0928 GMT May 27, 2020
The International Quds Day, celebrated on the last Friday of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, is an opportunity to renew allegiance and pay homage to the aspirations of top Iranian commander, Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, who was martyred in airstrikes by the US in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad in January.
He aspired to make the Middle East a region free of war, full of peace, and a place where the apartheid Zionist regime does not exist, added Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Abbas Salehi in a post on his Twitter account to mark the International Quds Day, IRNA reported.
He added, “Each drop of Lieutenant General Soleimani’s blood offers the guarantee that his aspiration will be fulfilled. Let’s endeavor to make it happen.”
An initiative by Imam Khomeini, the late founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, International Quds Day is annually marked by millions of Muslims around the globe as a unique occasion and opportunity to express solidarity with Palestinians and condemn Israeli atrocities.
The city of Quds, Muslims’ first Qibla (the direction towards which Muslims face when saying their prayers) was occupied by Israel in 1948, being taken away from its real owners – the Palestinians.
The US assassinated Lt. Gen. Soleimani, who was the commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the second-in-command of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), in airstrikes at the Baghdad International Airport, which also killed eight other people.
In the aftermath of the tragic event, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei called for reciprocal and proportionate military action against US interests in retaliation for its heinous crime against the Iranian commander.
As part of Iran’s revenge, IRGC targeted the US airbase of Ain al-Asad in Al-Anbar Province in western Iraq.