On Thursday, some 100,000 people jampacked Tehran’s Azadi Stadium to sing along ‘Salam Farmandeh’, Persian for ‘hello commander.’
The song addresses Imam Mahdi, the 12th Shia Imam and the prophesied apocalyptic savior in Shia Islam, who is believed to be currently living in occultation.
In a part of the song, children promise Imam Mahdi that they will tread on the path of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, the Islamic Revolution Guard’s Corps’ Quds Force commander who was assassinated by the United States in Iraq in 2020.
The song was first broadcast from Iran’s national television on March 20 this year after Leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei delivered a televised Persian New Year speech. Since then, the song was performed in schools and national public occasions as a show of support for the Islamic Republic.
‘Hello Commander’ educates the new generation on the ambitions of the Islamic Revolution and encourages them to be loyal guardians to protect those ideals; something which is seen as a step toward promoting the Revolution among the generations to come.