Press Shia Agency – Ayatollah Arafi said, “Iran has remained in the JCPOA and the Europeans have been ‎coming back and forth for months but so far the sanctions have not been lifted and the ‎officials must stand against the Europeans with power, wisdom and courage against the ‎Europeans and they must also know that our patience is limited.”‎

Press Shia – In his Friday prayer sermon to a large and fervent crowd of believers at Qom’s Qods ‎Prayer Hall, Ayatollah Alireza Arafi offered his congratulations on the upcoming birth ‎anniversary of Prophet Muhammad and the occasion of Islamic Unity Week and stated, ‎‎“More than ever before, the Islamic ummah is thirsty for unity and needs convergence and ‎cooperation because the enemies exploit our disunity and unfounded divisions to attack the ‎Islamic ummah, plundered our resources and occupied our territories and the al-Aqsa ‎Mosque.” ‎


The head of the Islamic Seminaries of Iran stated that the enemies have threatened ‎sanctions, threats and sedition against the Islamic ummah in order to carry out their goals ‎and pointed out, “The Islamic ummah has everything it needs to obtain greatness and build ‎a civilization but now, the illness of ethnic, sectarian and religious differences have fallen ‎upon us and has denigrated our era.”‎


He said that the message of the birth anniversary of the Prophet of God, Islamic Unity ‎Week, the Islamic Revolution, the Islamic Resistance Front and the martyrs is the return to ‎unity and stressed, “Therefore, we have to abandon the Takfiri ideology and extremism and ‎we must bring our hearts close together toward each other and emphasize our common ‎principles. Islamic coexistence must preside over the Islamic ummah. However, this doesn’t ‎mean that someone desists from following the essential elements of his religion.”‎


Ayatollah Arafi stressed that the Islamic Revolution, the Iranian people, the seminaries and ‎the great sources of emulation emphasize and confirm the message of the unity and ‎solidarity of the Islamic ummah. The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution [Ayatollah ‎Khamenei] has always emphasized on Islamic unity and he is one of its pioneers.”‎


The member of the Society of Seminary Teachers of Qom said, “On the upcoming ‎anniversary of the fortieth anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, strong efforts and ‎complicated plots are being planned made by the enemies to exhaust the celebration of the ‎anniversary of the glorious Islamic Revolution. For example, they seek to exonerate the ‎oppressive Pahlavi regime, conceal the services and achievements of the Islamic system and ‎exonerate the United States and Israel. On the internet, they are attempting to present the ‎Islamic system as full of corruption, depravity and dependency.” ‎


He continued, “The way to confront the plots of the enemies is to unravel the truths of the ‎past for the current generation and our officials are pioneering the fight against corruption ‎and they are aware of the suffering of the people and are trying to resolve the problems. ‎We have documentation of progress and economic guidance but we face economic ‎weaknesses.”‎


Ayatollah Arafi referred to the recent victories of the Palestinian resistance and said, “The ‎Zionist regime was unable to resist the rockets of the Islamic Resistance in the Gaza Strip ‎and they retreated. They realized that they must either surrender to the law of reason and ‎end their usurpation of Palestine or the chain of attacks by the Islamic Resistance will ‎continue. God-willing, within the next 25 years, this regime will be destroyed.”‎


The member of the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution said, “A lot has been said ‎about Israel’s ‘Iron Dome’ but out of the 500 missiles fired by the Islamic Resistance, they ‎could only stop 100 of them which shows that the Zionist regime’s power is fragile and they ‎cannot remain in the face of the Islamic Resistance and will surely disappear‏.‏‎”‎


Referring to the chain dangers of Western officials and the President of the United States, ‎Donald Trump, His Eminence said, “Trump is still defending Muhammad ibn Salman [Crown ‎Prince of Saudi Arabia] from the [Khashoqji] scandal that swept the world and also defends ‎the invasion and oppression of Yemen. The Americans no longer have any honour left in the ‎world because they are unfaithful, tyrants and bloodthirsty and have blood on their hands.”‎


Ayatollah Arafi added, “We mustn’t attach ourselves to the enemies, they are hated in the ‎world and will be defeated. In their latest report, the IAEA has concluded that Iran is fully ‎abiding to its commitments under the JCPOA but this is also has limits. European officials are ‎coming to Iran but they haven’t solved the issue of the sanctions so far. Recently, the British ‎Foreign Secretary [Jeremy Hunt] came to Iran to rant about issues that cannot be accepted ‎by the Iranian nation‏.‏‎”‎


In conclusion, he stressed, “The authorities must stand with power, wisdom and courage ‎against the attacks by the enemies. The Europeans must either speak the truth and stand up ‎to the United States or know that our patience has a limit. We hope that the officials will be ‎more vigilant and pay greater attention.”‎


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