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Announcement of International Quds Day

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

For many years, I have been notifying the Muslims of the danger posed
by the usurper Israel which today has intensified its savage attacks against the
Palestinian brothers and sisters, and which, in the south of Lebanon in particular, is
continually bombing Palestinian homes in the hope of crushing the Palestinian struggle. I
ask all the Muslims of the world and the Muslim governments to join together to sever the
hand of this usurper and its supporters. I call on all the Muslims of the world to select
as Quds Day the last Friday in the holy month of Ramadan - which is itself a determining
period and can also be the determiner of the Palestinian peoples fate - and through a
ceremony demonstrating the solidarity of Muslims world-wide, announce their support for
the legitimate rights of the Muslim people.

I ask God Almighty for the victory of the Muslims over the infidels.

Imams message announcing Quds Day, dated 7 August 1979 (16 Murdad 1358 AHS). Sahifa-yi Nur, Vol. 8, p. 229.

Quds Day is the day for the weak and oppressed to confront the oppressors

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 realise 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 realise 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 کMuslims, 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 realise that they can no longer advance on the Islamic

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 countrys 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

Imams message dated 16 August 1979 (25 Murdad 1358 AHS). Sahifa-yi Nur, Vol. 8, pp. 233-234.

Quds Day, a precursor to the Party of the Oppressed

Quds Day is an Islamic day and a day for a general Islamic
mobilisation. I hope that this event will be the precursor to the creation of a party for
the oppressed throughout the world which will go by the name of the party of the
oppressed. I hope that all the oppressed will join this party to remove the obstacles that
lie in their path; that they will rise up against the oppressors and plunderers of the
East and West and no longer allow oppressors to tyrannise the weak of the earth; that they
will make a reality Islams proclamation, Islams promise which is that the weak will
rule over the oppressors and will inherit the earth. Hitherto, the oppressed have been
disunited, and nothing will be accomplished by disunity. Now that an example of unity
among the oppressed has materialised in the Muslim lands, this must find reality more
extensively among all strata of mankind throughout history under the name of the کParty
of the Oppressed which is the same as the کParty of God (Hizbullah). And it is in
accordance with the will of God the Blessed and Exalted that the oppressed must inherit
the earth.

We invite all the oppressed of the world to join the Party of the
Oppressed and solve their problems together with a firm determination and a common will,
and through this party, remove any problem which arises anywhere in the world and for any

Imams remarks dated 18 August 1979 (27 Murdad 1358 AHS). Sahifa-yi Nur, Vol. 8, p. 250.

Keep Quds Day Alive

The gentlemen must pay attention, all the Muslims must pay attention,
Quds Day is a day to which all the Islamic nations together must direct their attention
and keep alive. If a hullabaloo is raised by all the Muslim nations on the last Friday of
the holy month (of Ramadan), which is Quds Day, if all the people rise up, if they stage
demonstrations and hold marches as they are doing now, this will be the beginning, God
willing, of our stopping these corrupt elements and kicking them out of Islamic lands. But
we are apathetic, the Muslims are apathetic, the people remain unwilling to take a stand,
they seldom rise up or hold demonstrations about this affair. When Israel saw that the
nations are at variance with one another, that the Egyptian government is its companion,
its brother, and Iraq too is its brother, it advanced step by step. And you can be sure
that if you remain apathetic then it will try to reach the Euphrates, for the Zionists
claim that all of the land up to the Euphrates belongs to them. You must take a firm stand
against them. And if it happens that the Muslim nations take a firm stand against the
Zionists but their governments oppose them in this, then they should hit them in the mouth
just as the Iranian people hit Muhammad Riza in the mouth. Muhammad Riza was stronger than
any of the Muslim governments and enjoyed more (international) support than any of them,
nevertheless, our nation rose up, made Islam their objective and shouting Allahu Akbar
(God is the Greater), destroyed this and other powers. Even if all the powers came
together, they would still never be able to hurt such a nation.

Imams remarks dated 6 August 1979 (15 Murdad 1358 AHS). Sahifa-yi Nur, Vol. 12, p. 275.

God willing, we will pray in Quds

May God help us succeed in one day going to Quds and praying there. I
hope that the Muslims will consider Quds Day an important day and that in all the Islamic
countries on Quds Day, the last Friday of the holy month (of Ramadan), they will stage
demonstrations, hold meetings, have gatherings and attend the mosques where they will
shout out. When a population of one billion shouts out, Israel cannot do anything, it will
be afraid of their shouts alone. If all the Muslims who are in the world today, and there
are about one billion of them, come out of their homes on Quds Day and shout کDeath to
America, Death to Israel and Death to Russia, the very words will bring about the
demise of these countries.

You number one billion, your resources are so abundant that all the
governments are dependent on them, and yet they force you to be divided and sow dissension
among you while they take your resources telling you not to utter a word. It would be a
good idea for the non-Iranian nations to follow the example of the Iranian nation a
little, of this dearly beloved and noble nation of ours. And it would be a good idea for
them to take a leaf out of the book of those youths who stage demonstrations in America,
England and other western countries, braving the police who put them in manacles and
chains and shouting out in this condition so that the truth may prevail. We must learn
from those youths who shout out for Islam. Yet as it is, the nations remain neutral, and
there the youths shout out for Islam while here we argue among ourselves. This is not

Imams remarks dated 6 August 1980 (15 Murdad 1359 AHS). Sahifa-yi Nur, Vol. 12, p. 276.

If everyone shouted out on Quds Day, victory would be achieved

If on Quds Day, all the nations would rise up and shout out, that
foolish government would not be able to stop them. However, only a small number actually
rise up. If on Quds Day all the people of the Islamic countries would rise up and shout
out, not only for Quds but for all the Islamic countries, they would be victorious. Do you
think we drove Muhammad Riza out with guns? We drove him out with our cries. With our
cries and shouts of Allahu Akbar (God is the Greater). Their heads pounded with the
cries of Allahu Akbar to such an extent, that they gave up and fled the country.
The Muslims must shout out, they must not suppose that chanting slogans is useless. No,
slogans are effective if everyone chants them. For me to shout out alone would achieve
nothing, likewise the shouts of just one district or one city. You observe that the shouts
which rise from Iran today are not confined to Tehran, Qum or Ahwaz. One time you see that
the Revolutionary Guards give the command for all the people to go onto their rooftops on
a certain night and shout Allahu Akbar, and all obey.

Imams remarks dated 9 August 1980 (18 Murdad 1359 AHS). Sahifa-yi Nur, Vol. 12, p. 282.

The prayer of unity in Quds

I wish success for you dear people who have come here for Quds Day, as
I wish success for all Muslims. God willing, one day all the Muslims will be brothers to
one another, all roots of corruption will be deracinated from all Muslims lands, this root
of corruption, Israel, will be plucked out of the al-Aqsa mosque and our Islamic country,
and by the will of God the Exalted, together we will go to Quds and pray the prayer of
unity there.

Imams remarks dated 9 August 1980 (18 Murdad 1359 AHS). Sahifa-yi Nur, Vol. 12, p. 283.

Message for Quds Day: machine-guns relying on faith must be used and
political games must be laid aside

The last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan is Quds Day and in the
last ten days of the month of Ramadan it is very probable that the Night of Power will
fall. It is a night the commemoration of which is a practice sanctioned by God. Its value
and station is superior to a thousand months under the hypocrites for it is on that night
that the destiny of mankind is determined. It is necessary that Quds Day, which falls in
close contiguity to the Night of Power, be commemorated by the Muslims, that it serves as
the origin of their awakening and vigilance and delivers them from the indifference they
have exhibited throughout history, particularly in the last few decades, so that this day
of vigilance and awakening will be more valuable than decades under the superpowers and
the hypocrites of the world, and the Muslims of the world will take their destinies into
their own powerful hands and determine their own fate themselves.

By staying awake through the night on the Night of Power and praying,
the Muslims will free themselves from the shackles which bind them to anything other than
God - which means demons whether in jinn or human form - and they will come to worship
only God. On Quds Day, which falls in the last days of کthe great month of God
(Ramadan), it would be fitting for all the Muslims of the world to free themselves from
the shackles of slavery and servitude to great satans and superpowers, to join the eternal
power of God, sever the hands of the criminals of history from the oppressed, deprived
countries and break off any covetous ties these criminals may have created.

Oh Muslims and deprived of the world, rise up and take your destiny in
your hands. How long are you going to sit by and allow Washington or Moscow to determine
your destiny for you?

How much longer must your Quds be trampled under the boots of the
usurping Israelis, these worthless people whom America has put there (to see to their

How much longer must the lands of Quds, Palestine and Lebanon, must the
oppressed Muslims of these lands, remain under the rule of criminals while you remain
onlookers and some of your perfidious rulers even make it easy for these criminals?

How much longer are about one billion Muslims world-wide - and about a
hundred million Arabs - with their vast lands and endless resources going to act merely as
witnesses to the plunderings by the East and West and the tyrannies and inhuman massacres
perpetrated by them and their petty vassals?

How much longer are they going to put up with the horrific crimes
perpetrated against their brothers in Afghanistan and Lebanon and not answer their calls?

For how much longer are they going to ignore the use of arms and
military and divine power to confront the enemies of Islam and liberate Quds, choosing
instead to waste their time on political actions, conciliatory approaches to the
superpowers and giving Israel time to commit its crimes?

How much longer will they stand by and witness the massacres?

Do the leaders of the people not know, have they not seen, that
political negotiations with powerful politicians and the criminals of history will not
free Quds, Palestine and Lebanon, and that every day the crimes and tyrannies will

In order to liberate Quds, machine-guns relying on faith and the power
of Islam must be used, and political games redolent of compromise and keeping the
superpowers happy laid aside.

The Muslim nations, particularly the Palestinian and Lebanese nations,
must punish those who waste time with political manoeuvres and not tolerate political
games which end in nothing but loss and disadvantage for the oppressed nations. How long
will these myths about the East and West continue to fascinate the powerful Muslims and
the hollow propaganda they trumpet over their loudspeakers frighten them? . . .

Today, despite the foreign loudspeakers and the propaganda apparatus of
America, the Zionists and those who have been hard hit by the revolution, Iran is on its
way towards its final constitution. This serves as an example for the Islamic and deprived
countries of the world, showing them that they must discover their Islamic power and not
fear the hue and cry made by the East and West, by their dependants and their vassals.
With faith in God the Exalted and relying on the power of Islam and the power of faith,
they should rise up and foreshorten the hands of the criminals from their lands. They
should give top priority to the liberation of Palestine and honourable Quds and remove the
humiliation of Zionist control, control by the American vassal, from their lands. They
must keep Quds Day alive . . .

It is hoped that by keeping this day alive, indifference will be
obliterated, negligence eliminated and the noble nations, through their uprising, will
remove from the arena some of those perfidious leaders - who, despite the Muslims and
Islam, hand in glove with Israel and following the command of America, continue with their
shameful political lives and their criminal existence against the interests of the Muslims
- and bury them in the graveyard of history. Those usurping leaders, who in the war
between the unbelievers, such as Israel and Saddam, and the Muslims have sided with
unbelief and who deal a blow to Islam and the Muslims, must leave the Islamic scene and
step down from their positions as rulers of the Muslims.

Imams message dated 1 August 1981 (10 Murdad 1360 AHS). Sahifa-yi Nur, Vol. 15, pp. 73-74.

The Day of Quds, the day of the deprived

The nation, government, parliament, army and other armed forces of
Iran, which today stand in unified rank demonstrating Islamic unity and divine order, are
determined to stand against any satanic power and violator of human rights, to defend the
oppressed and support beloved Lebanon and Quds until Quds and Palestine are returned to
the Muslim fold. The Muslims of the world should view Quds Day not only as a day for all
the Muslims of the world, but one for all the deprived, and from that sensitive point,
they should stand against the oppressors and the world-plunderers and should not rest
until the oppressed have been set free from the oppression of the power-wielders.

Imams message dated 1 August 1981 (10 Murdad 1360 AHS). Sahifa-yi Nur, Vol. 15, p. 75.

The nations duty on Quds Day

It is the duty of the nations, with the arrival of Quds Day and the
anniversary of the martyrdom of that great man in the history of mankind (Imam Ali
[pbuh]), in their gatherings and marches to earnestly demand that their governments rise
up against America and Israel using their military might and their oil weapon. And if they
(the governments) pay no heed to this demand and instead support the criminal Israel which
threatens the whole region, even the noble cities, and the depth of whose aspirations are
now apparent, they must force them into action through pressure, strikes and threats. In a
situation when Islam and its holy sites are under threat of aggression, no Muslim can
remain indifferent. That which the governments of the region are doing at this time, when
Israel is encroaching extensively on Muslim lands and is killing innocent, defenceless
Muslims, is nothing other than uttering empty, conciliatory words. And more disastrous
than this is that they turn to America, the criminal kingpin, for protection against
Israel, in effect like turning to a dragon out of fear of a snake, and even though they
have the means with which to fight them, they are not prepared even to utter a hostile
word against them or threaten them. In such a situation, everyone should prepare himself
for obliteration and throughout his life consent to any form of humiliation.

Imams message dated 16 July 1982 (25 Tir 1361 AHS). Sahifa-yi Nur, Vol. 16, pp. 226-227.

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