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Youths called to follow Imam Ali(AS)

Tehran , Aug 30 - Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, says Iranian youths should try their best to follow in the footsteps of the first Shiite Imam who epitomized bravery, generosity and faithfulness.

At a meeting with a great number of volunteer Basijis, students and university professors, on Monday, Ayatollah Khamenei offered congratulations to all Muslims on the birth anniversary of the Commander of the Faithful, saying the Islamic establishment has offered a modern line of thinking to the Islamic world and has served as a source of inspiration in the face of efforts by arrogant powers to bring Muslims to their knees.

Ayatollah Khamenei further said the fact that occupiers, who are armed to the teeth, failed to overwhelm the spiritual might associated with the shrine of Imam Ali in Najaf amounts to a miracle.

The leader went on to say leading the way in identifying and promoting the new ideology put forth by Prophet Mohammad, making efforts to stand up for the Muslim faith and remaining defiant in the face of events which cast a blight on the lives of the Muslim community were among outstanding features of Imam Ali who serves as a role model for all Iranian youths.

Ayatollah Khamenei drew a comparison between the situation of the Islamic establishment today and the difficulties Imam Ali was grappling with, more than 13 centuries ago, saying the justice-base movement, Islamic Iran has been instilling into Muslim communities has drawn the ire of arrogant powers.

The leader stated the victory of the Islamic Revolution, served as a wake-up call for all Muslims in the world, drew the attention of the elite back to their Islamic identity, and revived efforts to restore the trampled rights of followers of the Muslim faith.

Ayatollah Khamenei concluded to secure their unholy objectives, the enemies of the Islamic Revolution are zeroing in on the youths who should do their best to foil the plots of the enemy.

Supreme Leader thanks Rezazadeh for precious victory

Tehran, Aug 26, IRNA -- Shortly after Iran`s heavy weight weigh lifting champion Hossein Rezazadeh broke the world and Olympic records, supreme leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei sent him a message appreciating his efforts. According to the leader`s office, Ayatollah Khamenei`s message is as follows: Dear Hossein! Thank you for delighting tens of millions of Iranians.


 

Leader calls performance of government positive

TEHRAN, Aug. 25 (MNA) -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Wednesday thanked the government for its "hard work" and the "services" it has rendered to the people. In a meeting with the president and cabinet ministers, the Supreme Leader said that the government is expected to elaborate on the positive work it has done for the betterment of society and the work which remains to be done.

"My evaluation is that the performance of the government has been positive," Ayatollah Khamenei added.

The Leader also paid tribute to the memories of former president Mohammad Ali Raja'i and former prime minister Mohammad Javad Bahonar, who were martyred in a bomb attack in 1981 carried out by the terrorist Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO).

Pointing to the fact that this is the last year of the current government's tenure, Ayatollah Khamenei said that the government is expected to work as hard as if this were its first year in office.

"The positive outcome of your services will be evident in the years to come and lasting. You should build strong infrastructure to share the honor of the next government. God forbid that any weak performance on your part will affect the next government, too," he added.

The people are currently unaware of the government's positive performance, he noted, and called on cabinet ministers to inform the people about their accomplishments in order to gain public trust.

"Tell the people what you have taken so far (from the former government) and what you are delivering now (for the next)," Ayatollah Khamenei added.

On the success of the government in attaining self-sufficiency in wheat production, the Leader said that no one could believe that such an important goal could be accomplished in three years.

"Thank God, such a success has been made possible through the hard work of the relevant officials.

"The mass media should publicize the successes of the government," asserted the Leader.

President Mohammad Khatami has complained repeatedly that state radio and television are not giving proper coverage to the government's achievements.

The Leader also advised the government to promote science and technology and to develop a relationship between industry and the universities.

"The campaign against financial corruption should also be a priority of the government in the last year of its term. Financial corruption within the executive and the judicial branches of the government should be firmly dealt with. Financial corruption will obstruct the way to progress and the campaign against it should be strong and offer no excuses," the Leader stressed.

Ayatollah Khamenei also advised the government to proceed with the privatization process and to downsize the government bureaucracy.

"Innovation, economic development, and social justice should go hand in hand. This is the general policy which should be taken into account in all planning," the Leader argued.

He cautioned certain political groups against challenging the government's achievements, saying that criticism and examination of the government's performance are acceptable, but various tribunes should not challenge the significant services of the government.

"It is unfair to challenge the invaluable services of the government," the Supreme Leader said.

Leader voices grief over bloodshed in Najaf

Ayatollah Khamenei also expressed grief at the bloodshed in the holy city of Najaf and the military operations conducted by occupation forces in the vicinity of the holy shrine of Imam Ali (AS).

The Leader denounced the "heart-rending tragedy the occupying powers have caused in the Iraqi holy city."

"The events in Najaf indicate that the Americans have decided to continue using force against Iraqi civilians. But it is a mistake. It will fail completely and will cause deep division between the Muslim world and the occupiers," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

The Supreme Leader went on to say that Najaf has a 1000-year history and has been the center for training eminent religious leaders for several centuries.

"Holy Najaf is a university, and the hearts of Muslims, especially Shia Muslims, beat for that holy city, thanks to the shrine of Imam Ali (AS). But, the occupiers have violated all humanitarian criteria in the face of the opposition of the international community, on the one hand, and are ignoring the sanctity of the shrine of Imam Ali (AS), on the other."

Ayatollah Khamenei also offered the Iranian nation's condolences to the Iraqi nation and prayed to God Almighty, asking Him to help the righteous.

Supreme Leader appreciates cabinet

Tehran, Aug 25 - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on Wednesday thanked the government for the hard work and it rendered to the people.

In a meeting with the president and the cabinet ministers, the Supreme Leader said that the government is expected to explain the positive actions it took for the betterment of the society and the works which still remain to be done.

"My evaluation is that the government has had a positive performance," the Supreme Leader said. The Supreme Leader paid tributes to the memories of late president Mohammad Ali Rajaei and late prime minister Mohammad Javad Bahonar who were martyred in a bomb attack in 1981 by terrorist Mojahedin Khalq Organization (MKO).

The Supreme Leader pointed to the last year of the government's tenure and said that the government is expected to work hard as if it is the first year it undertook the responsibility.

"The positive outcome of your services will be available in the years to come. You should build strong infrastructure to share the pride of the next government. God forbids, any weak performance by you will affect the next government too," the Supreme Leader said.

The Supreme Leader said that the people are currently unaware of the government's positive performance and called on the cabinet members to report what they have done for the people to gain public trust.

"Tell the people what you have taken so far (from former government) and what you are delivering now (for the next)," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

On the success of the government to attain self-sufficiency in wheat, the Supreme Leader said that no one could believe that such an important goal has been accomplished in three years.

"Thanks God such a success has been available with hard works of respective officials. "The mass media should publicize the successes of the government," the Supreme Leader said. President Mohammad Khatami has complained repeatedly that national radio and television are withholding publicity from the government.

The Supreme Leader advised the government to promote science and technology and develop relationship between industry and the university. "Campaign against financial corruption should also be the priority of the government in the last year of its term. Financial corruption within the executive and the judicial branches of the government should be strongly dealt with. Financial corruption will obstruct the way for progress and campaign against it should be strong and without any excuse," the Supreme Leader said.

Privatization

The Supreme Leader advised the government to proceed with privatization and make the government bureaucracy smaller. "Innovation, economic development and social justice should go in hand in hand with each other. This is the general policy which should be taken into account in all planning," the Supreme Leader said. The Supreme Leader cautioned certain political groups against challenging the government's achievements and said that criticism and examination of the government's performance are all right, but, different tribunes should not challenge the invaluable services of the government.

"It is unfair to challenge the invaluable services of the government," said the Supreme Leader.

 

Supreme Leader voices grief over bloodshed in holy Najaf

Tehran, August 25, IRNA -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on Wednesday expressed grief at the bloodshed in the holy city of Najaf and the military operations conducted by occupation forces in the vicinity of the holy Shrine of Imam Ali (AS).

In a meeting with the president and cabinet ministers on the occasion of the Government Week, the Supreme Leader denounced the "black and heart-rending tragedy the occupying powers have caused in the Iraqi holy city."

"The events in Najaf indicated that the Americans have decided to continue using force against Iraqi civilians. But, it is a mistake, it will absolutely fail and will cause deep gap between the Muslim world and the occupiers," the Supreme Leader said. The Supreme Leader said that Najaf has one thousand-year history and has been the center for training eminent religious leaders for several centuries.

"Holy Najaf is a university and the heart of the Muslims especially the Shia Muslims beat for that holy city thanks to Imam Ali (AS) shrine. But, the occupiers have violated all the humanitarian criteria in the face of opposition of the international community, on the one hand, and are ignoring the sanctity of Imam Ali`s (AS) shrine, on the other."

The Supreme Leader extended condolence of the Iranian nation to the Iraqi nation and prayed to God Almighty for helping the right. 1416/1412

 

Leader higlights Iran foreign policy

Tehran, Aug 16 - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei here on Sunday evening stressed that opposing hegemonistic policies, defending oppressed nations and world Muslims and supporting Islam are among the Islamic Republi c's principal foreign policies.

Addressing heads of Iran's representative offices abroad, Ayatollah Khamenei said the Islamic Republic's strategic goals and the general framework of the country's foreign policy are the same as of those of 25 years ago and have been followed up at regional and international diplomatic arenas.

Referring to the progress of the Iranian nation in different political, economic, social, cultural and scientific areas, the Supreme Leader said the enemies admit that the Islamic Republic has become more powerful.

They are aware that the Islamic vigilance of Muslim nations throughout the globe is an impact of the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, the Supreme Leader added.

On fundamental changes in the world diplomatic ideology, Ayatollah Khamenei reiterated that the western liberal-democracy today, is being opposed by world nations and the US diplomacy is in the abyss of political failure and has been practically isolat ed in the world.

"The Islam we believe in is based on three principles of spirituality, rationalism and justice and it is completely different from the liberal or petrified Islam," the Supreme Leader noted.

Elsewhere in his speech, Ayatollah Khamenei urged the Iranian officials in charge of foreign policy to make use of all the existing potentials and capabilities of the Iranian nation to make the objectives of the Iranian foreign policy progressive. < br> Appreciating great efforts made in the country's foreign diplomatic area, the Supreme Leader called for the country's active role in regional and international arenas.

Terming the Islamic Republic's stands regarding different issues as logical, Ayatollah Khamenei said, "In issues such as human rights, rights of minorities, anti-terrorism struggle, women's rights, ban on weapons of mass destruction, elimination of dis crimination and nuclear energy, we should be the claimant and not the westerners."

As to Iran's legitimate right for making use of nuclear energy, the Supreme Leader underlined the need for confidence-building between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Referring to hue and cry made by the westerners on Iran's nuclear activities in the past few months, the Supreme Leader said they are doing the same thing with regards to manufacturing of centrifuge components, while those parts manufacturing is not ag ainst any accord.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran, without paying attention to such tumult, is following up its logical objective of making peaceful use of nuclear energy," the Supreme Leader reiterated.

Prior to the Supreme Leader's remarks, Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi briefed the Supreme Leader on the performance of his ministry and the numerous challenges being faced by the country.

 

Statement on U.S. Crimes in Najaf

Ayatollah al-Udhma Khamenei (August 12, 04):

Islamic ummah and Iraqi nation will definitely not forget US crimes in Najaf and will, without a doubt, deliver a harsh reply to America. Under the slogan of liberal democracy one of the most hideous crimes of humanity is being committed in Iraq. America, by exploiting the slogan of democracy and liberalism, drags Muslims into dust and blood in one of their holiest cities.

The crime committed by America in Najaf, which is one of the most holy sites of the Shi'is and one of the holiest centers of all Muslims, is a black dot and a blot which arrogant America can never erase from its face. The more they continue this crime, the bigger this dark blot and more incriminating it will become. They are bombing the holy city of Najaf. They are entering and occupying the city, and they see no obstacle in front of them to massacre the people of the city. The same is happening in other Iraqi cities, but the city of Najaf is the main pivotal point. Their actions tremble the heart of all Muslims in the world. And the distress brings pain to the heart of Shi'is. By doing so, they gradually widen the chasm between themselves and the Islamic ummah.

They are doing so in the name of democracy and liberalism. This current president of America feels no shame. Over the past two or three days, he repeated claims that they are pursuing democracy in Iraq. In other words, the term shame has no meaning in the dictionary of these gentlemen. They enter Iraq wearing jackboots. They kill people. They gatecrash into people's houses and insult the sanctity of people's privacy. They kill the people's young sons. We saw other examples of their deeds in the notorious scandal of Abu-Ghurayb Prison. They intervene in the affairs of the Iraqi government. They undermine the convention of a national conference and Iraqi Parliament. They refuse to grant sovereignty to the Iraqi people. They do not remove the evil of their military forces from the heads of the Iraqi people. Moreover, wherever they deem appropriate in accordance with their cruel discernment, they conduct bombing raids and massacre people. They demolish people's houses and destroy the meager remains of the Iraqi people's assets. They turn the people's lives into ashes and then claim to be establishing democracy in Iraq. Truly, there is no limit to their shameless behavior.

The current international climate demonstrates domination of a dark dictatorship across the world. Of course, the era of this global dictatorship will end, the same as other instances of dictatorship in various countries. The signs of this have already appeared.

 

Iraqis will respond to atrocities

Tehran, Aug 12 - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday that the crimes being committed in the Iraqi holy city of Najaf have shivered the hearts of all Muslims.

In a meeting with Iranian cultural attaches stationed abroad and affiliated to the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization (ICRO), the Supreme Leader called on the international community to stop the U.S. savagery in the holy city of Najaf.

"The situation in the world is such that dark despotism has forged dominance. Of course, the global despotism will come to an end soon, and the signs of such a downfall are becoming evident," the Supreme Leader said.

"In the name of liberal democracy, one of the worst crimes against humanity is being committed in Iraq, especially in the holy city of Najaf. The U.S. has begun shedding blood in one of the holiest cities of the Muslims. The Iraqi people will not leave such an atrocity unanswered.

_The U.S. president is shamelessly claiming to be upholding democracy while massacres are being carried out in Iraq and Najaf, the scandal of Abu Ghraib prison has come to light, and the U.S. meddling in the formation of the Iraqi National Constituent Assembly has caused another scandal," the Supreme Leader said.

The Supreme Leader lambasted the international community for remaining silent about the U.S. crimes in Iraq.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the Supreme Leader said that Islamic ideology has stood against the materialistic ideology of liberal democracy, adding that materialistic ideology enjoys a massive propaganda machine and extensive military, political, and economic support.

"Liberal democracy has brought about the sovereignty of money and force and social injustice and degraded the concept of humanity and ethical values. On the contrary, the Islamic Republic of Iran has proven in practice that it has established a society based on morality, a society which treads the path of progress in science and technology, and the people are leading happy lives.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran has found a place in the heart of Islamic nations and stood against Western liberal democracy," the Supreme Leader said.

Prior to the Supreme Leader's remarks, Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ahmad Masjed Jamei briefed the Leader on the ICRO programs, saying that their planning has been in line with the 20-year strategic plan for economic, social, and cultural development.

Leader prayed for Sistani's health

Tehran, Aug 12 - The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, sent a message to the Iraqi ailing cleric Ayatollah Sistani and prayed for his health.

The Supreme Leader expressed his deep concern over Ayatollah Sistani's ilness. He termed him as the spiritual backing for the Iraqi people.

The Leader hailed Ayatollah Sistani's role in Iraq and said that 'pray for your health is pray for the happiness of the Iraqi people'.

The Supreme Leader also prayed for the freedom of Iraq and the end of occupation.

 

Supreme Leader prays for health of Ayatollah al-Sistani

Tehran, Aug 12, IRNA -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei prayed for the health of Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. In a message isssued here Wednesday, the Supreme Leader referred to Ayatollah al-Sistani as a spiritual pillar for Iraqi nation. Pointing to the position of Ayatollah al-Sistani among Iraqi Muslims, Ayatollah Khamenei prayed for recovery and well-being of the grand ayatollah. Ayatollah al-Sistani, a 73-year-old Iranian-born cleric, flew to London on Friday for treatment for a heart problem.

Leader pays tribute to Hazrat Zahra

Tehran, Aug 7 - To mark the birth anniversary of daughter of the prophet Mohmmad, Hazrat Fatemeh Zahra, on Saturday a host of religious eulogists shouted chants in praise of the revered Muslim lady in the presence of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution and people from all walks of life.

At the ceremony, Ayatollah Khamenei offered congratulations to all Muslims on the auspicious occasion, urging young girls and Muslim women at large to try their best to follow the lead of Hazrat Fatemeh to win prosperity.

Recalling the bloody incidents of recent days in Iraq particularly in the holy city of Najaf, the Leader said the massacre of innoncent Iraqis at the hands of the occupation force shows major powers, have no respect for the beliefs of the nations, their rights and independence and that the only way to counter their acquisitiveness is to stand firm in the face of their measures.

Ayatollah Khamenei further said the steely resolve of the Iraqi people has brought the US to its knees, adding the US is trapped in the quagmire of Iraq and resorts to every means such as intimidation to secure a way out but that the faith and determination of the Iraqis won't let Washington win its unholy objectives.

 

Supreme Leader Deplores Bloodshed 

7.8.2004 - In Najaf Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Saturday deplored the bloodshed in the holy city of Najaf and the massacre of Iraqi civilians.

Speaking at a ceremony commemorating the auspicious occasion of birth anniversary of Hadhrat Fatima (SA), the beloved daughter of Prophet Mohammad (S), the Supreme Leader said that the bloodshed betokened the avarice of the occupation forces.

"The superpowers do not regard any respect for the cultural values of other nations, nor do they observe their human rights and national independence," the Supreme Leader said.

"The U.S. has faced an impasse in Iraq. It has been caught in a trap just like a wolf. It tries to frighten the Iraqis by its claws, but, the Iraqi people's determination to defend their country will not allow the U.S. to swallow a big bite like Iraq," the Supreme Leader said.

-> Excerpts of the speech as pdf with photos

Leader's message to Quranic contest

Hamedan, Aug 2 - The 22nd nationwide Quranic contests of students opened here in this western city on Monday with the message of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

In his message to the event, the Supreme Leader recommended the participating students to elaborate more closely on Quran and make friends with it.

1,500 students studying at high schools from all over the country are taking part in the 11-day contests.

 
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