Excerpts from addresses
by Ayatollah Khamene'i to mark the birthday of Prophet Muhammad, broadcast
by Iranian radio
on 15th August;
15.08.1995, Voice of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Tehran, in Persian
Dear listeners, as you were informed in the news, on the auspicious
birthday anniversary of the Light of Truth - the gracious prophet of
Islam, the holy Muhammad Bin Abd Allah - God's peace and benedictions be
upon him and his scion - and the birth of the source of
Knowledge and wisdom, the holy Imam Ja'far Sadiq [sixth Shi'i Imam] –
peace be upon him - this morning, the heads of the three branches of
government, senior political and military officials, servants of the
Islamic System and foreign guests participating in the Islamic Unity
Conference were received at the Imam Khomeyni prayer centre [at Jamaran in
Tehran], by His Eminence Ayatollah [Ali Akbar] Khamene'i, eminent leader
of the Islamic revolution.
First, Hojjat-ol-Eslam val Moslemin [Akbar], Hashemi-Rafsanjani, the
president, congratulated the esteemed leader on the occasion of this
joyous feast, in the course of brief remarks. We draw your attentionto the
broadcast of the meeting. Good day and God bless you... Than Ay. Khamene'i
stresses need for unity among world's Muslims:
In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate.
I, too, would like to express my greetings and felicitations on this
auspicious occasion of the birth anniversary of his holiness the prophet,
peace be upon him and his scion, and of Imam Ja'far Sadiq, peace be upon
him, to all the Muslims of the world, to the great Iranian nation, to you
dear guests, to you honourable participants, to the country's officials
and, especially, to [former] combatants and their families...
I want to say to you dear brothers and dear and honourable sisters:
Today, unity is a definite necessity for Muslims. Today, the enemy of
Muslims and Islam has two particular features which it did not have in the
past. First, it - the enemy of Islam - is extremely well equipped with
material resources, policies, Propaganda, with a variety of instruments
for making an impact, having influence and inflicting blows. Who is the
enemy of Islam? The front of arrogance, be it Zionism, the United States,
oil companies, mercenary pens and intellectuals who work for them
throughout the world. They are well equipped. At no other time has the
front opposed to Islam been so equipped with such a variety of instruments.
That is one particular feature. The other particular feature is that this
well-equipped front is extremely, sensitive today to the threat posed to
it by Islam and the Islamic awakening. This sensitivity arises from the
fact that it can see that >Islam can go beyond a [mere] ethical injunction
and can present itself as an idea which brings a System [of government]
into existence. They can see that. They saw that Islam was able to bring
about a revolution. They saw that Islam was able to bring about a lasting
and strong System. They saw that Islam was able to bring about
self-awareness in a nation, to raise it from a spiritual abyss to
steadfastness, self-reliance and reliance on religion...
The strength of Islam reveals itself. They [the enemies] saw that, in
the world of Islam, any group which seeks to reform its environment, its
society and its country turns to Islam. In the past, before the victory of
Islam in Iran, groups which wanted to claim reform as Their slogan in
various countries would turn to Marxism or to radical types of nationalism.
Today, when you look at Islamic countries, if any intellectuals, youth,
clergymen, academics and various groups wish to claim that they favour
reform, they turn to Islam. This shows the great capacity of Islam. It
shows the power of Islam. The enemy sees this and has become sensitive as
a result. Well, the world of Islam is faced now with the enemy of Islam
and Muslims which has these two particular features: more equipped than
ever and greater sensitivity to Islam than ever. What will this enemy do?
The best means at the disposal of this enemy is to create
Divisions among Muslims, especially among those sections which can
serve as an inspiration for other Muslims and other people.
Look at how much money is spent today in various Islamic countries -
Petrodollars and so on - in order to write books to attribute strange and
bizarre ideas to Shi'is. I was collecting such books at one time; only
some of them, of course. I saw that many books were written [on this
subject]. The most cunning Propaganda agents are spending – their efforts
on preparing such books in order to create divisions, in order, to divide
that part of Islam which has raised the banner of Islam - at the height of
which is Islamic Iran - the Islamic Community...
A major part of the [world's] great material resources, Underground
reserves, God-given mineral resources are at the disposal of Islamic
countries. If they work together or, at least, do not work against each
other, you will see what will happen in the world. The enemy is trying to
bring about a Situation in which, in the world of Islam, all these
material and human resources are set against each other. They provoked the
Iraqi regime. They created a ruinous war in this region that lasted eight
years. Then they helped it so, that if it could, it should completely
uproot this young tree [the Iranian revolution]. Of course, it was unable
to do so... Now, too, they [the enemies] are trying their utmost in
political ways [to uproot the Iranian regime]. Nevertheless, my conclusion
– as an individual who sees and senses the enemy's plot – my
recommendation, my understanding, my interpretation of the Situation is
solidarity, unity between Muslims is a vital necessity for Muslims. It
is not >a joke. It is not a Slogan. Islamic communities must, in earnest,
achieve unity of expression, act together. "Unity is a complicated task"
Of course, unity is a complicated task. Establishing unity is a
complicated task. Unity between Islamic nations can survive alongside
differences between sects; can survive alongside different ways and
traditions of life; can survive alongside different kinds of religious
jurisprudence. Unity between Islamic nations means that they should move
in step with each other on issues relating to the world of Islam- they
should help each other; and they should not use their resources against
one another within their own nations...
Religious scholars have a great duty in paving the way for unity. This
does not mean scholars from one school only, but it means scholars from
both schools should try. My brothers and sisters: Sometimes the enemy, in
its attempt to create discord, will employ even individuals who have no
bias and no ill intentions. These may be recruited both from the schools
of the Shi' is or the Sunnis.
In the Shi'i Community a move may take place which might provoke and
upset non-Shi'i Muslim brothers. The very same thing may happen in the
Sunni Community and arouse the sensitivity of the Shi’is. Who is
responsible for such moves? Today, a common enemy Stands before us. In
addition to the fact that we all share the same book, tradition divine
messenger, kiblah [direction to which Muslims turn in prayer], Ka'bah,
hajj, prayers and pillars of faith - despite some technical differences
which naturally exist between any two scholars -, we also have a common
enemy. This makes the issue of Islamic unity even more serious.
Even one single day's delay in the attainment of this unity means one
more day of damage to the world of Islam. These are crucial days, >and
each single one of these can affect a whole lifetime. We should not allow
The Islamic Republic of Iran, praise be to God, pursued this aim from
the very first day. Our eminent Imam [Khomeyni] , may he be admitted to
God's paradise, pioneered the way. Other officials, organs, authors,
thinkers and orators from the Islamic world have also made great efforts.
Do not allow these efforts to be wasted. [Crowd chants: God is Greater;
Khamene’i is the leader] ...
God's blessings and benedictions be upon you all.