Enemy maintaining a long
□Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei told a large
gathering of university students in Qom city Tuesday that enemies have
definitely been maintaining a long term plan against Islam and the Islamic
Revolution, adding that there are evidence several political upheavals in
the country in the past, including those of 1999 and 2009, were outcomes
of such long term projects.
Ayatollah Khamenei noted that the 2009 post-elections incidents helped
the enemy to refurbish its projects and that the enemy had apparently
taken each and every necessary precaution when it came to deal with the
political sedition so as to meet its malicious goals however in God's
favor, they lost to a vigilant, stand-by nation.
Ayatollah Khamenei said the world bullies appear to never get
frustrated unlike their back to back defeats and for the same reason the
Islamic establishment and the Iranian nation should put a long term
strategic mas ter plan in place to counter their ploys.
The IR Leader added that acquisition of religious and political insight
would be the part and parcel of any such strategic planning, adding that
religious insight would be acquired thorough a monotheistic view of the
world under which the world embodies a purposeful system and human is
supposed to live a purposeful life.
"Through the monotheistic view, life becomes gracious and meaningful
while frustration turns pale knowing the fact that God would award any act
of human being," Ayatollah Khamenei said.
"In contrast, the materialistic view of the world leads up to a loss of
substantial purposes in human life as it defines life as accomplishment of
joy or personal benefits and thereby triggers frustration in those who
fail to get such aims," the IR Leader added.
As for political insight, Ayatollah Khamenei invoked several quotes
from Nahj al-Bilaqa, the renowned quotes book of Imam Ali (A.S.) and said
that by political insight, it was meant to get an accurate grasp of
political developments and appraise them in a precise manner.
Ayatollah Khamenei then recounted the Siffin incident in 657 when
Muawiya ordered his soldiers to fix copies of Koran on the points of their
lances in a successful trick to fool the army of Imam Ali (A.S.). "In that
incident, some failed to grasp the realities on the ground and closed
their eyes to crystal clear truths," Ayatollah Khamenei said.
The IR Leader made a parallel between the seventh century incident and
the last year's post election upheavals, saying that in the latter, some
individuals mistakenly and in absence of political insight claimed a fraud.
"They were required to provide evidence and pursue their claim though a
lawful way but they failed. Even after an extension of legal deadline for
election complaints and an overture call on the complainants to send their
delegates to watch over a recount of votes, they refused to follow the
path of law and helped ma ke it clear they are in breach of law,"
Ayatollah Khamenei regretted.
Ayatollah Khamenei noted that it was not difficult to judge their
conduct and that anyone who contravenes the law or the national interests
shall be condemned if fairly judged.
Ayatollah Khamenei then warned about an enemy project to blacken the
country's atmosphere and distort realities concerning the country's
progressive development, adding that the Iranian youths are supposed to
get a precise grasp of realities and furnish their surrounding with a neat
political insight into the developments.
Ayatollah Khamenei then said the enemy applied complex methods to
mislead the masses, including by a tailored blend of true and false
information "which is regrettably duplicated inside the country by some
individuals, either knowingly or inadvertently."
Ayatollah Khamenei noted however that sometimes some individuals might
know the realities but fail to point them out due to a lack of will on
their part whic h might be bred by one of carnal desires, personal
interests, stubbornness or pursuit of convenience.
The IR Leader in the same regard added that some individuals who at
present run afar from the path of Islamic Revolution and serve
anti-revolutionists were once radical revolutionists however they suffered
the turnaround due to ignorance of God and negligence of duty.
He also urged the revolutionary youths to distinguish between
dissidents and those suffering from such negligence.
Ayatollah Khamenei then lauded the youths of Qom province for their
sophisticated treatment of a smart enemy scheme early in the 1979
revolution where the enemy sought to process an antithesis out of the Qom
city, the very hub of revolution, so as to present it as an
anti-revolution center but failed after the youths got an accurate
analysis of the situation.
"The enemy replicated the scheme once more in Qom after the demise of
Imam Khomeini but to no avail, again due to vigilance of the youths ,"
Ayatollah Khamenei appreciated.
Ayatollah Khamenei then turned to a discussion of tragic outcomes of
the western approach to human life, saying that those who once claimed
they sought to bring welfare and calm to human have abused and abuse their
technologically-driven power and wealth to commit such crimes historically
"The realities on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan show that the
western domineering powers are actually enemy of human being," the IR
The Iranian nation however seeks to tread an otherwise path, Ayatollah
Khamenei said, adding that the nation would keep on the blessed path until
it accomplishes all the objectives of Islam and Islamic Revolution.
-Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei on
Monday recommended the theologians to reproduce the lofty Islamic
teachings to keep up with progress of science and technology.
Islamic Revolution Leader made the remarks in a meeting with a group of
non-Iranian clerics residing and studying in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Ayatollah Khamenei said that acquaintance of world nations with the
lofty teachings of Islam will bring them independence, identity, dignity,
progress, freedom and authority for the Islamic Ummah.
"The Islamic Revolution from the early stage campaigned for salvation
from arrogance and by triumph of the Islamic Revolution, the Muslim
nations in the East and West felt the enlivening message and opening of a
new way ahead."
"The theological students from about 100 countries are studying in the
holy city of Qom which have prepared grounds for acquaintance of world
nations with the Isla mic Republic of Iran," Islamic Revolution Leader
The Islamic Revolution is not a mere political institution to be
exported to other parts of the world through political or military means,
said the Leader adding that Iran has dismissed the wrong idea from export
of revolution since the beginning.
"The foreign theological students in Qom should spare no effort to
attain scientific and educational knowledge as Islamic teachings will
capture the heart of devoted people," he added.
Ayatollah Khamenei said that it is about 200 years that the colonial
and arrogance apparatus are striving to humiliate and ignore the Muslim
nations but the Islamic Revolution revived historical concepts as dignity,
justice, resistance and Islamic identity in the mind of Islamic Ummah.
"Patience and resistance were among the messages of Almighty God to
Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and the late Imam Khomeini followed the same
message in the course of the movement of the Iranian nation since 1963
which culminated in 1979."
"The Late Imam Khomeini strongly promoted the Islamic teachings and
never hesitated to deal with existing problems and difficulties, Ayatollah
Khamenei said, adding that in the past 30 years since victory of the
Islamic Revolution, the Iranian nation stood against the western economic
sanctions and made them ineffective.
Islamic Revolution Leader said that foreign theological students in Qom
are the core of the International Scientific-Islamic Society who should
seize this great opportunity to carry out their divine duties.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei said
knowledge is the real identity of seminaries, urging compliance with the
perquisites of such a knowledge-based context.
"The main pillar of seminaries is based on knowledge and therefore the
seminary should be in conformity with "knowledge-oriented" requirements,
said Ayatollah Khamenei in a meeting with scholars, clerics and students
of Qom's seminaries on Sunday.
Islamic Revolution Leader added that seminaries should welcome
questions and doubtful challenges over various issues and said that such
an approach would show the consistency of seminaries to their
Ayatollah Khamenei pointed out that all "knowledge-oriented" bodies,
including seminaries, should openly face challenging questions.
Islamic Revolution Leader referred to very serious and challenging
arguments throughout the history of the seminaries and said, "This v
aluable approach should be maintained in different fields.”
Ayatollah Khamenei stressed the importance of promoting free thinking
in seminaries, saying, "Free thinking is the result of a knowledge-based
mind and prejudice in the field of knowledge is meaningless."
Islamic Revolution Leader described as a big accusation certain remarks
about the lack of a free atmosphere for criticism in seminaries and said
people of thought and contemplation are free to express their views and
thoughts in all fields.
Ayatollah Khamenei said opposing the suppression of views has always
been an admirable tradition in seminaries and emphasized, "Seminaries
should not use thoughtless ways to reject opposing views.”
"You should face false opinions with firmness and prudence," Ayatollah
Khamenei further explained.
Islamic Revolution Leader noted that education in seminaries should be
based on thought, research and study, and welcomed modern methods in
teaching and the production of science.
Ayatollah Khamenei pointed to the hostility of arrogant powers,
particularly the US and the Zionist regime, towards the spreading of
religion and stated, "Measures such as the offensive cartoons of the holy
Prophet and the burning of the Holy Qur'an show the deep evil nature of
the enemies of Islam."
"Seminaries cannot keep silent on such enmities and will take a
vigilant stance on arrogant powers," Ayatollah Khamenei emphasized.
Islamic Revolution Leader also urged the religious elite to draw up
strategies for the educational, cultural and social development of Iran.
Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei told a large
gathering of Basij forces Sunday in Qom city that enemies of the Islamic
Republic appear to be lagging behind the fast advancing Iranian nation and
thereby they resort to massive propaganda to play down the recent
magnificent advances of the Islamic Iran.
Ayatollah Khamenei noted however that unlike the desire of the enemies,
the Iranian nation would continue the irreversible progress towards a
Ayatollah Khamenei described the Basij as a divinely assisted
phenomenon which took shape out of thought and practice of the
unparalleled personality of the contemporary history, Imam Ruhollah
Mousawi Khomeini "who used to believe in the might of God and in the same
mood, he trusted people until the Islamic Revolution incredibly got
victory after people took to the scene."
The IR Leader said the Basij must live up to three requirements, namely
acqui sition of political insight, sincerity and timely and adequate
practice. Ayatollah Khamenei lauded the public force for promoting its
ability and insight amid complicated enemy ploys, particularly during the
last year's seditious upheavals.
The IR Leader in the same regard noted that personalities are not a
safe stand to rely upon in discerning or identifying the truth rather
there have been times when even distinguished figures have gone astray. "Truth
can be discerned and identified by insight," Ayatollah Khamenei added.
The Islamic Revolution Leader then quoted Imam Khomeini as saying that
if he had abandoned Islam, people would have turned their back to him, and
by the quote, he concluded that Islam provides the parameter for
distinguishing the truth from the falsehood.
Ayatollah Khamenei identified sincerity as another code of conduct for
Basij, adding that sincerity has been achieved one an individual only
seeks the satisfaction of God, free from any personal, partisa n, or
Ayatollah Khamenei added: "One of the ways of understanding issues
correctly is to see what program and agenda the enemy follows."
"Today, one of the main lines of the enemy's agenda within the soft war
is to show the country's realities upside down," he said.
Referring to the enemy's broad propaganda to show the real scene of
Islamic Iran inverted, the IR Leader stressed: "This shows the enemy's
weakness and their failure in front of the great and speedy movement of
"Of course, this propaganda has increased in recent years because the
officials and the government have pursued the slogans of the Revolution
more strictly and seriously; and the line of Imam and Islamic Revolution
and working for people is much more remarkable," he added.
Regarding foreign policy, he said that opponents of the Islamic system
and some masters of the last year's sedition once said amid election
campaigns that Iran had become debased and disreputab le while today the
reputation of the Islamic Republic of Iran among the world's nations not
only has not declined but also has increased.
The IR Leader considered the unique welcome of the Lebanese people to
the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran as an example of this
reality, stressing: "This magnificent welcome will not take place for any
president of a country anywhere in the world."
"Today if the prominent officials of the Islamic system visit any
Islamic country and the atmosphere is left open for people, a welcome
similar to that of the Lebanese people will take place," Ayatollah
He regarded these issues as grandeur and dignity of the Iranian nation,
adding: "If the government was a government cut off from people and was
not supported by millions of determined youths, definitely such an event
would not happen in Lebanon."
"The unstoppable movement of the Iranian nation in the line of Islam
and Quran promises a bright and progressive future for the Islamic Iran
and this issue will affect the Islamic world and cause further awakening
of Muslim nations," the IR Leader said.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei in a
meeting with the head and members of the Teachers' Society of Qom
Religious Seminary on Saturday morning said the Teachers' Society is a
deep-rotten body which did its duties and moved in the path of the late
Imam Khomeini and the Islamic Revolution.
IR Leader pointed to the background of jihad and struggles of the
Teachers' Society of Qom Religious Seminary during the Pahlavi era and
said," The cause behind some efforts to remove the Teachers' Society
during the first years of the victory of the Islamic Revolution was
resistance of the Society in the path of the Father of the Islamic
Republic, Hazrate Imam Khomeini."
Ayatollah Khamenei added that struggles of the Teachers' Society had a
significant role in the victory of the Islamic Republic.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution underlined for effectiveness of the
Teachers' Society among the nation and said ," One of the main duties of
the Teachers' Society is keeping contact with the great Alims and
religious authorities because the Society is the source of honorable
religious scholars and some of the Alims are members of the Society."
Ayatollah Khamenei urged for more relation with the nation especially
finding new methods of relation and creation of innovation room as other
issues for the Teachers' Society of Qom Religious Seminary and said," The
Teachers' Society should accept and innovative scholars and Alims and form
a strong body and use their viewpoints and ideas in different issues."
Ayatollah Khamenei urged for formation of an aware group of clerics to
block different deviations in cultural and art affairs.
Islamic Revolution Leader added such group should be completely
authorized to manage the programs in a correct direction in the Islamic
Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB).
Ayatollah Khamenei noted that Education is a significant issue which
the seminari es should deal with.
Islamic Revolution Leader said the seminaries as heart of the Shia
scholars can create high capacity for the Islamic system in media and
Islamic Revolution Leader in a meeting with seminaries' scholars, Alims
and managers of religious seminaries in the holy city of Qom explained
different aspects of reform in the religious seminaries and revealed the
enemies' tactics for weakening the Islamic system and isolating seminaries
and religious scholars.
Describing Qom as the main center of Ahl ul-Beit teachings, he also
said that it plays an active role in promoting vigilance and insight among
The Leader of the Islamic Revolution urged vigilance against misleading
concepts spread by the enemies, which aim at causing division among the
"They want to deprive the establishment of the Islamic Republic of the
vast intellectual, rational and logical support of clerics, and isolate
and tarnish the reputation of the revolutionary clerics. We should
vigilantly counter these plots," Ayatollah Khamenei said added.
The Islamic Revolution Leader referred to governmental clergymen and
government of clergymen as two misleading concepts which form part of the
enemies' propaganda against Iran.
"The Shia clergy, in its totality, has always been an essential part of
social and political developments, and therefore has an influence and
depth like no other Islamic and non-Islamic clerical body," Ayatollah
Ayatollah Khamenei said calling the Islamic Republic a government of
clerics is a blatant lie and stressed that the Islamic establishment is
the rule of religion and religious values, not the rule of clergymen.
"In the Islamic establishment, being a clergyman is not enough for
receiving governmental responsibilities, because being a clergyman alone
does not guarantee competence, just as it does not
negate it," Islamic Revolution Leader added.
"The Islamic system is in need of support of Alims and religious
seminaries. Regarding Islamic identity of the Islamic Republic, it is the
duties of th e Alims to make the Islamic theories available to the world,"
Ayatollah Khamenei said.
Islamic Revolution Leader underlined that ignoring new Islamic theories
would pave tha way for penetration of Western theories into the seminaries.
Ayatollah Khamenei named the seminaries especially the Qom seminary as
the mother of the Islamic system adding that the common approach between
the seminaries and the system is mutual support and cooperation.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution called on the religious authorities
and thinkers to make plans for changes as an inevitable issue.
Ayatollah Khamenei also underlined that the lack of religion theories
will leave the ground for western theories. Seminaries and scholars should
make the Islamic theories available to the officials so that they make
plans on the basis of Islamic premises.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution pointed to the necessity for dynamism
of the Qom Religious Seminary in the world and said," The religion would
hit if the religious scholars act passively and the issue is opposed to
the scholars' philosophy".
"Of course the activities of seminaries would increase enmities but if
we become awareness, the enmities will be changed into opportunities and
remove ambiguities," Leader of the Islamic Revolution added.
Explaining that positive and correct reforms are different from
incorrect and deviation ones, Ayatollah Khamenei said," Some figures issue
fatwa in the favor of arrogant powers."
"It is not wrong if some scholars issue different fatwas based on
correct method because it would bring new developments to seminaries," IR
Ayatollah Khamenei recalled religious seminaries for active presence in
the international fields including philosophy, jurisprudence and theology
and said," Seminaries should present firm and reasonable responses to
different issues regarding different religious ideas."
□ Photo □Ayatollah Khamenei the Supreme Leader of the Islamic
Revolution met this morning with the families of the martyrs and veterans
of Qom province.
Speaking during the meeting, His Eminence said that believing in
self-sacrifice and entering into a covenant with God is the secret behind
the power of the Iranian nation.
Ayatollah Khamenei reiterated: "This great nation will stand firmly
against the greed of the arrogant powers by relying on these factors which
are a source of grandeur."
Ayatollah Khamenei said that the issue of martyrdom is very deep-rooted
and added that believing in martyrdom and the greatness of the martyrs is
a sign of the spiritual depth of a nation's identity.
His Eminence said that faith, courage and religious passions of the
people and the patience of the families of martyrs have resolved the issue
of martyrdom for the Iranian nation. He further added: "We should think
about the important issue of ho w the Iranian nation has become so
influential in global matters and become so powerful, dear, and attractive
in the eyes of other nations without enjoying complicated military
equipment and extensive propaganda tools."
Ayatollah Khamenei said that the broad and enthusiastic welcome
extended to President Ahmadinejad in Lebanon is an issue that is worthy of
investigation and analysis.
He added: "These realities are indicative of the attraction and
greatness of the Iranian nation in the eyes of other nations."
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution further referred to the
reasons behind the greatness and power of the Iranian nation.
Ayatollah Khamenei described the importance of martyrdom and said: "When
a nation and its youth believe in self-sacrifice and martyrdom on the path
of God, they will benefit from the power, grandeur and greatness which
have been promised by God. It is due to this reason that the Iranian
nation is stronger and greater than other nations."
Ayatollah Khamenei referred to the unique influence of the martyrs on
the greatness of the Iranian nation and said that martyrs and veterans are
the standard-bearers of the justice front. "With their practical example,
they have taught the Iranian nation to believe in martyrdom and entering
covenants with God," he noted.
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution said that the patient
fathers, bereaved mothers, understanding children and honorable wives of
the martyrs are another factor behind the greatness of the Iranian nation.
"They felt proud in the face of the seemingly bitter event of losing their
dear ones. They proved that they believe in entering covenants with God
and follow the path of Zaynab bint Ali, just as their honorable martyrs
Ayatollah Khamenei said that the resistance mounted by the Iranian
nation and the honorable families of martyrs against the threats of the
global domineering powers is rooted in their feeling of power and nat
He further reiterated: "The Iranian nation will not give up its ideals
in the face of the cries of the bullying powers."
Ayatollah Khamenei touched on the necessity of strengthening and
deepening faith in God in the hearts of the people and the officials,
further reiterating: "We should appreciate such faith which is a source of
power and rely on it in order to make scientific, technological, political,
social and economic achievements."
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution touched on the numerous
plots and measures of the enemies and their followers inside the country
which were aimed at weakening the faith and religious beliefs of the
people after the demise of Imam Khomeini (r.a.) and added: "Those who are
opposed to the Iranian nation did not achieve anything but failure from
those plans and this will be the case in the future as well."
Ayatollah Khamenei referred to the youth of the country as pure-hearted
and said that they are ready to make sacrifices, just as the youth who
were present during the early stages of the Revolution did.
slamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei said Tuesday
that Iran's revolution of 1979 has been driven by faith in God, adding
that enemies of the Islamic Republic have been exhausting all their
possibilities to undermine the religious side of the revolution.
Ayatollah Khamenei was speaking to multitudes of faithful people in Qom
city on a landmark visit to the Islamic shrine city.
Ayatollah Khamenei said the religious city has historically been a hub
of political insight, most recently in emergence and victory of the
Islamic Revolution (1979), and has served the world of Islam as a
headspring of teachings of Ahl ul-Beit (A.S.), especially through its
acclaimed religious school or Hoza Elmia.
Ayatollah Khamenei said the world bullies have both targeted the public
faith and loyalty of people to the revolution in their malicious schemes
against the Islamic Republic of Iran, adding that revolutionary
authorities would have given in to enemy pressures unless there was the
element of religion in the revolutionary structure.
"Islam never allows one to surrender to oppressors and thereby helps
achieve justice, freedom, spirituality and advance. For the same reason,
the revolutionary authorities have never surrendered to the world
arrogance and would continue their campaign against the enemies,"
Ayatollah Khamenei said.
The IR Leader then touched on different conspiracies of the
international force of arrogance against Islamic teachings. "The enemies
of Islam have already embarked on several aborted trials including the
Salman Rushdi's ploy, anti-Islamic movies, the blasphemous cartoons and
the Koran burning tragedy," Ayatollah Khamenei said, adding that inside
Iran, the enemies seek to undermine the faith of people, especially the
The Islamic Revolution Leader said the enemies have also targeted the
public loyalty as they have found that besides the element of religion, t
he authorities continue to be encouraged by the people's solid presence in
social and political fields.
In the same regard, Ayatollah Khamenei noted that the enemies seek to
dent the public loyalty through spreading of malicious rumors against the
authorities as well as downplaying of current advances and accomplishments.
The IR Leader added however that all those conspiracies are doomed to
failure and would bear no fruit for the enemies the same way they have
failed for the past 32 years.
Ayatollah Khamenei then noted that the 40-million ballot turnout in the
presidential elections last year was a positive referendum of loyalty for
the Islamic system, adding that a raging enemy tried to torpedo the
national presence through a seditious scheme nonetheless it failed once
again in the face of public perseverance.
The IR Leader said the people's vigilance during the past year's
enemy-incited upheavals helped vaccinate the country and the people
themselves against social and political germs. "Against the enemy's will,
the post election sedition promoted political insight among the people,"
the IR Leader added.
Ayatollah Khamenei then warned about enemy seditions in separating
religion and politics, adding that the enemy has realized how the
representatives of Islam might prove helpful in awakening the people
against outsider plots.
Concerning the current intensified sanctions against Iran, Ayatollah
Khamenei said the Iranian nation has already endured such similar
sanctions and thereby knows how to outsmart them and for the same reason,
the most recent sanctions, which aimed to dispirit people about the
Islamic system, proved of little use for the enemy.
Ayatollah Khamenei then urged both people and the authorities to follow
several goals as prerequisites for keeping the revolution robust as ever.
They included unity, promotion of faith notably among the youth, promotion
of political insight, and pursuit of speedier scientific growth.
The IR Leader ended his remarks by highlighting the national and
international position of Qom city, saying that the existence of the most
prominent Islamic seminary (Hoza Elmia) besides numerous pilgrimage
locations have brought ample capacities for the city.
Meet with Iraqi Prime
Minister Nouri al-Maliki
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei said the
political interests of certain powers lie in creating insecurity in Iraq.
Ayatollah Khamenei in a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri
al-Maliki on Monday morning said despite relative stability in Iraq, the
country is still suffering from insecurity and part of this insecurity is
resulted from the pressures that are exerted by some powers whose
political interests lie in creating insecurity in Iraq.
Ayatollah Khamenei pointed out that the swift formation of government
and the restoration of security in Iraq are the country's two major issues,
calling all Iraqi officials to spare no efforts to form government as soon
The Leader of the Islamic Revolution reiterated that the formation of
an Iraqi government is in the best interests of the Iraqi people.
"The Iraqi nation is a vigilant nation and there is not a possib ility
of another domination over the country whatsoever," Ayatollah Khamenei
The Islamic Revolution Leader expressed hope that America will end its
occupation and the problems of the war-ravaged people of Iraq will be
The Iraqi premier, for his part, described his country's relations with
the Islamic Republic of Iran as strategic and amicable, urging the
necessity of expansion of Iran-Iraq cooperation.
In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
The creation of an entity called "mosque" - first in Quba and then in
Medina - is among the most exquisite and meaningful innovations of Islam
at the beginning of the formation of an Islamic community: The house of
God and the house of people, the solitude of a close relationship with God
and the companionship provided through socializing with people, the center
for remembrance of God and spiritual ascension, the center for science,
jihad and management of material affairs, the place for worshipping and a
center for politics. These are all interrelated pairs which portray the
image of the Islamic mosque and illustrate the gap that exists between the
Islamic mosque and worship centers of other religions. In the Islamic
mosque, the enthusiasm and joy of pure worship is mixed with the
enthusiasm of a healthy, pure and rational life and brings society closer
to its Islamic standard . The mosque is the manifestation of the union of
the world and the hereafter and the union of individuals and society in
Based on this view our hearts beat for mosques and are filled with
enthusiasm and sense of responsibility. Today we are not short of
individuals - in our mosques - who can present a view of this glorious and
impressive image. The presence of our pure-hearted youth and conscious and
sympathetic teachers and clergy has truly made mosques the center for
remembrance of God, worshipping, thought and knowledge and has evoked
beloved and precious memories in our hearts. However, before this duty is
fulfilled in a perfect manner, none of us can ignore the danger which
threatens society, youth, families and future generations as a result of
shortage of mosques or the shortcomings which exist in mosques. Nor can we
deprive ourselves of the great blessings which Islamic mosques present to
society and the Islamic Republic.
Construction of mosques and the presence of qualified clergy in them is
the most important point. Currently, despite the existence of thousands of
mosques across the country, there is room for thousands more in villages,
cities, satellite towns and residential complexes. Easy access to mosques
is an urgent need for our faithful people, youth and teenagers. A pious,
intellectual, expert and sympathetic cleric in a mosque is the spirit of
the mosque - just as doctors and nurses are the spirit of a hospital.
Prayer leaders should prepare themselves to provide moral remedies and
consider this an essential duty. And the centers in charge of dealing with
the affairs of mosques and Islamic seminaries should provide aid to prayer
leaders in all situations.
Mosques should be a place for teaching Quranic exegesis and hadith, a
pulpit for promoting social and political principles and a center for
preaching and promotion of ethics. Through their kindness, the custodians,
managers and trustees of mosques should a ttract the pure hearts of the
youth and instill enthusiasm into them. The presence of youth with basiji
spirits should fill the atmosphere of mosques with dynamism, enthusiasm,
hope and foresight. There should be well-defined and appropriate
cooperation between mosques and educational centers in all areas. It would
be very appropriate if prayer leaders commended prominent students of
every area in mosques and in front of the people.
Mosques should preserve a strong and continuing relationship with the
youth who get married, with people who make scientific, social, artistic
and sports achievements, with benevolent people who make efforts to
provide aid to other people, with grief-stricken people who are in need of
sympathy and even with newly-born infants. In every neighborhood and area,
mosques should be the source of benevolence and grace. In particular,
mosques should not cause discomfort or trouble for people living in their
neighborhood. Producing irritating sounds during nig ht time and when
people are resting is an inappropriate act which is at times against the
laws of sharia. The only sound which should be produced by mosques is the
sound of adhan [call to prayer] recited in a pleasant voice.
Reconstruction of mosques and paying attention to their spiritual and
physical adornment is a duty which lies on the shoulders of all people.
And everybody should fulfill their duty in this regard as much as they can.
The people, municipalities and government organizations should all play
their role in this regard. Wise, responsible and pious clergy can and must
act as the axis of this holy effort.
I pray to Allah the Exalted to bestow success on everyone. I also pray
to God to bestow a long life, continued enthusiasm and increasing success
on Hojjatoleslam wal Muslemeen Aghaye Qara'ati who is a mujahid and
Greetings be upon you and Allah's mercy and blessings
Sayyid Ali Khamenei
Mehr 18, 1389
Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei said on
Saturday that Iran and Syria should proceed with their close cooperation
which has been cordial during the past 30 years.
The IR Leader made the remarks in a meeting with visiting Syrian
President Bashar al-Assad.
The IR Leader also honored the memory of the late Syrian leader Hafez
Concerning the two nations' ties, Ayatollah Khamenei said the Current
political relations between Iran and Syria are excellent and should be
Ayatollah Khamenei expressed the hope that the two countries could also
bolster and broaden ties through business and technical cooperation.
The IR Leader alerted that the US is the main obstacle in the way of
resistance to occupation in the region, but, to no avail.
It is incumbent upon all countries in the region to help promote
cooperation in the region, said the IR Leader expressing the hope that all
Iraqi political wings would rely on peoples’ votes and reconstruct Iraq.
"Of course, this will be materialized after a pull-out of the occupying
forces from the country," Ayatollah Khamenei said.
The Syrian President, for his part, described the two nations'
relations as exemplary and said the Islamic Republic of Iran and Syria
share common position concerning global problems.
“Syria and Iran shall promote bilateral relations and cooperation. We
have promising prospects ahead of the two nations,' President al-Assad
Meanwhile, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was present in the meeting.