In response, the late founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini, came up with the idea of the Islamic Unity Week. This was based on the strategy of the Islamic Republic to avoid enemy traps and instead strengthen unity among Muslims.
Imam Khamenei stated that martyrdom is the peak of spirituality and for reaching any peak, one must cross over the hillside of the mountain, “Many of us wish to reach that peak, but we must pass over the hillside. We must find the path on the hillside of the mountain and tread this path to reach the peak. Otherwise, it is not possible to reach the peak without passing over the hillside.”
He mentioned sincerity, self-sacrifice, truthfulness and diligence as being the path of martyrdom and stated that struggling for justice, paying attention to God, working for the people and establishing the rule of religion are other effective factors along this path.
Imam Khamenei posed this question, “What is the duty of Muslims and believers toward the Prophet of Islam?” He also spoke of two issues, “One is the issue of acting in accordance with the all-inclusiveness of Islam, and another is the issue of the Muslims’ unity. These two issues are among the most important issues of our day.”
The first duty of the Islamic nation at the current time: Acting in accordance with Islam’s all-inclusiveness