Quds Day (“Jerusalem Day”), held on the last Friday of Ramadan, is an annual day of protest which was primarily organized by the Iranian government against Israel.
While nominally about Jerusalem, the Quds Day rally serves as a forum to call for hostilities against Israel and the liberation of Palestine.
In Ramadan of 1979, Imam Khomeini introduced the Quds day to the world and said in a speech: “I call on all Muslims and Muslim governments to unite in order to get the hands of this occupier (Israel) and it supporters off Palestine and call on all Muslims around the world to name the last Friday of Ramadan month as the ‘Quds day’ and declare the international solidarity of Muslims in supporting legal rights of (Palestinian) Muslims.”
Since then, world’s freedom-seekers especially in Islamic countries have been staging massive rallies and organized special ceremonies to mark the occasion.
This year, rallies were cancelled due to coronavirus threat. However, Supreme Leader’s speech will be broadcast live on domestic and international radio stations and television networks.
On International Quds Day this year, although due to the current situation and the need to observe health protocols and maintain public health, it is not possible to hold this ceremony in person in defense of the rights of the Palestinian people, what is important is the depth and meaning of the Palestinian cause, and fills the hearts of the usurpers of the first qibla of the Muslims with horror.
It is imperative to acknowledge the effort by the people wishing peace to reign and justice to prevail all over the world. As emphasized by the Imam “the Quds Day is a universal day. It is not an exclusive day for Quds itself. It is a day for the oppressed to rise and stand up against the arrogant.”
While sympathizing with the Palestinians on this day, we denounce the enemies’ unending brutality and bloodshed especially in Yemen, Somalia, and Nigeria among others.
As we mark the day of the oppressed, we also appreciate the role of all justice-seeking and concerned individuals and organizations on the plight of Palestinians and other oppressed.
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