Bezel of youth (38)
In this episode, we study the importance of youths, and the Leader of Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei’s letter to Western youths.
Previously, you became familiar with the views of Leader of Islamic Revolution about youths. As you heard, the Leader of Islamic Revolution attaches significant importance to youth and the characteristic traits of youngsters. Meanwhile, Ayatollah Khamenei has always guided Iranian youths and youths across the globe to find the right path. This fact is displayed in the Leader’s two recent letters to Western youths.
A letter of the Leader of Islamic Revolution to European and North American youths was posted in his website in four languages on January 22, 2015, in which the Leader called on Western youths to gain a direct understanding of the righteous path and the truth of Islam. On November 30, 2015, the Leader of Islamic Revolution addressed Western youths in another letter, which invited Western youths to ponder over facts, and to build a bright future.
In the first letter, the Leader of Islamic Revolution urged Western youths to firstly find out the motivations behind Islamophobia campaign in the recent two decades; and secondly to gain a direct understanding about Islam. In fact, given the Leader’s sufficient and appropriate understanding about youth and the characteristic traits of youngsters, Ayatollah Khamenei called on youths to seek the truth. The second letter of Leader of Islamic Revolution to Western youths was written roughly two weeks after the terrorist operations in Paris. In this letter, the Leader firstly expressed his sorrow over the tragic Paris incidents, while later pointing out the contradictory behavior and conduct of Western politicians toward international developments, and enumerating a list of problems and needs of the Western community, for Western youths.
Youths build and shape the fate of communities and their purity and chastity makes it easier for them to accept the righteous path. They can appropriate analyze and can make the right decision. The Leader of Islamic Revolution refers to such characteristic traits of youths as the reason behind him addressing youngsters in his letters. In his second letter to Western youths, the Leader of Islamic Revolution notes that he has addressed youths because they build the future of their nations and maintain a more vigilant quest for righteousness. The Leader of Islamic Revolution in his letter to Western youths also pointed out that he is not addressing Western politicians and statesmen because he believes they have separated the path of politics from the path of honesty and righteousness. In fact, the Leader of Islamic Revolution made use of the topics of ethics and the quest for the truth, in authoring these two letters. Meanwhile, these two topics are completely neglected in the contemporary global politics and diplomacy.
A glance at the tradition of divine prophets goes to show that invitation has been one of the most important approaches in promotion of righteousness and the truth. One of the important principles of this invitation is emphasis on commonalties. The measure of the Leader of Islamic Revolution in addressing the Western youths in two letters was an invitation which turned threats into an opportunity. In his letter the Leader of Islamic Revolution referred to terrorism as a major common problem, inviting Western youths to maintain an impartial judgment toward the sacred religion of Islam, while referring to this as a golden opportunity to clarify the truth for Western youths upon responding to raised questions.
The prominent American analyst, Dr. Kevin Barrett, believes that the Leader of Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, succeeded in expressing the truth in the best possible manner. This analyst opines that the Leader of Islamic Revolution decided to address youths because youths further welcome new information and know how to make use of alternative and social media for promotion and conveyance of messages which are not published or released in the main media outlets.
Youths, via their high creativity, energy, diligence, and motivation are appropriately capable of promoting the output of political activities, like other activities. They maintain highly active spiritual incentives, but are denied the truth in the Western and European world. In the viewpoint of the Leader of Islamic Revolution, Western youths still maintain a pure and divine innate nature. Hence, in a part of his letter, the Leader of Islamic Revolution urges Western youths to set the foundations for an appropriate and honorable interaction with the World of Islam, via adoption of an appropriate and in-depth understanding.
In his letter to Western youths, the Leader of Islamic Revolution mentions the bitter terrorist incidents in France and other parts of the world, while noting that: If today’s suffering would not lead to building a better and safer future, only bitter and pointless memories will remain. I strongly believe that only youths will be able to find a new path for building the future by learning lessons from today’s adversities, and to block the derailed paths which have taken the West to the current point.
New York magazine refers to the letter of Leader of Islamic Revolution to Western youths and notes that he called on Western youths to ponder about Islam with an open mind.
One of the youths, who had received the letter of Leader of Islamic Revolution, noted that this letter will reach the freedom-seekers around the world, and Western media will not be able to boycott this letter.
The English activist, Sandra Watfa notes: The future will be built by youths. They are the ones that can change the current conditions. The contemporary world is the world of war; and war in the view of Western statesmen is tantamount to delivery of tidy sums to their pockets. But, if the youths of a community are awakened, the future of that community will be bright. The human community is in need of fundamental changes.