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Alireza Panahian, the Deputy Head of Iran's Ammar Strategic Advisory Base, said in a sermon that was aired on Khorasan Razavi TV (Iran) on July 17, 2020 that it isn't angels who are supposed to descend from the sky and slap the "arrogant" people, but that the Iranian people themselves are supposed to do this. He elaborated that people used to believe that the Hidden Imam and his army will emerge by a miracle and take over the region, but that people now know that it will not be a miracle. Rather, he said that Iran already has soldiers throughout the region who are willing to sacrifice their lives, as well as missiles that are ready to be launched as soon as an opportunity presents itself. The sermon had originally been delivered before the COVID-19 pandemic.
Alireza Panahian: "There isn't some miracle that is supposed to happen. The angel Gabriel is not supposed to descend from the skies with other angels and say: 'Oh people, remain in your homes. God is fed up with the way things are, so I brought some angels and demons to solve the problems and slap those who are arrogant.' No! No! We are the ones who are supposed to slap them, and we are capable of doing this.
"Up until 20 years ago – even after the victory of the Revolution – people used to say that the Hidden Imam would arrive and take over the region. We thought that it would happen through a miracle, but now we know that it won't be a miracle. It requires a military, and [the Hidden Imam] has a military – but its soldiers are unorganized... Right now, we have a strong multinational military. Our bases are known, and throughout the region we have underground missiles that are ready to be launched. We are just looking for the opportunity.
"If you hear news that the Hidden Imam has appeared and that his soldiers have come forth from Iran and Yemen... You even know these soldiers.
"You have family members who serve in the IRGC, in the military forces, and in the army. They are all ready to give their lives. They are all familiar with the region. We are familiar with the Yemenis, and we know who our soldiers in Syria and Iraq are."