A worldwide event dedicated to the rights and freedom of the Palestinians, Al Quds International Day was founded by Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979 to unify nations, and communities in their innate rejection of tyranny.
Beyond an explicit desire to denounce Israel systematic oppression of a people on the ideological assumption that the land of Palestine was promised to the “chosen people of Israel” – the sons and daughters of Jacob; Al Quds Day offers a platform to those for whom solidarity, justice, and freedom far outweigh whatever differences may divide us.
Held every year on the last day of Ramadan – a month of fasting, and religious reflection for 1.6 billion Muslims around the world, Al Quds Day holds a mirror to Islam’s most sacred principles: Resistance.
Al Quds Day is more than just an idea, never mind the extension of one; Al-Quds Day is a statement! A statement against imperialism, and its many expressions: colonialism, unfettered capitalism, ethnocentrism … the list goes on.
Al Quds Day is not a euphemism for anti-Semitism! It does not advocate for another sectarian cleansing, and it certainly does not profess for bloodletting. In all fairness, those who still entertain such barbaric agendas have completely misread Ayatollah Khomeini’s intent.