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Leader receives scientific elites

Tehran, Sept 26 - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei here on Sunday received a group of young scientific elites, gifted students, and top students of university entrance exams.

After listening to view points of the young elites regarding different social, cultural and educational issues of the country, the Supreme Leader stressed that the explicit and clear way of expressing views by the Iranian younger generation, particularly the young elites, is a priceless achievement of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Referring to efforts aimed at destroying the self-confidence and hope in the younger generation during the pre-revolution period, Ayatollah Khamenei said the efforts were aimed to create a dependent generation.

The Supreme Leader told the young elites to regard logic and reasoning in expressing their viewpoints and noted that the objectives of the younger generation should be based on hope, scientific promotion, and problem solving.

The value of an elite and a scientist is in his creativity in line with the country's exaltation in both spiritual and scientific arenas, Ayatollah Khamenei said.

The Supreme Leader further praised the role of the youth in the course of 1980-88 Iraqi imposed war.

Underlining the need for settlement of the problems facing country's scientific elites, Ayatollah Khamenei called for establishment of a foundation for elites under the supervision of President Mohammad Khatami.


Leader issues message on martyr day

Tehran, Sept 24 - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said the without devotion, no nation would be able to defend its national identity, dignity, prestige, values, beliefs and rights.

In a message issued on the occasion of fourth day of the sacred defense week named as the day for appreciation of martyrs' services, Ayatollah Khamenei said evading from the scene of defense against the world's tyrannical and arrogant powers that commit njustice against the free nations, would bring nothing but humiliation and captivity.

"This is a lesson that our brave and vigilant nation has taught to all which remains in history," said the Supreme Leader. Ayatollah Khamenei said the holy struggle of the oppressed Palestinians, who have embarrassed and frightened the armed-to-the-teeth Zionists, is in line with the same permanent lesson.

He added that the humiliation and bewilderment of occupation troops in Iraq are the results of the same lesson.

Calling martyrs as "brilliant gem in the history of the sacred defense", Ayatollah Khamenei said any vigilant and pure-hearted person feel duty-bound to defend the cause of the martyrs.

The message was read out by the Supreme Leader's representative to the Islamic Revolution Martyrs Foundation (IRMF) Mohammad-Hassan Rahimian at the ceremony.


Leader stresses officials efficiency

Tehran, Sept 21 - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in a meeting with members of the Assembly of Experts referred to the efficiency of officials in fulfilling their tasks as a criteria for their legitimacy and reiterated the need to take action towards achieving the set goals.

Felicitating members of the Assembly of Experts on the festivities of the auspicious lunar month of Sha'ban marking birth anniversaries of three Shi'ite Imams, he said that the objectives, principles and values of the Islamic ruling system are divine.

"Meanwhile the policies developed by the system are material, vulnerable and subject to mistake. Therefore the officials should notice their mistakes, learn a lesson from their own as well as those committed by others and revise the related policies," he added.

Criticizing those who mix up the objectives and policies, the Supreme Leader dismissed the approach of some officials who keep revising their goals as reform.

Turning to the propaganda launched by the media of the powers seeking hegemony on the need for reform in Iran, he said, "corruption is what they have in view, not reform, given that the colonial powers actually wish the Islamic Republic to revise its principles and values to secure their own interests in Iran.

Urging the officials to enhance their efficiency, he said that their efficiency depends on the fulfillment of their tasks defined by the constitution.

"No official is expected to work a miracle, but their performance should prove their efficiency and success in fulfilling their related tasks," he added.

Attributing the hostile approach of the world powers seeking hegemony towards the Islamic Republic to its serving as a model in the world of Islam, he said that while they keep making threats against Iran on the pretext of its nuclear program and enrichment process, the truth is that the Islamic system has managed to introduce a logical model based on the human needs.

"Thus it has managed to prove to Muslim nations that a system based on Islamic principles is practical. Besides, in view of its daily progress in various political, cultural, scientific, social and economic fields it has attracted the attention of the educational elite, youth and the world Muslims," he added.

Prior to the Supreme Leader's speech, the Speaker of the Assembly of Experts Ayatollah Ali Meshkini briefed the audience on the need to promote spirituality and establishing close relationship with the Almighty God.


Leader outlines IRGC's true identity

Tehran, Sept 19 - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei deemed safeguarding the true identity of the Islamic Republic Guards Corps (IRGC) the most basic responsibility of its staff and commanders.

Making the remarks in the 16th nationwide gathering of IRGC commanders and officials in the northwestern city of Zanjan Saturday evening, he extended his congratulations to the nation on the birth anniversary of the third martyred Imam of Muslim Shiites Imam Hussein (AS) which is dubbed as the "Revolutionary Guards Day".

He described as a blessing the love of IRGC forces for their martyred Imam and stressed that the Islamic Republic System in Iran due to its religious qualities and also the religion-oriented culture of Iranian nation could never be defeated.

The Supreme Leader further referred to cultural transformation, continuous economic pressures, penetrating into political and cultural structures and paralyzing active members of society as some of the methods employed by the enemies to weaken the Islamic system in Iran.

Ayatollah Khamenei also pointed to the sensitive role of Iranian nation as well as the IRGC forces in setting up the future of Iran, the region and the Islamic world and defusing the plots of the big powers for the Middle East region.

Talking in the ceremony was IRGC commander Major General Seyyed Yahya Rahim Safavi who reiterated the readiness of IRGC forces in safeguarding the Islamic Revolution and the sacred system of the Islamic Republic.

He also described the Ashura-5 war games as very successful and hailed the cooperation of people of the three provinces where the maneuvers were taking place with the IRGC forces.


Leader observed Basij, IRGC wargame

Tehran, Sept 19 - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on Saturday inspected the latest stage of the military exercise of the Basij (volunteer forces).

The Ashoura 5 grand military exercise of the Basij has been going on in western Iran for eight days with participation of 12 divisions of the Basij supported by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).

The Basij carried out the military exercise against hypothetical enemy in an area of 60,000 square kilometers. The magnitude of military exercise has been unprecedented in terms of large involvement of armoured divisions, helicopter gunships and paratroo pers to the trouble spots.

The Supreme Leader visited the command center in Zanjan province to monitor performance of the troops.

The Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces observed launch of surface-to-surface missiles, surface-to-air missiles and offensive of the Basij and IRGC ground forces against bases of the hypothetical enemy aimed at mopping up 60,000 square km territory fr om enemy infiltration.

Prior to the start of the last stage of the military exercise, IRGC commander major-general Yahya Rahim Safavi offered a report to the Supreme Leader on the process of the eight-day large scale military exercise.


Supreme Leader monitors troop movements at Ashura 5 war games

TEHRAN, Sept. 18 (MNA) -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Saturday inspected the latest stage of the most recent military exercise of the Basij (volunteer) forces.

Twelve of divisions of the Basij supported by Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) troops participated in the Ashura 5 grand military exercise in western Iran for the past eight days.

The Basij carried out a military exercise against a hypothetical enemy in an area of 60,000 square kilometers.

The magnitude of the military exercise has been unprecedented in terms of the involvement of armored divisions, helicopter gun ships, and paratroopers.

The Supreme Leader visited the command center in Zanjan province to monitor the performance of the troops.


Leader plans Islamic block formation

Tehran, Sept 15 - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said here Wednesday that the Islamic states could form a powerful Islamic block through proper planning and mutual cooperation.

The Islamic countries should, in light of the existing circumstances, upgrade the status of the world of Islam raising it to its highest level by expansion of their cooperation in different fields including economy, said the Supreme Leader in a meeting with officials of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) and participants of its annual conference.

The 29th annual IDB conference which was held in the Iranian capital with the participation of finance ministers or their representatives from IDB's 55 member states, ended here yesterday.

"The world of Islam enjoys plenty of financial potentials and human resources and is therefore, able to play a significant role to promote overall development in the Islamic states by properly using those potentials and resources," noted the Supreme Leader.

Calling the IDB as a "successful" example of cooperation among the Islamic states, the Supreme Leader added that consultation, planning, firm intention, further economic activities and using scientific and technological advancement were key elements which would lead to the progress of the world of Islam.

Supporting the idea of establishment of a common Islamic market, the Supreme Leader said that materializing this "practical idea" requires a precise planning which should be made by the IDB.

He further referred to the insecure situation of the global economy, citing now that the hegemonic powers threaten the Islamic states, under any pretext, that they will freeze Islamic nations' assets, carrying out banking activities mainly inside the Islamic states and within an Islamic framework, could remove the state of insecurity.

Leader felicitates holy Prophet appointment

Tehran, Sept 13 - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Khamenei felicitated the auspicious appointment of the holy Prophet Mohammad and said that the formation of Islamic Ummah as a unique blessings of the prophets's designation.

Referring to the wilful incursion of despotism against Islam as, the Supreme Leader noted that today the Islamic world should stand against US despotism any where and by any means in light of integrity and unity of words.

Speaking among senior officials, the Supreme Leader stressed on the implementation of the clear and comprehensive teachings, faith, resolution and continious jihad as the main elements turning a small community into a powerful, grand Islamic Ummah over the next years and said whenever the Ummah have been commited to the substantial elements, it has achieved glory and improvement and when undermining the elements, the Ummah had failed.

The Supreme Leader turned to the formation of Islamic System in the hart land of Islamic world -- Middle East region -- as paving the way for raising the banner of Islamic identity and glory among Muslims. Touching upon the all-out efforts conducted by imperialists to destroy the Islamic identity, the Leader said today the United States launches onslaught on the Islamic world, leaving the people of Iraq, Palestine and Afghanistan in a bloodbath under the aegis of war against terrorism while wielding democratic and freedom-seeking slogans.

Referring to the hatred spread among the Islamic world towards the United States, the Supreme Leader stressed on the implementation of the potentials by Islamic States and illuminating Muslim nations to face the violations launched by the enemies and said that the logic of imperialists have always stemmed from terror, force and violation and not dialogue, fair compromise and the United States as a symbol of evil, will never give up unless it achieve absolute dominance over Islamic world and Middle East region.

The Supreme Leader criticised the Islamic nations' silence towards the daily US and Israeli crimes in the Islamic world under the cover of war on terror and referred to the US and Israel as the real causes of terrorism.

The six-decade-long fruitless efforts of the Imperalism and Israel in snuffing out the voice of Palestinians and the recent setbacks in Iraq and Afghanistan indicates that the Islamic Ummah can stand against despotism and paganism, the leader concluded.


Leader stresses importance of deepening scholarly research and meeting society's needs

TEHRAN, Sept. 6 (MNA) -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said here on Monday that deepening scholarly research and meeting society's needs are the most important requirements in the field of theology.

Due to the great progress in the field of communications, greater efforts should be made to produce new works in the field of Islamic theology and to analyze them, Ayatollah Khamenei said in a speech to the faculty of the Islamic Thought and Culture Research Center.


Leader stresses key role of prayer in society

YAZD, Sept. 1 (MNA) -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, in a message to the 14th Nationwide Prayers Conference in Yazd on Wednesday, stressed the importance of performing prayers and its key role in society. Ayatollah Khamenei praised the great efforts made by the relevant officials, particularly Hojjatoleslam Mohsen Qara'ati, to promote prayer in society.

The Supreme Leader also asked officials to make use of all the existing potential to propagate this lofty Islamic principle in society.

The message was read by Gholam Hossein Mohammadi Golpayegani, the director of the Supreme Leader's Office.

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