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Supreme Leader Writes to Western Youth About Islam and Prejudice

Letter4uConcerned about the Islamophobia stirred up by the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, Iran’s Supreme Leader, His Excellency, Ayatollah Khamenei chose to address young people in the West and North America about the misunderstandings surrounding the Muslim faith.

In this welcome effort to reach out to young people overseas, the Supreme Leader urged today’s Western youth not to be trapped by the prejudices of the international media.  In his statement, the Ayatollah made two direct requests to the world’s young population.

“Hence my first request is,” His Excellency stated, “study and research the incentives behind this widespread tarnishing of the image of Islam.”

For his second request, the Supreme Leader urged the youth to gain a direct and first hand knowledge of the religion so that – unfettered by many media perspectives – they can learn about the religion for themselves.

“Receive knowledge of Islam from its primary and original sources,” the Ayatollah said. “Gain information about Islam through the Qur’an and the life of its great Prophet.”

In his direct address, the Supreme Leader acknowledged the importance of Western youth in the intercultural understanding of the future.

“I am addressing you, [the youth],” His Excellency said, “not because I overlook your parents, rather it is because the future of your nations and countries will be in your hands; and also I find that the sense of quest for truth is more vigorous and attentive in your hearts.”

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