As a people awaiting the Imam Mahdi (the Savior), we should establish and build our lives directed upon the same path of our Imam (May hundreds of greetings and praise be upon him and may God hasten his return), today. Of course, we are too trivial to construct the same establishment that the divine friends of God made or will make, but we should work hard towards that path.
The Imam of our time, the Savior (May God hasten his return) is the manifestation of divine justice. We know that the most significant characteristic of Imam Mahdi (God’s greetings and peace be upon him), which has been described in supplications and narrations is justice. “Through him, God will fill the earth with justice and fairness.”
At present, we should create a society that encompasses justice. In the establishment of a society, justice is the most important matter. Justice includes indiscrimination in applied rights, boundaries and laws. Justice consists of helping the poor and the weak. Justice calls for a country’s plans and their general movements to be aimed at provision for the poor. Justice means, those who have been deprived of their rights, beneath the heavy shadow of tyranny while under oppressive rule, be given their privileges. Justice signifies that a particular faction does not consider privileges for only themselves. Justice denotes that human, public and social rights, as well as divine restrictions be equally applied to all people. If those, who through deception and oppression, based on immoral actions like materialistic interests have strayed from spirituality and gained what they had no right to achieve; if they are prevented from continuing what they used to do, then justice has been served.
Undoubtedly, helping the poor and the deprived includes individual charity works; however the issue goes beyond that. The realization of justice is that the establishment and its different sections must progress towards helping the poor and the underprivileged. If we direct our life toward this and live such a life, the Almighty God will certainly assist us. The materialistically powerful cannot discourage our nation - through deception and treachery- in pursuing a prideful path by taking resistance away from us. By the will of God, the people’s resistance will grow stronger day by day.
Ayatollah Khamenei's statements made at a meeting with officials and different groups of people; March 13, 1990