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Leader hails handling of post-vote events

Sun, 30 Aug 2009 21:12:35 GMT Press TV

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei hails Iran's capabilities in confronting post-vote events.

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has hailed the 'high capabilities' of the country which helped it 'overcome' the post-election problems.

"The recent [post-election] issues have placed the country in front of a determining political test. However, the establishment of the Islamic Republic given its high capabilities was able to overcome the situation," said the Leader in a meeting with university professors and scientific elites.

The Leader said that Iran enjoys 'different kinds of freedom' within the Islamic framework.

"Freedom in the Islamic establishment is a true issue defined within an Islamic framework and the Islamic Republic will never consent to or accept the false freedom sought by the West," said Ayatollah Khamenei.

The Leader touched upon the responsibilities of different walks of the country in confronting incidents including post-vote events, saying, "What is expected of university professors in this struggle is far greater than that of students."

"Students are the young officers fighting on this front who with their thoughts, actions and perceptions are present in the scene and who test the scene and act within its framework but university professors are the commanders of this soft confrontation."

Ayatollah Khamenei urged the commanders of this front to obtain a good understanding of the current situation and to identify the enemy, its objectives and plans.

"A professor who can play this role is a worthy teacher for the present and future of the Islamic Republic," the Leader said.

The Leader described raising students' abilities to analyze, and creating an atmosphere of hope and scientific work in universities as being the most important responsibilities of university professors.

"We must move in the exact opposite direction of the enemy's objectives, as it [the enemy] seeks to create the atmosphere of desperation in universities," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

The Leader also highlighted the importance of preparing the grounds for students to express their views.

Ayatollah Khamenei pointed to the damage inflicted on people in the post-vote incidents and said, "All those who have been the victims of the post-election events must know that the establishment has no intention of making concessions."

"Just as those individuals who openly confront the establishment are legally and justly dealt with, legal and just punishment will also be mete out to the perpetrators of crimes and atrocities."


Supreme Leader's Message of Condolence on the Demise of Abdul Aziz al-Hakim


Supreme Leader's Message of Condolence on the Demise of Abdul Aziz al-Hakim Print


Ayatollah Khamenei the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution issued a message expressing his condolences over the demise of Sayyid Abdul Aziz al-Hakim. The full text of the message is as follows:

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

I received the sad news that the leader of the Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council Mr. Abdul Aziz al-Hakim has passed way.

This is a great loss for the people of Iraq and the Iraqi government and also a painful loss for the Islamic Republic of Iran. He was the last of the late Shia Marja Ayatollah Sayyid Muhsen al-Hakim's children who were all either martyred in their fight against the blood-thirsty Iraqi Baath regime and the mercenaries of the global arrogance or went through difficult tests in this great jihad.

The services of this mujahid clergyman in forming a national government in Iraqi, both during his stay in Iran and after the collapse of Saddam Hussein's government, were unique and unforgettable.

I express my deep sorrow over this tragic loss and sincerely offer my condolences to our Iraqi brothers, the government of Iraq, the Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council, and the family and brave children of Mr. Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, particularly his son Mr. Sayyid Ammar al-Hakim. I also pray to Allah to bestow His mercy and remission on the late Mr. Abdul Aziz al-Hakim and to bestow honor and progress on the Iraqi government and people.

Sayyid Ali Khamenei

Shahrivar 5, 1388

Ramadan 6, 1430

Supreme Leader Meets with Students


Students, scientific and cultural figures, and representatives of various student associations from different universities met this evening with Ayatollah Khamenei the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution and exchanged views about different academic, scientific, social, cultural, and political issues.

Speaking at the meeting, Ayatollah Khamenei referred to some of the statements made by the students and said that the dynamic and curious nature of young university students will guarantee a bright future for the country, Islam, and the Islamic Ummah. He further stressed: "In spite of their different names, the faithful student groups are considered the harbinger of a bright future for Iran and the Islamic Republic."

In response to some of the students who had demanded the trial of the individuals behind the post-election events, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution said: "In the case of highly important matters, we must not move ahead on the basis of rumors and speculations."

His Eminence said that the Islamic Republic is the outcome of the Iranian nation's selfless efforts throughout the past thirty years and added: "Everybody must be sure that no crimes will be ignored. But in the case of such highly important matters, the judiciary system must base its judgments on concrete evidence. Even if there is some evidence concerning the truth of many rumors, such evidence cannot be used as the basis of judgment."

Ayatollah Khamenei also stressed: "When the Islamic Republic decides to take macro-level measures, it must take all the relevant aspects into consideration and avoid a biased view. And if the measures taken so far in this regard as well as future measures are viewed from this perspective, all fair individuals will be convinced."

The Supreme Leader referred to the need for a legal investigation into the raid on the students at Tehran University dormitory as well as the events in Kahrizak prison, further adding: "Some crimes were committed during the post-election events, and the individuals involved in these crimes will definitely be prosecuted."

His Eminence stressed the need for avoiding measures that are taken for pure publicity purposes regarding the prosecution of the individuals behind the events at Tehran University dormitory and added: "There is no need for publicity. Even from the early days, it has been strongly stressed that - while being careful - decisive legal action has to be taken to confront such issues."

Ayatollah Khamenei reiterated: "Regarding the events at the Tehran University dormitory, great crimes have been committed and a special investigation has been undertaken to punish the perpetrators without taking their affiliations into account."

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution expressed his gratitude to the services rendered by the security forces, police, and Basij members, further reiterating: "These great services must not prevent considering some of the crimes. And if someone from these organizations has committed a crime, the case must be legally pursued."

His Eminence stressed the need for legal investigation into the case of Kahrizak prison and the death of a number of people there and added: "Of course such issues must not be mixed up with the important post-election events."

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution also added: "There are some people who tend to ignore the great oppression and disrespect that the people and the Islamic Republic suffered after the election. They try to present the events that happened in Kahrizak prison and the Tehran University dormitory as the most important issues, but this view is itself clear oppression."

Ayatollah Khamenei said that the most important issue after the presidential election was the attempts to tarnish the Islamic Republic's reputation in the world. "Through its numerous advances in the recent years, the Islamic Republic had gained a great regional and global position. The 85 percent turnout rate would have improved this position. But suddenly a movement was started to annihilate this glorious election, which I believe had been preplanned."

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution further stressed: "I do not accuse the leaders of the recent events of being the agents of foreigners, especially America and England, because this has not been proven to me. But there is no doubt that it was a calculated move, whether the leaders of the movement know it or not. Of course the designers of this plot were not sure whether their plot would be successful or not. But the activities of some individuals after the election made them so hopeful that the designers of the plot increased their presence in the scene by mobilizing all their means and their media and electronic facilities."

Ayatollah Khamenei referred to the failure of this plot and said: "Fortunately, the enemies still do not understand Iran's affairs and do not know the Iranian nation. As a result, they received a severe blow from the nation in the recent events. But they are not yet disappointed and are continuing their efforts."

Ayatollah Khamenei reiterated that everyone, particularly students who support Islam and Iran, should be vigilant and added: "Those who planned the recent events are being led by other people behind the scenes. By Allah's favor, their efforts will fail, but the vigilance of the people, particularly the youth, will reduce the harmful effects of such activities and movements."

Ayatollah Khamenei further referred to the post-election events and stated: "The events which happened were not unexpected, but we did not expect those who entered the scene to do so."

Elsewhere in his speech, Ayatollah Khamenei referred to his support for the president and the administration and stated: "The current administration and the honorable president have both strengths and weaknesses, and I only support their strengths."

He further added that any other administration which is as determined as the current administration and which has the same attitude will enjoy his support.

Ayatollah Khamenei further added: "Magnifying the weaknesses will result in disappointment and frustration. And discussing the weaknesses in a direct manner does not always help solve the problem. Therefore, this should be done only as a last resort."

Referring to the current threats which the enemies pose to the Iranian nation and the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Khamenei urged intellectuals, particularly students, to be vigilant and act on the basis of wisdom and logic.

He further stated that students are the soldiers of Iran and the Islamic Republic in their battle against the enemies and the evil movement which relies on hypocrisy, money, and power.

Elaborating on the reasons behind the enmity of the domineering powers towards the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Khamenei referred to the strategic position of the Islamic Ummah in critical parts of the world and added: "By relying on its power which is increasing on a daily basis, the Islamic Republic has stood up against the global domineering powers in this critical region. Therefore, the huge Zionist network, global companies, and financial centers which politically lead the US and Europe, consider this great power of Iran and the Islamic Republic as a threat and try to oppose it."

Ayatollah Khamenei further referred to the continuous enmity of the global bullying powers towards the Islamic Republic and stated: "These plots will only end when Iran reaches such a position - through the efforts of its youth - in scientific, economic, and security arenas that it becomes immune to the enemies' threats. Therefore, I have always urged universities to produce knowledge, because I consider scientific superiority as an element which will bring about long-term security for the country."

Ayatollah Khamenei further warned the students about the enemies' efforts to hinder the scientific progress of Iranian universities and stated: "Everyone should be vigilant so that these minor political issues will not affect the scientific progress of universities and research centers."

Ayatollah Khamenei said that being hopeful about the future will strengthen the Iranian nation in its battle against the enemies' threats and added: "Such hope is based on a realistic view of matters, and the dear students should act logically when dealing with different issues. They should fulfill their heavy duty in helping the country make progress as well as in defending the nation against the threats of the greedy enemies."

At the end of this meeting, the students said their evening and subset prayers led by Ayatollah Khamenei and broke their fast along with the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution.

See also Supreme Leader's Message to Qurra on the First Day of Ramadan


Spiritual Quranic Recital meeting Held In Husseiniyeh of Imam Khomeini

Written by Esmaeil

Saturday, 22 August 2009

Sample ImageThe Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, has emphasized Quranic teachings of unity of Muslims, and how faithful and devout Muslims (Mo'meneen ) should behave in relation to the enemies and friends.

On the first day of the blessed and auspicious month of Ramadhan, a Spiritual Quranic Recital meeting was held in Tehran on Saturday afternoon, in the presence of the Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, as well as international scholars, experts, reciters, and memorizers of the Holy Qur'an.

The Supreme Leader referred to Quranic teachings and guidelines of holding fast to the covenant of God ( "the rope of God" ) , adding that those who have truly understood the important message of the Holy Quran - those hearts who have understood the Holy Quran -- will never allow personal issues to disrupt the national unity of this nation.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the Supreme Leader referred to another important message of the Holy Quran , namely how the faithful and devout Muslims (Mo'meneen ) should behave in relation to the enemies and friends. He reminded everyone that according to Quranic teachings, the Faithful should remain unflinching and uncompromising ( unwavering ) in relation to the enemies, and conversely, should be kind, gentle and generous towards friends.

Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei pointedly added if we let our hearts to collect the blessed shower of Gods gifts, and mercy , and if our hearts accept the guidance of the Holy Quran, then it becomes easy to accept the Quranic messages , and personal issues , power and wealth will not hinder us from carrying out that which God tells us to do in the Holy Quran.

In further remarks, the Supreme Leader described the verses of the Holy Quran as "life-giving water". He said we always need the Holy Quran, and the Quran shows its effects slowly, and over the long term. The Supreme Leader emphasized that the meaning and depth of the Holy Quran is infinite, and if we acquaint ourselves with this Holy book, we can "open up new doors, and untie many knots".

The Supreme Leader said respecting the verses of the Holy Quran, is a prelude to receiving guidance from this Holy book. He stressed the verses of the Holy Quran convey a divine message and transform the human heart, in accordance with these divine verses.


Supreme Leader Meets with Bashar al-Assad


Ayatollah Khamenei the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution met this evening with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his accompanying delegation. Speaking at the meeting, His Eminence said that the current situation of the Middle East is in favor of the resistance camp. "The resistance camp must use this great opportunity and further strengthen its relations and cooperation."

He described the unity between Iran and Syria as the manifestation of resistance in the region and reiterated: "The result of this unity and its effects are perfectly obvious in the developments in Palestine, Lebanon, and Iraq as well as the entire region."

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution referred to the concerted efforts of the arrogant powers to break the regional line of defense and weaken the resistance camp and added: "These efforts have not been successful so far, and the influence of the US in the region has grown weaker on a daily basis."

Ayatollah Khamenei touched on the current problems of the US in Iraq and said that America has failed to achieve its goals in Iraq, further reiterating: "In spite of its propaganda campaign, the Zionist regime has faced numerous internal problems, and it is falling into a genuine decline."

His Eminence said that the new attitude of the US towards the region is the result of the current situation and added: "This attitude is not due to an essential difference between the incumbent US President and the previous US presidents because any other president would have pursued the same policy in the region."

The Supreme Leader further said that there are vast areas for cooperation between Iran and Syria. "Compared to other Arab counties, the most important characteristic of Syria is its resistance. And the enmity of America and other arrogant powers towards Syria is the result of this characteristic," he reiterated.

Ayatollah Khamenei later expressed his agreement over the formation of a unified group composed of Iran, Syria, Turkey, and Iraq and said that the current relations between Syria and Iraq will produce positive results. He further stated that the Iraqi government should be helped in solving the current problems of the country.

In this meeting which was also attended by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Mr. Bashar al-Assad stressed the need for strategic relations between Iran and Syria and said that the current situation of the region is in favor of the resistance camp.

He added: "Western governments, particularly the US, have numerous problems in their countries as well as in the region and have so far failed to make any achievements in Lebanon and the region."

He said that cooperation and unity between Iran, Syria, Turkey, and Iraq in the current situation will bring about positive results in the region.

The Syrian President further referred to the Iraqi prime minister's visit to Damascus and said that Syria is ready to cooperate with Iraq.

Mr. Bashar al-Assad further reiterated: "Foreign powers and some of the countries of the region are trying to cause discord between Shia and Sunni Muslims in Iraq. And the Iraqi government should be helped to overcome this problem."

The Syrian President said that the high number of votes for Mr. Ahmadinejad and his re-election have strengthened the resistance forces of the region and said: "The failure of the efforts of some western governments after the recent post-election events in Iran was a great lesson for those governments. They realized, through the vote of the Iranian people for Mr. Ahmadinejad, that the people of Iran follow Imam Khomeini (r.a.) and the path of resistance."

Security leads other issues in Persian Gulf

(2009/08/04 - 22:59)

Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei Tuesday morning in a meeting with Sultan Qaboos, king of Oman and his entourage described Iran-Oman relations in the past thirty years as good and brotherly, adding that considering deep religious, geographical and historical bonds between the two countries, there are a vast ground for bilateral cooperation.

Ayatollah Khamenei touched on the existence of one of the most sensitive waterways in the world between Iran and Oman, adding that security leads other issues in Persian Gulf.

Ayatollah Khamenei said the United States and some other interventionist states have always impeded tranquility in the sensitive Persian Gulf by infusing insecurity and mistrust in the area.

The IR Leader urged the Persian Gulf littoral states to cooperate with each other to ensure security in the area more than before.

In the meeting also attended by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Sultan Qaboos expressed deep pleasure over his visit to Iran and his meeting with the IR Leader, adding that the grounds for expansion of relations between the two countries were ample. He said his talks in Tehran focused namely on the expansion of ties in economic fields.

The King reaffirmed IR Leader's remarks about the significance of security in the region and urged the regional countries to provide grounds for stable security by taking into account common regional interests in the area expansion of cooperation in this regard.


Supreme Leaderís Speech at Endorsement Ceremony


In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

By Allah's favor, today is an auspicious day for our nation and our future. Also, this meeting is very significant. I pray to Allah the Exalted in supplication to bestow His blessings and grace on the Iranian nation in this new stage of its life and in this new period of management which starts from today.

The statements of our esteemed president were appropriate and timely. It is expected that the subjects he touched on will, by Allah's favor, be the focus of the efforts in the next four years.

The people's presence and the new form of elections in the Islamic Republic, which is a novel initiative in the world, are of utmost importance. It behooves us to further discuss and reflect on the important matter of religious democracy - that is, the unified presence of the public, serious competitions, and genuine efforts by the people alongside divine and Islamic standards. This brilliant combination is exactly what humanity needs, what humanity is thirsty for.

Before the victory of the Revolution, the public had no role in decision-making areas. There were only a number of rulers who used to dominate the people relying on their power and weapons. They used to impose their rule on the people. And when they died, they used to pass this divine responsibility to their children, as if it were their personal possession. The people had no role. The same people who are currently claiming to support democracy, human rights, and other such things used to cooperate with the oppressive and tyrannical Pahlavi regime that used incorrect and inhuman methods to rule. Even when public presence - or at least, claims of public presence - had a significant role in the government of some countries, spiritual values were absent.

Public presence, adherence to spirituality, divine teachings, and submission to Allah are the qualities that make the Islamic Republic prominent as a novel phenomenon. These two [religious and democratic aspects] have come together to form a monolithic reality. The discussion about whether the Islamic or the republican aspect of the Islamic Republic should have priority over the other is meaningless and irrelevant. The republican and Islamic aspects are not two separate entities attached together to form a reality. The republican aspect is at the heart of the Islamic aspect. Relying on the people and respecting their wish and vote are at the heart of relying on divine orders. The Islamic Republic is a unified reality, which is the gift of the Islamic Revolution to the Iranian nation. The efficiency of this system has been tried and tested during the last 30 years.

Those who claim to support democracy must clarify to what extent genuine democracy is practiced by their own governments. Where are public enthusiasm and heartfelt religious fascination that draw people to the ballot boxes to fulfill their responsibility? In which part of these democracies can you see any such thing? This novel system of government is a gift of Islam to us. Alongside this reality, we must pay attention to the enormity of the capacities of the Islamic Republic that has been built on this foundation.

Thirty years have passed since the Revolution. Throughout this time, about thirty elections have been held. Executive managers, legislative officials, and municipal managers have all been chosen through an election. The basic system of government, the Constitution, and the fundamental management of the country have all been chosen through the vote of the public. The capacity of this government, one that has its roots in religious democracy, is very high, and it is far greater than what others see and infer from outside. Even what is stated without any ulterior motives, not to mention the views expressed out of spite, is often rooted in a misunderstanding of the true nature of the Islamic Republic. The Islamic Republic has had this great capacity since the beginning. Throughout the past 30 years, during which different political tendencies developed out of the great capacity of the Islamic Republic, the transfer of power has taken place peacefully and with respect and kindness. And the executive positions have been passed on to different people in peace.

There have been various tendencies within the Islamic Republic. Some of the management systems that came to power in the past thirty years were not totally consistent with the principles of the Revolution. But the capacity of the Revolution assimilated these tendencies inside it. This capacity helped digest these tendencies and the Revolution broadened its experience and continued its path with more power. The people who wanted to deal a blow to the Islamic Republic from inside did not succeed. The Revolution has continued its straight path with increasing power so far. And all the people within the framework of this establishment, regardless of their tendencies, have helped increase the capabilities of the Islamic Republic. This reality must be considered carefully. This great capacity is the result of the Islamic and republican properties of our government. It is rooted in religious democracy. That is the secret behind the permanence of the invulnerability of the Islamic Republic. These Islamic and republican properties are an integral part of the Islamic Republic, and by Allah's favor, these properties will be preserved.

This year's presidential election was very important. This election holds messages for us. It taught us lessons, broadened our experience, and turned into a means to test us. The election put us to the test. I believe this election was very auspicious. The messages of this election were very important.

The first message of the election was that after the passage of 30 years the ability of the Islamic Republic to mobilize national support has surpassed global norms. There were some people who expected the Islamic Republic to fall into abeyance. They expected the Islamic Republic to fall out of favor with the people and lose its ability to mobilize massive public support. This election showed that the ability of the Islamic Republic to mobilize support has increased on a daily basis. It showed that the Islamic Republic has grown more successful in earning the trust of the general public. That is a very important reality. Some incidental events may sideline this important reality. The essential reality in this election was that the Islamic Revolution, the Islamic establishment, is so appealing, dynamic, and progressive that after the passage of thirty years it can draw the people to the scene in such large numbers.

Another message of this election and the massive presence of the people was that there is mutual trust between the Islamic Republic and the people and that the door is now open to discussions, to different political tendencies, and to the exchange of ideas. This is a sign of the Islamic Republic's self-confidence as well as its trust in the people. The people, too, trusted the Islamic Republic. They went to the polling stations and cast their votes. If the people did not trust the establishment, there would be no such public acceptance. Those who claim there is public distrust are unaware, if not spiteful. What kind of trust is more valuable than entering the arena of the elections, trusting the government with one's votes, and waiting for the government to announce the results? That shows the people's trust.

By Allah's grace, there is public trust, and we expect the officials working in different parts of the government to constantly increase this trust through their behavior. Public trust is the main asset of the Islamic Republic.

The existence of hope and dynamism among the people was another message of the election. Of course this is something natural in our society and country because the majority of our population is young, and the youth are the embodiment of dynamism and hope. They entered the arena with hope - hope for the future. A depressed and hopeless person would not enter the arena of elections. The presence of the people and the youth is a sign of their hope.

This election also broadened our experience. The election was an experience for our nation and officials, and I would like to stress that we must all take this experience seriously. All government officials and all ordinary citizens must take this experience seriously. The experience taught us that there is always a chance that the enemies of Iran and the Revolution may deal a blow to us, even in the best conditions. We must always pay attention to the fact the enemy is lying in ambush. It is dangerous to ignore the possibility that the enemy may thwart the national movement of the Iranian nation. Be vigilant. This is the same advice that has been quoted from Imam Ali (a.s.) in Nahjul Balaghah: "And when you fall asleep, the enemy will not fall asleep." We must not fall asleep in the arena of political life. We must not fall asleep in our strongholds. If you fall asleep, you must know that the enemy may stay awake.

What I am saying is not only an analysis. This is what we have been informed about. The enemies of the Islamic Republic tried to cause trouble for the people in the free atmosphere which the Islamic Republic had created for the people. They spent money, set up different media, and made use of various means to turn this great occasion - which was considered an Eid and a great national celebration for the Iranian nation - into a situation that was against the interests of the Iranian nation. All of us - all the people - should consider this experience as a warning. If we suspect each other in our political and social interactions and consider each other as enemies, our enemy will be provided with an opportunity. If we act without thinking and foresight and forget that there are enemies lying in ambush seeking to deal a blow to the Revolution, we will suffer. This was an experience for us.

The 85 percent voter turnout, with the presence of 40 million people in the elections, has been unprecedented since the beginning of the Revolution. This was the first time that this happened. But during this great opportunity and great celebration, there were people who tried to deal a blow to the Iranian nation. We should be vigilant. Such vigilance is not limited to words only. All the people, different political groups, and those who pursue the interests of the country and the Islamic Republic should be vigilant in the true sense of the word. They should be careful not to be deceived.

There were people who were preparing the ground to use the presidential election as an opportunity to deal a blow to the Iranian nation. Fortunately, the Iranian people were vigilant and they still are. They created doubts in our people's minds and soured this victory for the people to some extent. But they could not achieve their goal. This was due to the vigilance of you people. This was an experience for us which made us understand that the enemies are lying in ambush, seeking to deal a blow to us.

In my opinion, our enemies also gained experience from what happened during the election. If they have not gained any experience, they should do so. The enemies should understand the reality that they are currently faced with. They should not make any mistakes in understanding the Islamic Republic and the Islamic Revolution. They should not think that they can bring the Islamic Republic and the Islamic Revolution to their knees through such superficial acts. The Islamic Republic will continue to survive. They should not think that they can deal a blow to the Revolution and the Islamic Republic through a poor imitation of the great presence of the people in the 1979 Revolution, a caricature of that Revolution. The enemies should have learned such a lesson by now. They should not make a mistake. The Islamic Republic will not be defeated through such words.

The greatness of the Revolution and the Islamic Republic and the firm roots of the Islamic Republic became more evident to the enemies during the events which happened in the past two months. The Iranian nation is a faithful, vigilant, and talented nation. False appearances cannot be used as a tool to overcome the Iranian nation. There were such instances in our history: "And those who built a mosque to cause harm (to Islam) and (to help) disbelief, and to cause disunion among the believers, and a refuge for him who made war against Allah and His Messenger before." [The Holy Quran, 9: 107] These people cannot be deceived through imitating the great Founder of the Revolution - our magnanimous Imam - whose heart and soul were immersed in the Holy Quran. The people's hearts are enlightened by the light of their faith. The people are vigilant. Our youth are vigilant. This is an experience for the enemies.

There were also some tests during the election. First, there was a test for the people. The people emerged victorious out of this test. The great turnout was a great test which brought glory to our people. Many of the people and political groups acted according to their duties. Of course some of the intellectuals failed in this test. There were some people who failed in this test after the election. Although the youth are vigilant and they usually enter the scene in a moral and sincere fashion, some of them made mistakes in some cases. Of course many of our youth acted appropriately through their faith and sincerity. They voted for the candidate they believed in. Whether their candidate was elected or not is not the criterion. What matters is that one should enter this political scene vigilantly to fulfill one's duty after identifying a qualified candidate. After that, everyone should surrender to the law. The majority of our nation - our youth, elites, and people - is in this group, the group that emerged victorious out of this great test. Of course there were also some people who were deceived.

There was also a test for the officials of the country. They should appreciate this opportunity. The honorable president-elect who has been appointed to this important post through the record turnout of the people should appreciate this opportunity and thank God for it. Those who are in the cabinet should also appreciate this opportunity. They should appreciate Islam, their faith, and the light which has enlightened the people's hearts and caused them to enter the scene. Appreciating the Revolution necessitates that government officials use all their capacities and do their best to render services to the people and help the country move towards achieving the goals of the Revolution.

The points which were mentioned by the honorable president are good ones. These plans should be pursued through appropriate planning. I advise the administration officials to pay attention to the role of planning in what they do. Appropriate planning will help the people form an optimistic view of what will happen in the future and be able to make judgments about the progress of the country. Reliance on planning and the law, and cooperation among the three government branches are among your main duties and part of your gratitude to God. This is part of our great duty to thank God. We should thank Allah the Exalted.

God Almighty creates such opportunities for us. He bestows these blessings on us. Thanking God cannot be done through words only. Fulfilling the duties which lie on the shoulders of the officials is the practical way of thanking God. Some of the requirements of fulfilling this duty are cooperation among the three government branches and mutual cooperation between the Majlis and the administration. The judiciary should also help the administration. The administration and the president belong to all those who took part in the election. This should be manifested practically and be taken into account in all future planning.

Of course there are two other groups besides those who support the honorable president. The honorable president has many supporters inside and even outside the country. These two groups should also be taken into account. First, there is an angry and wounded group that will continue to oppose the administration during the next four years. This group will continue to oppose the administration. However, there is another group of people who are part of the Islamic Republic. There is no enmity between them and the president or the Islamic Republic. They may be critical of the administration. These critics should be taken into account. Their views should be considered and whatever is acceptable should be accepted. I hope this is how the administration will act.

The people are all bothers. The officials should help those who suffered during the recent events - whether financially or physically - and the people whose reputation was tarnished. Those who suffered in the recent events should be supported. Those who caused the people to suffer should be identified and prosecuted, no matter who they are.

Our country enjoys various resources. It has various needs and has great goals ahead of it. We have great resources - natural, mineral, and, most importantly, human resources. The human resources of our country are above the global average. These are great resources. Of course we have many needs too. We suffer from persistent backwardness in some cases. We must compensate for such backwardness in all areas - in scientific, technical, social, and cultural areas. This requires making efforts and taking measures.

Thankfully, the administration officials and the honorable president are hardworking. The people have realized this fact and felt it. One of the reasons for the high number of votes for the current president is undoubtedly the tireless efforts of the 9th administration and the honorable president. This should continue. Those resources should make up for the gaps. We need to do great things in the country. Everyone should help if we are to achieve these goals. The different political tendencies should be put aside. When an administration is formed and enters the scene, everyone should help, whether they have the same political tendencies as the administration officials or not, or whether they have criticisms against the administration or not. The executive branch shoulders the heaviest responsibility in the country. Everyone should contribute so that the goals will be achieved.

Hopefully, the officials and the people will benefit from the prayers of the Imam of the Age - may our souls be sacrificed for his sake. This meeting is being held on the eve of the auspicious birth anniversary of that great Imam, and due to this coincidence the prayers of Imam Mahdi (a.s.) will be particularly auspicious for the government officials and the people. I hope the immaculate soul of Imam Khomeini and the honorable martyrs of the Revolution will pray for the Iranian nation. I hope their immaculate souls will be pleased with us all.

Greetings be upon you and Allah's mercy and blessings


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