A recent letter by Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei to the Western youth marked a new chapter in the spread of the Islamic Revolution in the world, said the commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).
“The export of the Islamic Revolution has entered a new stage today,” Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari said in a Wednesday address to Iran’s Assembly of Experts, referring to the Supreme Leader’s letter to the youth in Europe and America as one of its signs.
On January 21, Ayatollah Khamenei wrote a letter asking the European and North American youths not to judge Islam based on the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.
In his letter, the Supreme Leader urged Western youths to try to gain direct and firsthand knowledge of the religion in reaction to the flood of prejudgments and disinformation campaigns.
The commander also highlighted the Islamic Revolution’s regional clout, saying, “the Lebanese Hezbollah and its resistance against… the Zionist regime’s army is a miracle worked by the Islamic Revolution and (an indication of) the Islamic establishment’s powerful influence… in the region.”
Major General Jafari further stressed Iran’s effective advisory role in Iraq and Syria, saying that the IRGC commanders’ advisory assistance helped Iraq cleanse some of its regions of the ISIL terrorists.
“Today, not only Palestine and Lebanon, but also the people of Iraq and Syria acknowledge the Islamic Revolution’s influential role,” the commander added.
The ISIL militants made advances in northern and western Iraq last summer after capturing swaths of northern Syria.
However, a combination of concentrated attacks by the Iraqi military and the popular forces, who rushed to take arms after top Iraqi cleric Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani issued a fatwa calling for fight against the militants, have blunted the edge of the ISIL offensive.
Iran has repeatedly stressed that it will not interfere militarily in Iraq and Syria, but the Islamic Republic continues to provide support to both countries against ISIL in the form of defense consultancy and humanitarian aid.