Quds Day Date in the current year: July 1, 2016

Quds Day Quds Day, also known as International Quds Day, is observed in Iran and some other Islamic countries on the last Friday of Ramadan. This event focuses on expressing solidarity with the Palestinian people and opposing the existence of Israel and Zionism.

An annual anti-Zionist event was originally suggested by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran Ebrahim Yazdi in 1979, shortly after the Islamic Revolution. His idea was supported by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and Quds Day was established officially.

Quds (Al-Quds) is the Persian and Arabic name for the city of Jerusalem. Quds Day was so named because most people of the Arab world believe that Jerusalem must belong to the Palestinian people. Quds Day is the day of the international solidarity of Muslims against the existence of Israel and in support of the Muslim people of Palestine.

In Iran, Quads Day marches and rallies are organized and sponsored by the government. The day is also marked in other Muslim and Arab countries. Outside the Arab world, Quad Day protests take place in predominantly Muslim countries in east Asia, the USA, Canada, and some European countries (France, Sweden, Germany, the UK).

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