tehran, dec. 31, irna -- on the first day of the holy fasting month of
ramadhan, a two-hour special ceremony on recitation of the holy qur'an was commemorated
here today in the presence of the leader of islamic revolution and supreme religious
jurisprudence, grand ayatollah Seyyid Ali Khamenei. the leader praised the top
reciters of the holy qur'an and stated that he expected to see that they would be able to
establish themselves as the best in the world as far as proper recitation was
ayatollah Khamenei also advised them to recite the holy qur'an in the best possible
voice so as to captivate and influence the listeners and also derive blessings from
almighty Allah for their recitation.
the leader of islamic revolution also thanked the officials islamic
republic of iran broadcasting (irib) for having set up a twenty-four hour special radio
program for the recitation of the holy qur'an. according to the same report the
twenty-four hour radio program started it broadcasting simultaneously with the qur'an
tehran, dec. 30, irna -- the leader of the islamic revolution,
ayatollah Seyyid Ali Khamenei here on tuesday underlined the important role of the
information ministry in helping other state institutions perform their functions. in a
meeting with the officials of the information ministry, the leader said the personnel of
the information ministry are the unknown soldiers serving the cause of the islamic
republic of iran and preparing the ground for the government's success at the national and
the leader appreciated the efforts made by the information ministry to
cut off the hands of the elements serving the enemy and not to allow them to sabotage the
every day life of the people. the information ministry has managed to foil various
conspiracies of the enemy, the supreme leader pointed out. the leader said a competent
personality has undertaken the post of the information minister and hoped that the
ministry would enjoy the capability of the minister, ghorban-ali dorri najaf-abadi in
running the office. the supreme leader gave recommendations for the personnel of the
ministry including observing discipline and programming. before the leader's
dorri-najaf-abadi offered a report on the performance of his ministry.
tehran, dec. 30, irna -- the office of the supreme leader of islamic
revolution ayatollah Ali Khamenei announced on tuesday evening that since the
crescent of the moon has been sighted in iran this evening, wednesday, december 31, will
be the first day of the fasting month of ramadhan. the office in a statement issued here
tuesday said the announcement is based on the supreme leader's personal observation of the
tehran, dec. 29, irna -- the leader of the islamic revolution ayatollah
Seyyid Ali Khamenei here on monday praised academicians for enhancing the scientific
capabilities of the country. in a meeting with the members of the university
leader highlighted the importance of presence of faithful and revolutionary individuals in
the scientific and research fora, figures who help safeguard islamic values. the leader
termed as ineffective the enemies' efforts during the early years of the post-revolution
era, to deprive the young revolutionary generation of science and technology, adding that
the children of the islamic revolution have now proved that they are no less, if indeed
not superior, than those working in similar scientific fields at international
leader termed the academics as a pillar of the islamic revolution and called on them to
uphold the islamic and revolutionary values. the academics should resist destructive
temptations and endeavor to overcome obstacles in the way of progress and
leader stressed the need to safeguard the foundations of the islamic revolution and called
on academicians to channel their efforts towards fundamental goals of the
to the leader's speech, head of the university jihad ali montazeri submitted a report on
the activities of the organization and voiced the academics' allegiance to the goals of
the islamic revolution.
tehran, dec. 27, irna -- the leader of the islamic revolution,
ayatollah Seyyid Ali Khamenei, here on saturday stated the country's
governors-general should meticulously carry out their duties with total respect for the
laws and in closest contact with the people. addressing a gathering of the governors
general also attended by interior minister abdollah nouri, the leader called on all
segments of the government to do their utmost to maintain the trend of the revolution in
the country. the prestige of the governors general emanates from the constitution, said
the leader, adding that they should not allow personal motives and sentiments to get in
the way of executing the duties mandated by the constitution. consolidating people's faith
in the religion, islamic system and revolution is amongst major duties of governors
general, this, the leader said, requires them to stay in closest contact with the people.
ayatollah Khamenei further called on the officials to stay
up-to-date on people's difficulties, adding that unannounced inspection of various
provincial departments as well as frequent presence in public gatherings including the
friday prayers can help keep the governors general current on people's problems.
highlighting the importance of respecting the laws of the land by state officials, the
supreme leader referred to the highly promoted 'lawful society' as amongst the noblest of
the goals announced by the new government. respecting the regulations by government
officials would persuade people to have respect for the laws, added the leader.
he further called on the governors general to be a model of financial
responsibility, something he said would lead to financial discipline amongst the people.
advising the officials against measures which would widen factional differences, ayatollah
Khamenei called on the governors general to always honor and respect the ulema and
religious scholars in their provinces.
prior to the leader's speech, the interior minister abdollah nouri
presented the agenda of the three-day conference.
tehran, dec. 23, irna -- the leader of the islamic revolution,
ayatollah seyed ali khamenei here on tuesday appreciated the role of the education
ministry in promoting education and the religious faith of the young generation. in a
meeting with the officials of the education ministry, the supreme leader said, ''
education has a higher place and i personally respect all staff of the education ministry,
and hope that with due attention of the government, the problem of this great institution
(education ministry) will be resolved.''
the leader said iran has many scientists, scholars and highly talented
individuals, but, the level of education is generally low in the country. the supreme
leader urged the education ministry to work hard to enhance the level of education. the
leader said under the 57-year rule of pahlavi, iranian culture suffered heavy blows and
that the puppet pahlavai regime worked hard to replace iranian culture with that of the
west and undermine the traditions, culture and the religious beliefs of the people.
ayatollah khamenei recommended the education ministry to help the young
students reinforce their religious beliefs and their cultural identity. the education
ministry should provide the students with opportunity to make use of their own cultural
sources to augment their knowledge of the science and the universe.
tehran, dec. 16, irna -- the leader of the islamic revolution,
ayatollah Seyyid Ali Khamenei, told a group of visiting people here today that the
international enemies of muslims resent their struggle for asserting their cultural and
religious identity. he said the arrogant powers of the world also resent the religious
convictions of (shi'ite) muslims and among them their belief in 'mahdavism' that is the
eventual advent of hazrat Mahdi (as), the promised savior of mankind from sins and the
almighty administrator of universal justice.
he said the international enemies of muslims have been trying every
manner of cultural anti-religion schemes for making muslims give up their cultural
struggle in despair. he referred, as an example, to the situation in north africa saying
that westerners had long noticed that the widespread belief there in the eventual advent
of the last savior of mankind on the earth would abort their expansionist schemes. he
added there is evidence that the global promoters of colonialism have concluded that the
only strategy for maintaining a firm foothold on north africa is to wipe out the belief
there in the eventual advent of hazrat Mahdi, now believed to be in occultation.
the leader of the islamic revolution who was addressing a mixed
audience of visitors from various parts of iran on the occasion of the annual festivity
marking the birth anniversary of the 12th imam of shi'ite muslims, hazrat Mahdi (as), said
the shi'ite muslim belief that gives hope for the eventual wiping from the surface of the
earth of all sins, vices, mischiefs, tyrannies and unjustified class distinctions is
encouraging and directive. he said as the result of belief in islam there are multitudes
of young muslims in iran who, he said, have divorced the pleasures of the flesh in
preference for vice-free life on earth and salvation in the hereafter.
the leader of the islamic revolution also added that the islamic faith
in the muslim women of iran had brought them to the forefront of a healthy and active life
on the political and cultural scenes of the country making them also perfect mothers and
ideal educators of their offspring at home. ayatollah Khamenei also referred in
retrospect to the eighth oic summit in tehran last week saying that the success of the
summit in the iranian capital had been a token of the political pride of the iranian
nation for which, he said, the people were indebted to islam.
IRAN NEWS POLITICAL DESK TEHRAN (IRNA) - The Leader of the Islamic
Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei here yesterday told the President of Guinea-Bissau that
expansion of relations with African countries is the focal point of Iran's policy after
the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The Supreme Leader also voiced willingness of
the Islamic Republic to promote ties with Guinea-Bissau. Ayatollah Khamenei told the
visiting President Joao Bernardo Vieira that the Islamic Republic believes in sincere and
friendly cooperation among Muslim and oppressed states. Ayatollah Khamenei termed real
solidarity among member states of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) as the
best means of addressing most problems of the world of Islam. Ayatollah Khamenei
considered the Tehran OIC Summit as a suitable opportunity to settle the problems of the
world of Islam. Vieira who is currently here to attend the ongoing OIC Summit praised the
Leader's statements at the opening ceremony of the summit. He said the participating heads
of state and dignitaries hailed the leader's speech because it stressed on unity and close
ties between Islamic countries. The Guinean president voiced his country's willingness to
establish closer ties with the Islamic Republic. Vieira requested the Supreme Leader to
pray for the success of his government in overcoming and resolving the problems facing his
lebanese president, premier call on supreme
tehran, dec. L0, irna -- the leader of the isl-amic revolution
ayatollah ali khamenei received t.he lebanese president elias hrawi and
prime minister rafik harirj- wednesday evening.
expressing pleasure and happiness over the speech made by the leader to
Lhe inaugural session of the Bth summit of the organization of the islamic
conference (oic), the lebanese president said the speech made many of the
members of the oic feel happy at heart because apart from adopting stances,
issues of the far and near east were thoroughly discussed.
he described lebanon as an exemplary nation because of the peaceful
coexistance of divine religions, and said that although a small country
with ancient history, 15 percent of lebanese territory is currently
occupied by the zionist regime.
hrawi added that lebanon has now been transformed into an open front
exposed to repeated israeli aggression and constant bombing raids. however
as long as a single inch of lebanese territory is under enemy occupation,
the resisLance will continue.
the leader of the islamic revolution described the peaceful coexistance
of divine religions in iran and lebanon as a 'wonderful reality' .
the supreme leader added, it is the right of the people of lebanon to
defend themselves in the face of aggression. he said the fact that the
lebanese presidenL who is a christian but considers himself a part of this
resistance, is a source of extreme joy for the iranians.
the leader of the islamic revolution described the defence of the honor
of lebanon and resistance to a humiliating phenomena such as israel as
beingr the criteria. he said that lebanon has amply demonstrated its
character and real strength to the world. based on this reality, ayatollah
khamenei observed, the people of iran do not consider the issues of
lebanon to be different from their own. they rejoice over the happiness of
the lebanese people and grieve over their distress, the leader remarked.
the leader considered the issues of palestine and lebanon to be among
the problems related to humanity as a whole and hoped that the oic will
take its own initiative towards solving these issues.
ayatollah khamenei said the reason for israel getting more aggressive
is the leniency shown towards its arrogant spirits. he said "anyone who
turns a blind eye to the intentions of israel has in fact deceived himself.
tehran, dec. 9, irna -- leader of the islamic revolution ayatollah Ali
Khamenei appealed to all islamic countries to assume a meritorious role'' in
recovering the rights of the palestinian people. the world of islam should move from
''passivity to a state of jolting the initiative,'' the leader said. in his inaugural
message to the leaders of the world of islam assembled in tehran for the 8th summit of the
organization of the islamic conference (oic), the supreme leader blamed the hidden hands
of arrogance for keeping muslims apart. ''temptations, falsehoods and sly publicity have
the islamic countries erroneously and unduly intimidated by one another,'' said ayatollah
Khamenei. the leader further told the muslim heads of state gathered at tehran's
conference center that for 18 years political designers have been ''breathing their
poisonous breath to make our persian gulf neighbors fearful of islamic iran.''
''i declare that iran poses no threat to any islamic country,'' the
leader emphasized. iran ''holds the banner of unity and brotherhood,'' and it is today
more avid than ever for unity, dignity and the might of the world of islam. ''the
brilliant presidential elections this year was an example of this daily-increasing public
involvement in affairs,'' contrary to the claims and wishes of our enemies. in his address
the leader of the islamic revolution said that contrary to life's colorful and pleasant
surface appearance mankind suffers from the same pains and suffering that has beset
humanity in the course of history.
the majority of the people in the world are poor and a small number
holds most of the earth's wealth and assets, most nations also are deprived of scientific
progress while a group use their knowledge as a means to mete out oppression on others.
wars flare in nooks and corners of the world while others are constantly in fear of
hostilities erupting. all over the world there is discrimination against countries while
there are class differences in most states. the supreme leader added that the western
materialistic civilization is directing everyone towards materialism while money gluttony
and carnal desires are made the greatest aspirations. sincerity, truthfulness, altruism
and self-sacrifice have been replaced in many parts of the world by deception, conspiracy
avarice and jealousy and other deplorable features.
the supreme leader told the islamic heads of state that they had come
together in one of the homelands and strongholds of islam. ''even though officially our
president is your host, each and every iranian also considers himself as your host and
welcomes you to this land of faith,'' remarked ayatollah Khamenei. islam, the leader
said, has been, and still is a pathway towards the new world, warranting a prosperous
life, moral soundness and salvation for mankind. it is determined on eradicating poverty,
ignorance, discrimination, war, insecurity and finally man's incarceration in the prison
of materialism and captivity by his evil tendencies, said the leader. islam is the
religion of ''humanity, moderation, wisdom and submission to the almighty,'' ayatollah
Khamenei said, adding that as such, islam presented non-extravagant remedies to
human pains and sufferings in rationally accepted ways. the leader referred to the past in
which islam had proven it had the capacity to lead muslim nations toward civil and
academic supremacy and political might. faith, struggle, avoidance of discord were the
only prerequisites for the fulfillment of this grand objectives, the leader told the oic
conference in tehran on the first of its three day agenda.
''today, 27 years have lapsed since a fire broke out in masjid al-aqsa,
an event which resulted in the set-up of the oic,'' said the leader, adding, ''we shoulder
the duty of sending peace and greetings to the founders of this organization and voicing
appreciation to them.'' but, noted the leader, the world's present conditions expose the
organization of the islamic conference to more serious expectations as compared with those
of the past. this organization can be the symbol of true unity of the muslim countries in
the face of events and common interests, the supreme leader further stated. turning to the
issue of the middle east peace process, the supreme leader said: ''our opposition to the
so-called middle east peace process is because it is unjust, arrogant, contemptuous and
finally illogical.'' the imposed principle of ''peace for land'' means that the zionists
would return the lands of all neighboring countries, ''provided that we accept that
palestine belongs to them,'' ayatollah Khamenei told the islamic heads of state. the
leader questioned if the time was not ripe for the world of islam to respond to the spirit
of arrogance shown by the zionist regime and the u.s., then washington can do nothing
against the united front of islamic countries. right now, the presence of foreign
warships, and more importantly the u.s., were muscle-flexing in the persian gulf, but a
powerful organization of islamic conference can use the medium of islamic power and
dignity to force the aliens to disperse, the supreme leader said.
a powerful oic could also eliminate pretexts for their improper
presence in the region and deploy forces from islamic countries to preserve peace and
security, said the leader. muslim minorities, the leader said, were also intensely in pain
in some countries due to discrimination, oppression and discriminatory treatment and it
was ''incumbent on all muslims to assist them.'' ''let us benefit from the opportunities
with the succor the almighty and gain greater proximity, let us strengthen and cement the
center that binds us together,'' remarked the supreme
leader. ayatollah Khamenei said that the oic should be able to
follow up its resolutions until full implementation. it should ''moreover, be able to
establish the interparliamentary union of islamic countries and translate the idea of the
common islamic market from a far-fetched dream to a reality.'' the oic should lay the
foundations of the islamic arbitration tribunal and finally, as representatives of more
than one billion people and 55 countries, should become a permanent member of the u.n.
security council, the leader stated.
elsewhere in his address, the supreme leader blamed the western powers
for having reaped the benefit of their academic and technological advancement and of some
of their national and indigenous features. ''the west, in its all-rounded invasion, has
also targeted our islamic faith and character,'' stated the leader, adding, ''the west
intensely and persistently exported to our countries the culture of laxness and disregard
for religion and ethics, a culture with which it is gripped.''
the leader further stressed that problems such as those of palestine,
afghanistan, lebanon, iraq, kashmir, bosnia-herzegovina, the caucasus offer a long list of
divine and human responsibilities to the governments, political dignitaries and leaders of
the islamic world. ''we muslim governments should have offered more
serious assistance to the front-line states to rescue and save
palestine,'' said the supreme leader. stressing that currently some islamic countries
enjoy precious islamic heads of state that they well as academic, industrial and cultural
capacities, the leader said that the organization of the islamic conference can seriously
intervene in fostering a logical and just exchange of these facilities.
the leader further recommended that the oic can set up special
committee to see to the issues of the islamic world and solve the problems effectively in
which all members have a share. the supreme leader stressed that muslims are in need of
an islamic inter-nation center, adding that no center ''can be more
adequate than the organization of the islamic conference.''
tehran, dec. 6, irna -- the leader of the islamic revolution, ayatollah
Seyyid Ali Khamenei here on saturday praised the war disabled as model for the young
iranians inside and outside the country. in a meeting with a group of the war disabled on
the auspicious birth anniversary of Abulfazl al-Abbas (as), the brother of imam Hussein
(as), the third imam of prophet Mohammed (pbuh) household, the leader said that the
efforts made by the war veterans to acquire knowledge at academic level, memorize the holy
Quran and win victories at athletic competitions were praiseworthy. recalling the
success of the disabled war veterans at various international sports events, the supreme
leader said, ''don't stop your endeavors to promote yourselves. there is no limitation on
man's progress. you should work hard to double your progress.'' the leader also emphasized
the need for the spiritual promotion of the war veterans and said that relationship with
the almighty is the origin of all successes.
before the leader's remarks, head of the mostazafan and janbazan
foundation (mjf) mohsen rafiqdoust who was also present at the meeting gave a report on
the progress that the war veterans have made in different academic, sports and theological
fields. the leader awarded prizes to the war veterans who have scored success in different educational and sports events.