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Supreme Leader: Women's Day best opportunity to examine their status

Tehran, July 27, IRNA

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei here Wednesday said that naming the birth anniversary of Hazrat Fatemeh (SA) as Woman's and Mother's Day provides the opportunity to examine their high status in Islam.

Speaking at a ceremony marking Woman's Day, the Supreme Leader referred to the misunderstandings in this respect and reiterated the need for recalling the true value of women and the respect they deserve in Islam.

The auspicious birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammad's (PBUH) daughter, Hazrat Fatemeh Zahra (SA), and that of the founder of the Islamic Republic, the late Imam Khomeini, was celebrated in a ceremony on Wednesday morning.

During the ceremony, which was attended by a number of lovers of the infallible household of Prophet Mohammad (PBUP), selected panegyrists and poets eulogized the holy lady of Islam (Fatemeh SA).

Turning to the sensitive, lasting, delicate and effective role of women in the human history, Ayatollah Khamenei accused the Western civilization of either treachery against women and undermining their genuine status in the course of history, within the community and family or totally ignoring them under the pretext of supporting them.

"Thus by overlooking their true rights, the family as the foundation of the community is undermined, which in turn endangers the future generations and eventually results in the collapse of civilization," added the Supreme Leader.

"The respect paid to women's role in family by Islam does not at all mean that they are denied their rights for participating in social activities.

"However, this is misinterpreted by some people who assume that according to Islam, women should either be good mothers and wives or take part in social activities.

"But Fatemeh (SA) was not only the symbol of an exemplary wife and mother, but was at the same time quite actively involved in social affairs," said Ayatollah Khamenei.

 

Imam Khamenei, Ibrahim al-Jaafari talk

Mashhad, July 18 - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Khamenei Tuesday called the Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari a sage and devout man, expressing pleasure over the formation of a poupular government in Iraq.

He made the remarks in a meeting with the Iraqi PM in the holy city of Mashhad, north of Iran.

'What is of importance for the Islamic Republic of Iran is an independent and secure Iraq with its people in welfare', he stressed.

'The toppling of Saddam brought the same joy to the Iranian nation as to the Iraqi nation', the Supreme Leader noted.

He warned of fresh enemies for the new Iraqi society, blaming a sinister drive, particularly from Zionist lobbies, which seeks to destroy stability in the country through blind terrorism and bitter violence.

Ayatollah Khamenei denounced the presence of the American forces as bothersome for the Iraqi nation and the region.

He urged for the accelaration of the draw-up of the Iraqi constitution, calling for an Islamic focus in the charter which 'is also the will of all Iraqi people'.

He called for patience and caution in the face of some plots to sow the seeds of discord among Shiites and Sunnis.

In other parts of his remarks, the Supreme Leader tabled the Palestinian issue and urged the minister to follow up the case in his cabinet.

For his part, the Iraqi Prime Minister expressed hope the dark page of the relations between the two nations would turn and a new era would open in bilateral ties between the two 'brotherly nations'.

He expressed gratitude to the Iranian nation and governemnt for their help to the Iraqi crisis-plagued nation.

'Top on agenda of the Iraqi governemnt is the rebuilding of infrastructural affairs and giving services to people', Jaafari said.

He linked the current security problems in the country to foreign agents, making assurances about the measures taken to stem out the terorists.

 

Supreme Leader attends ceremony marking Hazrat Fatemeh (SA) martyrdom

Tehran, July 10, IRNA

On the eve of martyrdom of Prophet Mohammad's (S) respectful daughter, Hazrat Fatemeh Zahra (SA), the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, attended a mourning ceremony held at Imam Khomeini Husseinieh, Tehran, on Saturday night.

During the ceremony, which was attended by people from all walks of life, lecturers expounded on the elevated character of Hazrat Fatemeh (SA) and eulogists commemorated the holy Lady of the Islamic World by referring to the pains and sufferings she had been subject to.

The mourning ceremonies, which started on the evening of Jamadi al-Thani 1 (July 8) will run through Monday.

Supreme leader appoints the new commander of disciplinary force

Tehran, July 9, IRNA

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Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution and Commander in Chief of Islamic Republic of Iran's Armed Forces Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei appointed here Saturday Brigadier General Esmaeil Ahmadi Moqaddam as the new Commander of Disciplinary Forces.

General Ahmadi Moqaddam was formerly deputy commander of Basij (voluntary forces).

He has replaced Brigadier General Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf who resigned his post as chief of police to run for the 9th Presidential Elections.

 

 
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