“The Supreme Leader’s message to the European and American youth is a response to the public diplomacy of the westerners,” Deputy Head of the Islamic Revolution Document Center for Research Akbar Ashrafi said, addressing a conference titled ‘Studying the Supreme Leader’s Message to the Western Youth from the Perspective of International Relations’ in Tehran on Tuesday.
Deputy Head of the Islamic Revolution Document Center for Research Akbar Ashrafi
He noted that the Supreme Leader’s letter has targeted the untruthful image of Islam presented and propagated by the (foreign-backed) terrorists by exposing the reality that their Islam is far from reality, adding that the Supreme Leader invites the western youth to deep and precise familiarization with genuine Islam through studying the Holy Quran.
Reformist journalist Mohammad Javad Haqshenas also stressed during the same conference that the Supreme Leader’s message can foil the enemy’s propaganda against Islam.
Mohammad Javad Haqshenas
He underlined that the Supreme Leader’s message is considered a serious step forward in public diplomacy.
He noted that the message was a new form of diplomacy exercised and presented to the world by Iran’s Supreme Leader on January 22.
Haqshenas reiterated that Ayatollah Khamenei’s message which aims to awaken the youth in the West has made the western countries face a serious challenge as they do not have any response to it.
Iran’s Supreme Leader sent a highly important message to the European youth in January to stress the Islam that the West is trying to portray is a forged concept and not the reality, demanding the younger generation in the West to do research to get firsthand information before accepting their states’ propaganda.
“I don’t insist that you accept my reading or any other reading of Islam…,” the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution said in a part of his message, and added, “Don’t allow this dynamic and effective reality in today’s world to be introduced to you through resentments and prejudices. Don’t allow them to hypocritically introduce their own recruited terrorists as representatives of Islam.”
“… in reaction to the flood of prejudgments and disinformation campaigns, try to gain a direct and firsthand knowledge of this religion. The right logic requires that you understand the nature and essence of what they are frightening you about and want you to keep away from,” he said, and stressed, “Receive knowledge of Islam from its primary and original sources. Gain information about Islam through the Qur’an and the life of its great Prophet. I would like to ask you whether you have directly read the Qur’an of the Muslims. Have you studied the teachings of the Prophet of Islam and his humane, ethical doctrines? Have you ever received the message of Islam from any sources other than the media?”