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Thousands of enthusiastic people from the northern Iranian province of Gilan

(2010/12/29 - 18:10)

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei said the Iranian nation succeeded to defuse sedition incited by enemies after the June 2009 presidential elections in the country.

The Islamic Revolution Leader made the remarks in an address to thousands of enthusiastic people from the northern Iranian province of Gilan on Wednesday.

"As the Iranian nation showed its initiative and bravery during the eight-year Iraqi imposed war, it also defused the enemies' sedition in this eight-month soft war," Ayatollah Khamenei added.

Stressing that Iran's Islamic establishment is a popular system belonging to people, Leader of the Islamic Revolution said, "Enemies should remember this message that Iranians are the one who uphold the Islamic Republic's dignity.

Ayatollah Khamenei emphasized that the Iranian nation thwarted efforts made by those who intended to incite sedition in the country in a spontaneous move and gave them a crushing response.

"Enemies of the Iranian people and those who think they can cause a rift between the nation and officials of the Islamic establishment should know that the Islamic establishment belongs to the nation and that Iranians are its main guardians," Islamic Revolution Leader said.

Islamic Revolution Leader emphasized that leaders of arrogant countries, and America in particular, use different ways including plots, hypocritical remarks and clear enmity to counter the Islamic establishment.

"All these approaches show that they have not reached a correct analysis of the Iranian nation," Ayatollah Khamenei went on to say.

Ayatollah Khamenei described as a big challenge the last year's sedition and said, "In this big challenge, the enemy supported sedition provokers on one hand and even announced their names but on the other hand, the Iranian nation had a strong presence in the scene."

The Islamic Revolution Leader stressed the importance of disappointing enemies as the only way to get rid of them and said it was a big fault by sedition provokers to raise hope for enemies.

Ayatollah Khamenei pointed to high turnout of the Iranian nation in the June presidential elections and added, "This great participation could lead to success of Iranians in many political fields but sedition provokers inflicted damage to the Islamic Revolution and nation by inciting sedition and stirring hope among enemies."


Leader highlights security in Persian Gulf

(2010/12/20 - 15:38)

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei highlighted the importance of tightening security in the Persian Gulf and said all regional countries will benefit from a secure region.

"However, all countries in the region will become insecure and suffer from insecurity if regional security is undermined," Islamic Revolution Leader said in a meeting with Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani in Tehran on Monday.

Ayatollah Khamenei termed as very important the issue of unity between Shii and Sunni Muslims in the region adding, "Shia and Sunni Muslims in the region have had years of peaceful coexistence, but certain seek to damage this friendly atmosphere and turn certain differences of opinion between Shiis and Sunnis into a social difference."

Leader of the Islamic Revolution noted that there are mercenaries and prejudiced individuals on both sides," adding, "This issue should be controlled both in terms of beliefs and security."

Pointing to developments in Lebanon, Ayatollah Khamenei said any ruling by the US-sponsored Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is null and void.

"This court is a kangaroo court and every verdict it issues is rejected. We hope influential sides in Lebanon will act prudently, so the issue will not be turned into a problem," Islamic Revolution Leader said.

Ayatollah Khamenei noted that plots in Lebanon will bear no fruit and said, "We are very optimistic about the improvement of situation in the region."

Qatari emir, for his part, praised relations between Tehran and Doha and said, "The two countries have always enjoyed similar political stances."

He expressed hope the two countries will further promote relations in other fields.

Al Thani highlighted the significance of maintaining unity among Shii and Sunni Muslims in the region, saying certain countries intend to hatch a fresh plot in Lebanon.

He expressed his country's readiness to prevent such a conspiracy and act based on regional interests in cooperation with countries in the region.

Supreme Leader Meets Hajj Officials

(2010/12/06 - 20:22)

Ayatollah Khamenei the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution met today with the officials in charge of hajj affairs. Speaking at the meeting, His Eminence referred to the good measures taken by hajj officials this year and reiterated that hajj officials should consolidate the useful and effective measures taken during this year's hajj.

His Eminence expressed his gratitude to the efforts made by the officials in charge of hajj and added: "Besides taking positive and useful measures, we should avoid ignoring the shortcomings so that year by year we get closer to the favorable hajj."

Elsewhere in his speech, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution underlined the importance of Islamic unity and reducing tension between Shia and Sunni. "Even before the victory of the Revolution, the pioneers of the Islamic Revolution were the standard-bearers of unity in the world of Islam."

Ayatollah Khamenei said that it is necessary for hajj officials to maintain a close relationship with pilgrims and reiterated: "Seeing the purity, spirituality and grandeur of the holy places in Mecca and Medina, people undergo a great transformation. Preserving this achievement is of paramount importance, and this is possible through maintaining a close relationship with pilgrims and developing appropriate cultural norms."

Islamic-Iranian Model of Progress called for

(2010/12/01 - 23:09)

Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei hosted a four hour conference Wednesday night on the status and nature of strategic thoughts in the Islamic Republic of Iran where scores of thinkers and professors from the universities and the Howza (school of religious sciences) exchanged views on the fundamentals of an Islamic-Iranian model of progress.

Ayatollah Khamenei in a speech to the meeting urged for applying all existing capacities in the country in developing the model.

Ayatollah Khamenei said such a model would deal with the four realms of intellect, science, lifestyle and spirituality and shall serve as an upper hand document for any future visions or planning.

Ayatollah Khamenei said the planners need to avoid haste as the Islamic-Iranian model could only be developed in a long term or more optimistically in a mid term process. The IR Leader noted however that the process shall run on a rational speed.

Ayatollah Khamenei said the Islamic-Iranian model of progress shall set the objectives while its strategies shall be subject to modifications in the course of time, pointing to an element of flexibility within the texture of the prospective model of progress.

Ayatollah Khamenei then expounded on the four aspects of the term "Islamic Iranian model of progress," saying that the model was meant to be a master, comprehensive plan. "In absence of a master plan, we might suffer the failure of adopting contradictory measures as we have done on certain economic or cultural issues in the past thirty years," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

The notion of Islamic, Ayatollah Khamenei said, requires the model to pursue Islamic teachings when it comes to set aspirations, values or methods. "Our society and government are Islamic. We are proud that we could draw up our own model of progress based on Islamic resources," the IR Leader said.

As regards the notion of Iranian, Ayatollah Khamenei said the model shall consider historical, geographical, cultural, economic and social conditions of Iran. "The term also points to the origin of the model. It is actually an effort by the thinkers of the land of Iran to draw up the future of the country," he said.

As for the notion of progress, Ayatollah Khamenei said "progress" has been used intentionally instead of the notion of "development" which pragmatically connotes those values and requirements which are common in the west and which contravene the ideas and beliefs of Iran.

Ayatollah Khamenei said the Islamic-Iranian model of progress shall designate a favorable situation to be achieved as well as how to reach it, adding that the notions of Islamic or Iranian do not necessarily mean to provide an imperative to overlook the experiences of others rather Iran welcomes to any knowledge outside albeit with open eyes and eclectic mood.

Ayatollah Khamenei urged the audience to take and answer any questions or enquiries concerning the model, adding that the current time was a favorable juncture for the development of the model in light of a thirty year old experience of Islamic government in Iran as well as ampleness of talents and thoughts in the society.

Touching on the four realms with which the model shall deal, Ayatollah Khamenei said the model of progress shall drive the society towards intellectuality and help it beam with thoughts and intellect.

Concerning the realm of science, the IR Leader urged for steadfast continuation of the ongoing innovative drive in the country for the purpose of scientific independence, adding that the model of progress shall help set the tracks and milestones of a comprehensive and profound progress in the realm of science.

The IR Leader said the Islamic-Iranian model of progress shall also help tackle major issues of societal life including security, justice, welfare, freedom, government, independence and national dignity.

As for the realm of spirituality, Ayatollah Khamenei described spirituality as soul for the body of progress.

Ayatollah Khamenei noted that human would be able to attain perfection after the reappearance of the Imam of Age, Hazrat Mahdi (may God hasten his reappearance). "Human has endured challenges of life in the course of past millennia but would find the track of genuine progress after the reappearance of Hazrat Hojja," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

Ayatollah Khamenei in another regard, laid out the prospective Islamic aspects of the model of progress, saying that the notion of monotheism could provide human with a neat solution for social challenges and that belief in the afterlife could render it logical to endure strait times and promote the spirit of sacrifice.

Ayatollah Khamenei noted that human being was regarded by Islam as axis of any social planning however it differs from humanism in that the ultimate goal of Islam is human salvation with other social issues like justice, welfare, security and even worship serving as preambles or minor goals.

Ayatollah Khamenei said Islam views human being as bound with duties, adding that democracy here is a duty besides being a right so that no one is entitled to shirk the responsibility of moral status of the society.

Ayatollah Khamenei then touched on the issue of government as shall be viewed in the model of progress, saying in view of Islam, anyone who is going to serve a post must first acquire necessary qualifications otherwise it is illegitimate for him or her to serve the post.

Ayatollah Khamenei also noted that in view of the model of progress, any individual who feels arrogant or wants everything to be his or her is not entitled to rule over others and similarly the people are not entitled to allow him or her to rule over them.

Ayatollah Khamenei wrapped the discussion with noting that the model of progress shall encompass justice as a major pillar and that it must adopt a non materialistic approach towards economy. "Islam values wealth and favors wealth generation provided it is not used for corrupt intentions, dominance or extravagance," the IR Leader said.

Ayatollah Khamenei called for establishment of a foundation tasked with the development of the prospective model of progress, adding that all intellectuals in the country are welcome to join the major drive.

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