Jihad of Construction overseas aimed at exporting revolution, not sending help

Mohammad Ali Delgarm: Ever since the time when Imam [Khomeini] issued the order to form Jihad of Construction in 1983, this idea was prevalent in Jihad of Construction. And they started doing research overseas. In Jihad of Construction, we were able to be present in 20 countries. We went there for different purposes and we tried to adjust it to the requirements of those countries. What was supposed to happen was different from giving charity and going there to help. It was the issue of the culture of the Islamic Revolution of Iran. It was about exporting the revolution. That is why we went to several countries. It was not just for giving financial help. In some countries, we didn’t even take any help with us. We took an ideology with us – an ideology based on [Quran]: “I only advise you of one thing – that you stand for Allah in pairs and individually.” One by one, two by two. Individuals were important for us, ideology was important for us. Not that we would take any help with us. We took an ideology there.

Host: Be more specific. You are saying that when the idea of overseas activities was shaped, basically it wasn’t about taking some cash and financial help to places overseas.

Mohammad Ali Delgarm: Exactly. We moved by our ideology. In some countries, when a manager went there, he was just one person.

Host: Give us examples.

Mohammad Ali Delgarm: Countries like Bosnia Herzegovina, Sudan, Syria, Pakistan, Albania, Lebanon, Sierra Leone. One manager used to go there and recruit from them. He got the help from them. The help offered by the Jihad of Construction was to make them acquainted with the ideology of Islamic revolution.

Host: What exactly was the outcome of Iran’s presence through overseas activities of Jihad of Construction at that time for us? Or in other words, what did we gain from our presence in those countries under those revolutionary times?

Mohammad Ali Delgarm: With our Islamic Revolution, we made perpetrations for the emergence of Imam Mahdi. We tried to disseminate and communicate these ideas in distant places, as Imam [Khomeini] used to say. Workers in Jihad of Construction were ambassadors who planted the seeds, and as a result, they become more connected to us. This relationship made other countries thirsty for the Islamic Revolution. They needed to see what the ideology of Imam [Khomeini] was. And his ideology had to be disseminated all over the world.

[Veteran worker of Jihad of Construction explains how the overseas activities of this organization were used to export the Islamic Revolution, instead of helping people in other countries.]

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