Ett citat från det första öppna brevet som publicerades av Hizbollah 1985. Det förklarar rätt bra, vilka och vad Hizbollah är.
We are often asked: Who are we, the Hizballah, and what is our identity? We are the sons
of the umma (Muslim community) – the party of God (Hizb Allah) the vanguard of which
was made victorious by God in Iran. There the vanguard succeeded to lay down the bases
of a Muslim state which plays a central role in the world. We obey the orders of one
leader, wise and just, that of our tutor and faqih (jurist) who fulfills all the necessary
conditions: Ruhollah Musawi Khomeini. God save him!
By virtue of the above, we do not constitute an organized and closed party in Lebanon.
nor are we a tight political cadre. We are an umma linked to the Muslims of the whole
world by the solid doctrinal and religious connection of Islam, whose message God
wanted to be fulfilled by the Seal of the Prophets, i.e., Muhammad. This is why whatever
touches or strikes the Muslims in Afghanistan, Iraq, the Philippines and elsewhere
reverberates throughout the whole Muslim umma of which we are an integral part. Our
behavior is dictated to us by legal principles laid down by the light of an overall political
conception defined by the leading jurist (wilayat al-faqih).
As for our culture, it is based on the Holy Koran, the Sunna and the legal rulings of the
faqih who is our source of imitation (marja’al-taqlid). Our culture is crystal clear. It is
not complicated and is accessible to all.