During a January 3, 2020 morning prayer in the Iranian city of Rahim Abad in the Gilan Province that was aired on Channel 1 (Iran), an Iranian cleric broke the news about the killing of IRGC Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani by the United States. The worshippers burst into tears and chanted: "Death to America!" The cleric blessed Soleimani for having achieved what he had wished for, and he told the worshippers that Soleimani had been an agent of unity between Sunnis and Shi'ites and between Muslims, Christians, and Jews.
Following are excerpts:
Cleric: We've just received news of the martyrdom of the martyr General Hajj Qasem Soleimani. This dear and great man has won martyrdom. Hajj Qasem Soleimani has achieved what he has always wished for. [He was] a believing and revolutionary mujahid, with a record of 40 years of Jihad. Martyrdom is his reward.
In Hajj Qasem's thought, the Shi'ite and the Sunni were brothers. Why did they turn him into a martyr? Because he was an agent of unity. Satan and the devils wanted to divide the Shi'ites and Sunnis. Not only was Hajj Qasem an agent of unity between Shi'ites and Sunnis, he was also an agent of unity between Muslims and Christians, an agent of unity between Muslims and Jews.
Hajj Qassem won martyrdom in an attack by American helicopters in Baghdad.
Crowd: Death to America! Death to America! Death to America! Death to America! Death to America! Death to America!
Cleric: Dear Hajj Qasem, your wish came true. We sign a pact with your blood: We will exact revenge for you from the Americans and the Zionists.