The Deal of the Century will never happen

The following is the full text of the sermons delivered on June 5, 2019 by Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, at the Eid ul-Fitr prayers in Imam Khomeini Musallah in Tehran.

First Sermon:

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds. “Praise be to Allah, Who created the heavens and the earth and made darkness and light. Yet those who reject faith hold others as equal with their Guardian-Lord.”[The Holy Quran, 6: 1]

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, and greetings be upon the leaders of Muslims, those who support the oppressed and those who guide the faithful.

I advise you servants of God to fear God.

I would like to congratulate all you dear worshipers, all the people of Iran and the entire Islamic Ummah on the auspicious Eid ul-Fitr. In order to show the significance of this day, it is enough to say that in the qunut section of Fitr prayers – during which we say dhikr – we swear to God, saying, “By the blessedness of this day.” This reminds us of the greatness of this day.

Also, I deem it necessary to ask God to bestow His blessings and mercy on the dear martyrs of the 15th of Khordad [of 1342]: martyrs who were martyred in Tehran, in Qom, in Varamin, in Pishva and in other parts of the country. I hope that in the shade of the pure souls of these martyrs, Allah the Exalted makes the Iranian nation steadfast on this glorious path.

I wish to sincerely thank the Iranian nation for their endeavor on the last Friday of the auspicious month of Ramadhan and for their participation in the great public rally throughout the country. It was a great move. Some people may not know how influential this strong and solid presence can be in international policies and how it can change the opinion of the enemies of the Iranian nation as it can disrupt their calculations.

The auspicious month of Ramadhan was the month of divine blessings and divine mercy. It was the month of cleansing hearts and showing one’s faith. Throughout that month, our youth and our teenagers – at very tender ages – endured fasting on very hot days only for the sake of the divine command. This year, many of our teenagers had final exams, but they did not stop fasting. They endured both fasting on hot days and the difficulty of studying and taking exams. This is very valuable! These issues show the growth of religious faith among our youth and our adolescent generation.

The people passed good exams in terms of spirituality in this month. The presence of the people in mosques, hussainiyahs, imamzadehs and in various other religious sites throughout the country was a warm and enthusiastic presence. According to the reports that I received in those days, in Tehran, the people gathered together to listen to perceptive and insightful speeches, for reciting duas, for saying dawn prayers and for shedding early morning tears. These are really great blessings and spiritual provisions which originate from the pure hearts of teenagers and youth throughout the country. By Allah’s favor, these things will bless our future.

One of the blessings of this month is the increasing Quranic meetings that are held. Almost all over the country, Quran recitation meetings are held. This is a very precious hand valuable course of action.

In this month, the willpower of the masses of the people is strengthened in the way of God and it moves towards divine piety. This happens particularly in the Nights of Qadr. The great gatherings of the Nights of Qadr are truly instructive. Different individuals, people from various social backgrounds wearing different clothes and having different dispositions gather together under one roof and in one single place and they engage in supplication and shedding tears. These things should be appreciated.

The month of Ramadhan is the month of the flowing of divine mercy. This is a provision for our country and our people. I hope that God will help you preserve this provision until another month of Ramadan so that you can once more open this gate of divine mercy to yourselves.

 

 “In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Say: He, Allah, is One.

Allah is He on Whom all depends.

He begets not, nor is He begotten.

And none is like Him” [The Holy Quran, 112].

 

Second Sermon:

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

In particular, I wish to mention the infallible Imams: Ali ibn Abi Talib (greetings be upon him) – the Commander of the Faithful – Hassan, Hussein, the master of the youth of paradise, Ali ibn al-Hussein, the Master of Worshippers, Muhammad ibn Ali al-Baqir, the Holder of Prophetic Knowledge, Ja’far ibn Muhammad al- Sadiq, Musa ibn Ja’far al-Kadhim, Ali ibn Musa ar-Ridha, Muhammad ibn Ali al-Jawad, Ali ibn Muhammad al-Hadi, Hassan ibn Ali al-Zaki al-Askari and Hujjat al-Qaem al-Mahdi. Greetings be upon them all and I ask God for His forgiveness for me and you

In the first sermon, I discussed matters related to worshiping and paying attention to Allah the Exalted. In this sermon, I will discuss matters related to God’s servants.

Another side of this year’s month of Ramadhan – as is the case in all years – was helping other people which is thankfully expanding on a daily basis in the country. The people thankfully welcomed the idea of holding simple iftar meals which had been advised. The people catered iftar meals in mosques, in hussainiyahs, in the street, in the big squares of the city and even in the alleys and other people participated in them. Various individuals, even those who had limited financial means managed to participate in holding these public and collective iftar meals. Later on, there was a call to help and the people welcomed it. They helped to organize an iftar banquet. Billions of tomans were collected and expended for the iftar. These are great courses of action that are thankfully expanding among our people in the form of decent Islamic habits and traditions.

Also, the people’s Ramadhani assistance to the victims of the recent floods was impressive. I would like to use this opportunity to say to all our brothers and sisters throughout the country and in particular to our honorable officials that they should never consign the issue of the flood-stricken victims to oblivion. These issues are very important! We should follow up the matter in a serious way and the problems should be resolved with absolute seriousness.

Particularly in areas like Khuzestan where the weather is hot and where the heat in this season and in the following seasons will be unbearable, we should think of those brothers and sisters. One of the necessary and urgent tasks for both the masses of the people and officials is this issue.

As for international issues, these days, the issue of Palestine is one of the most important issues of the world of Islam. The treason of some orientations in Islamic countries has led to explicitly treasonous actions regarding the issue of Palestine. The summit that is going to be held in Bahrain is orchestrated by the Americans, but the rulers of Bahrain have prepared the ground for this with their weakness, their various inabilities, and their appallingly bad and anti-popular and anti-Islamic spirit. They have committed themselves to hold this summit.

The goal of the summit is to implement the wrong, treacherous and malicious plan of the US regarding Palestine, which has been referred to as “the deal of the century.” Of course, this will never happen and by Allah’s favor, the deal of the century will never be concluded.

I wish to thank those Muslim and Arab countries which have expressed their opposition to it and also the Palestinian groups which have opposed it. This is a grave act of treason against the world of Islam! I hope that the rulers of Bahrain and Saudi Arabia realize in what quagmire they are setting foot and what damages it will inflict on them in the future.

Dear God, by the blessedness of Muhammad and his household, familiarize the world of Islam with its interests and guide Muslim people, the Muslim Ummah, Muslim nations and Muslim rulers towards the path of growth and righteousness.

 “In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

To you, have We granted the Fount (of Abundance),

Therefore to your Lord turn in Prayer and Sacrifice,

For he who hates you, he will be cut off” [The Holy Quran, 108].

 

Greetings be upon you and Allah’s mercy and blessings

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