Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei reviews armed forces during a graduation ceremony for armed Forces Officers’ Universities at the police academy in Tehran, Iran October 3, 2022. Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader/WANA (West Asia News Agency)

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in a meeting with Basij volunteer forces on Saturday described the Basij as an organization beyond a military body and said Basij is a culture and an ideology.

Basij is not only for the battlefield but also for all fields including science and religion, the Supreme Leader underlined.

The Supreme Leader delivered a speech to the Basij forces and his speech was broadcast live.

Also, about five million Basijis from across the country attended the meeting through video conferencing.

The meeting was held on the occasion of Basij Week, starting on November 26, to commemorate the formation of Basij about 43 years ago by the order of the founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini.