Supreme Leader Meets with
Ayatollah Khamenei the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, met
Saturday morning with hundreds of outstanding women who are active in
academic, Quranic and seminary areas, areas related to women and the
family, executive and public organizations and media networks. Speaking at
the meeting, His Eminence highlighted the necessity of strengthening the
family environment, respecting women in the family environment and
creating an Islamic discourse on the issue of women in international
arenas, further adding: "Active and competent women in the camp of the
Islamic Republic should participate more actively in defending the
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution stated that there should
not be any stagnation in women's movement. He said, "Why should we adopt a
passive outlook in the face of the western discourse on the issue of women
despite the convincing and perfect discourse of Isl am on this issue?"
Ayatollah Khamenei described the western discourse on the issue of
women as a very calculated and political discourse, saying: "Although the
western discourse on the issue of women seems to be at its peak, it is on
the verge of fall, destruction and disgrace."
His Eminence described making women behave like men and preparing the
ground for men to indulge in pleasure as the two main parts of the western
discourse on the issue of women. He reiterated: "Westerners are looking
for a way to make women do jobs which are compatible with the physical and
intellectual characteristics of men and they would like to describe it as
an advantage and a source of honor."
He said that it is not wrong to let women hold executive positions,
adding: "What is wrong is to feel proud of having a large number of women
in executive positions because this is in line with the western discourse."
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution reiterated: "What should
make us feel proud is having a large number of intellectual and mujahid
women who are active in cultural and political arenas."
Ayatollah Khamenei described adopting a hedonistic outlook on the issue
of women as a big disaster, saying: "Today, a number of western
intellectuals feel that they are in danger on the issue of women. Issues
such as homosexuality result from such an outlook. This outlook is,
definitely, one of the factors which will lead to the fall of western
His Eminence stressed: "We should not at all adopt a passive role in
the face of the western discourse. Rather, we should highlight the
discourse of Islam on the issue of women in a bold and determined way."
He stated: "All members of the family should always behave in a
respectful way towards women. The family envir onment should be one in
which children kiss their mother's hands."
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution added: "If the culture of
respecting women is firmly established, many problems of our society will
be solved and women will not be oppressed."
Supreme Leader Meets with
Members of Health Care Charity Association
Ayatollah Khamenei referred to the determining role of the people in
all important arenas including the arena of politics, economy, health,
culture and education, further reiterating: "The Islamic Revolution was
dependent on the presence of the people and if the people had not entered
the arena to play their role, politicians and political movements would
not have been able to do anything."
His Eminence stressed that the issue of health care should have
priority over many other issues in the country, further adding: "Officials
and caring individuals should make plans and follow up these matters in a
way that the people feel relieved about the issue of health care."
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution described preserving the
popular nature of such charity associations as important and necessary,
adding: "We should not take away dynamism and vibrancy from popular
associations by imposing rigid bureaucratic structures."
At the end of his statements, Ayatollah Khamenei said that achieving
positive results from charitable actions is the biggest incentive for
those who make donations. He reiterated: "These charitable acts will
satisfy God Almighty. Each charitable act will be recorded by God Almighty
and it will not be ignored."
Supreme Leader Meets with
Participants of International Conference on Islamic Awakening
Ayatollah Khamenei the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution met
Tuesday morning with hundreds of university professors, outstanding
personalities and thinkers participating in the International Conference
of Muslim University Professors and Islamic Awakening. Speaking at the
meeting, His Eminence referred to the significance of Islamic Awakening
and presented an in-depth analysis of the position of Islam, sharia, the
conditions of the people in countries which have carried out a revolution
and the dangers they face.
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution stated that if professors,
outstanding personalities and intellectuals want to play a crucial role in
helping society achieve happiness and salvation, they should show purity,
courage, wisdom and diligence and they should not be greedy. He added: "Islamic
Awakening and its influence on the Islamic Ummah is a great event which
has penetrated the whole world and which has resulted in a number of
revolutions and regime change in certain countries."
Ayatollah Khamenei reiterated that Islamic Awakening is a deep and
widespread movement. He added that the enemies are afraid of the phrase ″Islamic
Awakening″, further stating: "They are trying very hard not to let the
phrase ″Islamic Awakening″ be used to refer to the current great movement
in the region because the enemies are terrified of genuine Islam."
His Eminence stressed: "They do not fear the kind of Islam which is
based on money, corruption, aristocracy and the kind of Islam which is not
supported by the majority of people. But they tremble with fear when they
see the kind of Islam which is supported by the majority of people and
which is based on action, reliance on God and divine promises."
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution reiterated: "We believe
that the current great movement is a true example of Islamic Awakening.
This movement will continue in the future and it will not easily deviate
from its path."
Ayatollah Khamenei referred to the reasons why this movement is called
an Islamic movement, further adding: "The people's Islamic slogans in the
regional revolutions and the role of Muslim believers in organizing public
demonstrations and overthrowing corrupt regimes are all proof that this
movement is Islamic in essence."
His Eminence added that the people's votes in favor of Islamist parties
in the elections which are held in these countries is another reason why
this movement is Islamic and stressed: "Today if a free election is held
in many Muslim countries and if Islamist leaders and politicians
participate in this election, people will vote for Islamist politicians."
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution referred to the need for
identifying the problems of these movements and revolutions especially in
Egypt, Tunisia and Libya, and stated: "Besides identifying the problems,
we should highlight the goals of these revolutions because if it is not
clear what the goals are, there will be confusion."
Ayatollah Khamenei added that getting rid of global hegemony is one of
the objectives of Islamic Awakening and stressed: "We should announce this
openly because the notion that global arrogance - headed by America - may
get along with Islamic movements is a mistake."
His Eminence added: "Wherever Islam and supporters of Islam prevail,
America does its best to destroy them while putting on a friendly smile."
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution stressed that the regional
revolutions should distance themselves from global arrogance, further
reiterating: "We do not say that they should go to war with global
arrogance, but we say that if they do not distance themselves from global
arrogance, they will be deceived."
Ayatollah Khamenei stated that global arrogance uses money, weapons and
science to dominate the world. "Despite possessing these means, one of the
current big problems of western countries is that they do not have any new
idea to help humanity. This is while the world of Islam has new ideas and
a roadmap to help humanity."
His Eminence said that Islam offers new ideas and a roadmap, adding: "This
issue is one of the strong points of the world of Islam. If we delineate
our goals on the basis of these ideas, then the money, science and weapons
of the west will not be effective as they were in the past."
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution reiterated that another
important goal of Islamic Awakening is to make Islam and sharia the pivot
of things. He added: "There is an all-out effort to claim that sharia is
not compatible with progress, ch ange and civilization. This is while
Islam answers all the needs of human beings and it is for all eras and all
Ayatollah Khamenei said that it is a matter of deep regret that some
dogmatic movements try to promote the idea that Islam is not compatible
with progressiveness. He reiterated: "What is important is to promote the
idea that Islam answers all the needs of humanity."
His Eminence stated that building a governing system is another goal of
Islamic Awakening and referred to a number of past events in North Africa
which failed to succeed due to a lack of a system. He added: "If a
governing system is not built in countries which have carried out a
revolution, they will face dangers."
He added that one important thing to do regarding the regional
revolutions is to strengthen popular support and stressed: "The real power
is in the hands of the people. Whenever the people unanimously support th
eir leaders, America and even powers that are greater than America cannot
do anything to harm them."
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution highlighted the importance
of keeping the people on the scene, further adding: "Intellectuals,
authors, poets and especially religious scholars play a significant role
in regional developments. They should help the people remain vigilant by
specifying the goals and the problems and by warning them against their
Ayatollah Khamenei highlighted the need for unity among Muslim
countries. He added: "The west and America are trying to create discord
among Muslims under such pretexts as Shia and Sunny, ethnicity and
nationality. Therefore, all of us should be vigilant and we should address
and respond to this issue from this perspective and we should also adopt
positions in this regard."
His Eminence stressed that despite the efforts and plots of global
arroga nce, the world of Islam is moving forward, further reiterating:
"One of the examples of this progress is the 8-day war. On the one side,
there were the Palestinian people who lived in a very small area - namely
Gaza - and on the other side there was the Zionist regime which claims to
have the strongest army in the world. But it was the Palestinian side that
set conditions for a ceasefire."
He added: "Would anybody have believed this ten years ago?"
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution hailed the Palestinian
people, Hamas and Islamic Jihad for their courage in the events of Gaza.
Ayatollah Khamenei expressed his gratitude to Palestinian soldiers for
their sacrifices, their efforts and their patience.
His Eminence stated that the 8-day war in Gaza is an important lesson
for the Palestinian people and for all Muslims. He stressed: "The war in
Gaza showed that if all of us stay united and show patience when we face
difficulties, God Almighty will fulfill his promise of bringing comfort
after a hardship."
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution referred to the issue of
Bahrain and added: "Unfortunately, the world of Islam is silent about the
issue of Bahrain. This silence is because of the wrong attitude towards
He reiterated: "Some people have a denominational bias in the issue of
Bahrain. According to these people, you can help people who have risen up
against their corrupt government unless these people are Shia like the
people of Bahrain."
Ayatollah Khamenei stressed: "If we want to adopt a comprehensive
outlook on the regional developments, we should take the plots and
machinations of the enemy into consideration."
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution stressed that Iran's
position on the issue of Syria is based on such an outloo k. He added: "The
Islamic Republic of Iran is against shedding even one drop of blood from
any Muslim. But those who have dragged Syria into a civil war, destruction
and fratricide are to blame for the current situation in Syria."
His Eminence reiterated: "The demands of all peoples should be met in
conventional ways and without using violence."
Elsewhere in his statements, Ayatollah Khamenei stated that training
young people and achieving scientific and technological progress are
essential issues for Islamic countries, especially those countries which
have carried out a revolution. He reiterated: "This is possible and the
Islamic Republic of Iran is a living example in this regard."
Ayatollah Khamenei stressed: "Islamic countries should follow the
example of the Islamic Republic of Iran in this regard and the world of
Islam should reach a point where it can be an authoritative source of
reference in scienti fic areas."