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leader received youngsters on youth day (30.04.1998)

tehran, april 30, irna -- on the occasion of the youth day monday, the leader of the islamic revolution, ayatollah Seyyid Ali Khamene’i received a large group of iranian youngsters from various walks of life. in an informal meeting with them, the leader answered a number of questions posed to him by his visitors.

the following is excerpts from some questions asked by his visiting audience and ayatollah Khamene’is answers to those questions

question: as college girls in what way can hazrat Fatima Zahra's life serve as a model to us?

Answer: that is a good question. to begin with, let me remind you that models should not be imposed on us by others. conventional and imposed models will not be interesting models. we have to search for and find our own models ourselves. we must look about us and find out for ourselves which personality among the bulk of personalities surrounding us we praise most. that personality will obviously be the model for us. i believe for the muslim youth and especially for those who are familiar with the biography of the imams and of the household of the prophet (sawa) and of early muslim personalities it is not difficult to find a model, of which there are many...

"there are principal peculiarities in the character of every human which must be identified and which can be singled out and copied as our own model. for example how should one behave in his or her encounter with the peripheral developments around him? now, those peripheral developments may be developments belonging to an era of human history at which there are subways, trains, jets and computers, or they may be developments belonging to a period at which none of these things existed... man can choose to deal with those developments in two ways: responsibly or indifferently. and responsive approach to one's peripheral developments can be in different forms that may be typical of one's outlooks and his views. one should identify those principal peculiarities in the personal character of the person whom he wants to choose as his model...

"when prophet Mohammad was experiencing the hardest emotional hardships, Abitaleb who was his ardent supporter and his hope, and also hazrat Khadija kobra who, too, was a great spiritual help to his prophethood passed away within one week from each other. that was a very strange mishap: the prophet was completely lonely...

"hazrat Fatima Zahra (as) was a good nurse to prophet Mohammad. at that time the people said that she had become 'the mother of her father'. this was when hazrat Fatima (as) was only six or seven years old... that is an example of one's appreciation of one's responsibility. can this not serve as a model for a young person today? that is the capacity to act responsibly towards what goes on in his environment? the capacity to discover the great spiritual wealth in him or her and to expend that inner energy in him for wiping out the dust of loneliness and sorrow that has settled on the face of his or her father?...
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leader: propaganda, enemies' latest tactic against revolution (29.04.1998)

tehran, april 29, irna -- the leader of the islamic revolution, ayatollah ali khamenei, here on wednesday referred to ''propaganda seige'' as the latest means resorted to by enemies of the country to shake people's faith in the revolution. addressing thousands of workers and teachers on the eve of the international labor day and the national teachers day, the leader said ''the world arrogance, employing various propaganda tools, is trying to distort realities and induce inaccurate notions, specially amongst the youth, to weaken their faith in the revolution and the islamic system. ''but, without a doubt, people's faith is unshakable and the satanic powers will fail in their efforts.'' the leader referred to ''various radio and tv stations as well as publications worldwide'' as the media engaged in propaganda campaign against the iranian revolution. ''the enemies of the nation, from the very first days of the victory of the islamic revolution, harbored the hope that the revolution won't last and would soon be on its knees. ''however, they witnessed the steadfastness of the islamic iran which forced the enemies out, thus denying them the slightest of successes. ''today, the great islamic revolution has reached a level of growth that the arrogant powers have become totally hopeless and desperate, and now stand in awe of this great revolution and nation,'' the leader added.

ayatollah khamenei lauded the role of iranian workers in rescuing the country from foreign dependence after the 1979 islamic revolution, adding ''all production and industrial achievements and progresses, inventions and creativities of the islamic iran is the result of the steadfastness of the workers in resisting enemies' malicious efforts.'' the leader called on the authorities to address the needs of the workers and do the necessary planning to raise their standards of living. also praising the role of teachers in the society, ayatollah khamenei reminded that all individuals, including the most prominent of personalities such as military leaders, scholars and ulema, are trained by teachers. ''so salute to our teachers and trainers of us during childhood and later years whom we are indebted to and who have indeed achieved great feats.'' the leader further stressed the weight of the teachers' responsibilities because they help train the children and the youth which constitute ''the dearest as well as the most vulnerable segment of the society.'' this segment of the society, the leader added, should be raised with a strong faith so as to be able to resist enemies' aggressions and dominance. prior to the leader's speech, the ministers of labor, hossein kamali, and of education, hossein mozaffar, gave short speeches paying tribute to workers and teachers of the country. iran observes the international labor day on may 1st and has designated may 2nd as the teachers' day.

leader pardons a group of prisoners

irna 24/05/98 18:19, tehran, on the occasion of anniversary of liberation of khorramshahr, leader of the islamic revolution ayatollah seyed ali khamene’i pardoned or commuted prison terms of a group of prisoners sentenced by military courts. the leader pardoned those convicted of crimes committed before march 1991 which carry sentences of two years or less. the leader commuted to one third the terms of prisoners sentenced to one year in prison, to half for those sentenced to over one year in prison and to 15 years for those sentenced by the military courts to life in prison. the amnesty will not include those found guilty of sabotaging the security of the country and of espionage, armed robbery, kidnapping, arms theft, drug addiction and smuggling, graft and fraud. the leader approved the amnesty per recommendations by the head of the judiciary ayatollah mohammad yazdi.

leader pays tribute to late ayatollah lari

tehran, april 23, irna — the leader of the islamic revolution, ayatollah ali khamenei, thursday praised the late ayatollah abdulhussein lari and his great Services to islam and iran. in his message to the congress to commemorate ayatollah lari, the" supreme leader said that ayatollah lari established the first small scale but meaningful model of an islamic government in southern iran.

the message, read by head of the leader's office ayatollah mohammadi golpayegani, stressed that the present generation of the revolution must get acquainted with the scientific, spiritual and political personalitiy of this great feature. over 500 scientific and cultural Personalities and ulema are attending the two day congress being held in lar, fars province. ayatollah lari, a combatant alim who lived about a Century ago, set up an islamic government in larestan area for the first time. though set up in a small geographical area, the government was unique in its kind in terms of Publishing stamp, forming army and minting new coins

the uprising of corabatants of tangestan in bushehr province, against british colonialism was inspired by ayatollah lari's teachings and fatwas (religious rulings).


clergies should focus on youth's intellectual needs (22.04.1998)

tehran, april 22, irna -- the leader of the islamic revolution, ayatollah Ali Khamene’i, here on wednesday called on clergies to strengthen people's faith in the rule of islam, synonymous with prevalence of justice and knowledge over human beings lives. addressing a huge audience of clergies at the outset of the month of moharram on the islamic calendar, the leader referred to the propagation of the religion as conveying the truth to the people, ''so as to rescue the hearts and minds overcame by ignorance.'' in carrying out this mission, the promoters should discreetly pick their audience and choose contents suitable with their needs, said ayatollah Khamene’i.

the iranian youth are presently the main target of enemies' malicious propaganda aimed to shape their hearts and minds, thus, the leader stressed, the clergies should also focus on the youth and their intellectual needs. in doing so, the leader added, the promoters of islam should also have a clear knowledge of the enemies' propaganda and their tactics, ''so they know what gap to fill and what need to address.'' the youth should also be encouraged to ponder the issues and to refrain from hasty judgments as well as violent approaches, ayatollah Khamene’i added. the promoters of the islamic faith should impress upon the people that the 1979 islamic revolution gave rise to a government founded on piety, justice, and love for people, a government whose officials are not swayed by financial gains or enemies' temptations, said the leader.

ayatollah Khamene’i further stressed the importance of national unity, adding that the clergies should stay away from subjects which become sources of discords amongst people. the government needs the support of a united nation to address the economic problems in the country, the leader concluded. the month of moharram on the islamic calendar carries special weight for shi'ite muslims because of the martyrdom of imam Hossein (a.s.), the third imam of the household of prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) during the month some 13 centuries ago.

leader stresses importance of unity, gratitude to officials (16.04.1998)

tehran, april 16, irna -- the leader of the islamic revolution ayatollah ali khamenei here today said that the soceity should strive towards greater unity and stressed the need for increased support for servants of the system, the government and the judiciary in particular. the supreme leader made the remark during an audience with the heads of the three branches of the government as well as the high-ranking civilian and military officials of the country. congratulating the nation, the world of islam and all freedom-lovers of the world on the occasion of the great feast eid-e gahdir (the day prophet mohammad declared imam ali (as) as his successor), he said 'velayat' the main feature of the islamic political and social system, in its true sense means unity and solidarity. the leader added imam ali (as) was the crystalization of sympathy of a political leader with the people. enumerating achievments made under unity in the post-revolution iran, ayatollah khamenei said, despite all political, military, cultural and economic plots of the enemy to prevent unity among the the iranian people, the divine will, great unity of committed and wise nation of iran, sovereignty of velayat and guidance of the late imam, foiled all these attempts. now like before, traces of attempts to create tension and rift among the people can be found in the propaganda of the humiliated enemies outside the borders and in attempts of their followers inside the country as well as by those whose interests have been damaged for years by the revolution. ''therefore, all people must be vigilant and hold fast to the rope of god and close their ranks through belief in the path of quran and islam and under the system of velayat,'' said the supreme leader. referring to the heavy responsibility of running the country, the leader emphasized backing the servants of the system, be it the executive, the legislative and the judiciary by all the people. ''all are duty-bound to support the adminstration which is shouldering the heavy task of running the affairs of the country. they all are also obliged to back the judiciary so that it can fulfil the heavy task it shoulders. if there is no judiciary branch, justice will have no foundation.'' the supreme leader continued, ''if all forces join hands to keep hoisted the flag of islam with amity and sympathy, the hope sparked in the hearts of the muslims will be kept alive and this is something the enemy does not like to see happen.'' the leader warned against magnifying some of the problems and blowing small flaws out of proportion. he stressed ''we are still at the beginning of the road. this country must be built and talents of the flourishing nation should shine in the world to bring the grand islamic civilization before the eyes of the world.'' prior to the leader's speech, president mohammad khatami congratulated the leader on the occasion. the president said, if we muslims take lessons from the past and look to future with fairness, we will find imam ali (as) as the most suitable and outstanding model for building the utopia for creation of which prophet mohammad (pbuh) was assigned.

'path to karbala' congress opens with leader's message (13.04.1998)

tehran, april 13, irna -- the leader of the islamic revolution, ayatollah Seyyid Ali Khamene’i on monday paid tribute to the students who were martyred in the course of the sacred defence. in a message to the first congress titled ''the path to karbala'' read by the head of the islamic propagation organization (ipo) hojatoleslam mohammadi araki, the supreme leader said the young generation is the symbol of generocity, purity and innovation. the leader recalled the bravery of the students who took part in the sacred defence during the iraqi-imposed war in 1980s and called on the education ministry to convey the message of the martyred students to their fellow countrymen.

leader summons three branches of government (09.04.1998)

tehran, april 9, irna -- the office of the leader of the islamic revolution and supreme religious jurisprudent, grand ayatollah Seyyid Ali Khamene’i issued a communique summoning the heads of the three branches of the government, the executive, the legislative and the judiciary here wednesday night. the three branches were summoned to exchange views on the issue of the mayor of tehran, gholamhossein karbaschi. also present at this meeting was the head of expediency council, ayatollah akbar hashemi rafsanjani. at this meeting, the leader exchanged views with the heads of three branches on the issue of the pending investigation of the mayor. the leader then asked the heads of the executive and judiciary branches to coordinate fully in matters related to the file and that the two sides needed to fully observe laws of the nation and justice and submit a full report in this regard with immediacy to the leader. the three branches are expected to meet in one of the evenings to comply with the instructions of the leader of islamic revolution, ayatollah Khamene’i. the mayor of tehran, gholamhossein karbaschi was temporary detained by tehran district court judge, branch 29 under article 5, section 5 of the embezzlement law passed in 1387 on april 4, 1998.

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