During a speech at Tehran University on April 13, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s representative to Iran’s universities, Hojatolislam Ali-Reza Panahian, stressed that the Muslims of Bahrain and elsewhere who are involved in the uprisings have been living under oppression and deserve to be recognized.
We are one and all duty-bound to incite and encourage the people of Bahrain and other countries of the region; they should resist and know that no drop of blood is fruitless.
He continued with a quote from the Quran [47:4]:
And those who are killed in the cause of Allah — never will he waste their deeds.
Further, he said:
One can say that this is the best opportunity to establish and prove Islam’s legitimacy to the world. And side by side with those oppressed people, it is also the best opportunity to begin setting the stage for the emergence of the Twelfth Imam, our Mahdi. The situation in Bahrain alone could be a catalyst for the United States to strike out on their own and cause the downfall of that straw empire.
Also, those European governments, and that of the Saudis, are much weaker than you imagine. Their houses are nothing more than spider houses. Who do you think stood up to Israel’s oppression? Only a few thousand young and pious Lebanese youths. You are all witness to those events. Until a few years ago, who would have imagined that the government of Israel could be defeated?
And the ruling straw power of the U.S. is also a lie. What kind of power do you think they possess? Don’t believe what you see with the guns; their apparatus and media are not believable. Their movies and advertising are poison and not to be believed. The Quran [17:81] says: “Truth [The Quran or Jihad against polytheists] has come and falsehood [Satan] has vanished. Surely! Falsehood is ever bound to vanish.”
Recounting an anecdote, Panahian said:
Imam Sadegh once declared that those “who think that our Mahdi will just emerge in some miraculous form, and that everything has been set up and organized for him to appear and take over, are wrong.” First, it is natural that the Mahdi will go to war, but this war needs to be primed. The prelude cannot be that an Islamic Republic is already established, but that the Islamic Republic must create an international infrastructure.
This means that the groundwork must be laid for the people of the world to be enlightened. It is true that we are the source of all revolutions, but now the source needs to create a ripple effect. This is the path that has been taken and there is no turning back; no one can recoil now as every single person is responsible for the emergence [of the Mahdi].
Ever since the Iranian Revolution, the radicals ruling Iran have been actively promoting their agenda throughout the Middle East. Now, with the latest uprisings in the region, they are encouraged by the possibility that U.S.-backed governments will be overthrown and the unification of all Muslims will be brought about. This in turn will create the atmosphere for the destruction of Israel and the necessary circumstances for the Islamic rule of the world — a caliphate.
They believe the current crises in Egypt, Bahrain, Libya, Yemen, Syria, Tunisia, and other countries are but a harbinger to the promised coming of Imam Mahdi, the Shiites’ Twelfth Imam. The revelations in the newly released Iranian documentary — The Coming is Upon Us — clearly outline the agenda of the Iranian leaders and their plan for the region and the world.