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Leader urges youth to promote affinity with the Holy Quran

Tehran, July 20 - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei here on Tuesday urged the youth to promote affinity with the holy Quran and keep reciting it, stressing that this would prompt self-purification.

Ayatollah Khamenei, in a meeting with elite students, said memorizing the holy Quran together with its Persian rendering would encourage fondness of the book.

The leader further stressed that the years of youth are the best in every man's life for understanding the meaning of quranic verses and the heavenly signs indicated in them.

Ayatollah Khamenei said elite students are Iran's national asset.

He further called on the students to promote vigilance against the plots by the enemies and increase their knowledge about the sciences so as to better serve the Iranian nation.

Ayatollah Khamenei said the state institutions must prepare the grounds for the students to help flourish their abilities.

The Supreme leader further stressed that the Iranian youth have obtained the self-confidence and courage to struggle to become the world's leading scientific force.

 

Education Most Important Job In Country

TEHRAN, July 19 (MNA) -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said on Monday that Iran should endeavor to make use of all modern methods and technologies in educational fields in order to reach the lofty goals of the Education Ministry and improve the scientific level of teachers and students.

In a meeting with the Education Ministry officials, the Supreme Leader stressed that training such people will create a fair, peaceful and honorable society, adding that education is the most important job in the country.

There is a great difference between untrained human forces, which are children and ideal human beings who are wise, intelligent and spiritual and the Education Ministry plays a very significant role in this regard, he said.

Ayatollah Khamenei said the aim behind teaching and training in Islam is to raise ideal human beings, adding that this is a formidable duty the Education Ministry shoulders.

The leader stated that an ideal man favored by Islam is one who is successful both in materialistic and spiritual aspects of life, adheres to ethics and justice, and is interested in attaining spiritual perfection and moving in the right path.

The Education Ministry should use all facilities at its disposal and adopt necessary policies to attain such a lofty goal, he stressed.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Ayatollah Khamenei said that the events taking place across the globe are the result of domination of materialism, capitalism and logic of force as well as isolation of spiritual values.

The worst type of violence is being committed and hypocrisy has been given high status under the umbrella of defending the law, order, justice and human rights, he added.

The Supreme Leader said despite all its financial, military and political facilities enough to help it attain its objectives, the United States is exerting pressure on certain regional states to change their textbooks, which indicates the important role of teaching and education.

Referring to the Education Ministry's access to valuable intellectual and spiritual elements and the teachers' worthwhile efforts, Ayatollah Khamenei stressed the necessity for multi-dimensional qualities in education.

Describing financial issues as part of the numerous educational needs, he stressed that the ministry should make strenuous efforts to uplift the position of teachers and headmasters and prepare the grounds for further cooperation between parents and schools.

 

Leader urges intl war on terrorism

Tehran, July 13 - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei in a meeting with visiting Prime Minister of Singapore Goh Chok Tong stressed on need to pursue the international campaign against terrorism.

Referring to the Singapore's premier's comments regarding campaign against terrorism, Ayatollah Khamenei added, "terrorism is a loathsome, horrible phenomena and the Islamic Republic of Iran has deeply felt its consequences ever since many years ago, and that is the reason why we consider campaign against terrorism not only essential, but also of great importance."

The Supreme Leader added, "the early 80's terrorist attacks in Iran in which 72 prominent personalities were martyred at one occasion and a president and a prime minister at another, were organized by those terrorists who are now living freely under the supportive umbrella of those Western countries that claim to be the standard bearers of the international campaign against terrorism."

He reiterated, "when those horrendous terrorist attacks took place in Iran no one of the current pioneers of campaign against terrorism even condemned those loathsome moves."

Ayatollah Khamenei also referred to the assassination of 11 Iranian diplomats and press reporters in Afghanistan by Al-Qaeda and Taliban terrorists, arguing, "even then, neither the Americans, nor the Europeans, who are now pursuing Al-Qaeda agents as members of the most dangerous terror organization, showed no reaction at all."

Referring to the ongoing terrorist moves in Iraq in which the nationals of various countries are taken captive and threatened to be beheaded, Ayatollah Khamenei said, "we seriously suspect the agents of the Americans and Israelis in conducting such horrendous terrorist moves and can not believe that the people who kidnap Philippine's nationals, for instance, or behead US nationals are Muslims."

The Leader referred to the Islamic Republic of Iran's policy of expanding ties with Asian countries, including Singapore, reiterating, "under equal conditions, Iran prefers to do business with Asian partners, rather than the countries in other parts of the world."

Referring to Iran's good relations with Singapore and the current potentials for broadening ties, he said, "the potentials for broadening ties are discovered more than ever before in both countries today."

During the meeting in the presence of President Seyed Mohamad Khatami, the prime minister of Singapore referred to the significant geographical position of Iran and the remarkable stability the country enjoys despite the shaky position of the Middle East, and the great economic potentials of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

He added, "in our talks in Tehran we are determined to broaden and strengthen our bilateral ties with Iran to an unprecedented level."

Goh Chok Tung said, "terrorism is a serious threat against the world nations today and Singapore, keeping in mind the developments in the Middle East and the terrorist moves in Iraq, fears lest such moves would expand to other parts of the world."

He reiterated, "Singapore considers campaign against terrorism an important issue and tries to play its role in that campaign alongside the other world nations."

 

Iran seek peace, tranquility: Leader

Tehran, July 9 - Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said in Hamedan on Thursday that peace and tranquility are the real demands of Iran's Islamic system and Iranians.

Addressing the joint military ceremony of the army, Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), Basij, and police forces in Hamedan province, Ayatollah Khamenei said that unfortunately the world's hegemonic powers are after their own illegitimate interests, plunging the world in to blood, hatred and wrath, and depriving mankind of peace and calm.

Pointing to the arrogant powers' threats against the Middle East and West Asia, the Supreme Leader said under such circumstances, any nation failing to safeguard its dignity and identity would be doomed to fail.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that having understood the reality, the Iranian nation and armed forces have not shown and will not show laxity even for a moment.

Calling the army, the IRGC, Basij and police as being complementary to one another in Iran's defense system, the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces said that no military threat might be posed to Iran for years, but the country's powerful defense system should maintain its unity and solidarity and constantly improve its comb at readiness to defend the country and the nation.

The Supreme Leader said that Iran's refusal to bow to the world's bullying powers is the reason for its dignity in the eyes of other nations.

Ayatollah Khamenei said the Iranian nation's perseverance has made global powers fearful of the power of Iran's Islamic system and aroused their endless enmity.

The Supreme Leader said the Iranian nation will continue resistance and perseverance thanks to its national unity and solidarity.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Ayatollah Khamenei said the Iranian armed forces take lessons from self-sacrifice, vigilance and perseverance of noble martyrs and follow their honorable path, that is the grandeur of Iran and Islam.

The Supreme Leader also paid tribute to the martyrs of eight-year sacred defense (1980-88) and the Islamic Revolution.

Also speaking at the ceremony, the Commander of the Islamic republic army, Major General Salimi said that the army and IRGC have raised their combat readiness within framework of a deterrent and powerful defense strategy.

The model army units then paraded in front of the the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution.

In his address to a group of pilots and air force commanders, at the third air force base in Hamedan, Ayatollah Khamenei hailed the key role of the air force in the eight-year sacred defense, saying they have always been vanguards in making the country s elf-sufficient in the domain of military hardware.

The Supreme Leader said successful manufacture of Sa'eqeh (thunder) jet fighter by the Islamic republic army's air force and elevation of their combat readiness are the results of their faith, hard endeavors and strong will.

He said such an honorable practice should be followed more vigorously.

Sa'eqeh jet fighter made a successful test flight in the presence of the Supreme Leader during the ceremony.

 

Leader meet Hamedan martyrs families

Hamedan prov, July 7 - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei here Tuesday stressed that the Iranian nation and officials will always be indebted to all who have died in the service of the country.

Addressing bereaved families of martyrs, war disabled and war veterans of the western province of Hamedan, the Supreme Leader paid tribute to those who have given their lives for the sake of Islam and for the cause of defending Islamic Iran and preservin g the ideals of the Islamic Revolution.

The Supreme Leader called on all Iranian people to preserve the memory of the martyrs, stressing that they are the most sincere and devoted of servants in the cause of upholding Islam and achieving the goals of the Iranian nation.

The Supreme Leader arrived in Hamedan Monday morning warmly welcomed by local residents and provincial officials.

 

Iranians Relying on Wisdom and Experience to Create Model Country: Leader

TEHRAN, July 6 (MNA) -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday that the Iranian nation will turn the country into a model for the international community thanks to 25 years of successful experiences, national resolve, and reliance on wisdom.

In a meeting with several thousand members of the Basij (volunteer forces) in Hamedan, the Supreme Leader said that the Islamic Revolution worked a great miracle and helped Iran attain a dignified status and free itself from being a regional base for the United States through advocating Islam.

Ayatollah Khamenei pointed to the great achievements of the nation over the past 25 years and said that the enemies are more angry now than they were during the first few years after the victory of the Islamic Revolution because they see the nation determined to proceed along the path of economic, social, and scientific development, so economic and military threats do not work anymore.

The Supreme Leader said that the Iranian nation ignores the U.S. and Zionist propaganda campaign against Iran and advised the youth to fight drug addiction and immorality.

"There is no doubt that the hands and brains of the enemies are behind the conspiracy of drug addiction and immoral behavior."

Ayatollah Khamenei said that the Islamic Revolution served to reinforce freedom and independence, adding, "We are still at the beginning of the road. We should revive the spirit of hard work and proceed with reconstruction efforts to administer social justice and safeguard public morality in order to prove that Islam is able to provide the moral and material needs of humanity."

On the Iraq issue, the Supreme Leader said that Iran does not have any reason to adopt a negative approach toward the Iraqi government, adding that although it is not democratically elected, it can pave the way for the establishment of a legitimate government.

"The Iraqi government should opt to distance itself from Washington, to hold a democratic election on schedule, and to put an end to the occupation. It is abhorrent for the Iraqi people if the occupation forces stay one more hour because of their common practices, an example of which being the Abu Ghraib prison scandal."

On the trial of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, Ayatollah Khamenei said that Saddam''s indictment should include his crime of imposing eight years of war on Iran.

"The U.S. has always been an accomplice of Saddam in the crimes he perpetrated against both the Iranian and Iraqi people. He always received a green light from Washington in perpetrating crimes against humanity."

On Monday the Supreme Leader emphasized that the correct teaching of religion promotes the intellectual growth of the people.

Addressing a gathering of ulema, scholars, and theology students of the western province of Hamedan, Ayatollah Khamenei said eliminating doubts and thwarting plots hatched by the global arrogance to negatively influence public opinion are among the important duties of scholars and clergymen.

He praised religious scholars for their great efforts to explain and teach Islamic ideology and principles and called on the ulema and clergymen to keep abreast of the latest developments in every field so they can answer different questions.

Ayatollah Khamenei pointed to investments made by the global arrogance in the fields of art and modern technology to instill doubt in the minds of nations, saying that religious and Islamic ideology, particularly of Shia Muslims, has been the target of such conspiracies.

The Supreme Leader said that religious scholars also face political challenges, adding that the global arrogance is trying to create a gloomy atmosphere in order to deceive people and promote deviation.

Every person who intends to enlighten the public in this gloomy atmosphere will be the target of their rage and wrath, and for this reason religious scholars in particular and the brave and independent Shia clergy have always been the target of the hostile attacks of the United States and other hegemonic powers, Ayatollah Khamenei said.

Despite all these hostilities, clergymen will continue their efforts to enlighten the people as their main duty, the Supreme Leader said in conclusion.

 

Leader on proper teaching of Islam

Tehran, July 6 - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei laid emphasis on proper teaching of religion as a ground for mental and intellectual growth of people.

Addressing a gathering of Ulemas, scholars, and theology students of the western province of Hamedan, the Supreme Leader said removing doubts and thwarting plots hatched by the global arrogance to deviate the public opinion are among important duties of scholars and clergymen.

He praised great efforts made by religious scholars to explain and teach Islamic thoughts and principles and called on the Ulemas and clergymen to keep abreast of modern knowledge to be able to answer different questions.

Ayatollah Khamenei pointed to investments made by the arrogance in the fields of art and modern technologies to instill doubts in the minds of nations and said religious and Islamic thoughts particularly those of Shia Muslims have been the target of such conspiracies and efforts.

The Supreme Leader said another challenge that religious scholars are faced with is a political issue and said the arrogance tries to create a dim atmosphere in the public opinion and deceive and deviate them.

Every person who intends to enlighten the public opinion in this dim atmosphere, will be the target of their rage and wrath and for this reason religious scholars in particular and the brave and independent Shia clergy, have always been the target of hostile attacks of the United States and other hegemonic powers, the leader said.

The Supreme Leader stressed that despite all these hostilities, the clergymen will continue enlightening the public opinion as their main duty.

 

Iran Will Cut Off Hands Of Those Who Wish To Attack Our Technological Interests

TEHRAN, July 5 (MNA) -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei arrived in the western capital city of Hamedan Monday morning. Crowds of enthusiastic people lined the streets leading to Hamedan airport to get a glimpse of the Supreme Leader, who was greeted on his arrival at the city by a number of provincial officials.

Speaking among thousands of local residents and officials, the Supreme Leader stressed that Iran's great, faithful, brave and cultured nation is capable of setting a remarkable example of national and Islamic development.

In order to achieve this goal, the Iranian people and officials should make efforts to create appropriate socio-economic dealings, he stated.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that the country's executive, legislative and judiciary forces should endeavor to help develop the country and keep vigilant against the enemy's psychological warfare.

He stressed that the forces should uphold social justice and attempt to resolve the problems of people particularly those of the underprivileged people.

The Supreme Leader stated that the officials should shun vain issues and instead attempt to satisfy people's demands and stand accountable to the nation.

Referring to the people's role in the development of the country, Ayatollah Khamenei said the officials' efforts to utilize natural and material resources would bear fruit if only people gained an overall presence in all scenes through their spiritual assets and deep beliefs.

Describing the true reform of socio-economic dealings as a means to gain progress and attain complete development, he stressed that both people and the three branches of the government are responsible for creating healthy and proper socio-economic dealings.

The Supreme Leader expressed pleasure over Iran's success to gain independence in wheat production, adding that farmers and officials should be given encouragement for this purpose.

Ayatollah Khamenei lauded the will and determination of the Iranian nation toward attaining development, adding that officials should strengthen people's trust in the government by performing their duties efficiently.

He stressed that the Islamic Republic of Iran, with such a great national strength, will be able to resist any aggressive power.

In response to U.S. allegations that Iran was damaging Washington's interests, the Supreme Leader warned the United States that any attack on Iran's interests would be met with a global response.

"If the enemy attacks our scientific, natural, human or technological interests, the Iranian people will cut off its hand without hesitation and endanger the interests of the aggressor everywhere in the world," he said.

Leader recommends structural reforms

Hamedan, July 5 - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said on Monday that the economic and social structure should undergo transformation and the people themselves along with the governing system should assume their responsibility to move forward.

Addressing tens of thousands of people waiting for several hours at sports stadium of Hamedan to greet their leader, Ayatollah Khamenei said that Iranian nation is capable of putting forth a model for national development.

The Supreme Leader said that Iran needs national resolve to set an example for economic and social development. The Supreme Leader called on heads of three branches of government to fulfill their obligations to speed up national progress.

Ayatollah Khamenei once again emphasized the need to restoresocial justice and fight poverty and said that those who have undertaken responsibility should be responsive to the public and not to waste the time of the nation by raising controversial issues.

"The people themselves should also fulfill the hard task of treading the path of progress. The people are the great asset and their moral strength is effective in utilizing the natural resources of the country for social and economic progress," the Supreme Leader said.

"Hard work and efforts, investment, sacrifice for the sake of progress and preferring national interest to personal one, and resistance to the enemy are the great assets which were crystallized in the course of Iraqi-imposed war which brought defeat for Saddam Hussein and his Western and eastern supporters (in 1980s)," the Supreme Leader said.

The Supreme Leader expressed concern about smuggling, usury, and the public's interest in using foreign made goods and said that consuming foreign made commodities means that "you are making an Iranian worker jobless in favor of a foreign worker."

"The people should regard as "a value" consuming domestic products." The Supreme Leader expressed dismay at lack of campaign against rent-seeking and abuse of power to obtain windfall wealth and said that the three branches of government should fight financial corruption very seriously.

Referring to the latest statement made by the US officials that Iran has jeopardized the US national interests, the Supreme Leader said that Iranian nation never bargain with others about its own national interest.

"If they venture to launch aggression on any Iranian installations, the nation will cut off their hands immediately and their interests worldwide will be put at risk," the Supreme Leader said.

 

Supreme Leader arrives in Hamedan

Hamedan, July 5 - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic Ayatollah Ali Khamenei arrived in the western capital city of Hamedan Monday morning with thousands of local residents and officials on hand to welcome him.

Crowds of enthusiastic people lined the streets leading to Hamedan airport to get a glimpse of the Supreme Leader, who was greeted on his arrival at the city proper by a number of provincial officials.

The visit is the first by Ayatollah Khamenei to this historic city in his present capacity as Supreme Leader. He said his aim is to meet with residents from all walks of life and hear their problems and demands during his five-day stay here.

The leader is also scheduled to inaugurate a number of completed infrastructural projects in the province.

Hamedan is located 337 km west of the capital Tehran.

 

Leader receives Syrian president

Tehran, July 5 - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei here Sunday received the visiting Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.

Alluding to the amicable ties enjoyed by the two Muslim states, the Supreme Leader expressed hope the current visit of the Syrian president would further consolidate their relations.

Ayatollah Khamenei also led tribute to the late Syrian president Hafez Al-Assad, saying he was an outstanding politician.

For his part, Bashar Al-Assad expressed satisfaction with the two countries' friendly relations, noting their identical views on many regional and international issues.

As to the critical situation in neighboring Iraq, he said Iran and Syria are undoubtedly interested in the return of a stable Iraq to the international community and have always supported measures to achieve this end.

President Assad, heading a high-ranking political delegation, arrived here Sunday for a two-day working visit.

 
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