Ayatollah Khamenei writes letter to the Youth of the West

This is a doozie.

In the name of God, the Beneficent the Merciful

To the Youth in Europe and North America,

The recent events in France and similar ones in some other Western countries have convinced me to directly talk to you about them. I am addressing you, [the youth], not because I overlook your parents, rather it is because the future of your nations and countries will be in your hands; and also I find that the sense of quest for truth is more vigorous and attentive in your hearts.

I don’t address your politicians and statesmen either in this writing because I believe that they have consciously separated the route of politics from the path of righteousness and truth.

I would like to talk to you about Islam, particularly the image that is presented to you as Islam. Many attempts have been made over the past two decades, almost since the disintegration of the Soviet Union, to place this great religion in the seat of a horrifying enemy. The provocation of a feeling of horror and hatred and its utilization has unfortunately a long record in the political history of the West.

Here, I don’t want to deal with the different phobias with which the Western nations have thus far been indoctrinated. A cursory review of recent critical studies of history would bring home to you the fact that the Western governments’ insincere and hypocritical treatment of other nations and cultures has been censured in new historiographies.

The histories of the United States and Europe are ashamed of slavery, embarrassed by the colonial period and chagrined at the oppression of people of color and non-Christians. Your researchers and historians are deeply ashamed of the bloodsheds wrought in the name of religion between the Catholics and Protestants or in the name of nationality and ethnicity during the First and Second World Wars. This approach is admirable.

By mentioning a fraction of this long list, I don’t want to reproach history; rather I would like you to ask your intellectuals as to why the public conscience in the West awakens and comes to its senses after a delay of several decades or centuries. Why should the revision of collective conscience apply to the distant past and not to the current problems? Why is it that attempts are made to prevent public awareness regarding an important issue such as the treatment of Islamic culture and thought?

You know well that humiliation and spreading hatred and illusionary fear of the “other” have been the common base of all those oppressive profiteers. Now, I would like you to ask yourself why the old policy of spreading “phobia” and hatred has targeted Islam and Muslims with an unprecedented intensity. Why does the power structure in the world want Islamic thought to be marginalized and remain latent? What concepts and values in Islam disturb the programs of the super powers and what interests are safeguarded in the shadow of distorting the image of Islam? Hence, my first request is: Study and research the incentives behind this widespread tarnishing of the image of Islam.

My second request is that in reaction to the flood of prejudgments and disinformation campaigns, try to gain a direct and firsthand knowledge of this religion. The right logic requires that you understand the nature and essence of what they are frightening you about and want you to keep away from.

I don’t insist that you accept my reading or any other reading of Islam. What I want to say is: Don’t allow this dynamic and effective reality in today’s world to be introduced to you through resentments and prejudices. Don’t allow them to hypocritically introduce their own recruited terrorists as representatives of Islam.

Receive knowledge of Islam from its primary and original sources. Gain information about Islam through the Qur’an and the life of its great Prophet. I would like to ask you whether you have directly read the Qur’an of the Muslims. Have you studied the teachings of the Prophet of Islam and his humane, ethical doctrines? Have you ever received the message of Islam from any sources other than the media?

Have you ever asked yourself how and on the basis of which values has Islam established the greatest scientific and intellectual civilization of the world and raised the most distinguished scientists and intellectuals throughout several centuries?

I would like you not to allow the derogatory and offensive image-buildings to create an emotional gulf between you and the reality, taking away the possibility of an impartial judgment from you. Today, the communication media have removed the geographical borders. Hence, don’t allow them to besiege you within fabricated and mental borders.

Although no one can individually fill the created gaps, each one of you can construct a bridge of thought and fairness over the gaps to illuminate yourself and your surrounding environment. While this preplanned challenge between Islam and you, the youth, is undesirable, it can raise new questions in your curious and inquiring minds. Attempts to find answers to these questions will provide you with an appropriate opportunity to discover new truths.

Therefore, don’t miss the opportunity to gain proper, correct and unbiased understanding of Islam so that hopefully, due to your sense of responsibility toward the truth, future generations would write the history of this current interaction between Islam and the West with a clearer conscience and lesser resentment.

Seyyed Ali Khamenei

21st January 2015   Source

  • DVult

    What genius. I for one am convinced.

  • mobuyus

    It sounds like it was written by justin.

  • It sounds like it was written by some leftist college think tank with a forward by Obama.

    • I’m thinkin it was a message to Justin

    • WalterBannon

      That’s because the same place also writes Obama’s speeches…

  • Clausewitz


  • BillR

    The Koran … it’s a cookbook!

  • bverwey

    Ayatollah Khamenei I am not a “yut” and am amazed at the audacity you show at a play for the minds of the youth of the west. We grown ups see right through it and will not be deterred in our own belief that it is people of rank like you who are the ones bastardizing the religion of peace.

    Go back to the cave you crawled out of for your view of the world, it’s intent, it’s evil, deeds and actions have been on display for some time and we are not buying any of it.

  • cousinarlo

    Don’t let our thousands of bombs and beheadings blind you to the reality that Islam is peaceful.

    • Yessir baconFat

      don’t forget the zombie praying five times a day, marrying your cousin, rage issues at a drop of the hat, silly beards and glasses from the 70/80’s. Wearing pajama’s during the winter with sandals (yes I have seen that as yesterday recently in Scarborough on Markham rd),
      and giving up that horrible bacon…

  • Edubeat

    Do yer think we could get him signed by the Comedey Chanel and AM Funny 820

  • SDMatt

    Standard jihad operating procedure: first an invitation to Islam, then war.

  • BillyHW


    • Frau Katze

      Mostly standard leftist talking points. Your civilization is EVIL. Come to Islam!

      We’ll gloss over some events that occurred during the Iranian Revolution, not to mention some not-so-nice stuff that’s still going on (Khamenei is now pushing FGM).

      Broken record, or what.

  • WalterBannon

    Dear Ayatollah Khamenei,

    We hear that you are interested in nuclear missiles. We are working on launching one at you so you can enjoy it up close.

    All of us in the West

  • RevnantDream

    He can say this knowing how many civilizations Islam has destroyed. The brutality & genocide caused by it. Its the hubris of the times. As for phobias how many times has Islam invaded Europe?

  • Mojo1961

    Hey ayatollah, kiss my ass-a-hola.


    • Frau Katze

      I hadn’t seen that one. LOL!

  • JoKeR
  • Yessir baconFat

    mmm wonder if the rich kids of Tehran got this message… Peace be upon Bob!

  • millie

    Naturally, he’s lurking, converting our youth. There’s are with 72 virgins.

  • He is a chicken-hawk, like the other imam chicken-hawks who troll about for young men and convince them to blow themselves up.

  • My second request is that in reaction to the flood of prejudgments and disinformation campaign…”

    Muslims believe in conspiracy theories. I don’t mean that after a couple of drinks they maybe entertain the possibility that the mob had RFK whacked or something. I mean that Muslims think that Al Baghdadi is a Jewish Mossad agent – I’m not joking at all, Google “Simon Elliot” – and ISIS is a Mossad front and the only reason you haven’t heard about this is because a certain ethno-religious group runs the media, and Washington, and etc.

    Well, some of them believe this. A startlingly (to, say, Karen Armstrong) high number of them actually like ISIS. But even those guys think that their worst atrocities are Zionist propaganda.

    Iran is notorious for putting the Brits behind everything. As a semi-hemi-demi Brit I’m kind of flattered. Personally I don’t think Britain at this point could organize the proverbial piss-up in the proverbial brewery.

    “The histories of the United States and Europe are ashamed of slavery, embarrassed by the colonial period and chagrined at the oppression of people of color and non-Christians. Your researchers and historians are deeply ashamed of the bloodsheds wrought in the name of religion between the Catholics and Protestants or in the name of nationality and ethnicity during the First and Second World Wars. This approach is admirable.”

    I think this is partly and attempt to be cunning, (which will probably succeed with students who know no history), but another thing is that Muslims are, in general, incapable of self-criticism, and therefore, because projection is not just a river in Egypt, they can only make sense of the incessant masochism of the Western elites as an admission either of guilt or of weakness. (I don’t think the two notions are as distinct as they are in ours.)

    • Frau Katze

      The conspiracy crowds do seem more prevalent in Muslim countries. I have not seen any hard stats on it, but maybe I should look.

      On self-criticism, exactly! It’s not part of their culture. Naturally, there are no well-researched, truthful histories of Islam in the Muslim world. So, since we DO have a tradition of self-criticism, we’re sitting ducks for this approach, especially to the young and naive.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    Message to Sad Ali… “I still think you’re f***ed.”

  • Snuff Mountain

    Ayatollah Khameni isn’t up-to-speed regarding North American and European youth.
    With Xbox, Iphones and Twitter, the Qur’an doesn’t stand a chance!