جمهوری اسلامی ایران
Islamic Republic of Iran
ستقلال، آزادی، جمهوری اسلامی
Esteqlāl, Āzādi, Jomhuri-ye Eslāmi
Independence, freedom, the Islamic Republic
An Open Invitation to the Free Nations of the WorldIn the Name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful,
Brothers of the international community, salâmo alaykom. As the holy month of Muharram approaches, and with it the marking of another year since the Prophet (pbuh) led the first Muslims on the Hijra, it is with great dismay that I must remark on what has become abundantly obvious to all. It has been forty years since the foundation of the Arab League and the wave of decolonization that ostensibly was to mark the end of imperialism, thirty-four since the Non-Aligned Movement declared to the peoples of the world that they need not bend to Communist materialism or the decadence of the West, and nearly seven since the fasiq Mohammad Reza Shah was forced from his palace by a nation that would prefer martyrdom to slavery.
Important anniversaries all -and a sign that God is ever great, for those who strive against an oppressor is rewarded in Paradise regardless over temporal power- but ones that beg the question, What has it all been for?
I seek forgiveness from God for the asking, brothers, but ours is a religion as much of reason as it is of submission to God's will, and the barest examination of the facts reveals the truth. Even the rest of Islamic world is not free from this poison; the tendrils of sin tighten their grip upon the hearts of good Muslims with every report of sectarian violence, every whisper of takfir condemns not one soul, but two, and the materialist cultures of the superpowers slither their way towards the corruption of the faithful.
Look to Lebanon, if my meaning is not understood. Faith and heritage have been twisted from virtues to vices by a French whims and Zionist perversions of the Jewish covenant, and only the alliance of the Syrian Arab Army with the true Lebanese people keeps the nation from descending into outright tribalism. Agreement upon agreement has been broken by the Little Satan of Zionism, and while the Palestinian fedayeen hold fast in their jihad from the river to the sea, the Arab League is a dwindling candle compared to the righteous fire that once burned fiercely along the banks of the Jordan. Look to the holdings of the House of Saud, built by refugees whose fathers tended pastures in al-Jawlan and worked the bazaars of al-Quds, now forced to eke out a living under a king whose god is the American dollar. The story repeats itself a world over, day by day and year by year: once, we Iranians were brothers in faith with our Iraqi neighbors, fishing the same rivers and visiting the same shrines, but now the madman in Baghdad shares more with the trained killers of Central America, the diamond-hunters of Africa, and the prison guards of Siberia, together resembling nothing so much as a cannibalistic pack of hyenas laughing at the smell of fresh carrion.
If we are not to be carrion, then, we must choose to act, to move against the inertia of a faltering global revolution. Jihad is the way of life for those who desire freedom from the two-power system that threatens unspeakable physical and spiritual violence if its ravenous appetite is not sated. Cited Ibn Nuhaas: A man asked the Messenger of Allah (pbuh), “What is the best jihad?” The Prophet said, “The word of Justice in front of the oppressive Sultan.” Would a word to the Sultans of the present day, the nuclear-armed idolators of Moscow-Washington line who could destroy God's most wondrous creation with a push of a button, not be the greatest jihad of them all? I could not say, brothers, but I declare it an excellent place to start.
Accordingly, I call upon the gracious representatives of Syria and Libya, Arab nations who have rejected the decadent capitulationism of the present Arab League, to host with me a summit in Qom, where we will draft a statement of solidarity rejecting Zionism, sectarianism, and the imperialist materialism of international capital and Soviet orthodoxy. Likewise invited to join the drafting are our friends in Somalia, a state whose pursuit of an independent and Islamic brand of socialist development has left them in a position where they might only rely on themselves and God, and the revolutionary government of Burkina Faso, a majority Muslim country serving presently as the vanguard for development in the Global South.
Other nations wishing to become a signatory of such a declaration belonging to either the Arab League or the Organization of the Islamic Conference are likewise invited, and I embrace each and every leader of the international community with the bravery to do so. I also wish to formally invite my brothers in Pakistan, as friends of all Muslims and a natural mediator, to observe the proceedings; likewise with our ally and inspiration Taewonso Kim Il-sung, whose political thought is a boon to all those who seek independence. Final invitations include: representatives of the People's Republic of China, a pioneer of the resistance to American neo-colonialism and Soviet hegemony; Comandante Fidel Castro, perhaps the de facto leader of the Latin American struggle; Yugoslavia in honor of its historic role as a leader of the Non-Aligned Movement; and indeed, any nation who desires to express solidarity with our summit as well as any marja, mufti, or other religious leader wishing to declare their support for the end of sectarianism.
May God bless you, until victory always,
Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini
Leader of Iran
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