An Iranian boy band praising the Islamic Republic’s founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in an English propaganda music video has gone viral.

The music video shows the 11 members of “Safir Eshgh International Symphony Ensemle” singing in English at Khomeini’s mausoleum with his tomb in the background. The boys begin by taking off their shoes to enter the holy site.

In typical boy band fashion, the members of the group repeat the chorus in harmony:“The world will read on the forehead of time; Khomeini’s name shining dawn till dawn; So Iran will forever last and of course; Khomeini is the second name of Iran.”

Soloists eulogize the Ayatollah, singing, “Khomeini was the rising sun of Islam; So he came when the darkest night it wasWhat he brought was not just a revolution; But a blast, yes a blast of light it was.”

The video first appeared on Aparat, an Iranian video sharing platform based in Iran, this week and was uploaded in both English and Farsi.

The release of the music video coincides with the June 3 anniversary of Khomeini’s death, 31 years ago.

Khomeini, recognized as the father of the Islamic revolution of 1979, was the supreme political and religious authority of Iran for 10 years after the toppling of the Shah, transforming Iran into an Islamic state.

Ironically, during this time, he banned all music from radio and television.

Full Lyrics

Khomeini was the rising sun of Islam

So he came when the darkest night it was

What he brought was not just a revolution

But a blast, yes a blast of light it was

The world will read on the forehead of time

Khomeini’s name shining dawn till dawn

So Iran will forever last and of course

Khomeini is the second name of Iran

Khomeini is the second name of Iran

Khomeini as the father of the nation

Trained so many people as a leader

His students brought the real Islam

Today everyone is Qur’an’s reader

We have seen when Khomeini was among friends

He was so soft, softer than a petal

We all have seen he was just like a mountain

And solid like a rock when in a battle, when in a battle

The world will read on the forehead of time

Khomeini’s name shining dawn till dawn

So Iran will forever last and of course

Khomeini is the second name of Iran

Khomeini is the second name of Iran

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