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Aug 15, 2008
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Iranian Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami: When the Mahdi Comes, We Will Overcome All Religions

#1837 | 04:30
Source: Channel 1 (Iran)

Following are excerpts from a Friday sermon delivered by Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami, a member of the Iranian Assembly of Experts, which aired on Channel 1, Iranian TV on August 15, 2008:

Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami: Globalization will only be realized when the days of the Mahdi come. The world of arrogance will take its dream of globalization to the grave. But in the days of the Mahdi, [real] globalization will definitely come to pass.

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God sent his Messenger in order to spread the just religion, so that His religion [Islam] would overcome all other religions.

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By "overcome," I am not referring to the superiority of the logic of Islam, because in this sense, it is already superior.

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[I am referring to] a tangible victory.

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Not a single house will remain on the face of the earth

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unpenetrated by Islam.

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The claim that the time has passed when one religion ruled the world runs counter to the Koran and the [Islamic] tradition. Not only has the time not passed, but the Islamic revival that we are witnessing today is moving in this direction, and Allah willing, this Islamic revival will sweep over the entire world, when the Mahdi appears.

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Is it appropriate for some government officials to say that we are friends of the people of Israel, and that the people in America are the best in mass communications? This wording is absolutely wrong. We do not recognize the Israeli nationality. We recognize only the Palestinian nationality.

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The Israeli people are the ones who ignite the fire of battle of their country. All the Israeli people constitute the militia of the Israeli government, because when a war breaks out, they all have their duty to help their government. How can anybody say that we are friends of the people of Israel? Not at all! Not for a single moment do we recognize the legitimacy of the regime occupying Jerusalem, and we are not afraid of the people in Israel.

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The person who made this statement should retract it quickly, and should ask the great Iranian nation to forgive him for taking such an inappropriate position – and not say that he would repeat it 1,000 times. Even if you repeat something wrong 1,000 times, it will be wrong 1,000 times over. What kind of statement is this? The policy of the Islamic regime is clear, and its principles are clear. Nobody from this courageous [Iranian] nation will allow anyone who holds an official position to make a statement that runs counter to the principles of the foreign policy, delineated by Imam [Khomeini] and the leader [Khamenei].

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During the 33-day war [in Lebanon], the Israelis told their people that if they experience psychological problems because of Hizbullah's rockets, they could visit certain doctors. People did go to see these doctors, but they found that the doctors were much worse off psychologically. Now you want to confront Iran? Rest assured that if you are stupid and take action [against Iran], the response of Iran will drive you utterly insane.

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