In the Name of the Most High
“Only he shall visit the mosques of Allah who believes in Allah and the Last Day, and keeps up prayer and pays the poor-due and fears none but Allah; so (as for) these, it may be that they are of the followers of the right course.” (Al-Tawba: 18)
“إِنَّمَا یَعْمُرُ مَسَاجِدَ اللّهِ مَنْ آمَنَ بِاللّهِ وَالْیَوْمِ الآخِرِ وَأَقَامَ الصَّلاَهَ وَآتَى الزَّکَاهَ وَلَمْ یَخْشَ إِلاَّ اللّهَ فَعَسَى أُوْلَئِکَ أَن یَکُونُواْ مِنَ الْمُهْتَدِینَ.” (التوبه: ۱۸)
“That (shall be so); and whoever respects the signs of Allah, this surely is (the outcome) of the piety of hearts.” (Al-Hajj: 32).
“ذَلِکَ وَمَن یُعَظِّمْ شَعَائِرَ اللَّهِ فَإِنَّهَا مِن تَقْوَى الْقُلُوبِ.” (حج: ۳۲)
I would like to begin my speech by offering my greetings and gratitude: Greetings to honorable audience, ladies and gentlemen, who have assembled here on this memorable day; and, gratitude to all those who contributed to the establishment of this holy place, that is, Imam Ali Mosque of Copenhagen, and the faithful people and worshippers of this mosque, the Government of Denmark, the Municipality of Denmark, engineers and workers and donors who have financially contributed to the project of this mosque. In particular, I would like to express my sincere thanks to my dear brother and friend, Hojjatoleslam Khademi, who, through his extraordinary will and perseverance, has labored hard for the establishment of this mosque, which is the greatest mosque in Europe and Scandinavia, and I beseech God the Almighty to grant increasing success to him and his wife for their hard work.
In the Islamic culture and history, mosque is a place for worship of God, Who is All Merciful, that is, His Mercy and Compassion includes all human beings, good and bad, both Muslims and non-Muslims, He is also Compassionate, and renders special help and extends His love to good human beings to go down the road to perfection.
Mosque is a place for call to superior ethical and divine values and from dawn to task there are five times Call to Prayers, inviting human beings to salvation, good deeds and worship of God. Mosque belongs to God and no one is its owner; all human beings all equal in the mosque where no one has any special advantage.
Through presence in the mosque, people learn how to regulate their relations with God, self, others and the nature.
Our children, by attending different ceremonies at the mosque, learn how to live, are encouraged to learn knowledge and serve the people to be useful for themselves and for the society where they live.
They are encouraged to avoid undesirable practices such as addiction, violence and practices in contravention with the official laws of the society where they live. They are encouraged to get married and learn healthy and dynamic relations in their family life.
In our Islamic culture, Mosque, church and Knesset and any other place where God is worshiped is accorded a special respect.
For example, there are about 70,000 mosques in Iran; in other words, there is one mosque for every 4,500 Shia Muslims and one mosque for every 500 Sunni Muslim brothers. Also there is one church for every 450 Christian compatriots, including Catholics, Orthodox and Protestants, where they perform their religious rituals.
Ayatollah Khamenei, the Grand Religious Authority and Leader of Islamic Revolution of Iran, on the occasion of Christmas and other religious feasts, pays visits to the families of Christian (Armenian and Assyrian) fellow citizens who had fallen martyrs to congratulate the feast to them.
Mosque is a place for dialogue between the followers of Abrahamic religions, where peaceful coexistence and joint cooperation of all human beings is encouraged to achieve a better life, tolerate each other, avoid violence and at the same time work together for establishment of justice and peace on national, regional and international levels.
Ladies and Gentlemen:
During these dialogues, due attention to the different spectrums in each side of the dialogue and the delicate differences among these spectrums helps the dialogue to achieve its goals.
Unfortunately, today, in different parts of the world we witness violence against mosque and other holy places and some people knowingly or with nasty incentives (contrary to divine teachings), and probably by the guidance of power centers commit such heinous practices.
It is pertinent for the followers of the divine religions to rely on the common, human values and join hands to condemn such practices and adopt appropriate measures to achieve the common goals of the divine prophets, so that there will be a better situation for those who live on this earth when the sun rises tomorrow.
I beseech the Merciful and Compassionate God to grant success to all honorable audience and worshipers and hope by the grace of God this mosque achieves its goals. May God grant a more intimate, respectable relations and honor to the human society.