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Supreme Leader calls for massive turnout in municipal elections

Tehran, Feb 28, IRNA -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Friday visited a polling station in Konarak, in southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan where he called for all Iranians to massively partake in municipal elections. The leader who could not cast vote in Konarak due to the law forbidding the participation of people from other constituencies hoped that the people would cast vote based on their religious and personal accountability. He advised the masses to vote for those candidates in whom they place trust. Those candidates should be chosen who are competent, have strong religious faith and enjoy skills to hold posts in the city and village councils, he noted. The leader went on to say that if elections are conducted properly, the future city and village councils would be apt to act effectively and to bring prosperity to the villages, cities and nation. 

Leader: Social justice to be materialized by generating wealth, progress 

Tehran, Feb 27, IRNA -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei here on Thursday said that social justice cannot be materialized without generating wealth and making efforts for development and all officials bear a very heavy responsibility in carrying out their duties. Addressing a public gathering in Chabahar in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan, the Leader said removal of deprivation, discrimination and corruption are among the main goals of the Islamic Revolution, adding, "Bringing about justice with proper distribution of facilities among all people is our main aim and this should be taken into account by national and local officials." Serving the people is the defined policy of the Islamic system, the Leader said, underlining that the whole Islamic system belongs to the people and all officials should serve them and any official failing to pursue the policy will be considered as incompetent. Dignity and personality are considered as two constant characteristic of the Iranian nation which protect them against enemies' threats, the Leader declared, adding that the enemies of humanity are openly antagonizing Islam since they consider Islam as main obstacle to materializing their hegemonistic goals. However Islam and Islamic system, with blessings from God will overcome all challenges, declared the Leader. Appreciating the pious people of Chabahar, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution described the region's potentials as suitable for development and progress and added that the existing shortcomings should be removed by benefiting from available capabilities as well as fully implementing the plans. The officials of Free Trade Zones (FTZ) as well as other local officials should be accountable and committed in carrying out their duties, said the Leader. Referring to improvement of security in the region, the Leader said that the enemies always try to instigate a number of wicked persons to create instability but the police, along with security, military forces as well as the noble people in the city will try to promote security and tranquility more than ever before. Underlining the need to continue and deepen unity between Shiite and Sunni, he said through people's faith and the vigilance of Shiite and Sunni Ulema, the enemies' effort in creating rift in the region has not and will not bear fruit. MM/AH

Leader: All sectors of government should serve people

Zahedan, Sistan-Baluchestan prov, Feb 26, IRNA -- Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said here on Wednesday that the Islamic Republic belongs to the people and all sectors of the government should offer services to the public. In a meeting with tens of thousand Basij (volunteer forces) members and personnel of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), the Supreme Leader said that security is the basic need of the people. Those who provide the people with security and tranquility would be bestowed upon with rewards from the Almighty, the Supreme Leader said. The Leader said that the enemy holds sense of hostility toward the IRGC, Basij, the Army of the Islamic Republic, and the Iranian police force due to their honorable record of sacrifice in the battlefield. The Leader advised the security forces to observe law in dealing with the people. Otherwise, any individual from the security forces violating law in relation with the people will be brought to justice, he said. SS/AH End

Leader praises unity among different tribes

Zahedan, Sistan-Baluchestan Prov, Feb 26, IRNA -- Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei here on Tuesday evening said that all the provincial tribes have emerged intact after several years of hardship during the past two decades. Addressing elderly and heads of several groups and tribes in this southeastern province, the Leader noted that the Iranian people, including different tribes and groups, are united and make great efforts to construct a developed country. Referring to the provincial tribesmen as zealous and brave people, Ayatollah Khamenei said they have always tried to refrain from factional disputes. As to attempts being made by the enemies to sow discord among different groups and tribes in the region and their efforts to make the region insecure, the Supreme Leader emphasized that the resistance of the nation will neutralize the enemies' conspiracies. Prior to Leader's remarks, Hojatoleslam Hosseini, the Leader's representative in Sunni affairs praised the existing unity among all Sunni and Shiite tribes in the region. The leader arrived in Zahedan Sunday on a provincial visit to meet local residents and to get firsthand information on the state of affairs in the province, which shares borders with Afghanistan and Pakistan. FS/HM End

Leader says is proud of Iranian youth's sense of responsibility

Zahedan, Sistan-Baluchestan prov, Feb 25, IRNA -Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday the Iranian youth will pave the way for building their country thanks to their strong sense of responsibility and mettle. In a meeting with several thousand young well-wishers in the provincial city, the Supreme Leader said that the youth are the key for pushing the country forward since they have acquired understanding of national goals and political preferences. "On the other hand, the enemy, who sees the obstacles the Iranian youth created in the way of their illegitimate goals, makes every endeavor to spoil the invaluable asset of the nation, the young," the Leader said. The Leader said that he is proud of the bravery and mettle of young Iranians and is rest assured that the nation will attain the height of progress and honor through reliance on their young population. Elaborating on the conspiracy to spoil the young, the Supreme Leader said that the Zionist companies working in the field of propaganda are making investment to draw the attention of the youth of the nations to sexual matters leading them to ethical corruption and drug addiction thus depriving the nations of making headway in social progress. The Leader pointed to disclosure of a recommendation made by an Israeli official to a US counterpart calling for spread of corruption among the Iranian youth who are thorn in the eye for them in their attempts to forge a new dominance over Iran. The Leader said that power centers and the international Zionist circles are following the model of Andalusia (ancient Spain) where the then Muslims used to be subject to conspiracy by spreading corruption among them in order to destroy them. "The enemy wants to gain control over oil and other natural resources of the Middle East nations by spreading ethical corruption and cultural alienation," the Leader said. The Leader said that Islamic culture has a skeptical outlook on the Western liberal democracy and exposes the hypocritical nature of the Western brand of democracy. That's why the Americans view Islamic culture with hostility, said the Leader.

Leader warns of "complicated plots" to widen religious divides

Tehran, Feb 24, IRNA -Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Sunday evening warned of the enemies' "complicated plots" to stoke up tensions among ethnic and religious lines in Iran as he exhorted the country's Shiite and Sunni Muslims to remain vigilant. "The nation from all walks of life, especially the clergy, must remain fully vigilant and neutralize all the seditious plots," he told a group of clergy in the southeastern city of Zahedan in the Sistan Baluchestan province, which has a large Sunni community in the Shiite-dominated Iran. "The enemy is very active behind the scene and by using many tricks, including by insulting the beliefs of Shiite and Sunni Muslims, seeks to pit religious castes against one another. "In the face of these tricks and plots, all the people, especially the clergy ... must totally remain vigilant and insist on unity and amity as well as love among Shiite and Sunni (Muslims)," Ayatollah Khamenei said. God's assistance to those nations which seek to uphold Islam and justice is an "inviolable promise", he said, adding "as I have told before ... we can reach the world's peak of knowledge in the next 50 years if we try". "There is no god except God; this slogan has questioned (the existence of) all world idols and global centers of oppression. That is why the centers of haughtiness have not spared even one day in their efforts to torpedo and upset the evolution of the Iranian nation after the victory of the (Islamic) Revolution (in 1979)," Ayatollah Khamenei said. The leader arrived in Zahedan Sunday on a provincial visit to meet local people and supervise the state of affairs in the province which borders Afghanistan and Pakistan. The province suffers from infrastructural backwardness amid widespread drug trade and several years of a crippling drought.

Leader calls for settlement of problems

Zahedan, Sistan-Baluchestan Prov, Feb 25, IRNA - Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei here on Monday evening spoke with concern about the problems facing this southeastern province and stressed the need to deal with them. Ayatollah Khamenei's remarks were made at a meeting with senior executive officials of the province and a group of cultural and sports figures. Expressing his pleasure at being in this backward province, the Leader said that the deprivation of the region was so great that efforts to deal with its problems over the past two decades have produced very little result. Prior to the Leader's remarks, the provincial governor, Hossein Amini, briefed Ayatollah Khamenei on the economic, political, social and cultural status of the province, saying he had witnessed progress made in these areas since after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Drought, occupation and security are the main concerns of provincial officials, he said, and expressed confidence the province will witness further development through allocation of more government funds. Meanwhile, a joint military ceremony of the armed forces was held in the presence of the Supreme Leader Monday evening. Praising the solidarity of the country's armed forces, the Leader stressed that the armed forces of this province, which is highly crucial to the country's security and order, shoulder a heavy responsibility in safeguarding the country's borders and security. The leader arrived in Zahedan Sunday on a provincial visit to meet local residents and to get firsthand information on the state of affairs in the province, which shares borders with Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Leader pays tribute to Sistan-Baluchestan martyrs

Zahedan, Sistan-Baluchestan Prov, Feb 24, IRNA - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei here on Monday paid tribute to the provincial martyrs saying in spite of numerous problems facing the region, martyrs helped in further promoting Islam. Addressing relatives of martyrs of the 1979 Islamic Revolution and the 1980-88 Iraqi imposed war in this southeastern province, the Supreme Leader referred to war disabled as "living martyrs" who follow the path of martyrs. Praising the patience of relatives of the martyrs, Ayatollah Khamenei stressed that the Iranian nation, by relying on such priceless values, has succeeded in neutralizing the enemies' conspiracy over the past two decades. The Leader called on all the Iranian people to make great efforts in order to compensate for the backwardness imposed on the Islamic Iran. Prior to the Leader's remarks, Gholam-Ali Asli, director general of the provincial Martyrs Foundation said the province has presented some 2,000 martyrs and some 4,000 disabled to the Islamic Revolution. The Leader arrived here on Sunday and was warmly welcomed by huge crowd of local people.

Leader: Imposing war on Persian Gulf will have backlash on US

Zahedan, Sistan-Baluchestan prov., Feb 23, IRNA -- Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said on Sunday that imposing war on the Persian Gulf and Iraq with an aim of dominating the region will have a backlash against the United States. The Leader said that the anti-war demonstrations in some 160 countries is the beginning of world people's opposition to US-sponsored war and that they are aware of the US officials hyprocrisy. The Supreme Leader arrived in Zahedan on Sunday and was accorded warm welcome in the streets of the city. The people stood hand-in-hand along the streets from the airport to the city's stadium to greet the Leader when his motorcade was passing. Tens of thousands of people had took to the streets from the very early hours of the day to welcome the Leader to their city, waiting for hours to see their Leader among themselves. Addressing the people at the stadium, the Supreme Leader thanked the people for their warm welcome and said that since the establishment of the Islamic Republic the government has carried out many development projects to remove deprivation from Sistan- Baluchestan province and has also several plans at hand with the aim of bringing prosperity to the people living in the area. The Leader said that the government has also adopted necessary plans for fighting drug trafficking and banditry which pose threat to lawful trade. Ayatollah Khamenei appreciated the faithful people of the province both Shias and Sunnis and said that the late Imam Khomeini placed trust in the people of Sistan-Baluchestan province and the other provinces for their resolve to safeguard the achievements of the Islamic Revolution with the dignity inspired by the infallible household of Prophet Mohammad (Peace Be Upon Him). The Leader said that the Islamic Republic of Iran is proud of the solidarity it has formed between the Shais and the Sunnis adding that the enemy was always making endeavors to cause sectarian dispute between the two Islamic sects. "The Iranian youth both Shia and Sunni have set a precedence by dedicating their bloods in the battlefields to protect their country and the Islamic Republic through their exemplary bravery," he said. The Leader said that he had already fostered intimacy with people in Sistan-Baluchestan thanks to his stay in the province following the popular uprising in 1963 when the Leader had been forced by the former regime to live there. The Supreme Leader said that with the victory of the Islamic Revolution, the late Imam Khomeini assigned him to draw up a key specific plan for development of the province and he did so later. On the international issues, the Supreme Leader said that the Muslim nations are suffering from oppression. The Leader said that US officials are making a mockery of peace, friendship, human rights and democracy and are making preparations to wage a war on Iraq for their illegitimate interests. "Hitler too was making such statements when he was initiating war on the world. But, today, all the nations are aware of the realities and aware of the US officials hypocrisy and presence of fascist individuals within the US administration," he said. The Leader referred to the anti-war demonstrations held in some 160 countries and said that the world people's opposition to the US-sponsored war is just a beginning adding that the outcome of forging dominance on the Persian Gulf and Iraq through imposing war will have a backlash against them.

Leader offers condolences to plane crash victims' families

Kerman, Feb 23, IRNA -- Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei in a message on Sunday expressed sympathy to the families of 275 members of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, who lost their lives in a plane crash in the southeastern province of Kerman last Wednesday. Ayatollah Khamenei said in a message to ceremonies, held here on Sunday to commemorate the victims of the plane crash who were members of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), that the IRGC forces were standardbearers of loyalty, faith and kindness. The Supreme Leader wished fortitude to the bereaved families and prayed to God Almighty for the souls of the victims. The message was read out at the ceremony by Head of the IRGC Joint Staff General Ahmadian. The Ilyushin aircraft was on a domestic flight to Kerman from Zahedan in Sistan Baluchestan province near Pakistan border. It went down as it prepared to land at the Kerman airport. The crash occurred at 18:24 (1454 GMT) some 35 km to the southeast of Kerman. Search teams found early Friday part of the debris, including plane's wing near a tunnel which cuts through local mountains. "All those aboard were the personnel of Division 41 of Sarallah of the Islamic Revolution's Guards Corps," Kerman governor, Mohammad Ali Karimi, told IRNA here, adding 18 of those aboard were the crew. He said the pilot had lost contact with air traffic controllers at the Kerman airport shortly before preparing to land in a bad weather. Head of the control tower at the Kerman airport said strong winds at the time of the crash coincided with the landing of a Tupolev airplane. "In his last radio contact, the pilot said 'I am trying to approach the airport; maybe the weather condition will get better'. At that moment, the contact was lost," the Kerman governor said. He said police and relief teams in Kerman had been put on alert and rescue and search teams had been dispatched to the crash site. The Iranian cabinet, in a statement, offered condolences to the nation and the bereaved families over the 'tragic event in which a group of IRGC brothers' were killed. Iran's aviation fleet mostly uses American-made Boeings, purchased before the 1979 Islamic Revolution. US unilateral sanctions against the Islamic Republic, however, have forced the country to turn to Russian-made aircraft. On February 12, 2002, a Russian-made Tupolev-154 crashed on jagged mountains when it was on a flight to Khorramabad from Tehran. Twelve days later, a Russian-made Ilyushin-76, on a flight to the central city of Isfahan from the northeastern city of Mashhad with 230 people on board, made an emergency landing shortly after take-off when a fire broke out in the plane. No one was injured in the incident, but six passengers taken by panic were rushed to hospital and the fire was extinguished on time by the airport's fire fighters.

Supreme Leader arrives in Zahedan

Zahedan, Feb 23, IRNA - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei arrived in Zahedan, capital city of the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan on Sunday. Ayatollah Khamenei was warmly welcomed by huge crowd of local people. Shortly after his arrival, Ayatollah Khamenei delivered a speech at the 17 Shahrivar Stadium. Prior to the Leader's remarks, the Leader's representative to Sistan and Baluchestan province Abbas-Ali Soleymani and the provincial governor general Hossein Amini delivered separate speeches.

Leader underlines administration of justice in society

Tehran, Feb 20, IRNA -- The Leader of the Islamic Revolution,

Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei here on Thursday underlined the need for administration of justice in the society. The Supreme Leader made the remark while addressing a group of the country's officials and a large number of ordinary people on the occasion of Eid-ul-Ghadir, which marks Prophet Mohammad's (Peace Be Upon Him) appointment of first imam of Shi'ite Muslims, Imam Ali (AS), as his spiritual heir. Men in today's world , in spite of significant scientific progress, is in need of justice more than any other time, Ayatollah Khamenei reiterated. As to hegemonistic policies of the big powers and their indifferent attitudes towards the public opinion, the Leader regretted that world oppressors impudently announce that the world public opinion cannot prevent them from attacking Iraq. Ayatollah Khamenei further noted that contrary to their propagandistic hue and cry, oppression does not last for ever and the will of the justice-seeking nations will finally prevail.

Leader consoles IRGC chief

5:37:32 PM Tehran, Feb 20 - The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei expressed deepest condolences over the tragic death of 302 IRGC members on board who died after a Russian-made Iranian military plane sank Wednesday afternoon, heading from southwest Iranian city of Zahedan to the central city of Kerman. Here is the complete condolence messege of the supreme leader of the Islamic Revolution set forth to the chief of the Islamic Republic Guard Corps Brigadier General Yahya Rahim Safavi. In the name of God the beneficent the merciful I was deeply affected by the heartrending incident, where a cluster of the dear offsprings of the IRGC lost their lives. May the dear members who dedicated their lives to serve the nation and the Islamic Revolution would enjoy the blessings of the Lord, if God will. I express my condolences to the families and relatives of the victims and may the Lord grants them tolerance and tranquility (to tolerate the mishap). The Supreme leader urged all officials to launch an investigation into the incident.

 

Leader: Martyrdom an element of national strength

Boroujerd, Lorestan Prov, Feb 18, IRNA -- The Leader of the Islamic

Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei here on Tuesday termed martyrdom as a decisive element of national strength and devotion. In a message to a congress held to commemorate the memory of martyrd students of this western province, the Leader stressed that enemies of Islam today are trying to undermine jihad (holy war) and the virtue of martyrdom. Elsewhere in his message, Ayatollah Khamenei called on all Iranian students to value martyrdom. The Supreme Leader, in his message to the congress, also referred to martyrdom as the most beautiful of human values. FS/LS End

 

Leader receives Azerbaijani people

Tehran, Feb 17 - Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said on Monday that the Iranian nation indicated on February 11 nationwide rallies that they will not retreat from their revolutionary and Islamic principles.

In a meeting with Azarbaijani people to mark anniversary of their anti-Shah protests in 1979, the Supreme Leader said that Iranian nation achieved independence with victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution and will safeguard independence though it provokes the ire of the big powers. "This year, the US officials once again wished to see that the Iranian nation will forget the anniversary of their Islamic Revolution. But the people took to the streets on February 11 conveying the message that the Iranian nation will never allow the plunderers and those disguised as civilized people to dominate Iran once again," the leader said. The leader said that the Iranian nation is proud of their faithful and brave youth who will carry the flag of the Islamic Revolution for next generations. "Iranian youth are the best in the world. I believe in the youth with my full heart and believe that they will undertake their historical duty by passing the hardest possible examinations," "My dear youth, the country belongs to you. Now, it's your turn to enter into the scene by empowering yourself scientifically, spiritually and ethically and take the flag from your fathers and others who made the greatest sacrifices during the ups and downs of of the Islamic Revolution," the Supreme Leader said. The leader appreciated the sacrifices made by people of Tabriz and Azarbaijan province during the Islamic Revolution and paid tribute to the two Azari religious leaders Ayatollah Qazi Tabatabaei and Ayatollah Madani who were martyred by terrorist Mojahedin Khalq Organization (MKO). Elsewhere in his speech, the Supreme Leader said that the US administration once again proved that they don't believe in human rights, democracy and humanitarian values. They have disclosed a plan to install an American as the ruler for Iraq and channel all the Iraqi resources into the pockets of the American and Zionist companies. Such a plan of course will not be materialized, Ayatollah Khamenei said. The US has also planned to change the political map of the Middle East, the leader said adding that even though the US might get control of Iraq in short term, but, ultimately, the Iraqi nation will drive the Americans out of their country.

Leader pardons a group of prisoners

Tehran, Feb 11 - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei granted amnesty to a group of those convicted by the public, revolutionary and military courts. The leader's order to grant amnesty to the convicted followed a request by the head of the Judiciary Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi on the lofty occasion of the advent of the 24th anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution. In response to a letter addressed to him by Shahroudi the Supreme Leader agreed with the commuting of the sentences of or giving amnesty to those who have not been involved in serious offenses such as kidnapping, armed drug trafficking, rape, running the prostitution houses, corruption, arms smuggling and embezzlement. February 1 marks the anniversary of the homecoming of the late Imam Khomeini after 15 years of exile. The day serves as the start of the annual `10-Day Dawn' (February 1-11) events marking the triumph of the Islamic Revolution on Bahman 22 (February 11), 1979. Kia, taken from IRNA

Leader's message to this year's Haj pilgrims 

Tehran, Feb 9, IRNA -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on Sunday issued a message to this year's Haj pilgrims on the threshold of the annual Haj rituals. The following is the full text of the message: 

"In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful "

The assemblage of Muslims in millions during the Haj ceremony is a unique phenomenon and a pure demonstration of greatness in our faith. Muslims from all over the world and from all walks of life gather together in the House of Allah and in the birthplace of Islam, where our great prophet was born. During these symbolic rites and demonstrations, Muslims learn how to tie their hearts to Allah, how to stay together soul and body, and how to rally around our common belief to one God. "Everything we do is about our unity and togetherness to curse Satan, disavow infidels and evil forces, prostrate before divine glory, profess and renew our obedience, and feel dignity and honor under the light of Islam, that never fades. The lessons we learn is about being together, Islamic fraternity, perseverance in the face of hardships and against enemies, freedom from all materialistic manifestations of life, and joining to the ocean of divine grandeur. "Haj symbolizes the model of behavior the Ummah must adopt to achieve happiness. Haj can be briefly interpreted as a purposeful and conscious journey of the entire Ummah in the same direction. Its theme is remembering the Almighty, and staying in harmony together. Its goal is to build a solid spiritual base for humankind to live a life of happiness and dignity:

Allah has made the Ka‘bah, the Sacred House, a [means of] sustentation for mankind, and [also] the sacred month, the offering and the garlands. . . (5:97).

"The Muslim Ummah must seek inspirations from the model of Hajj in building the foundation of an all-out and purposeful movement. This is a crucial responsibility of all Muslim nations and states. "Over the past century, Islamic nations have endured a life of pain and anguish. Colonialism and expansionist world powers inflicted heavy losses on Muslims. They looted their wealth and resources, making them the target of their most horrific oppressions and ambitions.

"As a result of these encroachments on Islamic Lands, Muslims fell captive to colonial powers economically, politically and culturally. During this period of sufferings, colonialists benefited much from the material and human resources of Muslim nations through war, brutality, violence and occupations.

"Years after, Islamic awakening movements began to emerge. The flags of liberation started to rise throughout the entire Islamic world, opening new horizons for freedom. Finally, Islam embraced victory, as Islamic Republic was proclaimed in Iran, and a new chapter was opened in the history of Islam.

"Obviously, world powers, with all their material resources and destructive forces, will never easily succumb. Muslim nations will have a long painful way to go. However, the future ahead of us is bright and the outlook is promising. If we follow this path persistently with vigor and perseverance, we can save the future generations from the humiliation of political, economic and cultural captivity and that time will come when they can experience a life of dignity and freedom under Islam.

"This is a path to scientific and knowledge campaigns. This is a path to political struggles, and this is a path of fighting for and defending our cause. And in these campaigns, Muslims become the defenders of dignity seeking to restore their rights. It is human conscience, which consciously and uncompromisingly endorses Muslims' Jihad for freedom, and it is the divine tradition that gives them the promise of final victory:

Those who are fought against are permitted [to fight] because they have been wronged, and Allah is indeed able to help them. (22:39)

"The world arrogance, which is a complicated network of oil and arms cartels, world Zionism, and puppet regimes, have now felt the threat from the spread of Islamic movements. They have hysterically mobilized their forces to attack Islamic nations. The manifestations of new offensives involving political, propaganda, military and terrorist campaigns, can be clearly seen in the behavior, words and aggressive remarks of the military cliques ruling the United States and the Zionist regime.

"Palestinian people continue to be the target of the most barbaric and brutal crimes of the Zionists. They are being massacred, tortured, humiliated, with their property being pillaged and their houses demolished, only because they have now found the courage and the motives to fight for the restoration of their inalienable and downtrodden rights after half a century.

"The people of Iraq are facing war threats, because the United States needs to be militarily present in Iraq besides the borders of Palestine, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Syria, in order to dominate the entire energy resources in the region, and control all Middle East countries.

"During the past year, Afghanistan suffered heavily with bombs, missiles and weapons of mass destruction poured on the Afghan population by the American and British forces. They have been forced to tolerate the bitterness of a foreign occupation, because the illegitimate interests of the United States have been defined in this way.

"There is no doubt that the United States and its allies will fail to achieve their goals, and once more the world will witness the collapse of another empire which is intoxicated with its evil power and whims. We saw how they miscalculated the situation in Afghanistan and Palestine. However, unless the Muslim Ummah -- Islamic states and nations -- make wise and bold decisions, once again they will suffer heavy losses, and pain.

"Following Sep. 11th attacks, which still remain a mystery, the United States staged a new round of its hysteric moves using its propaganda machines. They started their campaigns by flying the flag of democracy and anti-terrorism, uttering harsh rhetoric, and preaching Islamic nations on the consequences of the development of weapons of mass-destruction or chemical weapons. Don't they think that Muslims may have questions to ask: what government or companies gave all these weapons to the Iraqi regime? Your try to justify military action because you keep saying that Iraqis had 19,000 chemical bombs in their arsenals, used 13,000 of those bombs against Iranians, and now they are hiding the remaining 6,000 bombs. Who has provided all these chemical bombs and facilities for Iraq? Is there anybody else other than you and your allies who created this catastrophe in the history of mankind.

"Don't they ever think that they can not deceive Muslim nations with their rhetoric against terrorism and against an unknown group, while supporting widely the Israelis, who proved to be the most barbaric and dreadful terrorists of the world. With these costly campaigns and hysteria, the United States has now become the symbol of lie, deceit and deception before the public opinion in the entire Islamic world.

"The United States, with all its arrogance and illusions, has not been able to realize its goals in Palestine and Afghanistan, while suffering heavy spiritual and material losses. And Insha'Allah, the course of events will continue in the same direction. "Americans say they are going to overthrow Saddam Hussein and the Iraqi regime. They are lying. Their real intention is to control OPEC, dominate oil fields in the region, provide greater support to the Zionist regime, and redouble their conspiracies against Islamic Republic of Iran, Syria and Saudi Arabia. The people of Iraq -- their dignity, wealth, honor -- will be the first victim of such a scenario. If the Iraqi nation and neighboring countries remain vigilant, the alien forces can not accomplish their goals, Insha'Allah. "The World Arrogance knows that the lofty teachings is the main source of inspirations for all Islamic resistance or movements towards freedom. Therefore, the enemies, started worldwide psychological war against Muslims and Islam after Sept. 11th. Although, there was strong evidence suggesting the involvement of the underground Zionist networks in those terrorist acts, they never hesitated to point their fingers to Muslims and Islam. A number of Muslims in the United States and Afghanistan were taken captives and sent to their horrific prison cells. Charges against them were never proved, and no names ever announced. But, they continue their psychological war against Muslims and Islam, and it seems that they will not stop their campaigns in the foreseeable future.

"Islam is the religion of freedom and justice. A real democracy is a religious one, that must be founded on the strong pillars of faith and religious responsibility, as it has been experienced in our Islamic country. The kind of democracy we promote is much more reliable and popular than other democracies such as the one in the United States. The democracy that Americans claim they want to offer to Islamic and Arab nations will certain bring the same devastations and losses as their missiles and bombs did. Even a single date offered by the enemy can be contaminated by poison. The Muslim Ummah in Africa, the Middle East, and West Asia have experienced all these agonies and pains all these years.

"At this sensitive juncture and at this crucial time, the Muslim Ummah need, ever than before, to seek blessings from the great tradition of Haj: a movement that embraces our purpose and spirations; a movement of awareness and universality, guiding us by the lofty principles and teachings of the Holy Qoran and on the path of Islam, as Allah says:

Those who have faith fight in the way of Allah, and those who are faithless fight in the way of the Rebel. So fight the friends of Satan; indeed the stratagems of Satan are always flimsy.(4:76). And God, the Most High, says: Moses said to his people, ‘Turn to Allah for help and be patient. The earth indeed belongs to Allah, and He gives its inheritance to whomever He wishes of His servants, and the outcome will be in favour of the Godwary.’ (7:128)

"Vassalamo-Aleikom-va-Rahmatollah 
"Seyed Ali Khamenei "Feb. 7, 2003." BG/AH End

 

Iranian nation to respond to Bush's insult on Bahman 22: Leader

Tehran, Feb 9, IRNA -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stressed here Sunday that the Iranian nation will respond to Bush's recent insult during their nationwide rallies on Tuesday to mark Bahman 22 (February 11), the anniversary of the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran.

Warning that the motives, aspirations and ultimate goals of the Islamic Revolution should not be forgotten, the Supreme Leader described the ten-day dawn and Bahman 22 as a good opportunity to remind such goals and aspirations each year. The enemy is horrified by the massive rallies of the Iranian nation on Bahman 22 and always tries to downplay them, the Supreme Leader said.

Ayatollah Khamenei warned that ignoring the motives and goals as well as undermining the enemy would inflict the severest blow to the nation.

Pointing to the US illegitimate interests in Iran in the pre-revolution era, he said that after the victory of the Islamic Revolution, the US government suffered the most. He stressed that the Iranian people must be vigilant as the US arrogant government has been trying to confront the Islamic Revolution since its outset and still continues to do so. SF/AR End

 

Supreme leader marks revolution

Tehran, Feb 9 - At the end of his lecture on Sunday, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei stressed the need to cherish incentives and great ideals and goals of the Islamic Revolution and described the Ten Day Dawn and the February 11 as a good opportunity t o review them.
Noting the affront made recently by the US president against the Iranian nation, Ayatollah Khamenei said: "The Iranian nation will respond to the affront on February 11 this year."
Ayatollah Khamenei added: "The enemy is very much afraid of the huge popular movement made every year; that's why he seeks to counter it."
Referring to the illegitimate US interests before the revolution, Ayatollah Khamenei remarked: "The arrogant US administration suffered the most when the Islamic Revolution triumphed in Iran; therefore it moved on to counter the Islamic revolution right from the beginning."
The Supreme Leader concluded the enmity still goes on and called on Iranian people to keep vigilant.

Leader receives Air Force Staff

6:29:48 PM Tehran, Feb 8 - Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei here on Saturday said that the Americans are after dominating Iraq's oil resources, securing the interests of world network of Zionist capitalists and taking the control of Persian Gulf region. The Supreme Leader made the remark in a meeting with air force personnel who had called on him to renew their allegiance to the aspirations of the late Imam Khomeini and the lofty goals of the Islamic Revolution. Ayatollah Khamenei said that the air force personnel displayed their courage (during the revolution era) by joining the Islamic Revolution thanks to their faith, insight and sense of interest in freedom. The commander-in-chief of the armed forces said that the airforce has proved their loyalty to the Islamic Revolution through the heroic defense they displayed in the course of the eight-year imposed war (1980-1988). "The world arrogance encouraged Iraq to impose war on Iran to bring the Iranian nation to its knees and strike a blow to the Islamic Revolution, but, the nation stood up to defend their dignity, national sovereignty and identity, bringing despair to the sponsors of the imposed war (in 1980s). "In the event the US wages a war in the region, any nation that lacks the motive to defend itself will be miserable," the leader said. The Supreme Leader described as "big lies" the US justification of a war on Iraq in order to destroy Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and restore democracy in Iraq and said that no one believes in the US assertions. The leader cited the former Soviet Union as an example for the collapse of the domineering powers in history and said that the former Soviet Union was involved in suppression of the nations. Now what happened to such a domineering power? The commander-in-chief of the armed forces said that the US may achieve its short term goals by making use dangerous weapons, but, the US will lose in the medium and long terms. The leader said that God willing, with reliance upon the Iranian nation's strong relationship with the Islamic Republic, the country will be invincible to any greed and vengeance of the enemies. Prior to the leader's remarks, the air force commander delivered a report on the air force defense capability and the commitment of the rank and file of the force to defend the country. Kia, taken from IRNA

 

Leader's message on Martyr day

7:15:40 PM Tehran, Feb 6 - Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said on Thursday that the Iranian youth have stood to defend the achievements of the Islamic Revolution. In a message on the occasion of "Martyrs day", the sixth day of the Ten-Day Dawn celebrations to mark the 24th anniversary of victory of the Islamic Revolution, the Supreme Leader said, "the memory of the brave martyrs is illuminating the record of the Islamic Republic as shining jewels calling on Iranian youth to defend their own dignity." The leader said that the Iranian nation is moving forward to the heights of national aspirations thanks to the lively presence of the young population in different fields of rendering service to the nation and defending national sovereignty. Elsewhere in his message, the Supreme Leader said the faithful young population is the invaluable wealth Iranian nation have for defending the achievements of the Islamic Revolution. "The hegemonist powers should know that the nation and the youth are ready in all fields to safeguard national honours and go ahead with the lofty goals of the Islamic Republic," the Supreme Leader pointed out. Kia, taken from IRNA

 

Supreme Leader responds theologians

8:03:41 PM 6.2.2003 The Supreme leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, in response to an inquiry from theologians about freedom of expression in the theological centers, stressed on the necessity of making " theorization and thought" into a public value and the exigency of praising theorists and innovators to institutionalize "inquiries, scientific discourses and intellectual theorizing". Responding positively to the proposal rendered by a number of researchers and theologians of the seminary, Ayatollah Khamenei stipulated: " When the share of "freedom, morality and logic" is met all together, its the time for the beginning of the process of flourishing of scientific innovation and religious thought in the society. The complete answer of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution is as follows: In the name of God Dear sons, brothers I agree with the content of your letter and ask you and your fellows in the seminaries and universities to stay the course till they would be put into practice, and yeild fruits, eventhough in the long run. Neither frustrated nor hastedly, but the path which is the corridor to flourishing and innovation, should be continued at all costs. This Revolution should remain to enact its historical and global plans. And the very point that the resolution, vigilance has awakened the second generation, suffering from extremisms, not looking for dynamism and development in "alienation and imitation" but in the joy emerged from practicing theology, and calling to emerge the valor of discourse besides remaining loyal to the principles, morality and logic in the seminaries and universities, and decides to answer the questions and doubts, is a victory and an achievement and should be honored. And when our elites recognize and stabilize the balance point between "anarchy" and "dictatorship" it is the beginning of a new era. Certainly, there is no room for fearing of "freedom" or escape from "discourse" and turn criticism into a smuggling goods or a formal affair. The same as we should not turn to "disputes" instead of discourse and we should not tumble into offense and duck from the responsibility. Certainly, freedom-seeking and looking for a chance to think and express the idea observing the capacity is applauded in Islam. Freedom of "thought, press and expression " is not a slogan but among the main aspirations of the Islamic Revolution. I express my deepest sorrow for those stranded between the swamp of "silence and dogmatism" and the swirl of "saying nonesense and blaspheme" and are not aware of a third alternative and think they can avoid each , but fall into the trap of another one. While the Islamic Revolution came to amend "the culture of suppression, surrender and dogmatism" on the one hand and "the unrestrained and selfish western culture of freedom" on the other hand, preparing an atmosphere in which "freedom of expression " is bound to "logic, morality and the others' intellectual and material" and not anything else, turn into a social and governmental culture. 

The Supreme Leader also said that the common grounds must be the freedom and rationality and fairness. This must be done till all thoughts are induced and activated. also as the holy prophet and his holy household (as) have stipulated the cultural production is the outcome of exchange of ideas and thoughts. This cultural manner should be internalized by the elites and pundits particularly the islamic culture and civilization have been blossomed in clashes with new problems and in challenging with other civilizations and schools of thoughts. This is because you cannot respond to a doubt without understanding it.However unfortunatly some people,being politicized want the country to pull in to either a deadly silence or in turmoil. They put the country in crisis in order to push only certai n men of power and money be influential and have the say only . They want to do this in an attempt to lower the social thinking standards and waste all the national opportunities and get on people's nerves and spread the wrong tribal clashes or spread th e corrupted foreign culture. As a result, they want to silence the pundits and elites and want to see them marginalized exhausted and forgotten. In such an atmosphere the country will not make progress and the disputes will be repeated and static and cheap. Also, no production of thoughts and words will occur and some others only translate the West. As a result society and the ruling establishment which are the followers of the elites will face passivity and backtracking. As you noticed in your letter, it is not possible to wake up the common sense of people except using consultation and discourse in a healthy critical atmosphere. And it is also impossible or very difficult to produce science and the religious thought to make civilization and society making without the freedom of speech and free diologe under the auspices of the Islamic government and guiding the scholars and pu ndits. In order to treat the diseases and offences and to control the cultural anarchy, it is the best way to institutionalize the freedom of speech in the framwork of law and theory production in the framwork of Islam. It seems that your three proposed methods: 1.Boards of theorizing 2. Boards of answering to questions and doubts and 3.Board of appreciation and discourse can be practical and resonable. It is good to supported and managed so that the domain of science can be developed and the atmosphere be narrowed for the shopkeeper swindlers and the thieves of the science and religion. The production of theories and thoughts should turn into a general value in the seminaries and universities. Theorticians must be praised in different fields of subjective and objective reasoning. Also the innovator should be awarded and heard in an attempt to ecouraget others toward creativity and Ejtehad(decree). The ideas should compete in the framwork of logic and morality aiming at Islamic development leading to reviving the glory and prest ige of Islamic world,and Iran's nation reaches again the global rank which it deseves. I add to your proposal that this idea whether in form of legal discourse with possible evaluation and attendance of boards of sceintific evaluation or in the form of preparation of opportunities for theoriticians and then evaluation of their ideas by e xperts of the field. In addition this should not be confined to certain fields of religious thoughts or social human science but it should also be applied to all fields of science whether theoretical or applied science. It should support the inventors and discoverers and t heoriticians of the fields so that atmoshphere will be created to support the discoverers and inventors and theoriticians. Of course avoiding the decrease of coefficiency of standards of science, these theories and discourses there should be preparations and rules in order to prevent propaganda and cheap talks . Hereby I agree with such proposals and back them up and I ask the managing board of Qom seminary with the help of respected Marajeh (Islamic scholers) to prepare such opportunity to develop jurisprudence, philosophy and analysis and other research subjects and religious compilat ion in addition to activating the movement of answering to subjective and objective questions of the society. I also ask the council of cultural revolution, particularly the President to put the first priority to the idea in order to develop all the academic sciences and evaluation of translation works and the start of the period of creativity and production in all fields of science and techniques and industries. This should be done particularly in human science and Islamic fields to prepare the grounds gratually to put our universities in the first rank of making Islamic civilization again, and the development of science technology and culture. Undoubtedly both institutions will use the proposals of the scholars of universities and seminaries including your own proposals. Observing all sides of the issue, they will encourage and institutionalize "the movement of questions and answers" the scientific discourse and methodic theorization in all scientific fields. I hope the stages of putting into practice the idea would not suffer adminstrative attrition and show its first outcomes before the 25th anniversary of the victory of the Islamic revolution. Rendered by H.R.K,IRIB

 

Leader: Freedom of expression necessary for promotion of thought

Tehran, Feb 5, IRNA -- Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday that freedom of expression is a necessity for promotion of thought and creation of new theories. In response to an inquiry from theologians about freedom of expression in the theological centers, the Supreme Leader said that he always supports freedom of expression while observing logic and ethical values. "If freedom, ethics and logic go in parallel, we will initiate the process of promoting thought, creativity and scientific progress," the Leader said. The Supreme Leader said in his letter to the theologians that he would support freedom in the academic and theological centers and would welcome putting forward new theories both at the theological centers and universities. The Leader said that he is optimistic that Iranian theological and academic centers are strong enough to make a breakthrough in the field of scientific theories and software. SS/RR End

 

 

Leader addresses IRIB officials

7:03:55 PM Tehran, Feb 4 - Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on Tuesday advised officials of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) to improve standard of radio and television programs to satisfy the audience. In a meeting with the IRIB officials on the occasion of anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution, the Supreme Leader said that the IRIB has been successful to some extent in its performance and called on the IRIB officials to fill the gap with the audience through improvement in the radio and television programs. Recalling the "unforgettable memories" of the February 1-11, 1979, the Supreme Leader said that the Islamic Revolution helped the nation get rid of domination of foreign countries and their lackeys and proved that the country belongs to the people themselves. The Supreme Leader said that the big powers who have suffered from the Islamic Revolution have employed their propaganda machine for broadcasting anti-Iran programs, so the IRIB should fulfill its heavy responsibility to neutralize the propaganda. "The IRIB should propagate a sense of interest in justice. The culture of justice should prevail in the country. Often we talk about justice, but, it is not being observed in practice. The atmosphere should not be in a way that those who have accumulated illegitimate wealth take the initiative from people and the government," the Supreme Leader said. "Of course the dynamic process of the Islamic Revolution will eventually change the false political, social and cultural concepts and deal with such negative insinuation," the leader said. The leader appreciated the progress the radio and television have made in broadcasting the news bulletin and said that the news should be reliable, fast and comprehensive with necessary details. Kia, taken from IRNA

 

Leader attends Imam's mausoleum

Tehran, Feb 1 - The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, on Saturday paid tribute to the father of the Islamic Revolution and founder of the Islamic Republic, the late Imam Khomeini, by visiting his mausoleum on Bahman 12 (February 1). February 1 marks the anniversary of the homecoming of the late Imam Khomeini after 15 years of exile. The day serves as the start of the annual `10-day dawn' (February 1-11) events marking the triumph of the Islamic Revolution on Bahman 22 February 11), 1979. The Supreme Leader at the mausoleum prayed to the almighty God that the late Imam would rest in peace. Ayatollah Khamenei also visited the tombs of other Iranian dignitaries and officials martyred in the post-Islamic revolution era as well as those martyred both in the course of the Islamic Revolutionand during the eight-year Iraqi-imposed war (1980-88). alihmd, taken from Irna

 
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