The last Friday of Muslims’ holy month of Ramadan on is International Qods Day which is today August 17.
The International Quds Day was first declared by the founding father of the Islamic Republic Grand Ayatollah Rouhollah Khomeini in 1979, who designated the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan as an occasion for Muslims around the world to rally in support of the Palestinians.
Last night a team supporting Palestinian liberation was at Mira Road, Haidery Masjid and gave a wonderful presentation on Qods. The crowd was overwhelming and many were witnessing about Qods in detail for the first time.
Mr. Irtiza said that he did not know that the Israel is actually Palestine. Mr. Tariq wondered that such atrocities on the Palestinians and the Arabs are silent and doing business with America and Europe calling themselves the staunch supporters and the advocates of human rights.
Mr. Zaki Haider said that he will write to the US consulate about the issue as a mark of protest and in support of Palestinians.
What is Qods Day?
Quds Day is an international day, it is not a day devoted to Quds alone. It is the day for the weak and oppressed to confront the arrogant powers, the day for those nations suffering under the pressure of American oppression and oppression by other powers to confront the superpowers; it is the day when the oppressed should arm themselves against the oppressors and rub their noses in the dirt; it is the day when the hypocrites will be distinguished from the true believers. For the true believers acknowledge this day as Quds Day and do what they must do. The hypocrites, however, those who are secretly affiliated with the superpowers and are friends of Israel, are either indifferent on this day or do not allow the people to hold demonstrations.
Quds Day is the day when the fate of the oppressed nations should be determined. The oppressed nations should announce their existence against the oppressors, and just as Iran rose up and rubbed the noses of the oppressors in the dirt, and will continue to do so, all the nations should rise up and throw these germs of corruption into the rubbish bintoo.
Quds Day is the day when the followers of the former regime in Iran and those who conspire for the corrupt regime (Israel) and the superpowers in other regions, particularly in Lebanon, should be put in their place. It is the day when we must strive to rescue Quds and deliver our Lebanese brothers from these pressures. It is the day when we must free all the oppressed from the clutches of the oppressors, the day when the Muslim community, when all the Muslims should announce their existence and warn the superpowers . . . Quds Day is the day when the superpowers should be warned to stay at home and leave the oppressed alone. Israel, the enemy of mankind, the enemy of humanity, which is creating disturbances every day and is attacking our brothers in south Lebanon, must realise that its masters are no longer accepted in the world and must retreat. They must give up their ambitious designs on Iran, their hands must be severed from all the Islamic countries and their agents in these countries must step down. Quds Day is the day for announcing such things, for announcing such things to the satans who want to push the Islamic nations aside and bring the superpowers into the arena. Quds Day is the day to dash their hopes and warn them that those days are gone.
(Sahifa-yi Nur, Vol. 8, pp. 233-234)