Has not the Arab world also contributed to the global economic crisis by manipulating the supply and price of oil all over the world for the past thirty five years ??
Ahmadinejad congratulates Abrahamic faiths on birth of Jesus The full
text of a Christmas message from Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
"In the Name of God the Compassionate, the Merciful.
"Upon the anniversary of the birth of Jesus, Son of Mary, the Word of
God, the Messenger of mercy, I would like to congratulate the
followers of Abrahamic faiths, especially the followers of Jesus
Christ, and the people of Britain.
"The Almighty created the universe for human beings and human beings
"He created every human being with the ability to reach the heights of
perfection. He called on man to make every effort to live a good life
in this world and to work to achieve his everlasting life.
"On this difficult and challenging journey of man from dust to the
divine, He did not leave humanity to its own devices. He chose from
those He created the most excellent as His Prophets to guide humanity.
"All Prophets called for the worship of God, for love and brotherhood,
for the establishment of justice and for love in human society. Jesus,
the Son of Mary, is the standard-bearer of justice, of love for our
fellow human beings, of the fight against tyranny, discrimination and
"All the problems that have bedevilled humanity throughout the ages
came about because humanity followed an evil path and disregarded the
message of the Prophets.
"Now as human society faces a myriad of problems and a succession of
complex crises, the root causes can be found in humanity's rejection
of that message, in particular the indifference of some governments
and powers towards the teachings of the divine Prophets, especially
those of Jesus Christ.
"The crises in society, the family, morality, politics, security and
the economy which have made life hard for humanity and continue to put
great pressure on all nations have come about because the Prophets
have been forgotten, the Almighty has been forgotten and some leaders
are estranged from God.
"If Christ were on earth today, undoubtedly He would stand with the
people in opposition to bullying, ill-tempered and expansionist
"If Christ were on earth today, undoubtedly He would hoist the banner
of justice and love for humanity to oppose warmongers, occupiers,
terrorists and bullies the world over.
"If Christ were on earth today, undoubtedly He would fight against the
tyrannical policies of prevailing global economic and political
systems, as He did in His lifetime.
"The solution to today's problems is a return to the call of the
divine Prophets. The solution to these crises is to follow the
Prophets - they were sent by the Almighty for the good of humanity.
"Today, the general will of nations is calling for fundamental change.
This is now taking place. Demands for change, demands for
transformation, demands for a return to human values are fast becoming
the foremost demands of the nations of the world.
"The response to these demands must be real and true. The prerequisite
to this change is a change in goals, intentions and directions. If
tyrannical goals are repackaged in an attractive and deceptive package
and imposed on nations again, the people, awakened, will stand up
"Fortunately, today, as crises and despair multiply, a wave of hope is
gathering momentum. Hope for a brighter future and hope for the
establishment of justice, hope for real peace, hope for finding
virtuous and pious rulers who love the people and want to serve them –
and this is what the Almighty has promised.
"We believe Jesus Christ will return, together with one of the
children of the revered Messenger of Islam and will lead the world to
love, brotherhood and justice.
"The responsibility of all followers of Christ and Abrahamic faiths is
to prepare the way for the fulfilment of this divine promise and the
arrival of that joyful, shining and wonderful age.
"I hope that the collective will of nations will unite in the not too
distant future and with the grace of the Almighty Lord, that shining
age will come to rule the earth.
"Once again, I congratulate one and all on the anniversary of the
birth of Jesus Christ. I pray for the New Year to be a year of
happiness, prosperity, peace and brotherhood for humanity. I wish you
every success and happiness."
This article was first published on guardian.co. uk at 10.11 GMT on
Thursday 25 December 2008. It was last updated at 10.11 GMT on
Thursday 25 December 2008.
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