Imam Khomeini, the late founder of the Islamic Revolution, used to attract the people’s attention towards the problems facing the Muslim world.

Imam Khomeini sought welfare of oppressed nations during Nowruz

Imam Khomeini, the late founder of the Islamic Revolution, used to attract the people’s attention during the Nowruz towards the problems facing the Muslim world.

On arrival of the new Iranian year, Imam Khomeini through his historic speeches and messages used to issue guidelines about the national issues and the problems gripping various Muslim countries.

Imam Khomeini, the leader of contemporary Muslim world, also recommended for believers to enhance their spiritual qualities and divine characteristics during the spring which is revival of nature.  

Imam also used to warn about the aggressive policies of colonial powers they were exercising against oppressed nations.

Nowruz is the traditional Iranian festival of spring which commences the start of the spring. It is considered as the start of the New Year among Iranians.

One of Imam’s historic speech on the occasion of Nowruz comes as following:

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

Manifestation of the nation's resistance

I congratulate the approach of New Year to all worlds Muslims, particularly the heroic people of Iran and different layers of the nation and those engaged of serving Islam in warfronts, those serving in behind the frontlines, the families of martyrs, the war disabled, their relatives and all. God willing, this year will be auspicious for the Muslims of the world and God Almighty will ordain the hands of the superpowers and those affiliated to them would be curtailed and the people of the world would live in peace.

All problems of the world are due to these big powers who claim that they are doing these works for peace. They commit so much crime, drown countries in blood and claim that they cannot see human rights being trampled. These are mere claims and have no reality. Contrast of this is the reality. Muslims are neglectful. Oppressed peoples of the world are neglectful. If people of other Muslim countries join in the rays emerging in Iran and all shake hand and stand against so many crimes perpetrated against human beings and humanity, the works would be mended. Unfortunately, however, this work has not been accomplished and I do not know what will happen. I hope that God Almighty grant us power to resist. Today, resistance is necessary. The holy Prophet) May God's peace be upon him and his progeny (was concerned as to whether his people would resist or not. Although the verse has been mentioned in another Sourah or chapter, it does not have what follows this verse. This indicates that the Prophet) s (appeared to be concerned over whether his people would God forbid refuse to resist. The Iranian people, government, army, revolutionary guards corps and all layers of people should note that resistance in the face of oppression and these big powers is among the issues that has been prescribed. It is resistance against the enemy. It has been ordained to resist. If you put up resistance, you will be victorious. Thank God, Iran and many of the layers of people are characterized by this feature. I do not forget the incident of Friday when people displayed that glorious resistance brilliantly. I observed the people displaying dignity amid those sounds with those showers of guns. I was particularly watching to see the people's conditions. I did not see even a single one to be unstable and shaky. Then the Fridayprayers leader spoke with those vociferous voices. »2« The people responded and crying that they seek martyrdom. I was told that one of those who achieved martyrdom in the event had already said his last will, in which he has written that when I participate in the Friday prayers ceremonies, I say my last will. He was martyred in the same place. One cannot challenge such a nation. Such people cannot be challenged. When it is announced that they planned to bombard the Friday prayers site, people come in greater number to say their prayers in congregation. Even those who did not attend the prayers in previous weeks, as I have been narrated, participated this week. They are such a nation. Such a people cannot be dissuaded by virtue of bombardment and mischief the enemy commits. Why should the people give up his idea? They are working for Islam which is a trust in our hand. Islam has been born in early days of Islam with pain and suffering. Whatever Islam has proceeded, it has experienced hardship.

Endeavor to attain divinely satisfaction

From the outset when the Prophet of Islam) May God's peace be upon him and his progeny (invited people to Islam until the time he ascended the heaven, he was at war. Even when he was at death bed, he mobilized people for war. He experienced those afflictions wreaked by friend and foe. It was the case thereafter. Muslims have suffered, our Immaculate Imams have experienced pains and the Commander of the Faithful has suffered those hardships. Well! Since those pains were for Islam, they welcomed. We should strive to follow suit and act in a way that all hardships would be sweet as it was for them. This is the meaning of satisfaction with God's providence.

the agents of imperialists had brought a hand-made bomb in the form of a small carpet to the location of Friday prayers of Tehran and blasted it at 21: 32 among the multitude of worshippers when they were listening to the Friday prayers sermons, killing and wounding a number of the worshippers. After the event, the people chanted unanimously" Husayn, Hussein is our motto, martyrdom is our honor"," death to US"," war, war until victory". Despite this event, the Friday prayers leader of Tehran, Mr. Khamene`i, continued with recitation of his sermons firmly and vigorously.

Once one should surrender. Right! We are Muslim that once one should be satisfied with what He has ordained. It does not make difference for one who is satisfied as to whether one experiences hardship or blessing. One sees everything as blessing. One attributes everything to Him, the Beloved. Let us suppose that if one's superficial beloved expresses something unpleasant, one will like it. If we arrive at such conclusion and I hope we will reach seriously, we will like everything from Him. Now we see that our youths go to warfronts for martyrdom, these are the types of people who are satisfied with God. It is because they feel like martyrdom in their heart. They consider it from God. Since they attribute martyrdom to God, it is not hard for them to achieve martyrdom. We should train ourselves to be satisfied with what God Almighty has granted us. Whatever He ordains, even appearing on evil, is good. It is actually the same, because God Almighty loves His creatures. Sometimes evil is blessing for man. Sometimes blessing is evil. God Almighty wants to educate people. Those who are attracted towards Him, their education is at times to exert pressure on them and occasionally granting them blessing. When pressure is exerted, the souls fly to other worlds. It is in pressures that such a thing happens.

Disregard of worldly allurements, feature of lovers of martyrdom

Therefore, we want a nation- the people themselves are, thank God, like this- whom pressures do not smosh. If we, Islam and Muslims like other layers of world people seeking property, name and fame and the like and finally for their belly and lust would be annoyed if these desires ran short. However, a nation that move out for martyrdom, a nation whose women and men love martyrdom and cry to be martyred, such a people will not complain of deficit in such and such thing. These people do not lament for economy. Lament is for those who are dependent on economy. Those who love God, they do not get annoyed with something to be insufficient and other thing abundant, cheap or expensive. Such things are not considered by one who seeks martyrdom. One who seeks martyrdom will care not a rap if one tells him his property has been stolen. If you tell him that the price of goods has gone up, he has not gone for bringing booty. The booty he wishes to bring is that which is not perishable. It is what cannot be defeated. It is a work no one can manage save God Almighty and our people are seeking this. I hope that we all develop this mentality. Of course, though I say these things, I am not like this myself. But I wish others to attain to this state. I myself like to reach it. All should do so...I implore God to grant all power and health, awaken us and help us with our resistance.

May God's peace and mercy be upon you!

Sahifeh-ye Imam, vol. 9, Page: 771

Date: March 12, 1985, Farvardin 1, 1364 AHS/ Jamadi ath-Thani 28, 1405AH

Place: Jamaran, Tehran

Occasion: Arrival of New Year

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