Highlighting the Quds Day as the symbol of unity among Muslims, he said, “Inspired by the ideals of the Islamic Revolution and the emphasis laid by Imam Khomeini on supporting the oppressed nations of the world, especially the defenseless people of Palestine, you, the Iranian courageous and vigilant nation, have always been the pioneer and source of the enlightening movements.”
As long as your hearts are linked with the sea of Islamic and revolutionary teachings, the struggle against oppressors and the defense of the oppressed will continue; because this fervor and resolve are rooted in the brilliant and inspiring school of Ashura, he continued.
Rouhani hailed the sympathetic togetherness, saying, "I pray for unity and solidarity among the people on this great day, especially now that the global arrogance intends to dishearten the nation and cause obstacles to the realization of our Islamic ideals."
Definitely, the ultimate victory is for the patient combatants, he stressed.
The International Quds Day is an annual event opposing Israel's occupation of Beitul-Muqaddas. Anti-Zionist rallies and demonstrations are held on the last Friday of Ramadan in Muslim and Arab countries around the world, specially in Iran, as well as a large number of non-Muslim states.
The International Quds Day was started by the late Founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini, in 1979 as a way of expressing solidarity with the Palestinians and underscoring importance of the holy Quds to Muslims.
Due to the outbreak of coronavirus in Iran, the International Quds Day will be commemorated differently without holding gatherings and rallies.