TEHRAN (Dispatches) – Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Saturday warned of massive Western media propaganda to persuade the Iranian nation into caving in to U.S. pressures.
"The Iranian nation, by the grace of God, has stood firm so far and will continue to resist, but such resistance requires a constant injection of spiritual power into the society,” the Leader told a group of eulogists on the birth anniversary of Hazrat Fatema Zahra (SA).
"By the grace of God, the Islamic Republic is fitted with all means in all respects because the Islamic system has good military commanders, young and motivated men of science, diligent and zealous cultivators of art and people ready for work in all fields,” the Leader said.
"Therefore, with such divine capacities, a definite and ultimate victory against the vast enemy front will belong to the Iranian nation,” he added.
Ayatollah Khamenei said strengthening of Iranian youth’s resolve and insight plays a central role in empowering the country.
"Today, the important need of our country is for our youth to be equipped with various weapons and means of soft war, which consist of willpower and the power of reason,” the Leader said.
"I have repeatedly said about the need to strengthen the country,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.
"One of the central components of this is to equip the youth with the means of thought and correct insight in the knowledge of the Ahl al-Bayt,” he added, referring to the progeny of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him).
"The young generation, in which we have much hopes – because the future of the country is in your hands – has to be firm like steel, with strong will and insight in order to know what it wants to do and how to achieve it,” the Leader said.
Achieving that, Ayatollah Khamenei said, "requires knowledge of the Ahl al-Bayt which vaccinates society, the Islamic establishment and Muslims”.
Religious orators in the Shia tradition, known as "Madah” in Farsi, play a central role in organizing religious ceremonies in Iran, most notably for mourning the martyrdom of the third Shia Imam and the grandson of the Prophet.
Imam Hussein (AS) was martyred along with dozens of his companions during a last-stand battle against the tyrant of the time, Yazid I, in 680 AD.
The Leader likened mourning ceremonies following the assassination of General Qassem Soleimani and his comrades earlier in January to mourning held for Imam Hussein (AS).
"Mourning for the martyrs is not a sign of weakness; it is a mourning that demonstrates resolve and determination which illustrates the sacred emotions of a human being amidst the battle field,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.
"In the recent funerals for our dear martyr, you could see what a major event unfolded across the country; not only in our country but also beyond it,” the Leader said.
"This is what is meant by guiding mourning ceremonies; you need to guide mourning ceremonies of the people in such ways which are in line with the Ahl al-Bayt and is needed by the society,” he added.
Ayatollah Khamenei said, "The endurance of the Iranian nation against the wild American monster - which has stunned international observers – stems from such knowledge,” of the Ahl al-Bayt.
Ayatollah Khamenei noted that the Islamic teaching to trust God and not fear the enemies has enabled Iran to achieve progress throughout the years despite enemy schemes.
"Nobody would believe that Iran would reach its current status in regards to its political status and regional influence and progress in scientific and technological fields in the early days of the Islamic Revolution,” the Leader said.
"However, the Iranian nation put its trust in God. It did not fear any power and was able to achieve such progress,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.