The 1979 constitution speaks clearly for itself. Explaining the roots of the Iranian Revolution, it notes that previous revolutionary attempts to defeat the U.S.-backed shah failed because they lacked an "ideological and Islamic nature." Ayatollah Khomeini's plan for government initiated the "process of intellectual and ideological evolution toward the final goal, i.e. movement toward Allah."
Intensifying "the struggle of militant and committed Muslims both within the country and abroad," its mission is to "realize the ideological objectives of the movement and to create conditions conducive to the development of man in accordance with the noble and universal values of Islam." The document references the people's cries of "Independence! Freedom! Islamic Government!" as reflecting their desire to be independent from non-Islamic rule and free to pursue the path of Allah.
Significantly, it envisions its Islamic rule expanding worldwide, "ensuring the continuation of the Revolution at home and abroad." "The Constitution will strive with other Islamic and popular movements to prepare the way for the formation of a single world community (in accordance with the Quranic verse ‘This your community is a single community, and I am your Lord, so worship Me' [21:92]), and to assure the continuation of the struggle for the liberation of all deprived and oppressed peoples in the world."
The goals of Iran's defense forces are also global. They "will be responsible not only for guarding and preserving the frontiers of the country, but also for fulfilling the ideological mission of jihad in God's way; that is, extending the sovereignty of God's law throughout the world."
The leadership's fundamental role lies "in ensuring the uninterrupted process of the revolution of Islam." Among its goals is "framing the foreign policy ... on the basis of Islamic criteria, fraternal commitment to all Muslims, and unsparing support to the freedom fighters of the world."