General Hossein Salami, Commander-in-Chief of the IRGC said in an October 26, 2023 address that aired on IRINN TV (Iran) "Jihad was and still is an inevitable part of the history of Islam." He added that until the Hidden Imam appears, "war against the arrogant oppressors will be an inevitable part of the Muslims life." Salami continued to say that the Zionist regime is like a "dagger" plunged in the body of the Islamic world. He added that "once every so often," the dagger is moved to create a new wound in the Islamic world.
General Hossein Salami: "Every time Islam shines in the midst of the rule of the oppressive darkness, a war against the Muslims is certain to come. Indeed, the infidels cannot tolerate the light of God. The revelation of God's light upon the earth is tantamount to the disappearance of the oppressors' ruling darkness and tyranny. Therefore, Jihad was, and still is, an inevitable part of the history of Islam. Until [the Hidden Imam] appears and fills the world with justice, war against the arrogant oppressors will be an inevitable part of the Muslims' life.
"At every point, they planted a dagger in the body of the Islamic nation. Even 100 years ago – and particularly, 75 years ago – they jabbed the Zionist regime like a dagger in the side of the Islamic world. These insignificant Zionists are a foreign body in the vast territory of the Islamic world. If I may use the Latin expression – they were implanted in the body of the Islamic world. They constitute an annoying foreign body. Once every so often, they move the dagger, and tear the flash of the Islamic nation's side, causing it a new hemorrhage."