Imam Sayyid Ali Khamenei’s Message on the Terrorist Attacks in Kerman

The following is a statement released by the Leader of the Muslim Ummah, Imam Sayyid Ali Khamenei, in response to the martyrdom of hundreds of pilgrims in a terrorist attack targeting them when they were visiting the shrine of Shaheed Qasem Soleimani in the Golzare Shuhada cemetery in the city of Kerman.

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.

The evil and criminal enemies of the Iranian people once again created a disaster and martyred a large number of dear esteemed people in Kerman and in the fragrant atmosphere of the martyrs’ tombs.

The people of Iran are in mourning and many families are mourning in a heart-breaking manner and are engulfed in the mourning of their loved ones. The hard-hearted criminals could not tolerate the deep love and enthusiasm of the people to visit the shrine of their great commander Shaheed Qasem Soleimani.

[So] let them know that the soldiers of the bright path of [Shaheed] Soleimani will also not tolerate their vileness and crime. Both the hands stained with the blood of the innocent and the corrupt and mischievous brains that led them to this error, will as of now be the definite target of being taken down and [will be dealt] a just punishment. Let them know that this disaster will have a hard response, Allah willing.

I sympathize with the bereaved families and pray for their patience and consolation from the Almighty Allah. The pure souls of these martyrs – Allah willing – are the guests of the great lady of two worlds and the mother of the martyrs – her eminence lady Fatima Zahra al-Siddiqa al-Tahira (A). I sympathize with the injured and pray for their healing.

Sayyid Ali Khamenei
January 3, 2024