his Good Pleasure [48: 29]. So, we should be most forceful against unbelievers, but compassionate among each other. However, some of us have forgotten about being most forceful against unbelievers. They have put it aside. Who has done this? Those people who have compromised with the US and the Zionists in Islamic countries. They trampled upon the blood of the Palestinians and violated their rights. These people forgot about being most forceful against unbelievers and they turned into the servants, followers and cohorts of unbelievers.
In the present time, many rulers of Arab countries are like this. They are in this category. Another group of individuals have forgotten about being compassionate among each other. They create discord among Muslims. The Holy Quran says, The believers, men and women, are protectors one of another [9: 71].
That is while they takfir the believers in Allah, in the Quran, in Kabah and in Qiblah. They describe them as unbelievers. They forget about being compassionate among each other. When this does not exist, civil wars will be waged in Islamic countries. You should look at the situation in Syria and Yemen. It is more than four years now that they have been bombing Yemen. Who is the bomber? Is he an unbeliever? No, apparently he is a Muslim, but he does not show mercy to Muslims. So also on such as have made Qur’an into shreds [The Holy Quran, 15: 91]. This means that they only act on certain parts of the Quran: Then is it only a part of the Book that you believe in, and do you reject the rest? [The Holy Quran, 2: 85] Of course, many of them do not believe in any part of the Quran.
Therefore, reciting the Holy Quran is an introduction to action, to understanding and to familiarity. For our part, we should see what we can do in the arena of action. The first thing that we can do is to avoid forgetting about God. The next thing is that we should set piety the basis of our work. These are easy and feasible tasks. They are not impossible tasks so much so that we ask, How? You should remember God: Oh you who believe, celebrate the praises of Allah, and do this often and glorify Him morning and evening [The Holy Quran, 33: 41-42]. Whatever we want to do, we should always think if it pleases God or not. If we are sure that it is not against the divine will, it is alright. However, we should take care not to do things which are against divine will. This is divine dhikr [remembrance of God]. Dhikr is not only uttered in words. Paying attention to this issue is an act of divine dhikr.
The next one is piety. Quranic guidance is available to the pious. Piety means that we should take care of ourselves. We should take care of ourselves like a person who wants to take a narrow road which is surrounded by precipices on both sides. Every step that you take, you look down.
In narrations, piety has been compared to walking through a piece of bushland which is covered with thorn bushes. You take care not to let your clothes or  in our case  qaba get stuck in the thorns or you take care not to be injured by the thorns. You will be very careful. Piety means the same thing. It means taking care not to get stuck in the thorn bushes of this world which have engulfed you from all sides.
Of course, there are different levels for piety. The highest level belongs to those who sacrificed their lives. May God bestow His mercy and paradise on the dear martyr [Shahid Ali Chitsazian] who taught us this, If you learn to get through the barbed wire of your inner self, you will learn to get through that [the barbed wire] of the enemy as well. Gods paradise be upon these martyrs. They taught many things to us.
In the present time, the movement that has been launched to help the flood victims in Khuzestan and other areas is a result of education by our martyrs. Today, the great movement of our people from throughout the country towards the flood-stricken areas is an astonishing phenomenon. Do you notice how important this is? This movement is being launched in different ways in Khuzestan, Ilam, Mazandaran and Golestan. The people pour to those areas accompanied by their youth and they offer their help to those areas. They help with their bodies, with their hands, with their resources and with their money, goods and gifts. A great movement has been launched which is unprecedented in the world. In different parts of the world, the organizations in charge  such as Red Crescent or other executive organizations  adopt certain measures, but what is of phenomenal importance is that people swarm to these areas to help. This is a lesson instructed by our martyrs.
Dear youth, most of you are young and you have not seen those days. In the 1360s, during the Sacred Defense Era, youth would pour to the frontlines with great enthusiasm: Of them some have completed their vow to the extreme, and some still wait, but they have never changed their determination in the least [The Holy Quran, 33: 23]. Some were martyred. How lucky they were and some returned unharmed. Those who returned unharmed should take care to preserve their spirits. These are Quranic teachings. These are the lessons of the Quran which urge youth to enter the arena and which encourage the pious to take action.
My dear ones, you should get closer to the Quran. What I would like to recommend and advise is that you should have more intimacy with the Quran. If we achieve the divine dhikr and piety that I mentioned, Quranic guidance will become easier to us then: In it is guidance sure, without doubt, to those who fear Allah [The Holy Quran, 2: 2]. When piety exists, guidance will be certain. This is because the Quran guides some people and let others go astray: He leaves straying whom He pleases, and He guides whom He pleases [The Holy Quran, 16: 93]. It shows some people the wrong way and guides some other people. Guidance belongs to the pious. The higher the level of ones piety, the higher the level of guidance will be. We should pursue this.
We thank God as our people have thankfully welcomed Quranic guidance. One day, this was not the case. In the era of taghut, there was no trace of these things in our country. There was no trace of being familiar with the Quran, taking delight from reciting it, making an endeavor to learn it by heart and trying to understand its teachings. We might have had a reciter who would recite the Quran, but he did not understand it. Today, thankfully, our youth recite the Quran and they understand it. They understand what they are reading. We should strengthen this spirit on a daily basis. We should reinforce this phenomenon every day.
You should know that what the enemies are doing against the Islamic Republic in one way and against the Islamic Ummah in another way  although the enemies show more hostility towards the Islamic Republic  is the last breaths of the enemy against the Islamic Republic. The fiercer they are, the more determined we will be. The more intensity they use, the stronger we will become. The more angry they become at our commitment to Quranic concepts and teachings, the more attached we will be to the Quran, God willing. Our attachment to the Quran is a source of our bliss, our strength and our dignity.
We ask Allah the Exalted to increase this attachment in us and to help us reach the goals that the Quran has designated for us.
Greetings be upon you and Allahs mercy and blessings



New statement from Harakat Hizb Allah al-Nujaba’: “We Strongly Condemnthe American Decision Against the Iranian Revolutionary Guards”

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New release from Ayat Allah ‘Ali Hussayni Khamina’i: “American Officials Are Imbeciles Who Keep Repeating Failed Methods”

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 pure, immaculate and chosen household, especially the one remaining with Allah on earth

You are very welcome, dear brothers, dear sisters, dear youth and dear teenagers. You really brighten our eyes with your presence. I believe in you. I am very hopeful about your present and about your future. I hope that this will be an auspicious Eid for you, God willing.

The extensive and multi-functional organization of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps is an outstanding organization in the country. When it comes to confronting the enemy in political terms, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps is in the frontlines. When it comes to confronting the enemy in practical, military and operational arenas, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps is in the frontlines. If this enemy penetrates into our borders and pours onto our alleys and streets, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps is in the frontlines. If he shows himself several thousand kilometers away – around Hazrat Zaynab’s Shrine (God’s greetings be upon her), the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps is again in the frontlines.

That is why you witness what antics the Americans perform for the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps! Of course, their efforts will be of no avail. They foolishly think that they are hatching plots against the Guards Corps and the country, but the Holy Quran says, “But those who defy Allah are themselves the subject of the plot” [The Holy Quran, 52: 42]. He who is being deceived, who thinks he is moving towards the summit while he is in fact descending into the depths of failure is a person who “defies Allah” – in others words, Trump, the shaitans, the malicious personalities and the fools surrounding the ruling system of the US. They are such individuals.

They think that they are advancing, but they are repeating the previous 40-year experiences with complete foolishness. Well during that time, you exerted political and economic pressures, you launched a comprehensive propaganda campaign, you launched military and security attacks, you strengthened the Zionist regime, all with the purpose of destroying the Islamic Republic, but did you succeed? One day, the Islamic Republic was a system without an economy and army and without any military and diplomatic resources. It did not know what to do because we were not experienced and we were only beginning our experiences. That day, you could not do a damn thing and today, the Islamic Republic has everything at its disposal!

You should not look at the high price of such and such goods and products. Well, such things happen. Part of it stems from negligence, part of it comes from inexperience and part of it is a result of the enemy’s malevolence. That is why you see all of a sudden that the price of meat – for example – goes up. These are incidents, but the great movement of the Revolution, the great movement of the Islamic Republic, the influence of the Islamic Republic in the region and in the whole world and the fact that the US, despite all its glamour, claims it wants to stand against the Islamic Republic – of course, they have stood against us, but they have not managed to do a damn thing – show that the method adopted by the US in the past 40 years, is a failed method. However, these imbeciles continue to adopt this method.

When we describe them as imbeciles, idiots, fools, rogues and other such descriptions, this does not solve any problem. The problem will be solved only when we know what we want to do, when we move on the path that we have chosen in the true sense of the word and when we identify our status, role and influence and then move forward.

We wish to create a system and a society based on divine rules. In this system, there is worldly and otherworldly happiness, money, dignity, material power, dominance over all the important regions in the world, spirituality and attention. Others achieve dominance through atomic bombs – in other words, by committing crimes. However, the Islamic Republic has declared that atomic bombs are haraam. These fools constantly speak about atomic bombs. Before they said it, we ourselves announced that we did not want it because it is against our religious and legal principles. Our dominance is of a different kind! Is the power that the Islamic Republic has achieved today because of atomic bombs? Is it because of nuclear enrichment? Not at all! There are other factors involved.

The world of Islam holds the Iranian nation in respect because of its sacrifice, resistance and insight. When we speak about insight, well we are an 80 million-plus nation. Out of this population, some are children and teenagers and they are not involved in such matters. And there are some people who are opposed to our path. However insight means that there is a group of people in the country who reach the necessary limit and who have stood by this path. This is the meaning of the Iranian nation’s resistance. When you see someone write a load of nonsense in a newspaper or speak against our principles or when you see such and such a social media channel promote a falsehood, these do not determine the Iranian nation’s path. What determines the Iranian nation’s path is this main orientation which is moving forward and which will continue to move forward on a daily basis.

This is our path and you play a part in it. You play an important part in it. The entire Islamic Revolution Guards Corps plays a part in it. The different divisions of the Guards Corps have each certain roles to play. Executive organizations and other military divisions each have certain roles. All of us should know what our role is. I should identify my role and act on it in the true sense of the word, and not for the sake of gaining people’s approval, rather for the sake of God: “Our Lord, forgive us our sins and anything we may have done that transgressed our duty” [The Holy Quran, 3: 157].

We should strengthen our relationship with God. It was God’s saints who opened this path. It was Imam who opened this path. Imam was a righteous servant of God in the true sense of the word. He was a leader. He was like this. He believed in God’s cause. The truths of religion were absolutely clear to his heart. He had entrusted his heart to the cause and so he moved forward with that spirit.

The day when there was no trace of such things, when there was no considerable population and government and when everything was in the hands of the enemies and the taghuti regime, he turned to the head of the taghuti regime [the Shah] – the main taghut – and he chastised and reprimanded him. He said some very harsh things to him. His issue was the issue of God. This path will continue in the same fashion. I hope that the youth will find their roles, God willing. I hope that teenagers will prepare themselves, God willing. I hope that by Allah’s favor, parents will prepare youth and teenagers for the future and that everyone stays on the straight path.

Dear God, keep us on the straight path. Dear God, raise the position of our magnanimous Imam.

Dear God, place the pure souls of the martyrs in the highest and best spiritual positions in paradise. Help us join them.

Greetings be upon you and Allah’s mercy and blessings