As fears of Islamic terrorist threats in the United States grow, an unearthed video shows hundreds of American youngsters from the heart of Texas shouting allusions to Iran’s supreme leader and vowing loyalty to him while glorifying martyrdom.
Last year, Iranian official media released a scary film that revealed the Islamic Republic of Iran, the biggest state sponsor of terrorism globally, has a frightening effect in the United States.
The video of little kids and teens dressed in traditional Islamic clothes outside of the Houston Islamic Education Center was promoted by the Fars News Agency, which is run by the Iranian government and is connected to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Additional Iranian media outlets, like the Mehr News Agency, which is run by Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS), also wrote about it.
The Islamic Education Center of Houston posted the two-minute video on its Facebook page, but it was later taken down from YouTube. In it, kids from the Houston area are seen wearing headbands and waving flags while singing a popular Iranian religious song, with some parts sung in English, and swearing allegiance to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Iranian regime’s Supreme Leader.
A flyer for the event, which is aimed at “boys and girls ages 4-14,” describes the song as “a way to express the affection one has for the Imam for our age.”
The chant’s lyrics, which are called “Salam Farmandeh” or simply “Salutations, commander,” say things like wanting to be Khamenei’s kid soldiers and swearing to die for him.
One line of the original Persian song talks about the late Iranian General Qassim Soleimani and says, “I promise that I’ll be your Haj Qasem.”
This song was compared to a rather “catchy” Beatles song by Houston Imam Faheem Kazimi, who is also the chairman of the organization’s board of directors for the Islamic Education Center.
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They sing "Don't look at my young age" "I will be your soldier" "I make an oath. One day when you need me, I will be your martyr" pic.twitter.com/fYGZJOQ2es
— M. Hanif Jazayeri (@HanifJazayeri) July 27, 2022
“A great deal of people changed it and translated it into their own language,” he stated. “We do have the right to practice our religion and to express ourselves freely, so when others want to engage in religious activities, we say, ‘Sure, why not?'”