The killing, beating and wounding of the Muslim people of Isfahan by the regime's agents
The duties of the preachers and `ulama' in mobilizing the people
The people of Isfahan and Iran
جلد ۳ صحیفه امام خمینی (ره)، از صفحه ۴۵۴ تا صفحه ۴۵۵
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
Ramadan al-Mubarak 1,1398 AH
I wish to offer my condolences to all the people of Isfahan on the recent tragedy. This tragedy, following many others, is an example of the Shah's cruel government that has savagely attacked the Muslim nation of Iran, killing people in the process; and it is not the last. As long as the government of this despotic dynasty remains, great tragedies, misfortunes and disasters will continue one after another. It is not only the large city of Isfahan that is witness to the deadly crimes of the Shah and his servile criminals; the whole of Iran is being racked with these atrocities, killings and destruction. Look at Qum, the sanctuary of the Ahl al-Bayt «1»- look at Tabriz, Yazd, Hamedan, Ahwaz, Shiraz, the holy city of Mashhad, Rafsanjan, Jahrom, Kazeroun, and all the other cities and districts; all of them have experienced the killing and wounding of the people, and also the savage attacks.
Today, the brave and watchful nation of Iran is witnessing a big surge in anti-Shah sentiments as a result of another one of the massive strikes in Isfahan that took place in support of the vigilant and conscientious clergy as a protest against the illegitimate and inhuman acts. Today, the slogan of" death to the Shah" has become popular throughout the country and will continue until the overthrow of this cruel and decadent establishment of the criminal Pahlavi dynasty. Every opportunity must be availed of; the gatherings convened must be as massive and solid as possible and the crimes and treacheries be revealed to the fullest extent.
The esteemed and committed speakers by their illuminating the facts of the insurrection, the distinguished spiritual leaders by making their own announcements and statements, should organize a general mobilization of the geared-up people who have found their bearings well. United in purpose for dismantling the apparatus of crime and plunder, they should together pull out this wilted root of corruption by relying on the Eternal Power, thereby delivering the downtrodden nation from the clutches of the internal and external exploiters." And We desired to show favor unto those who were oppressed in the earth, and to make them examples and to make them the inheritors." «2»
Saving the oppressed people from the clutches of the satanic government and entrusting their affairs to themselves, under the wise leadership and guidance of the great Prophets, is the will of God the Almighty. In keeping with this Divine command, the dear people should follow the conscientious clergy in traversing this vital path.
With the greatest of attachment to the nation of Iran, I once again warn them that, following the government, the Shah has been talking about the elections. Whoever has heard his speeches well understands that, by bringing up the question of the elections, the Shah wants to alter the true course of the Islamic movement- whose objective is to topple this dynasty- and so deceive the nation. However, it is too late; the formation of an Islamic government has taken root in the people's minds and, by relying on God, victory will be ours.
The noble people should, with due respect, ask the orators to refrain absolutely from talking about any topic- such as the elections- that stops the people from following their path. They should recount the crimes and atrocities of the Shah's government.
I thank the esteemed people of Isfahan for their solidarity with the respectable clergy, and who, by extending their all-out support, did not leave the clergy alone in the recent events, thereby fulfilling their obligations to Islam and the Muslims. I beseech the Exalted Lord to assist the Muslims and grant them success.
Rouhullah al-Mousawi al-Khomeini