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Leader calls for tolerance amongst forces loyal to revolution

(30.5.1998)

tehran, may 30, irna -- the leader of the islamic revolution, ayatollah ali khamenei, here on saturday stressed the importance of tolerance amongst forces loyal to the islamic government, adding that realization of islamic principles in the society would help strengthen the bond between the people and their government. receiving majlis deputies on the anniversary of the establishment

of the islamic consultative assembly (majlis), the leader said that the legislators should consider the realization of islamic values as their ultimate goal, adding ''if the values prevail in the society, no power in the world would be able to separate the people from the islamic government, or to weaken it.'' such solidarity would also help the country overcome its problems, the leader added.

ayatollah khamenei said that those departing from the values fall into two groups. ''there are those who are antagonistic towards the islamic teachings and given the chance, would move to uproot them. fortunately, this group is very small in number. the second group are those overcome by neglect who don't realize that their words and deeds weaken the very values which form the foundation of the islamic government.''

stressing the importance of providing guidance for those negligent of the values, the leader said that the forces loyal to the system should adopt a non-antagonistic approach towrads each other. the goal of the friendly forces in dealing with each other and even towards the forces negligent of the values, is ''to awaken and to remove the negligence.''

ayatollah khamenei referred to majlis as ''center of hope for the nation'' and termed the deputies as revolutionaries, faithful to the islamic values. ''the islamic consultative assembly is by far the model assembly amongst the parliaments in the world,'' ayatollah khamenei added. ''in the current situation where some in the country see their existence in creating discord and tensions, majlis can be the manifestation of unity, healing, coordination, honesty, brotherhood as well as of cooperation with the executive branch,'' he said. referring to differences amongst the so-called right and left factions as a thing of the past, ayatollah khamenei said that the people, their elite and government officials unanimously insist on prevalence of islamic values in the society.

prior to the leader's speech, the majlis speaker ali akbar nateq nouri presented a report on the performance of the majlis over the past two years, adding that the legislature, per guidelines from the leader, has adopted a cordial working relations with the executive branch.

leader visits tehran international book exhibit

tehrari, 1998 may 26, irna — the leader of the islamic revolution, ayatollah ali khamenei, on tuesday visited the llth tehran international book fair on the, permanent exhibit grounds in

nprthern tehran. during the three-hour visit, a group of the publishers briefed the leader on Status of the domestic book industry as well as Problems experienced by the publishers. ayatollah khamenei also visited the palestine's booth which featured works by palestinian artists. terming the displayed paintings as ''beautiful and rich,'' the leader lauded the establishment of palestinian arts museum and collection of the works of muslim artists focusing on the palestinian issue. ayatollah khamenei praised the efforts of domestic publishers to promote the culture of book reading in the country and further reminded them of the importance'of rich Contents, as well as high print quality for books. ''the more pleasant the appearances and Contents of the books, the more attractive and useful they become,'' the leader stressed. the minister of culture and islamic guidance, ataollah mohajerani, and his deputy in charge of the exhibit, ahmad masjed jame'i, aecompanied the leader during the visit. the llth tehran international book fair opened may 19 with participation of a large number of domestic and foreign publishers.

 

leader receives oic officials

(25.05.1998)

tehran, may 25, irna -- the leader of the islamic revolution, ayatollah Ali Khamene’i, here on monday received members of the islamic propagation coordination committee of the organization of the islamic conference (oic). stating that the world today is in need of the noble teachings of islam, ayatollah Khamene’i told the audience that the western ideologies would fail to separate people from the divine teachings of islam, just as the marxists did in such mission. today's world longs for islam, the leader said, adding if promoters of the faith carry out their responsibilities, islamic teachings possess the power to reach the hearts and spread throughout the world. world perspective today heralds islam's prevalence over the world during the next century, ayatollah Khamene’i added. the fact that the peoples of the caucusus and the central asia still long for islam after 70 years of marxist regimes is a testimony to the potency of quran and the faith to capture hearts, the leader said. ayatollah Khamene’i rejected the line of thinking which confines islam only to personal lives and thus do not see a role for it in political, social and economic affairs.

'to practice islam requires extending its sovereignty over all aspects of life, and this is exactly what the noble prophet (pbuh) of islam did in establishing an islamic government.'' the leader also cautioned about the tendency to adopt the westerners' account of the islamic faith which he said is far from the real teachings of islam. touching on the history of the western civilizations and cultures, ayatollah Khamene’i said ''the europeans, relying on western civilization, were the source of the biggest of wars in the world. they further bear the responsibility for the highest number of massacres using the instruments of this very civilization.'' ''the western cultures brought the rule of the colonialism for 150 years during which millions of people in asia and africa

suffered under colonial rule. ''the advocates of this very culture and civilization, in collaboration with their domestic agents, kept the iranian nation, once leader in sciences, from the caravan of scientific progress for at least 100 years,'' the leader stressed. the leader called as necessary cultural exchanges amongst nations. however, he said, the spiritual leaders of the islamic world should not be intimidated by foreign cultures. ''we must revive the islamic culture and resist the all-out aggression of the west against islamic culture. it would be the biggest of problems if a nation gets intimidated by foreign cultures, and this is exactly what we should eliminate in the muslim world.'' the encroachment of european and american hegemonists is aimed at replacing islamic culture with that of the west, the leader said, adding that the promoters of islam should ''embark on a counter-attack'' to frustrate the aggressions.

touching on the palestinian issue, ayatollah Khamene’i referred to occupation of palestine and ignoring the rights of palestinians as the biggest of injustices committed by world powers. ''the world which is ruled by the western culture, considers as obscene any defense of the oppressed nation of palestine,'' he added. ''the injustice (against palestinians) is committed by those claiming to be defenders of human beings and their rights. in reality, their utterances about human beings and their freedom is sheer hypocrisy.''

elsewhere in his address, the leader referred to arts, films, novels and books as suitable tools for promoting islam and its teachings, adding ''in today's islamic world, there are numerous artists whom should be employed for the cause of restoration of muslims' rights and to expose the cruel oppressions of the aliens against muslim states.'' the leader referred to the oic as a suitable venue for settling differences amongst islamic states, adding ''the islamic republic of iran being the chairman of the oic, feels a bigger responsibility in relations to the problems of the muslim world. ''iran is confident that its expanding ties with islamic countries including its cordial relations with saudi arabia would bring many blessings to the world of islam,'' ayatollah Khamene’i concluded.

prior to the leader's speech, the oic secretary general, azeddine laraki, presented a report on the organization's islamic propagation committee. ''the islamic republic of iran has a special place in the hearts of muslims worldwide and the muslim ummah views the country with great hopes,'' the oic secretary general said in his prevention.

leader lauds decision t.o drop electricity charge rate in hormuzgan

tehran, may 25, irna -- the leader of the islamic revolution,

ayatollah ali khamenei, has lauded the measure by the energy ministry to set lower charge rates for electricity in the hormuzgan province during the warm season. prompted by a directive from the leader to help t.he Iow-income segrment of hormuzgan population, the ministry adjusted the local rates aft.er evaluating the electricity consumption of warm climate regions of Lhe country which rely heavily on el-ectric cooling systems to make the warm seasons tolerable.

per the new guidelines, the rate used in hormuzgan province would be that of the rest of the country for monthly consumptions of up to 300 kwh. from that point on to a maximum of 3,000 kwh, a regressive rate is adopted. beyond the 3,000 point, the rate becomes progressive consistent with that of other regions of the country.

the persian gulf coastal province of hormuzgan experiences temperatures of sometimes up to 47 deg.c. (116 deg.f.) during april-october.

Leader thanks people on support for revolution

(16.05.1998)

tehran, may 16, irna -- the paramount leader of the islamic revolution and supreme religious jurisprudence, grand ayatollah Seyyid Ali Khamene’i thanked the people of isfahan and najafabad for relying in support of islamic ideals and revolution on friday. a communique issued by the office of the leader of the islamic revolution here friday stated that "hail to the valiant people of isfahan and najafabad, specifically the distinguished and revolutionary muslim clerics who took to the street to steam out their fury against the plotters."

on friday may 14, grand ayatollah Khamene’i called on people of isfahan to stand tp to the attempts by the deceived people to disrupt congregational friday prayers. it further added that "their pious objective neutralized the diabolic conspiracies of both the domestic lackeys and foreigners plotted to sow the seeds of dissension and unrest in the area." "the lackeys derived their infatuations to stir up the masses from the overseas radios and mass media who happen to be the sworn enemies of the islamic republic of iran," the statement added. several satanic forces such as the u.s. arrogant power and its zionist elements plus the terrorist mujahedin khalq organization (mko) and other lackeys joined hands to rtir up unrest in the country under a misconceived assumption that the iranian nation have taken an about turn from the lofty islamic ideals and revolutionary values set up by the late imam khomeini, the father of islamic revolution and founder of the islamic republic of iran.

"the aim of the lackeys is to reinstate the domination of foreign elements in iran forgetting this fact that the people, the champions of pioneers of islamic revolution are on the scene to foil any possible stratagem and political ploys," it read. "we shall not allow such a satanic dream materialize in the land of islamic revolution," the communique concluded.

leader calls on isfahani people to neutralize conspiracy

(14.05.1998)

isfahan, may 14, irna -- leader of the islamic revolution ayatollah seyed ali khamenei on thursday called on the isfahani people to neutralize the attempts by deceived people to spoil the friday prayers ceremony tomorrow. the supreme leader praised the isfahani people for the sacrifices during the islamic revolution and the eight years of iraqi-imposed war. ''you, the isfahani citizens have displayed one of the best beautiful and honorable record to the world with offering the dear martyrs and bright sacrifices at the forefront of jihad of the great nation of iran,'' the leader said in a message broadcast on radio and television. ''for a while, the u.s. arrogant system and their zionist elements with a wrong assumption that the iranian nation have turned from islam and the lofty aspiration of the late imam khomeini have embarked upon a wave of conspiracy around the country,'' the leader said. ''in isfahan province those reminiscent of mko and criminal mehdi hashemi have resorted to some activities favoured by israel to provide their american and zionist friends with propaganda materials with deceiving simple-minded people. they caused nuisance for the dear people of the provincial city of najafabad whose people are model in faith and sacrifice,'' the supreme leader said.

the leader expressed confidence that the isfahani citizens would not allow the people that bothered the late imam when he was alive to go on their conspiracy. the leader said the najafabad people too would not allow their honors during the islamic revolution and the imposed war to be distorted by certain elements. ''i know they will not allow,'' the leader said.

leader: cooperatives sector plays decisive role in social justice

tehran, may 11, irna -- the leader of the islamic revolution, ayatollah seyed ali khamenei said on monday the cooperatives sector plays a decisive role in social, economic and political affairs. in a meeting with officials of ministry of cooperatives, the supreme leader said formation of cooperatives is a fundamental Steps towards administering social justice in the society.

ayatollah khamenei said that formation of the ministry of cooperatives indicates the importance the islamic republic attaches to this sector. ministry of cooperatives was established in 1991. the leader said Special attention should be paid to the cooperatives in the third five-year development plan.

In the islamic republic all activities should be done in accordance with justice, because islam advocates justice and equality in enjoying public fund. the economic growth will be appreciated when it comes in parallel with social justic'' the supreme leader said.

the leader said ''islam rejects the u.s. economic System, though it is a rich State and has succeeded in making scientific progress and gaining political power, it has failed to administer social justice.

justice and equality have been sacrificed in a country (the (u.s.) which calls itself as the Standard bearer of freedom. therefore the freedom which we want and believe in is quite different from what the freedom the u.s. advocates. the freedom stipulated in the american declaration of independence is not what for which the hearts of the iranian people beat for,'' the leader said. the leader said it is not justice when a group of people enjoy the public fund with no limitations but others are deprived of their essential needs. ayatollah khamenei said the cooperatives sector is capable of stopping injustice in the society.

elsewhere in his address, the leader said it is regrettable that the economy of the brave nation of iran has become dependent on the oil revenues. the government should use new resources to provide employment opportunities in a bid to cope with the current economic Situation caused by the fall in the oil prices, the leader said. before the leader's speech, minister of cooperatives morteza haji gave a report on the Performance of his ministry. he said the cooperatives sector has covered over nine million people through 48,000 cooperatives.

 

ashura tragedy, eye-opener event for muslims to avoid similar consequences

(08.05.1998)

tehran, may 8, irna -- the friday congregational prayers was held on friday at the compound of tehran university, downtown tehran, led by the leader of the islamic revolution ayatollah ali khamenei. in his first sermon to a huge crowd of worshippers, the leader expounded on the evolution of the islamic society in the early days of islam which led to the tragedy of karbala in which imam hossein (as) the noble grandson of prophet (peace be upon him) and the third imam of the infallible household of the prophet (pbuh) was martyred along with 71 of his steadfast and sincere followers. he cited certain historical examples to show how the original islamic society formed by the prophet (pbuh) which enjoyed lofty aspirations and a high standard of morality, indulged in corruption within some decades after the demise of the divine messenger. he referred to gradual inclination of the early islamic society, notably certain well-known figures who once were among the the close companions of the prophet, towards material life. he indicated that the uprising of imam hossein (as) was a holy and noble movement to revive islam and its original tenets and at the same time, expose the corruptive figures. the leader remarked that muslim society should take lessons from the tragic ashura event in order to avoid similar

supreme leader of the islamic revolution ayatollah seyyed ali khamenei condemned the propaganda machinary of the arrogant world against the islamic republic of iran, stating that such anti-iranian talks are but a seasonal action. the leader of the friday prayer pointed out that iran is lending support to the palestinian combatants, an act, he said, regarded by the arrogance as supporting terrorism. the supreme leader called the enemy's propaganda during the past 15-16 years as a seasonal and an old threadbare act which is void of any new sense.

"we support the palestinian combatants to achieve their legitimate rights," said the leader, adding that the zionist enemy has expelled a nation from its homeland through occupation and formation of a tyrannical state and that the enemy and its supporters label any reaction aganist these oppressive acts as terrorism. ayatollah khamenei then stated that "we are proud of supporting the palestinian combatants and deem it as our duty." the zionist regime kidnaps its opponents in lebanon where the people are against the zionists, said the leader, and this is such

acts which should be regarded as terrorism. the leader of the islamic revolution then said that the iranian nation will never surrender to the u.s bullying policies and its support for the oppressive attitudes of the zionist entity.

"the iranian nation is a brave and steadfast nation against the oppressive enemies," said the leader, adding that this stance has been adopted not only by the leadership but also by the dear president, the government and the islamic consultative assembly (majlis) of iran. the leader said that such accusations and insults will prove to be fruitless and that the arrogance will achieve nothing in its enmity against the islamic republic of iran. he noted that this mistake by the arrogance was repeated also during the imposed war but to no avail.

referring to the israel's state terrorism, ayatollah khamenei noted that the real terrorism is the fact that the zionist regime expels the palestinians from their homes and is engaged in kidnapping its opponents from other countries. the leader of the friday prayer praised the leader of hamas movement sheikh ahmed yassin, who visited iran recently, and said that the almost totally paralized leader of hamas is a clear example of israeli atrocities.

friday prayer about ashura

(08.05.1998)

tehran, may 8, irna -- the friday congregational prayers was held on friday at the compound of tehran university, downtown tehran, led by the leader of the islamic revolution ayatollah Ali Khamene’i. in his first sermon to a huge crowd of worshippers, the leader expounded on the evolution of the islamic society in the early days of islam which led to the tragedy of karbala in which imam Hussein (as) the noble grandson of prophet (peace be upon him) and the third imam of the infallible household of the prophet (pbuh) was martyred along with 71 of his steadfast and sincere followers. he cited certain historical examples to show how the original islamic society formed by the prophet (pbuh) which enjoyed lofty aspirations and a high standard of morality, indulged in corruption within some decades after the demise of the divine messenger. he referred to gradual inclination of the early islamic society, notably certain well-known figures who once were among the close companions of the prophet, towards material life. he indicated that the uprising of imam Hussein (as) was a holy and noble movement to revive islam and its original tenets and at the same time, expose the corruptive figures. the leader remarked that muslim society should take lessons from the tragic ashura event in order to avoid similar consequences.

supreme leader of the islamic revolution ayatollah Seyyid Ali Khamene’i condemned the propaganda machinary of the arrogant world against the islamic republic of iran, stating that such anti-iranian talks are but a seasonal action. the leader of the friday prayer pointed out that iran is lending support to the palestinian combatants, an act, he said, regarded by the arrogance as supporting terrorism. the supreme leader called the enemy's propaganda during the past 15-16 years as a seasonal and an old threadbare act which is void of any new sense. "we support the palestinian combatants to achieve their legitimate rights," said the leader, adding that the zionist enemy has expelled a nation from its homeland through occupation and formation of a tyrannical state and that the enemy and its supporters label any reaction against these oppressive acts as terrorism.

ayatollah Khamene’i then stated that "we are proud of supporting the palestinian combatants and deem it as our duty." the zionist regime kidnaps its opponents in lebanon where the people are against the zionists, said the leader, and this is such acts which should be regarded as terrorism. the leader of the islamic revolution then said that the iranian nation will never surrender to the u.s bullying policies and its support for the oppressive attitudes of the zionist entity. "the iranian nation is a brave and steadfast nation against the oppressive enemies," said the leader, adding that this stance has been adopted not only by the leadership but also by the dear president, the government and the islamic consultative assembly (majlis) of iran. the leader said that such accusations and insults will prove to be fruitless and that the arrogance will achieve nothing in its enmity against the islamic republic of iran. he noted that this mistake by the arrogance was repeated also during the imposed war but to no avail.

referring to the israel's state terrorism, ayatollah Khamene’i noted that the real terrorism is the fact that the zionist regime expels the palestinians from their homes and is engaged in kidnapping its opponents from other countries. the leader of the friday prayer praised the leader of hamas movement sheikh ahmed yassin, who visited iran recently, and said that the almost totally paralized leader of hamas is a clear example of israeli atrocities.

leader: motahari, a great scientific asset of islamic world

tehran, may 3, irna — the leader of the islamic revolution, ayatollah ali khamenei, here on sunday stated that the islamic republic System in iran was founded on the concept of islam advocated by allameh morteza motahari. addressing members of the congress to commemorate the late motahari, the leader. said that motahari's profound concept of the islamic faith and its teachings makes him a standout amongst islamic scholars. referring to the late scholar as a great scientific and spiritual asset, ayatollah khamenei added that allameh motahari had a thorough knowledge of the intellectual needs of the present era.

in conclusion, the leader called on the congress members to cömpile a precise collection of motahari's works and make it available to the world of islam. ''his works should be presented in the arena for interaction of schools of thoughts, so as to benefit the intellectual circles of iran as well as of the world,' the leader said.

allameh morteza motahari, an outstanding scholar and a prominent rcultural figure of the islamic revolution, was a vicitm of a terrorist attack on may 2, 1979. the martyrdom anniversary of this great teacher is observed in iran as the teachers• day.

 

leader: palestinians will emerge victorious

tehrah, may 2, irna — the leader of the islamic revolution, ayatollah ali khamenei, here on saturdäy said that the victory of the palestinian nation over the zionist regime is a certainty promised by god.

receiving the palestinian hamas leader, sheikh ahmad yassin, ayatollah khamenei said "so long as there is a struggle for god, it cannot be defeated by any initiatives, ploys, golitics or weapons, and as long as such a spirit guides the palestinian struggle, the victory over the enemy is a certainty.''

the leader referred to the zionist regime as ''the cancerous tumor created in the raiddle east by colonial powers,'' adding •'the iranian nation is steadfast in its just stance regarding the issue of palestine, and welcomes as god's blessings any difficulties as a result of it. 1'in our support for the muslim nation of palestine, we won't be deterred by any political or Propaganda pressures,'' added the leader. referring to efforts by the u.s., the zionist regime and other colonialist powers ''to send the palestinian issue into oblivion,'' the leader said muslims should endeavor to keep the issue of palestine alive.

noting the establishment of the islamic government in iran. despite the strong support by the u.s. for pahlavi's regime, the leader said ''this episode proves that destruction of the zionist regime is by no means far-fetched and neither is Coming to power by a palestinian government.'' in conclusion, ayatollah khamenei, referred to the islamic jihad by the palestinian nation as a source of pride for muslim nations and wished health for the hamas leader.

sheikh yassin stressed his movement's perseverence in its fight for liberation of palestine, adding ''palestine1s islamic resistance would not forego even an inch of the palestinian land. 1'palestine is not a place where an entity or a certain group can decide on its faith or compromise over it with the qods usurpers,. it rather belongs to all muslims and in the course of our struggles, we will either achieve martyrdom or liberate the holy qods.'' thanking the iranian nation for its unwavering support for the palestinian struggle, yassin said "the next Century belongs to islam and muslims. ' '

 

 
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