Following are excerpts from a Friday sermon delivered at Esfahan by Sayyed Yusef Tabatabai Nejad, which aired on Esfahan TV on April 1, 2007:
Sayyed Yusef Tabatabai Nejad: My dear brothers, ultimately we believe that the true religion is the religion of the Prophet of Islam, which is conveyed by those selected by God, by the Imams, and by the [descendents of] the Prophet's family.
We do not want this true [Shiite] faith to belong to us alone. It is our duty and one of the tenets of our belief that this religion should spread throughout the world. In other words, the world in its entirety and all the people should live according to the faith of the Prophet's family. This is our belief. We don't want it to be restricted to us alone. After all, we are not racist. We want all of mankind to live according to the faith of the Prophet's family, the faith of Ali.
A Koranic verse makes the same promise: "It is He who sent His Messenger with guidance and the religion of truth, that He might cause it to prevail over all religions, although the polytheists may be averse." In other words, this religion must prevail over all religions, even if the infidels dislike it.
What does it mean that we want to promote the faith of the Prophet's family? It means all people should live according to the faith of the Prophet's family. It means we must instill this faith in all mankind.
I believe we must start with our brothers, the Sunnis – I say this loud and clear – then we should continue with the Christians, who are closer to Islam, and eventually, the Jews should also become Muslim. The polytheists should become Muslim too. They have no alternative.