The Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, In his message to the pilgrims of Baitullah Al-Haram, called unity and spirituality the two essential foundations of Hajj and the two factors of honor and happiness of the Islamic Ummah, noted: the arrogant West in our sensitive region and recently In the whole world, it has become weaker day by day, of course, the enemy should not be neglected even for a moment.

Iran PressIran News: The following is the full text of Imam Khamenei's message to the 2022 Hajj Pilgrimage.

In the Name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Praise be to God, Lord of the Worlds, and peace and blessings are upon our Master, Prophet Muhammad, his Pure Progeny, and his chosen Companions.

Hajj: A symbol of the unity of the Islamic nation

Praise God, the Almighty and Wise, for once again making the blessed month of Dhu al-Hijjah a meeting place for the Muslim nations and for making this path of His grace and mercy available to them. The Islamic nation can once again observe its unity and harmony in this clear, timeless mirror and [take this opportunity to] turn away from factors that lead to disunity and division.

Unity and spirituality: Basic foundations of Hajj

The unity of the Muslim nation is one of the two essential foundations of the Hajj Pilgrimage. When this foundation is combined with spirituality and remembering God (dhikr) – which comprise the other basic foundation of this religious duty, which is full of secrets – they can take the Islamic nation to attain the heights of honor and felicity. They can enable it to become an example of [the verse], "All might belongs to Allah and His Messenger and the believers." [Qur'an 63:8] Hajj is a combination of these two political and spiritual elements. And the sacred religion of Islam is a glorious, majestic fusion of the political and spiritual spheres.

The enemies' efforts to undermine the foundations of the Islamic nation's honor, and the Islamic nation's duty to counteract such efforts

In recent history, the enemies of Muslim nations have undertaken an extensive drive to weaken the two bolstering elixirs of Islamic unity and spirituality among our countries. The enemies of Islam strive to weaken spirituality by promoting a western lifestyle devoid of spirituality and rooted in a short-sighted, materialistic vision of the world. They strive to undermine Islamic unity by promoting and promulgating baseless factors that foster division, such as [differences in] language, color, race, and geography.

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The Islamic nation, a small portion of which can now be seen in the symbolic ritual of Hajj, must rise against this with every ounce of its being. This means, on the one hand, we must increase remembrance of God, work for God, contemplate God's words, and trust in His promises in all of our minds. And on the other hand, everyone must work to overcome the factors that foster division and disunity.

The Islamic world is ready for unity, and the prerequisites for it

What can be said with certainty today is that the current situation of the world and the Islamic world is readier for this valuable effort than ever.

1. Islamic Awakening

The first reason is that the elites and much of the general population in Islamic countries are now aware of the great wealth of their religious understanding and spiritual heritage and its significance and value. Today, liberalism and communism, the most significant contributions of Western civilization, no longer have the same appeal they did 100 years or 50 years ago. The credibility of capital-driven Western democracy is being seriously questioned, and Western thinkers admit they are at a theoretical and practical loss. By observing this situation, young people, intellectuals, scientists, and religious scholars within the world of Islam are able to gain new perspectives on the wealth and value of their knowledge, as well as on the mainstream political currents in their own countries. This is the "Islamic Awakening" that we continually refer to.

2. The phenomenon of Resistance

Secondly, this Islamic self-awareness has created a wondrous, miraculous phenomenon in the Islamic world's very heart, which poses serious problems for the Arrogant Powers. The name of this phenomenon is "Resistance," and its reality is manifested in the power of faith, struggling on the path of God, and relying on Him. This is the same phenomenon about which the following noble verses were revealed in the formative period of Islam:

Those to whom the people said, "All the people have gathered against you, so fear them." That only increased their faith, and they said, "Allah is sufficient for us, and He is an excellent trustee." So they returned with Allah's blessing and grace, untouched by any harm. They pursued the pleasure of Allah, and Allah is the dispenser of great grace. [Qur'an 3:173-174]

The situation in Palestine is one of the manifestations of this amazing phenomenon that has been able to bring down the rebellious Zionist regime from its state of aggression and to howl to a defensive, passive stance and impose on it the current, prominent array of political, security, and economic problems that it faces. Other brilliant examples of Islamic Resistance can be seen in Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen, and other places.

3) Political governance in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Thirdly, in addition to these other factors, the world is currently witnessing a successful model and proud example of the power and political Islamic governance in Iran. The stability, independence, progress, and honor of the Islamic Republic is a great, significant, striking phenomenon that can attract the thoughts and feelings of every conscious Muslim. The inabilities and, at times, mistaken actions of the officials of this system – mistakes that have postponed the attainment of all the blessings of Islamic governance – have never been able to shake the solid foundations or to stop the firm steps that have been taken in the path of the material and spiritual progress [of the Islamic Republic], as the basic principles of this system inspire these.

The following factors are to be found at the top of the list of these basic principles: the sovereignty of Islam in the legislative and executive branches of governance, reliance on the vote of the people in the country's most important administrative matters, complete political independence and refusing to rely on any oppressive powers. These principles can be the basis for a consensus between Muslim nations and governments, and they have the potential to bring unity and harmony to the Islamic country in its direction and cooperation.

These principles and factors have fostered favorable conditions in the Islamic world for a harmonious, unified movement. More than anyone else, Muslim governments, religious and scientific elites, independently-minded intellectuals, and the truth-seeking youth should think about taking full advantage of these favorable conditions.

The Arrogant Powers' tools for confronting the Muslim's unity

More than anyone else, it is natural for the Arrogant Powers and the United States to be worried about such a trend in the Islamic world and employ all their resources to confront it. And this is what we are seeing. The tactics they employ range from dominating the media and soft warfare to warmongering and starting proxy wars, political espionage, acts of inducement, and threatening, bribing, and other forms of enticement. Each and every one of these tactics are employed by the United States and other Arrogant Powers to separate the Islamic world from its rightful path of Awakening and felicity. The criminal, disgraceful Zionist regime in this region is yet another tool they use for this all-out effort.

These efforts have failed in most cases, thanks to God's grace and will. And the Arrogant West has become weaker by the day in our sensitive region and, more recently, throughout the world. The distress and failure of the United States and its criminal accomplice, the usurper [Zionist] regime in the region, can be seen in the recent events in Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Afghanistan.

Assets for building the future of the Islamic world and its undermining factors

On the other hand, the Islamic world is brimming with motivated, energetic young people. The greatest assets for building the future are hope and self-confidence. Today, these assets are abundant in the Islamic world, especially in this region. We all have a duty to protect and increase these precious assets.

However, we should not neglect the enemy's stratagems for a moment. Let us avoid pride and negligence and increase our alertness and efforts. And at all times, let us attentively beseech the Almighty, Wise God for His help. Participating in Hajj and its rituals provides a great opportunity for relying on God and beseeching Him, as well as for deliberation and decision-making.

Pray for your Muslim brothers and sisters around the world, and ask for their success and victory. Please ask for divine guidance and help for this brother of yours in your pure prayers.


May God's peace and mercy be upon you

Sayyid Ali Khamenei

Dhu al-Hijjah 5, 1443

July 5, 2022



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