Leader: Endeavours in the way of God cannot be rewarded with anything worldly
The Leader of the Islamic Revolution in the ceremony awarding the order of Zulfaqar, to senior IRGC commander Qassem Soleimani said endeavours in the way of God cannot be properly rewarded and compensated with anything worldly.
Iran Press/Iran news: The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Iran, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, in a speech at a ceremony awarding the Order of Zolfaqar to Commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Qassem Soleimani said: "One’s endeavours in the way of God cannot be rewarded and compensated with anything worldly."
He reiterated: Allah the Exalted says, “Allah has purchased of the believers their lives and their possessions; for theirs (in return) is the Heavens (Paradise): they fight in His cause, and slay and are slain” [The Holy Quran, 9: 111], Iran Press news agency citing the official website of the Leader.
"What is offered to you in return for jihad in the way of God and what Allah the Exalted grants in return for laying down your life and offering your possessions is paradise and divine satisfaction," Iran's Leader added.
Ayatollah Khamenei reiterated: "What we grant— including our verbal and non-verbal gratitude, and the medals of honour, orders and epaulets that we grant— are things which are noteworthy on the basis of worldly calculations, but on the basis of spiritual and divine calculations, they are not noteworthy."
He also said: "Thankfully, all of you have made these endeavours and efforts. Allah the Exalted has thankfully blessed our very dear brother – Mr. Qassem Soleimani. He has time and time again risked his life in defense of Islam, to thwart the invasion of the enemy, and he has done so in the way of God, for God and purely for the sake of Allah."
Ayatollah Khamenei continued: "And he has made a great endeavour. I hope that Allah the Exalted will reward and bless him, that He will help him live a blissful life and that He will make his end marked by martyrdom. Of course, not so soon. The Islamic Republic will be needing his services for many years to come, but I hope that his services will culminate with martyrdom, God willing. I hope that this [award] will be an auspicious one for you, God willing."