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AYATOLLAH KHAMENEI’S MESSAGE TO HAJJ PILGRIMS - 2012
In the name of Allah, the All-beneficent, the All-merciful.
All praise belongs to Allah, the Lord of all the worlds. May Allah’s blessings and salutations be to the supreme and trustworthy Apostle, and the pure and chosen ones of his family and his worthy companions.
The Hajj season, charged with Divine mercy and blessings, has arrived once again to offer the gift of Divine grace to the felicitous who have the honor to be present at this radiant tryst. Here, both place and time invite you, Hajj pilgrims, to spiritual edification and material uplift. Here, Muslim men and women, with their hearts and tongues, respond positively to the Divine summons to rectitude and salvation. Here everyone finds the opportunity to drill the lessons of brotherhood, equality and piety. Here is the great workshop for education and training. It showcases the unity, diversity and splendor of the Islamic Ummah and is a battlefront for struggle against Satan and false deities. The wise and omnipotent Lord has made this a place where the faithful shall witness their own interests. Should we see with the eyes of wisdom and summon the will to learn from experience, this heavenly promise will embrace our entire individual and collective lives in its expanse.
The Hajj rites signify the embrace between worldly existence and afterlife and the union of individual and society. The plain and majestic Ka’bah; the bodies and the hearts circling an immovable and eternal center; the unceasing and orderly effort (s‘ay) and quest undertaken between an origin and end; the en masse migration to the resurrectional grounds of ‘Arafat and the Mash‘ar; the passion and presence occasioned by this great gathering, which burnish and refresh the hearts; the collective surge to attack the symbols of Satan; and then a harmonious stream of people, from all places, of all colors and hues, throughout these symbolic rites rich with meaning and hints of guidance—these are the unique characteristics of this sacred rite loaded with meaning and content.
Such are the rites which infuse the hearts with God’s remembrance and brighten the lone human heart with the lights of piety and faith, liberating the individual from the confines of egoism and submerging him in the diverse collectivity of the Islamic Ummah. They cover him with the armor of piety, which protects his soul from the poisonous arrows of sin and imbue him with a combative spirit against devils and false deities.
It is here that the Hajj pilgrim sees with his eyes a specimen of the wider range of the Islamic Ummah, perceives its capacities and energies, and finds a hope in the future. He feels within himself the readiness to assume an active role and, should Divine assistance empower him, to renew his allegiance to the glorious Messenger, reaffirming his covenant with dear and mighty Islam, and he forms within himself a firm decision to work for self-reform and the reform of the Ummah and exaltation of Islamic ideals.
These two, that is, self-reform and reform of the Ummah, are two non-stop duties, whose means are not difficult to find for those who make a deep study of religious obligations and employ wisdom and insight.
The reform of one’s own self starts with the struggle against satanic desires and the effort to refrain from sin. The reform of the Ummah begins with identifying the enemy, understanding his schemes, and struggling to render his blows, ploys and malice ineffective. Thereupon it is realized with the uniting together of the hearts, hands and tongues of individual Muslim and Islamic nations.
At this juncture, one of the most crucial issues of the Islamic world and especially related to the destiny of the Islamic Ummah are the revolutionary events taking place in north Africa and the region. These events have resulted in the fall of several corrupt regimes subservient to America and hand in glove with Zionism and have shaken as well other like regimes. If Muslims let go this great opportunity without using it to reform the Islamic Ummah, they would incur great loss. The aggressive and interventionist arrogant powers are making every effort to divert the course of these significant Islamic movements.
In the course of these great uprisings, Muslim men and women rose up against the despotism of the rulers and American dominance, which had together insulted and humiliated these nations and resulted in alliances with the criminal Zionist regime. In this life and death struggle, they found a savior in Islam and its liberating teaching and ideals, and they declared it in expressive terms. Defense of the oppressed Palestinian nation and struggle against the usurper regime figured high in their demands. They also extended a friendly hand toward other Muslim nations and supported the solidarity of the Islamic Ummah.
These are the basic foundations of the popular uprisings in countries which raised the banner of freedom and reform in the last two years and the people, with their body and soul, flooded the squares of the revolution with their presence. These are the things which reinforce the foundations of reform within the Islamic Ummah. Standing firm by these basic principles is the necessary condition for the ultimate victory of the popular uprisings in these countries.
The enemy wants to rock these foundations. By exploiting inattention and shallow-mindedness on behalf of some, corrupt American, NATO and Zionist agents are trying to divert the deluge-like movement of the Muslim youth and bring them into confrontation with one another in the name of Islam, thus converting an anti-colonial and anti-Zionist struggle into blind terrorism waged in the streets of the Islamic world, so that the blood of Muslims is spilled at their own hands and the enemies of Islam are rescued from their dead-end while Islam and its warriors are maligned in public opinion.
After despairing of eliminating Islam and Islamic slogans altogether, they have now turned to inciting discord among Muslim sects and frustrating the unity of the Islamic Ummah through the gimmicks of Shiaphobia and Sunniphobia.
They have created a crisis in Syria with the assistance of their agents in the region, in order to divert the attention of the nations away from important problems of their own countries and the dangers that lie in ambush for them, and towards a gory scenario deliberately staged by them. The civil war in Syria and the bloodshed of its Muslim youth at their own hands is a criminal enterprise launched by the United States, Zionism and their docile governments who keep on blowing into the fire. Who will believe that erstwhile supporters of black dictatorships in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya have now turned into champions of the democratic aspirations of the Syrian people?
The Syrian issue is one of wreaking vengeance upon a government that has stood singly against the Zionist usurpers and defended resistance groups in Palestine and Lebanon.
We support the Syrian people and are opposed to every kind of incitement and intervention in that country. Any kind of reform in that country should be undertaken by the people themselves and through totally domestic methods. That powers seeking global domination should create a crisis in a country with the assistance of docile regional states and commit with impunity every kind of crime in that country is a serious danger. If the regional states do not deal with this danger, they should await their own turn of having to face this imperialist ploy.
Brothers and sisters! The Hajj season is an opportunity to reflect and contemplate over the issues of the Islamic world. The destiny of the revolutions in the region and efforts of the powers mauled by these revolutions to divert their course is one of these issues. The treacherous plots meant to create discord amongst Muslims and to create cynicism between the revolutionary countries and the Islamic Republic of Iran; the problem of Palestine and the efforts aimed to isolate its combatants and extinguish the Palestinian struggle; the anti-Islam propaganda of Western governments and their support for those who profane the sanctity of the Supreme Apostle, may Allah bless him and his Family; preparing the ground for civil wars and disintegration in certain Muslim countries; scaring the revolutionary governments and nations of putting up any opposition to the Western domineering powers and promoting the delusion that their future lies in submission to those aggressors… these and other similar vital and crucial issues are among problems that need reflection and study during the opportunity provided by the Hajj pilgrimage in the shade of the common empathy and convergent views shared by you, the Hajj pilgrims.
Without doubt, Divine guidance and assistance will show the paths of peace and safety to the faithful seekers: As for those who strive in Us, We shall surely guide them in Our ways. (29:69)
May peace and Allah’s mercy and blessings be upon you.
Sayyid Ali Khamenei
30 Mehr 1391/5 DhulHijjah 1433/(21 October 2012)