Jan 12, 2019 16:38 UTC
  • Leader calls for student jihad to make Iran independent of outside help

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Saturday in his message to the 53rd meeting of the Union of University Islamic Students’ Associations in Europe, said it is jihad or striving in the path of Allah for Iranian students — anywhere in the world — to contribute to the development of the country by making it independence of foreigners.

The full text of the message which was recited by Hojja al-Islam Javad Ezhei this morning at the Islamic Centre of Hamburg, Germany, is as follows:

“In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

Dear youngsters: We know that you, the university students, are the best hopes for the future of our country. What everyone needs to know is that today— by God's Grace— numerous students of yesteryears are engaged in great tasks and deeply feel the joy and satisfaction of contributing to the advancement of knowledge and technology in their home country.

Our today's university students – in any corner of the world – have the opportunity to join the devout assemblies of contributors that serve the country, in order to make the Islamic Republic completely independent of foreigners. This, when done with sincerity and for the sake of God, this is jihad (striving) in the path of God.

You, the youth in the Islamic Associations, can lead this jihad. I ask God to bestow increased success on you.”

It is worth recalling that in a relevant message late last year, Ayatollah Khamenei had called on the elites to push for the country’s scientific progress, saying advancements in science will help the Islamic Republic counter threats and hostilities.

In an address to a gathering of young elites and scientific talents in Tehran on 17th October 2018, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution had highlighted the need for scientific progress, saying proper use of the potential talents will boost Iran’s power and enable it to defeat the plots of enemies.