Addressing worshipers at Friday prayers in Tehran today, Ayatollah Khamenei said, "The past two weeks were eventful and exceptional weeks. There were bitter and sweet events for the Iranian nation to take lessons from during these two weeks.
"What does “Allah’s Days” mean? It’s the day when one sees God's power in events. The day when 10s of millions in Iran and 100s of thousands in Iraq and other countries took to the streets to venerate Martyr Soleimani creating the world’s largest funeral. This is one of Allah’s Days."
According to Khamenei.ir, the Leader added, "The day when IRGC's missiles demolished the US military base in Iraq is also one of Allah's days. A nation having the spirit to slap a global, harassing, Arrogant Power in this way shows God's power and is one of Allah’s Days."
Ayatollah Khamenei further said, "After 41 years since the Islamic Revolution's victory, which power brought this unparalleled, massive crowd to the funeral of Martyr Soleimani? Who created these tears, love and enthusiasm? What factor could bring such a miracle other than God's power?
"The shameless US government was disgraced by calling Martyr Soleimani a terrorist when he was recognized by everyone as the most prominent and powerful commander in the fight against terrorism. Which other commander could do the great things he did?
"The Zionist news empire tried to say our honorable General is a terrorist! The US’s President and Secretary of State repeated this. God did the opposite of what they wanted. Not only in Iran but in various countries, people saluted this Martyr and burnt the Zionist and US flags.
"The US govt killed Martyr Soleimani, not on the battlefield but thievishly and cowardly. This abased the US. Before that, such assassinations were the Zionist regime's specialty. Now, US president says he assassinated Soleimani. God smacks some people to make them confess.
"The IRGC's powerful response in attacking a US military base deserves reflection. It was a blow to the US. It was an effective military strike. More important and greater than a military strike, it was a blow to the dignity and awe of the US as a superpower.
"For years, the US has been receiving blows from the Resistance in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Afghanistan. But, bombing a US military base was greater than these since it defied the prestige and awe of the US. They said they’ll intensify sanctions. This can't win back their dignity.
"The Quds Force is an entity with lofty, human goals. The Quds Force looks everywhere and at everyone with tolerance. They are combatants without borders who go wherever they are needed to protect the dignity of the oppressed. They make sacrifices to protect sanctities.
"The combatants in the Quds Force sacrifice their lives to assist the oppressed in the region. They help them to confront terrorism and Arrogance and push away the shadow of war, terror, and destruction from Iran and other countries.
"With their turnout in the 10s of millions for Martyr Soleimani's funeral, the Iranian nation showed they support resistance against the enemy’s aggression. These American clowns lie in utter viciousness that they stand with the Iranian people. See who the people of Iran are.
"Are the few hundred people who disrespected posters of Iran's honorable Martyr General Soleimani “the people of Iran"? Or, are the tens of millions attending his funeral the Iranian people?
"The villainous US govt repeatedly says that they are standing by the Iranian people. They lie. If you are standing by the Iranian people, it is only to stab them in the heart with your venomous daggers. Of course, you have so far failed to do so, and you will certainly continue to fail.
"The threat of the French and German governments and the vicious British government to send Iran's case to the Security Council proved once again that they are the footmen of the US. These 3 countries are the ones who helped Saddam as much as they could in his war against us.
"The German govt provided Saddam with chemical weapons to target our cities and frontlines, and its effects are still with us. The French govt provided Saddam with Super Étendards to attack our oil ships. The British govt served Saddam in every way too. This is how they are.
"Even when these governments negotiate, their negotiations are mixed with deception. The same people who appear at the negotiating table - the same so-called “gentlemen” behind the table - are the same terrorists of the Baghdad airport. They just change clothes.
"What is our duty? The dear Iranian nation must become stronger. Power isn’t just military power. The country’s economy must be strengthened. Reliance on oil should stop. Scientific/technological growth should continue. The backing for all of these is the people’s presence."