TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei underlined the need for Muslims to maintain vigilance against enemies’ complicated plots.
Addressing thousands of people in a ceremony to mark the feast of Eid-ul-Ghadir here on Saturday, Ayatollah Khamenei warned the Islamic Ummah (nation) against enemies’ efforts to “inject the virus of discord and difference among Muslims”.
“Campaign against difference and discord is the great lesson of Ghadir and to practice this crucial lesson, followers of Islamic faiths should avoid aggression and insult to each others’ sanctities and provocation (of sentiments) over sensitive issues, and as (I) mentioned in the message released on the occasion of Hajj (pilgrimage), they should stage vigilance and unity to defuse the plot of the arrogance which seeks to sow religious discord and conflict between the Shiite and Sunnite (Muslims),” the Supreme Leader reiterated.
He further said that the Islamic Iran could gain victory by showing vigilance and keeping an open eye to enemies’ tricks and plots, describing “faith and trust in God, feeling a responsibility for being present in all the scenes and full vigilance against the enemies” as the key to Iran’s triumph over arrogant powers in the last 29 years.
And to continue success, we should never forget the enemy and remember to keep a steady presence in the scene, Ayatollah Khamenei added.
Eid-ul-Ghadir refers to a highly important event in the history of Islam, when Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) returning from his last Hajj pilgrimage, suddenly stopped tens of thousands of followers who were accompanying him in the trip at a place called ‘Ghadir Khom’ to make them aware of God’s final decree.
God’s last messenger, Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), told followers on that day that God had selected Ali to replace the last prophet and become the Imam, i.e. religious guide and authority, and the ruler of Muslims after him.
“Whoever has faith in Ali has faith in me, whoever is Ali’s friend is my friend, whoever loves Ali loves meâ€¦” the prophet of Islam said and took up Ali’s hand and introduced him as his successor, saying those who accept Velyat (authority) of Ali (PBUH) over himself has entered a realm protected from the wrath of God.
“And today I completed the religion of God for you and completed my grace and blessings for youâ€¦” the prophet of Islam added.
Ali (PBUH) is the first of the Shiites’ twelve Imams and he is strongly adored not only by the Shiite, but also by the Sunnite Muslims as well as Christians and others who may – or even may not – faith in God as he was the symbol (and probably the only symbol) of a perfect man, of perfect humanity.