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young and energetic and is marching on the road towards a brighter future (29.3.1999)

dezful, khuzestan prov., march 29, irna -- the leader of the islamic revolution, ayatollah seyed ali khamenei, here sunday, said iran on its domestic scee is young and energetic and is marching on the road towards a brighter future. addressing a gathering of the fourth air base personnel and their families in dezful, the leader added on international scene iran is a powerful and determining country. praising the sacrifices and devotions of the air base personnel during the sacred defense (1980-88 iraqi imposed war) the leader said the country owes its dignity to those great people who sactificed their lives to defend the country's territorial integrity, borders, independence and its prestige. the leader touching on the great role women played during the sacred defense era said that the families of the army personnel share the honor and they should be praised too. the enemy was bent on destroying the army and render the country helpless in defending itself but today iran enjoys a distinguished status in the international arena. the leader further blamed the despotic monarchical regimes for backwardness of the country and said that they had stopped the blossoming of talents. however, the islamic revolution revived the country and its people, he added. the leader earlier today visiting the shalamcheh region commemorated the memory of martyrs who fell there during the aggression of the iraqi troops. meanwhile, the leader of the islamic revolution, addressing a large gathering of local and tribespeople at takhti stadium of izeh said tribespeople who have proved their loyalty to islam and the country's independence are among the valuable deposits of the nation. the leader alluding to deprivation of the region said the pahlavi regime paid excessive attention to the feudals at the expense of tribes and masses of people. but in the islamic republic masses are considered as the backbone of the system and the officials are required to solve their problems and remove their deprivation. the islamic system aims to establish a society on the basis of social justice and is for betterment and welfare of all people from different walks of life, the leader said, adding however, due to shortcomings and foreign pressures and plots this great expectation has not materialized yet. but the country has taken big strides to overcome deprivation over the past 20 years, the leader noted.

leader arrives in izeh amid people's enthusiastic welcome (29.3.1999)

tehran, march 29, irna -- people in the city of izeh, khuzestan province, today accorded enthusiastic welcome to the supreme leader of islamic revolution, ayatollah ali khamenei. the leader has come to this southwestern iranian province to personally offer his sympathy with survivors and bereaved families of more than 30 victims of a road accident in the province on march 22. a lorry, with 60 teenagers on its board, hit a mountain on shahyun-dezful road on monday, march 22. 30 passengers were killed instantly on the site and 30 others severely injured. all the injured were transferred to hospitals in ahvaz and dezful. the jubilant people who crowded izeh streets also chanted slogans to greet their beloved leader to the city.

Leaders Message to Hajj Pilgrims (26.03.1999)

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IRNA - ON THE ANNUAL OCCASION OF THE MUSLIM PILGRIMAGE TO MECCA, THE LEADER OF THE ISLAMIC REVOLUTION, AYATOLLAH KHAMENEI, SENT A MESSAGE TO THE HAJJ PILIGRIMS IN WHICH THE LEADER STRESSED '' THE GREAT IMPORTANCE OF THIS VALUABLE ASSET OF THE ISLAMIC UMMA.'' AYATOLLAH KAMENEI SAID :" BY RESENTING A WISE VISION OF MAN AND UNIVERSE, BY ENJOINING RESONABLE MORAL AND SPIRITUAL CODES AND OFFERING RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR SETTING UP COMPREHENSIVE SOCIAL AND POLITICAL SYSTEMS AS WELL AS DEVOTIONAL PRACTISES, ISLAM CALLS UPON EVERY MEMBER OF HUMANKIND: TO CLEANSE ONESELF FROM ALL EVILS, WEAKNESSES AND IMPURITIES AND TO ILLUMINATE HIS SOUL IN THE LIGHT OF FAITH, PURITY, SINCERITY, LOVE, HOPE AND HAPPINESS, AS WELL AS PURGING HIS EXTERNAL WORLD FROM ALL VESTIGES OF POVERTY, INGNORANCE, DISCRIMINATION, BACKWARDNESS, INERTIA, OPPRESSION, HUMILIATION AND DECEIT." AYATOLLAH KHAMENEI STATES THAT THE TEACHING OF ISLAM AND THE APPLICATION OF ISLAMIC INJUNCTIONS, IF PROPERLY EXECUTED, SHALL LEAD TO A HAPPY PROSPEROUS LIFE FOR MUSLIMS EVERYWHERE; HE ALSO BELIEVES,'' THIS GREAT CONGREGETION IS IN ITSELF A SYMBOL OF INDIVIDUAL AND SPIRITUAL DEVOTION MANIFESTED IN A COORDINATED CONSTRUCTIVE AND COLLECTIVE ACTION.'' AYATOLLAH KHAMENEI SAYS IN ANOTHER PART OF HIS MESSAGE THAT HUMAN COMMUNITIES TODAY SUFFER FROM A SEVERE LACK OF SPIRITUALITY AND SOCIAL PROBLEMS IMPOSED ON THEM BY THE MATERIALIST POWERS DOMINATING THE WORLD AND THAT: '' THERE IS A GREAT NEED OF ISLAM AND ITS TEACHINGS,NOT ONLY IN POOR, BACKWARD COUNTRIES, BUT EVEN MORE URGENTLY,IN THE WEALTHEIR, INDUSTRIALIZED NATIONS WHO ARE SINKING IN THE MIRES OF MENTAL CONFUSION, SPIRITUAL POVERTY AND NOTHINGNESS. HE POINTS OUT TO THE MUSLIM NATIONS: '' IF THEY SHOULD APPRECIATE THE VALUE OF THEIR MATERIAL AND CULTURAL ASSETS, THEY WOULD CERTAINLY BE ABLE TO RID THEIR COUNTRIES FROM THE MALADIES OF WEAKNESS, DEPENDENCE AND ACKWARDNESS THEY ARE SUFFERING FROM TODAY.'' AYATOLLAH KHAMENEI STRESSES THE FACT THAT: " THE THESIS OF SECULARISM HAS ALWAYS BEEN PROPAGATED BY THE ARROGANT, COLONIAL POWERS IN ORDER TO SUPPRESS

MUSLIMS ASPIRATION FOR THE BETTERMENT OF THEIR SOCIETIES, BUT: "THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AN ISLAMIC REPUBLIC IN IRAN, WHICH HAS SUCCESSFULLY RESISTED ALL PLANS AND PLOTS BY THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT, THE ZIONISTS AND THEIR ALLIES, HAS PROVED THE VALLADITY OF THE SOCIAL, POLITICAL THEORIES OF ISLAM, AND AWAKENED THE ISLAMIC UMMAN THOUGHOUT THE WORLD. THE LEADER OF THE ISLAMIC REVOLUTION SPEAKS OF TWO MAIN DANGERS THREATENING MUSLEMS: "THE INTERNAL DANGER EMANATES FROM A DISTORTED UNDERSTANDING OF ISLAM,OBSCURATISM, ALIENATION,ECLECTIC IDEAS, AND DOUBT AND DESPAIR, AND THE EXTERNAL DANGER TAKES THE SHAPE OF A CULTURAL INVASION BY THE WORLD'S ARROGANT POWERS". HE WARNS THAT ''MUSLIMS,ESPECIALLY THE YOUTH,SHOULD BE MADE AWARE OF THIS THREAT. '' AND IN THIS RESPECT, AYATOLLAH KHAMENEI REFERS TO THE EFFORTS OF THE GLOBAL ARROGANCE HEADED BY THE UNITED STATES, ADMINISTRATIONS:

" THE AMERICAN OBJECTIVE IS TO DENY THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC AN INFLUENCE IN THE WORLD OF ISLAM, AND TO PUT IRAN IN A DEFENSIVE POSITION." COMMENTING ON THE NATURE OF THE AMERICAN REGIME, AYATOLLAH KHAMENEI. DRAWS ATTENTION TO THE HYPOCRITICAL BEHAVIOUR OF U.S. GOVERNMENTS " THEY SPEAK OF ''HUMAN RIGHTS '' WHILE THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT HAVE, IN THEIR DEALINGS WITH WEAKER NATIONS, THE UGLIEST RECORD OF VIOLATING HUMAN RIGHTS; THEY SPEAK OF COMBATING TERRORISM, WHILE THEY THEMSELVES SUPPORT SOME OF THE MOST DANGEROUS TERRORISTS IN THE WORLD; THEY SPEAK OF " DEMOCRACY " WHILE MOST DESPOTIC GOVERNMENTS IN DIFFERENT REGIONS HAVE BEEN SUPPORTED BY THEMSELVES; THEY SPEAK OF "FREEDOM" WHILE THEY DO NOT TOLERATE ANY FREEDOM OF SPEECH EXPOSING THE TRUE NATURE OF THE ZIONIST REGIME; AND THEY SPEAK OF " WOMEN'S RIGHTS", WHILE AMERICAN WOMEN ARE CONSTANTLY HARRASSED AND HUMILIATED AT HOME AND IN THE OFFICE!" IN THE FINAL PART OF HIS MESSAGE, AYATOLLAH KHAMENEI WISHES THE MUSLIM PILGRIMS AND THE WHOLE ISLAMIC UMMA SUCCESS AND PROSPERITY.

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institute thanks leader for naming 1378 as year of imam khomeini (24.03.1999)

tehran, march 24, iran -- designation of the year 1378 (started march 21) as the year of imam khomeini by supreme leader of the islamic revolution ayatollah ali khamenei reveals the importance attached to keeping alive the memories of the late imam, a letter by the institute for publication of imam khomeini's works said. the leader in his new year message announced the designation of 1378 as the year of imam khomeini. the institute's letter to the leader on tuesday lauded the leader's initiative, also supported by the president, as accentuating the importance of remembering the late imam in advancing the goals of the islamic revolution. the institute announced readiness to help realize the leader's initiative and expressed hope that the year 1378 witnesses further acquaintance of the young generation with the fruitful life of the late imam.

leader offers condolences to families of lorry crash victims (23.03.1999)

dezful, khuzestan prov., march 23, irna -- supreme leader of the islamic revolution ayatollah ali khamenei on tuesday issued a condolence message to families of monday lorry crash victims. the leader expressed deep sorrow over the tragic incident which has resulted in 30 deaths so far. the statement also condoled the iranian nation over the deaths. the leader wished patience for the survivors of the victims and for speedy recovery of the injured.

Leaders speech at the holy shrine of imam reza (a.s.) (22.03.1999)

tehran, march 22, irna -- supreme leader of the islamic revolution ayatollah ali khamenei in mashhad (khorasan province) on sunday called on the iranian people and officials to be united and avoid doing anything that might create tension. addressing pilgrims to the holy shrine of imam reza (a.s.) the eighth imam of prophet mohammad's (peace be upon him and his progeny) infallible household, on the new year, ayatollah khamenei cited vigilance and adherence to islam and the path of the founder of the islamic republic, the late imam khomeini as the most important duties of all iranians. congratulating the audience on occasion of norouz and two great muslim feasts of qorban (eid-ul-adha) and ghadir khom, the leader said that norouz is the feast that has been given new meaning by islam. ayatollah khamenei said that although norouz is a feast which dates back to before the advent of islam, the holy religion has dealt with it wisely and in a constructive manner, giving it a new meaning. the most important duty of the government at present is to remove people's problems, especially their economic problems, the leader said, adding: ''to perform its most important duties and serve people, the government needs a calm atmosphere and in order to help the government, people, especially the young generation, should be careful and vigilant more than ever before vis-a-vis plots of enemies.'' enemies of the revolution are attempting to pretend there are differences among high ranking iranian officials and certain iranian writers are deceived by such disinformation campaign, knowing little that such propaganda are part of enemy conspiracies, ayatollah khamenei cautioned. the supreme leader said the u.s., which supported the corrupt regime of pahlavi that denied people their freedom and freedom of expression, now chants slogans in support of freedom in iran, whereas such a freedom has been offered to the iranian nation by (the 1979 islamic) revolution and islam over the past 20 years. in western countries which stake claim to liberalism, no one has the right to raise any views against the zionists and those publishing historical documents against the zionists are dealt with severely. ''freedom was the gift of revolution and belongs to people. (islamic) revolution gave our people freedom and power and that was islam which freed us,'' said the supreme leader. concluding his remarks, ayatollah khamenei said that country's economic problems can be solved through reliance on national resources, and careful enforcement of laws and regulations, and reduction of dependence on oil.

New year message (21.3.1999)

tehran, march 21, irna -- in his new year message on sunday, the supreme leader of islamic revolution, ayatollah ali khamenei congratulated iranians living both in the country and abroad, persian-speaking nations and those honoring norouz festivity on commencement of the new year. ''one of the most important features of the new year is its coincidence with the 100th birthday anniversary of the late imam khomeini and therefore it is good to name the year as the year of imam khomeini. ''i congratulate all iranian people, including those living either in the country or in other parts of the world as well as the nations which mark norouz feast, especially persian speaking nations such as tajikistan and afghanistan, on the auspicious feast of norouz. ''i particularly congratulate the families of war martyrs, disabled war veterans and former prisoners of war on the auspicious occasion. ''i pray to the god almighty to fill the hearts of the iranian nation with happiness, joy, kindness and sincerity and to illuminate their sights by showing them the bright horizons of future. ''the year we left behind was as usual full of sweet and bitter events... what was bitter for us last year was the hard economic conditions of people, price hikes and hardships suffered by certain classes of society. ''i hope that the god almighty would help iranian officials remove all problems facing the iranian nation in their life including their economic problems,'' the leader said. ayatollah khamenei added: ''of course there were great achievements last year such as the iranian people's presence on various political scenes, their massive turnout in two elections (for experts assembly and city-village islamic councils) and in two important rallies (marking the qods day and 22nd bahman)... i hope that the iranian nation would become more powerful, hopeful and aware in attaining its lofty goals. ''our great imam revived history of the iranian nation ... over the past centuries the iranian nation used to be ruled by despotic and hegemonic regimes which seized power through reign of terror and intimidation of people. of course in those times there were certain individuals who managed to show somehow the strength of the iranian nation. when those despotic rulers died their heirs i.e. their sons, brothers or nephews, came to power while people had no role in their election and appointment. ''the iranian nation lived for centuries in such a way ... the last of these rulers was that corrupt and puppet regime (pahlavi dynasty) which seized power through coups d'etat and ruled the country through dictatorship for almost fifty years ... it spent last years of its life span, plundering wealth of the iranian nation. ''the great imam (khomeini) managed to make the iranian people's wishes come true through his illuminating thought, wise deeds, strong will, lofty humane spirits and characteristics and real faith. ''having realized that their demands and wishes are reflected in such a man (imam khomeini) and in his message, the iranian nation followed the imam. this stormy sea did great jobs, liberating the iranian nation from that appalling situation. iran and the iranian people stepped into a new road where they could be present on scene, they could participate in elections and their demands, ideas, interests and dignity were honored. by the grace of the god, our great imam and the islamic republic proceeded in the same path.'' the leader expressed hope that the ''year of imam khomeini'' would be an auspicious one for the iranian nation and officials and called on officials to do all within their power to serve the masses and solve their problems.

leader congratulates iranian nation on norouz festivity (21.03.1999)

tehran, march 21, irna -- in his new year message on sunday, the supreme leader of islamic revolution, ayatollah ali khamenei congratulated iranians living both in the country and abroad, persian-speaking nations and those honoring norouz festivity on commencement of the new year. ''one of the most important features of the new year is its coincidence with the 100th birthday anniversary of the late imam khomeini and therefore it is good to name the year as the year of imam khomeini. ''i congratulate all iranian people, including those living either in the country or in other parts of the world as well as the nations which mark norouz feast, especially persian speaking nations such as tajikistan and afghanistan, on the auspicious feast of norouz. ''i particularly congratulate the families of war martyrs, disabled war veterans and former prisoners of war on the auspicious occasion. ''i pray to the god almighty to fill the hearts of the iranian nation with happiness, joy, kindness and sincerity and to illuminate their sights by showing them the bright horizons of future. ''the year we left behind was as usual full of sweet and bitter events... what was bitter for us last year was the hard economic conditions of people, price hikes and hardships suffered by certain classes of society. ''i hope that the god almighty would help iranian officials remove all problems facing the iranian nation in their life including their economic problems,'' the leader said. ayatollah khamenei added: ''of course there were great achievements last year such as the iranian people's presence on various political scenes, their massive turnout in two elections (for experts assembly and city-village islamic councils) and in two important rallies (marking the qods day and 22nd bahman)... i hope that the iranian nation would become more powerful, hopeful and aware in attaining its lofty goals. ''our great imam revived history of the iranian nation ... over the past centuries the iranian nation used to be ruled by despotic and hegemonic regimes which seized power through reign of terror and intimidation of people. of course in those times there were certain individuals who managed to show somehow the strength of the iranian nation. when those despotic rulers died their heirs i.e. their sons, brothers or nephews, came to power while people had no role in their election and appointment. ''the iranian nation lived for centuries in such a way ... the last of these rulers was that corrupt and puppet regime (pahlavi dynasty) which seized power through coups d'etat and ruled the country through dictatorship for almost fifty years ... it spent last years of its life span, plundering wealth of the iranian nation. ''the great imam (khomeini) managed to make the iranian people's wishes come true through his illuminating thought, wise deeds, strong will, lofty humane spirits and characteristics and real faith. ''having realized that their demands and wishes are reflected in such a man (imam khomeini) and in his message, the iranian nation followed the imam. this stormy sea did great jobs, liberating the ranian nation from that appalling situation. iran and the iranian people stepped into a new road where they could be present on scene, they could participate in elections and their demands, ideas, interests and dignity were honored. by the grace of the god, our great imam and the islamic republic proceeded in the same path.'' the leader expressed hope that the ''year of imam khomeini'' would be an auspicious one for the iranian nation and officials and called on officials to do all within their power to serve the masses and solve their problems.

leader participates in dusting ceremony of imam reza's shrine (20.03.1999)

tehran, march 20, irna -- with the beginning of the pilgrimage month of zil-hajjeh and the start of the new iranian year, leader of the islamic revolution ayatollah seyyed ali khamenei participated in a ceremony to dust the holy shrine of imam reza (as), the eighth infallible imam of the household of the holy prophet of islam. verses from the holy qur'an was recited during the ceremony, which took place in an atmosphere filled with spirituality, as the shrine was washed with pure rose water. the ceremony was also attended by the custodian of the holy shrine, the representative of the supreme jurisprudent in khorassan province, the friday prayers leader in mashhad, hojatoleslam abbas vaez-e tabasi, and a number of leading ulemas. the holy shrine of imam reza (as) is situated in mashad, provincial capital of the northeastern province of khorassan.

leader's condolence on departure of jafar mousavi and haj modarressi (15.03.1999)

tehran, march 15, irna -- leader of the islamic revolution, ayatollah seyed ali khamenei, cabled a message to hojjatoleslam jazayeri, friday prayer leader of ahwaz, condoling with him on the departure of haj seyed jafar mousavi. in his message the leader called the deceased alim as one of the outstanding ulema of ahwaz theology school and said his departure is a great loss for the muslim people. the leader in his message also expressed his condolences with the ulema, theology scholars and the family of the deceased alim.

tehran, march 16, irna -- the leader of the islamic revolution, ayatollah seyed-ali khamenei, on monday sent a message of condolence to the leader of friday congregational prayers of yazd, hojatoleslam haj sheikh mohammad-ali sadouqi, on the occasion of the departure of leading muslim alim haj seyed-mohammad modarressi. in his message, ayatollah khamenei asked the leader of the friday congregational prayers of yazd to convey his condolence also to muslim alims and religious schoalrs of yazd province of iran and to his bereaved relatives.

iran owes its achievements to the iranian nation's adherence to islam (13.03.1999)

tehran, march 13, irna -- supreme leader of the islamic revolution ayatollah ali khamenei said here on saturday that iran owes its achievements to the iranian nation's adherence to islam and the sacrifices of the nations martyrs. ayatollah khamenei made the remark in an address to a group of martyrs families on the occasion of the martyrs foundation's establishment anniversary. ayatollah khamenei warned that enemies of islam and iran have targetted religious values of the the revolutionary and faithful forces to prevent repeat of the islamic revolution in other parts of the world. however, he said, the enemy would be defeated thanks to the presence of islam in iran and the existing unity in the faithful iranian nation. meanwhile, the leader received members of the central council of imam khomeini relief committee on the occasion of the committee's establishment anniversary. they briefed the leader on the committee's activities.

leader attends commemoration ceremony of late ahmad khomeini (11.03.1999)

tehran, march 11, irna -- supreme leader of the islamic revolution ayatollah seyyed ali khamenei attended a commemoration ceremony held at the late imam khomeini's shrine thursday evening to mark 4th death anniversary of the late hojjatoleslam ahmad khomeini. chairman of expediency council ayatollah akbar hashemi rafsanjani, majlis speaker hojatoleslam ali akbar nateq-nour, number of the senior ayatollahs, seminarians, some member of the cabinet, deputies of the experts assembly and majlis and thousands of the families of martyrs and people from tehran, shahr-ray, qom and other parts of the country had also attended the commemoration ceremony. chief of the country's supreme court ayatollah mohammadi gilani addressing the mourners on the moral and political personality of the late hojjatoleslam seyyed ahmad khomeini, said the late ahmad khomeini was acting as a honest and trustworthy assistance to the father of the islamic revolution and founder of the islamic republic of iran.

leader donates cash to needy on charity week (09.03.1999)

tehran, march 9, irna -- the leader of the islamic revolution ayatollah seyed ali khamenei donated rls 100 million to the needy. the grand leader donated the cash on the occasion of charity week (march 5-11). the charity feast is sponsored by imam khomeini relief committee every year.

leader calls environment protection a vital issue (05.03.1999)

tehran, march 5, irna -- leader of the islamic revolution ayatollah ali khamenei said on friday that protecting the environment and natural resources should be regarded as a vital subject in the country. during a visit to the research institute of the woods and pastures on friday, he stressed that within the country's third five-year development plan and even in indusrial activities, safeguading the environment must be seen as a major principle and every effort should be made to avoid actions with hazardous effects on the enviroment. he also called measures regarding containment of deserts as one of the essential projects incorporated in the third five-year development plan of the country. addressing the ranking officials of the construction jihad ministry, agriculture ministry and environment protection organisation, the leader underlined the importance of preventing any actions seen as harmful to the country's pastures, woods, orchards and different species of vegetable and trees and of promoting better methods of environment protection through scientific research. the leader also planted an oak sapling in the institute compound on the threshhold of the environment week and the tree plantation day.

leader stresses importance of farsi language (03.03.1999)

tehran, march 3, irna -- leader of the islamic revolution ayatollah ali khamenei here on wednesday stressed the importance of preserving and promoting farsi language in the world. ayatollah khamenei was addressing the second international assembly on farsi language. the leader said that the rich and eloquent farsi language has spiritually influenced major parts of the globe, winning nations hearts and bringing them culture, religion, knowledge and civilization. he further noted that farsi has been a language of literature, poetry and prose in the indian subcontinent and parts of china, indonesia and malaysia. the persian language has made much contribution to expansion of islam, said ayatollah khamenei. islam was introduced to iran in arabic language but was promoted through farsi language, and major parts of studies in islam have been done by iranians, he added. therefore, the leader stressed, farsi has had a major role in expansion of islam and human culture and civilization. referring to farsi language as a pillar of the iranian national identity, ayatollah khamenei said that farsi is the best medium for propagation of knowledge, thoughts and rich islamic civilization.

ayatollah khamenei pointed to efforts by western powers to impose their culture and values on the world through promotion of their language, adding that the western power measure is a detriment to cultural exchanges involving the worlds richest cultures. further stressing the importance of exchanges amongst rich cultures of the world, the leader said the promotion of farsi language is a step in this direction. the leader called for efforts to enhance the capacity of farsi to meet needs of the time, adding that researchers and literary people should make efforts to enrich and enhance the language. lauding the efforts of the farsi language academy, the leader said that in finding farsi terms for foreign words, the academy "should observe linguistic tastes and farsi language flavor.'' ayatollah khamenei highlighted the importance of correctly spoken farsi, further calling on the islamic republic of iran's broadcasting (irib) to push the cause in the society.

 
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