Khomeini on "Islam", 1979

The great religions of the preceding prophets and the momentous religion of Islam, while clutching divine books for the guidance of the people in one hand, carried arms in the other. Abraham . . . in one hand carried the books of the prophets; in the other, an ax to crush the infidels. Moses, the interlocutor of God . . . in one hand carried the Pentateuch and in the other a staff, which reduced the pharaohs to the dust of ignominy, a staff that was like a dragon swallowing up the traitors.

The great prophet of Islam in one hand carried the Koran and in the other a sword for crushing the traitors and the Koran for guidance. For those who could be guided, the Koran was their means of guidance. For those who couold not be guided and were plotters, the sword descended on their heads .. Islam is a religion of blood for the infidels but a religion of guidance for other people.
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, speech at Feyziyeh Theological School, 24 August, 1979.

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