On the occasion of Nimeh Shaaban, the anniversary of the birth of the Imam of the Age (may Allah hasten his reappearance), Ayatollah Khamenei, addressed the nation in a live TV broadcast on Thursday morning.
The following are excerpt of the speech, according to Khamenei.ir:
“There are probably few eras in the history of mankind where the whole of mankind has felt the need for a savior as much as they do today, whether consciously or subconsciously. This is the feeling of a need for a savior, a powerful divine guide.
“Today, after experiencing various ideologies from communism to pretentious, western, liberal democracy, mankind does not feel at peace. Mankind is not happy. Few eras in the history of mankind have witnessed such a strong desire for the sublime truth, for a Savior.
“Today, mankind is afflicted with poverty, disease, injustice, and wide class divisions. And, mankind witnesses the abuse of science, discoveries and nature by world powers. These have led to mankind’s exhaustion and frustration and their desire for a savior, a redeeming hand.
“Human beings’ wisdom is a great blessing, which can solve many problems but not all of them. For example, today science is serving injustice and warmongering in the world. There is a need for a spiritual and divine power, the powerful hand of the Infallible Imam.
“All religions have promised the coming of a Savior. In Islam, people have been told to await the Savior. Awaiting does not mean sitting idly; awaiting means having hope and preparing. It means taking actions.
“Another part of my speech concerns Coronavirus. The Corona outbreak is a test for all the world, both for governments and for nations. The Iranian nation shone brightly in this test, and at the peak of this national pride are the health professionals.
“Health professionals are risking their lives to serve the people. This is very important and great. Tolerating being away from their families during the Nowruz holidays, sleepless hours and the mental pressures they have endured are all a source of pride for Iran’s medical community.
“Besides the health professionals, volunteers, university students and Basij forces have entered the battlefield against Coronavirus and their services are indescribable. Employing the administrative and scientific abilities of the Army and the IRGC in this battle are also sources of pride.
“People’s participation in the fight against Corona was truly amazing: 1) people feeding the needy; 2) turning houses into workshops to sew masks; 3) disinfecting public areas; 4) talking to landlords and shop owners to exempt people from their rents; and tens of other measures."