Supreme Leader Attends
Graduation Ceremony at Imam Hussein (a.s.) University
Ayatollah Khamenei the Commander-in-Chief of the Iranian Armed Forces
attended the graduation ceremony of a group of cadets at Imam Hussein (a.s.)
University on Monday. Speaking at the meeting, which was held on the
occasion of the anniversary of the liberation of Khoramshahr on May 24,
1983, His Eminence described the great, valorous and enthusiastic
participation of the Iranian nation in the upcoming election on the 24th
of Khordad as an indication of greater achievements for the Revolution and
the Islamic Republic.
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution called on the people to
pay careful attention to the statements and slogans of candidates in order
to know which candidate is the most qualified. He also recommended that
presidential candidates move forward according to the principles of the
Islamic Republic and adopt wise outlooks. His Eminence stressed that they
should avoid slandering, was ting the resources of the country and
behaving in an inappropriate way in their election campaigns, further
reiterating: "By Allah's favor, the future of our country and nation will
be a bright and dignified future and it will be a model for everybody."
Ayatollah Khamenei added: "We do not know who will be the president and
we do not know towards which person Allah the Exalted will lead the hearts
of the people. But we know that the participation of the people through
the ballot box - which represents the strong presence of the Iranian
nation in the arena of movement towards ideals - will definitely prepare
the ground for our dignity, immunity and international honor. Such
participation will result in the happiness of friends and the unhappiness
of the enemies."
The Commander-in-Chief of the Iranian Armed Forces referred to the
propaganda of the ill-wishers of the Iranian nation in order to discourage
the people from participating in the elections, further stating: "The
reason for this widespread propaganda is that if the people enter the
arena and show their enthusiastic presence, this will prove costly for the
Pointing to the statements of American politicians regarding the
elections in Iran, he said: "They express their opinions about our
elections. Which kind of people are saying this? Those people whose
Guantanamo prison is a source of disgrace for them, whose drones are a
stain on their reputation because they fly over the underprivileged
villages in Pakistan and Afghanistan, those who wage wars in this
sensitive region and whose occupation of two Muslim countries is the
sources of disgrace and whose unconditional support for the criminal
Zionist regime is a source of shame and embarrassment for them."
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution stressed that it is not
worth answering the criticism that they level at the Islamic Republ ic. He
reiterated: "But their statements are a lesson for all the people because
they show how sensitive the elections are for them."
Ayatollah Khamenei stated: "It is 34 years that the camp of the enemies
has been causing uproar during the time of elections. This is while they
have always remained unsuccessful. By Allah's favor, this time too, the
Iranian nation will slap them across the face."
His Eminence called on the people to pay careful attention to the
statements and positions of the candidates, saying: "The people should
choose a candidate who can prepare the ground for the dignity of the
country and its future and who can solve the problems, put up a strong
resistance against the camp of the hostile enemies and make the Islamic
Republic a role model in the eyes of the underprivileged people throughout
The Commander-in-Chief of the Iranian Armed Forces reiterated: "The
difference in the w ay the people decide whom to vote for and their
interest in different candidates should not make them confront one another."
He stated: "In order to choose the person who will hold the highest
executive position in the country - which is a very sensitive and
important position - there are certain rules and regulations and we will
act according to that. Therefore, differences of opinion should not result
in irritation and displeasure."
Addressing presidential candidates, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic
Revolution said: "The honorable candidates should move things forward with
valor, enthusiasm and commitment and they should avoid causing turmoil."
Ayatollah Khamenei added: "The delicacy of elections depends on an
environment in which there is enthusiasm, dynamism and heated discussions.
But there should not be any kind of mudslinging in it."
His Eminence advised the candidates to pay attention to the cost of
their election campaigns, stressing: "The people will make a judgment
about the way candidates launch their campaigns, about the way they meet
their costs and about wasting resources. Those who use public funds or
money which may be harram in their election campaigns will not be able to
win the trust of the people."
He stated: "We should take care not to give an encouraging sign to the
enemies outside the country or to some people inside the country. Well,
the enemy is doing his job. He is engaging in mudslinging against a
certain individual or individuals and - more than that- against the
Revolution, the Islamic Republic and the elections. Of course, there are
impious voices inside the country. Unfortunately, inside the country there
are some impious tongues, pens and voices who repeat what the enemies say
in order to discourage the people and make them depressed. The people
should not pay any attention to these people."
Elsewhere in his statements, the Commander-in-Chief of the Iranian
Armed Forces described protecting the Revolution as one of the outstanding
characteristics of the students at Imam Hussein (a.s.) University, further
adding: "There is a major difference between this university and all the
other universities. Acquiring knowledge, achieving intellectual growth and
developing one's personality are the major goals of all of our
universities and educational centers. But in this university, there is
also the matter of protecting the Revolution."
Supreme Leader Meets with
People from Different Social Backgrounds
Ayatollah Khamenei the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, met
Wednesday morning with thousands of people from different social
backgrounds. Speaking at the meeting, His Eminence called on all the
people, particularly the youth of the country, to benefit from the great
capacities of the month of Rajab. Referring to the hostile goals of the
enemies of the Iranian nation in the upcoming elections, he stated that
the elections on the 24th of Khordad are another glorious test for the
people of Iran. He added: "In order to achieve their goals and frustrate
the enemy, the people should choose a competent, suitable, religious,
revolutionary, determined and steadfast candidate - from among the
candidates which the Guardian Council introduces on the basis of legal
standards - who benefits from a jihad-like determination and who is better
than other candidates in undertaking the heavy responsibility of helping
the country achieve dignity and progress."
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution described the upcoming
elections as the most important issue of the country in the present time.
Pointing to the short-term and long-term effects of this event, he stated:
"In these elections, as a result of the votes that people will cast, one
individual will rule over the fate of the people and the major issues of
the country for four years. However, a number of the decisions that this
individual will make and the good or bad things which he will do can
influence the future of our country for even 40 years. And this fact shows
how important presidential elections are."
Ayatollah Khamenei stressed that the elections on the 24th of Khordad
are very important, saying: "Despite the fact that we are still one month
away from the elections, this issue has turned into an internationally
important issue and international think tanks and the enemies of Iran
carefully follow up even the introductory stages of this event."
His Eminence said that, in these elections, the enemies pursue goals
which are completely different from the goals of the Iranian nation,
further adding: "The people of Iran are looking for a person who can help
the country move forward at a faster rate in material and spiritual arenas.
They are looking for a person who can increase the dignity of Iran and
preserve its independence - in the shade of the enthusiasm, excitement and
hopes of the people - as well as solving the current problems and helping
the people have better and more prosperous lives."
He stated: "In order to cool down the elections, the enemy is looking
for a person who does not enjoy these characteristics and who can drag
Iran towards being dependent, weak and backward in different arenas and
towards treading the path of policies which are developed by foreigners."
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution reiterated: "Of course, at
first, foreigners were looking for a way to prevent the elections from
being held, but now that their hands have been cut off from achieving this
goal, they are trying to discourage the people, undermine the elections
and influence the votes of the people."
Ayatollah Khamenei described the effort to discourage the people from
participating in the elections as one of the main tactics of the enemy. He
said: "They want to instill the idea in the minds of the people that
voting and participating in the elections is useless. They want to make
the people ask themselves, 'Why should we participate in the elections?'"
His Eminence referred to the role of the large Zionist networks and
news agencies, adding: "Describing the conditions of the country as
critical, magnifying problems, instilling despair into the hearts of the
people about the existing problems and picturing the future of the country
as dark are among the methods that these large networks, which lie and
distort facts, are using in order to undermine the elections in Iran."
He said: "Of course, there are certain problems, such as high prices
and unemployment, in the country, but which country exists that does not
have any problems? Does the fact that the people of Europe shout slogans
on the streets every day not show that European countries have many
Comparing the situation of Iran with the situation of other countries,
the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution stated: "Which country enjoys
the national independence, solidarity and unity as the people of Iran?
Which country has all these energetic young individuals who can conquer
the peaks of great scientific achievements? Which nation has managed to
enjoy significance, greatness and influence that the Iranian nation enjoys
in international and regional events? And which nation has man aged - like
the dear people of Iran - to frustrate the evil moves of its enemies and
continue its path in a hopeful and glorious way?"
Ayatollah Khamenei pointed to the political confrontation between the
Iranian nation and the opposing camp, stressing: "The people should know
that their enthusiastic and strong presence in elections will bring about
immunity for the country and will reduce the greed of foreigners for
transgression and wrongdoing."
Addressing the officials and political activists, His Eminence stated:
"Dear people! Dear youth! Dear officials! Dear promoters of the Islamic
Revolution! Dear public speakers! You should do the opposite. You should
give hope to the people. This hope is not a vain hope. This hope is a
He stressed that the Iranian nation will emerge victorious out of its
confrontation with the enemies, saying: "Because we know our people from
experience and because we have constantly witnessed divine blessings and
kindness, we are sure that - like previous elections - this time too the
Iranian nation will deal a hard blow to the enemies."
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution highlighted the
characteristics that future executive officials should have, adding: "We
should think carefully in order to make a good choice. We should know the
standards. By Allah's favor, I will discuss certain points in this regard
in the future. But the main standard is that those who will hold executive
positions should make efforts to preserve the dignity of the Iranian
nation and continue the movement of the country towards achieving the
goals of the Revolution."
Ayatollah Khamenei highlighted the necessity of choosing those
candidates who are determined to preserve the dignity and progress of the
country. He added: "Whatever blessings we have had over these long years
is because of the goals of the Revoluti on. Whenever we could not go on,
whenever we fell behind others and whenever we were defeated, it was
because of our negligence to follow the goals of Islam and the Islamic
His Eminence called on candidates to be careful about their slogans,
reiterating: "Sometimes, in order to win votes, a number of candidates use
slogans that are beyond their legal powers. Of course, they are making a
mistake. Our wise people can identify these slogans and they can be
vigilant about them. In their slogans, they should include issues which
are crucial for the people, which are more urgent than other issues and
which are compatible with the realities and the resources of the country
and which will lead to the inner strength of the Iranian nation."
His Eminence mentioned that different people are running for the
elections, adding: "By Allah's favor, the honorable members of the
Guardian Council will introduce to the people - based on t heir legal
responsibilities - those candidates who are qualified. After all, the
honorable members of the Guardian council are pious and wise people. They
will make a decision based on the law and as a result, a number of people
who are righteous will be introduced to the people. You and I should take
a look and see which of these qualified candidates is the most qualified,
which candidate can realize the goals of the people and which candidate
can undertake this heavy responsibility and continue this path with
complete trustworthiness. You and I should understand and pay attention to
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution stressed the need for
following the law in a strict way, adding: "The law is a very good
standard. It is a tool for preserving national unity and the peace and
tranquility of the country and for following the public path."
Ayatollah Khamenei said that the harmful events of the year 1388
resulte d from violating the law. He stated: "In the year 1388, the
problems that were created, the harm that was inflicted on the country and
the efforts of some people to prevent the country and the people from
enjoying the results of their 40 million votes were the consequences of
violating the law. Some people violated the law either because of their
personal motives, their illegal political motives or whatever else - I do
not want to make a judgment in this regard. They made a mistake by
choosing illegal ways and they harmed themselves, the people and the
His Eminence stated that the right path is the path of the law, adding:
"Sometimes, a law may not be one-hundred percent right, but it is better
He reiterated: "It is possible that the enforcer of the law carries out
an illegal action and you and I may find out that he has acted in an
illegal way. But if we fail to correct this mistake with legal actions, t
hen it is better for us to tolerate this mistake rather than taking
another illegal action and correcting what we consider as illegal by
violating the law."
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution mentioned that acting
according to sharia standards to choose an individual candidate will bring
us tranquility both in this world and in the hereafter. He stated: "When
one acts according to sharia standards, even if later it turns out to be
an incorrect choice, one can feel proud and say, 'I carried out my duty'."
Elsewhere in his statements, Ayatollah Khamenei described the month of
Rajab as an opportunity for developing our spiritual capacities, saying: "The
month of Rajab is an opportunity to prepare ourselves for the month of
Ramadan which is the month of divine celebration."
Supreme Leader Meets with
Officials in Charge of Resistance and Revolution Literature Office
Ayatollah Khamenei the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, met
Monday morning with officials in charge of Resistance and Revolution
Literature Office. His Eminence stated that creating a great, inspiring
and motivating movement in areas related to resistance and revolution
literature and preventing some hostile movements from distorting concepts
and facts about the Islamic Revolution are two important and outstanding
characteristics of institutes in charge of artistic activities. He
stressed: "This pioneering and influential movement eliminated the need of
the country for imported literature."
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution referred to the efforts of
a number of so-called intellectual movements to destroy and hide facts
about the great and impressive valor which was created by the Islamic
Revolution, further adding: "The efforts of committed artists to highlight
the great spiritual capabilities of the country - which are the products
of the Revolution - changed the wrong approach and tradition of these
so-called intellectuals. These efforts reduced our dependence on
translated works. This has led to a wealth of valuable and glorious works
in different literary and artistic areas."
Ayatollah Khamenei highlighted the necessity of improving research on
resistance and revolution literature, reiterating: "Of course, this does
not mean that we should confine ourselves to western methods of research.
Rather, it means that we should develop innovate and intelligent ideas as
well as using these methods."
His Eminence stressed the need for carrying out a comparative study of
literature related to the Sacred Defense Era and literature related to
other contemporary wars and also a comparative study of the Islamic
Revolution of Iran and other revolutions in the world. He reiterated: "Compared
to other revolutions in the world, the Islamic Revolution enjoys more
depth, strength and competence. Nevertheless, it has not received enough
attention unlike other revolutions. It is necessary to work more on
producing historical books and novels and other such books."
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."
Ayatollah Khamenei the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution met
Wednesday morning with thousands of teachers from different parts of the
country. Speaking at the meeting, which was held on the occasion of
Teachers' Week, His Eminence described the educational system as a very
important organization and the main infrastructure for building an
advanced society which enjoys noble human characteristics and an Islamic
lifestyle, further adding: "Making a quantum leap and achieving political
and economic valor are necessary for the rapid movement of the country
towards progress in different areas. The educational system plays a
significant role in this arena."
Reviving the memory of Shahid Motahhari and the teachers and students
who were martyred, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution stated
that teaching enjoys a much higher position than other occupations in an
Islamic society, further reiterat ing: "Teachers are, in fact, makers of
precious jewels. These jewels are children and teenagers and therefore,
teaching cannot be put on an equal footing with other occupations."
Ayatollah Khamenei said: "Any society depends on proper education of
children and teenagers for achieving welfare, glory, prosperity,
scientific progress, courage, wisdom, liberation and rationality and a
great part of this responsibility falls on the shoulders of teachers."
His Eminence added: "The reason why there is a great emphasis on the
necessity of bringing about fundamental reform in the education system is
that any reform in society is based on a firm infrastructure, namely the
His Eminence stressed that the plan for fundamental reform of the
educational system should be put into practice, stating: "Of course, in
the process of implementing the plan for fundamental reform of the
educational system we s hould avoid any hasty action and we should move
forward with acumen while considering all factors."
He described bringing about reform in the educational system as a deep
process, saying: "The plans which enjoy depth do not produce results
immediately. Based on this, implementing the plan for fundamental reform
of the educational system requires extensive research in different areas
so that the educational system is directed into the right channel."
Referring to the issue of teacher training universities, the Supreme
Leader of the Islamic Revolution stated that it is necessary to provide
the educational system with financial support, further adding: "Such
universities are different from other universities because teachers'
personalities are built in these universities. Therefore, the educational
system should support teacher training universities."
Ayatollah Khamenei said that the issue of textbooks is a ver y
important issue in the educational system, further stressing: "We have
included certain issues in our textbooks for years. A number of people
omit certain subjects and some other people re-incorporate them into our
textbooks. We should see what kind of religious, Islamic and civil
knowledge is necessary and what kind of subject matter is required for
building a civilization and for building human beings."
His Eminence expressed his gratitude to teachers for the efforts that
they have made to educate students. He referred to the vigilance of
teachers and their commitment to the interests of the Islamic Republic
over the past 34 years, further adding: "This year has been named 'The
Year of Political and Economic Valor' and definitely, the educational
system can play a significant role in achieving valor."
He mentioned that achieving valor requires enthusiasm and cooperation
from all the people - including teachers and students - further
reiterating: "Although students who study at schools cannot vote according
to the law, they can influence their families. And this large number of
teachers throughout the country can play their part, both in elections -
which are the essential instance of political valor - and in economic
valor which is a long term process."
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution added: "Because of the
goals and ideals that the country and the great people of Iran have, they
need to achieve valor and make a quantum leap in different areas."
Ayatollah Khamenei pointed to the astonishing achievements -
particularly scientific achievements - of the Iranian nation in the past
three decades, stressing: "The rate of scientific growth in Iran is so
fast that it has left international communities with no choice but to
acknowledge our progress."
His Eminence reiterated: "The Iranian nation also enjoys a fast rate of
progress in social and political areas. Moreover, it enjoys a fast rate of
progress in terms of development, knowledge and understanding, communal
wisdom, national power and international dignity. But the ill-wishers of
the Iranian nation do not reflect these issues in their propaganda."
He said: "Despite all these achievements, the Iranian nation still
needs more and greater achievements in order to reach its goals and ideals
and achieve the position it deserves. And valor is a prerequisite for
making these achievements and leaps."
Pointing to the successful experience of the Iranian nation in giving
rise to valor during the Sacred Defense Era, the Supreme Leader of the
Islamic Revolution stated: "By Allah's favor, the people of Iran will be
successful in achieving political and economic valor."
Supreme Leader Meets with
Officials in Charge of Elections
Ayatollah Khamenei the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, met
Monday morning with officials in charge of presidential and city and
village councils elections. Speaking at the meeting, His Eminence
described the enthusiastic presence of all the people in the elections on
the 24th of Khordad as a guarantee for the success of the country. He
stressed that organizations in charge of supervision and officials in
charge of elections should act within the law at all stages.
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution described insulting the
tomb of Hujr ibn Adi, the Holy Prophet's (s.w.a.) companion, as a tragic
event, stressing: "Muslims - particularly scientific, political and
religious personalities of the world of Islam - should carry out their
responsibility in the face of this malevolent move and they should prevent
the fire of fitna from spreading."
Ayatollah Khamenei described elections as the great manifestation of
national and Islamic trust, adding: "The Guardian Council, organizations
in charge of holding and supervising elections and organizations in charge
of creating a safe and healthy environment for elections are responsible
for safeguarding this great trust. They have important and valuable
responsibilities which will exert a permanent influence on the country."
His Eminence pointed to the significant role of elections in reviving
the country and the Revolution, saying: "Over these 34 years, elections
have been a crucial and determining factor in helping our country move
forward. Over these years, each time the people went to ballot boxes -
more than thirty elections have been held in our country - they prevented
many disasters. Each time their presence managed to give fresh impetus to
our country, nation and Revolution."
He said that the elections on the 24th of Khordad are more important,
in certain ways, than previous elections, stating: "Holding the
presidential elections and city and village councils elections at the same
time is one of the reasons why the upcoming elections are very significant."
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution described the
establishment of councils in all cities and villages throughout the
country as the manifestation of the constant presence of the people in the
arena of making decisions for the country. Addressing officials, the
people and outstanding personalities, he said: "Paying attention to
presidential elections should not make you ignore the significance of city
and village council elections."
Ayatollah Khamenei mentioned that, as it has been specified in the
Constitution and other laws, the president has many responsibilities and
he has been provided with many resources, further adding: "The
Constitution and the current legal system in the country have pr ovided
the executive branch and the president with many resources and with a
large budget so that it can tread the path of achieving ideals. Therefore,
presidential elections are extremely important."
His Eminence described Imam Khomeini (r.a.) as an innovator and
engineer who built the great structure of the Islamic Republic on the
basis of the presence of the people. He stated that Imam (r.a.) insisted
on holding a referendum and other elections for determining the role of
the Islamic Republic. He said: "This is the nature of the Islamic
Republic. Thankfully, this has been preserved in the Islamic Republic.
Many people wanted to undermine elections and delay them. They wanted to
undermine the presence of the people in elections. They had a motivation
for doing this, but they failed. They have failed to do this to this day."
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution described the presence of
the people on the scene as the main re ason for the strength of the
Islamic Republic, stating: "In the Islamic Republic, if the people are not
present on the scene, The Islamic Republic means nothing. The Islamic
Republic is not comprised of a few officials like me. The Islamic Republic
means the widespread presence of the people of Iran and their movement
towards ideals and great and practical goals. This is the meaning of the
Ayatollah Khamenei added: "The Islamic Republic and its power rely on
the hearts, emotions and feelings of the people. They rely on the wisdom
and the understanding of the people. If, over these 30-something years,
the enemies have not managed to undermine the Islamic Republic, the reason
is this. Otherwise, would this materialistic and arrogant world and these
oppressive, cruel and evil powers allow such a system with its lofty
claims to survive?"
His Eminence stressed: "By Allah's favor and grace, the upcoming
election will b e one of our best and most enthusiastic elections."
He referred to the constant efforts of foreigners to counteract the
presence of the Iranian nation in elections, further stating: "Like what
they did in the year 1388, the enemy is trying to counteract the people's
efforts. This was one of the things which the enemies did. They made some
people build up certain illegal expectations so that, based on these
expectations, they would try to pit the people against the Islamic
Republic. Of course, by Allah's favor, they failed."
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution referred to a number of
events which took place in the year 1388, saying: "In that year, if those
individuals who inflicted a loss on the country and the people and those
who imposed unnecessary expenses on the country had observed the law, that
situation would not have been brought about. The law has specified that if
anybody has a complaint, they shoul d step forward. This was mentioned in
that year. We even asked the honorable members of the Guardian Council to
extend the time for counting votes. We said that they can recount as many
boxes as they want. But they [who claimed fraud] did not accept it. What
they did was irrational. They imposed unnecessary expenses on the country.
Well, our country overcomes these challenges because the Islamic Republic
of Iran is strong."
Ayatollah Khamenei described observing the law as the only way to
prevent problems that may occur during elections, further stressing: "Wherever
they are, all the people - including the people in the capital, big cities
and villages - should try to express their viewpoints on the basis of the
law. If anybody has an expectation, they should express it within the law."
His Eminence stressed that all officials in charge of holding elections
should act within the law, reiterating: "In order to honor the people's
trust , you should observe the law. The law should be strictly observed on
the issue of qualifying presidential candidates, candidates running for
city and village council elections and other candidates who may run for
future elections. Also, the law should be observed on the issue of
counting the votes and protecting the ballot boxes."
He stated that learning how to show revolutionary patience is necessary
for all the people, further adding: "It is clear that in each election a
number of people do not achieve the desired results. I do not want to
refer to these people as losers in elections. Words such as losers,
winners and other such western and materialistic words and expressions
should not be used. If we enter the arena for the sake of God and for
carrying out our responsibilities, then winning and losing are meaningless.
We should tolerate everything which may happen in elections - which is
based on law. We should learn this. This is revolutionary patience. This
is revolutionary tolerance."
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution mentioned that anything
candidates say may exert either a positive or a negative influence on the
future of the country, further stating: "We should evaluate the commitment,
faith, preparedness and capabilities of candidates and we should act
according to our evaluation. If you and I, who want to vote, enter the
arena with pure intentions and for carrying out our responsibilities and
making decisions for the future of our country, then Allah the Exalted
will guide our hearts."
Ayatollah Khamenei described elections as the right and the
responsibility of the people, reiterating: "Those who want to evaluate the
qualifications of candidates and make a decision according to that
evaluation should take everything into consideration. The president should
be diligent, popular, steadfast and wise. He should be committed to values
and rules and regulations becaus e he is the enforcer of the law. Moreover,
he should feel the needs of the people and he should pay attention to all
the people from different social backgrounds."
His Eminence stated that each vote the people cast influences the
results of elections, stressing: "Nobody should say, 'what kind of
influence does my vote exert anyway?'. When individuals come together,
they form millions-strong groups. Everybody should feel that they are
responsible and, by Allah's favor, they should enter the arena."
He reiterated: "The security, immunity and progress of the country will
be definitely reinforced with the widespread presence and maximum
participation of the people. And, by Allah's favor, this country will be
able to take another step towards the lofty goals of the Islamic
Elsewhere in his statements, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic
Revolution described destroying the tomb of Hujr ibn Adi, the Holy
Prophet's (s.w.a.) companion, and insulting his body as a tragic event,
further adding: "Another reason why this is a tragic event is that there
are some people among Muslims and the Islamic Ummah who have backward,
superstitious and malevolent ideas and who consider commemorating
outstanding and enlightened personalities of the early Islamic era as a
polytheistic and blasphemous move. This is really a disaster."
Ayatollah Khamenei added: "These are the people whose forefathers
destroyed the tombs of the Imams (a.s.) in al-Baqi. The day when Muslims
throughout the world of Islam - from the Indian Subcontinent to Africa -
rose up against them, they would have completely annihilated the pure tomb
of the Holy Prophet (s.w.a.) if they had had the courage."
His Eminence reiterated: "They make these evil moves under the pretext
that commemorating such people is a kind of worship. Is paying a visit to
the grave of an individual in a spiritual environment and asking Allah the
Exalted to show His mercy on him and on oneself a polytheistic act?
Polytheism means being a tool in the hands of the intelligence services of
England and America and distressing the hearts of Muslims. These people do
not consider obeying, worshipping and kneeling before the current taghuti
powers as a polytheistic act, but they consider respecting outstanding
personalities as a polytheistic act. This is a disaster. The evil and
blasphemous movement which has begun in the world of Islam thanks to the
financial resources of the enemies - unfortunately, they have money and
resources - is one of the disasters of Islam."
He referred to the appropriate response of Shia Muslims, adding: "Thankfully,
Shia Muslims in our country, in Iraq, in Pakistan and wherever they became
involved with this event showed that they enjoy intellectual growth and
maturity. By doing this, the enemy wants to fuel the fire of Shia and Su
nni differences. However, the great Shia community and the great family of
the followers of the Holy Prophet's (s.w.a.) household showed that they
were not deceived by this game."
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution stated that the reaction
of Sunni Muslims to this event is indicative of their deep understanding,
further stressing: "If these moves are not vigorously condemned by Muslims
and if academic, intellectual and political personalities do not carry out
their responsibilities in the face of these people, such fitna will not
end in this. A disaster will befall the Islamic community and the fire of
this fitna will spread on a daily basis. Muslims should prevent such
fitnas through political actions, fatwas and articles which should be
written by intellectuals and outstanding and political personalities in
His Eminence stated that those who are acting behind the scenes are
revealing themselves, saying: "Th ose who mourn and create uproar for the
destruction of an archeological site - whether international organizations,
international personalities or the politicians who are supporting the
blind perpetrators of this crime - have remained silent on this issue."
He stressed: "They use tricks, but divine tricks will definitely outwit
their tricks and will block the path of the movement which wants to create
obstacles in the way of the Islamic Ummah and its progress."
Supreme Leader Meets with
Poets and Panegyrists
Ayatollah Khamenei the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, met
this Wednesday with a number of poets and panegyrists of the Holy
Prophet's (s.w.a.) household. Speaking at the meeting, which was held on
the occasion of Fatima Zahra's (s.a.) birthday anniversary, His Eminence
congratulated the people of Iran on the birthday anniversary of Fatima
Zahra (a.s.) and the coincidence of this day with the birthday anniversary
of Imam Khomeini (r.a.).
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution described eulogy as an
artistic method for increasing knowledge, creating hope and engendering
feelings in the hearts of people.
Criticizing the western outlook on the issue of women, His Eminence
said: "The Islamic and Quranic outlook on the individual and social rights
of men and women is the most reasonable, the most dignified and the most
Ay atollah Khamenei described the outstanding capacities and
enthusiastic hearts of young and experienced panegyrists as a great
blessing and a valuable opportunity to promote love and respect for the
Holy Prophet's (s.w.a.) household, further adding: "This is the role of a
panegyrist. He inspires feelings and then he puts these feelings at the
service of thinking. The role of a panegyrist and a eulogist - a
profession which is thankfully popular in our country today - is that he
should promote knowledge and understanding among the people through
artistic methods and means of expression."
He reiterated: "The poetry and tone that you choose and the way you
speak with the people should be orientated towards increasing people's
knowledge and deepening their understanding of religion and life."
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution stated that reciting a
ghazal or qasida in a good way can play a significant role in conveying
religious knowledge and understanding. He stressed: "This is an
opportunity. You should use this opportunity. This opportunity should not
be wasted. A poem which does not have content will waste this opportunity.
If it contains a point that is poor or wrong, this opportunity will be
wasted. If your performance is delivered in a way that it oversteps the
boundaries of sharia, then this opportunity will be wasted. If it ignores
the fundamental things which the people need to know today, this
opportunity will be wasted."
Ayatollah Khamenei stated: "Imagine that during the Sacred Defense Era
when the country was in need of enthusiastic valor in jihad and in
practical arenas, somebody attends a meeting and he recites a poem in a
good way in the presence of youth and fathers and mothers, but if he does
not mention the needs of the time, he has wasted the opportunity."
His Eminence stated that putting such a God-given talent at the service
of creating discord and provoking sectarian conflicts is another way of
wasting this opportunity.
He said that sectarian conflicts may be provoked by using different
means of communication in the wrong way, reiterating: "Today creating
discord and provoking sectarian conflict are wrong moves and they are not
to the benefit of our country. Neither today nor during the time of Imam
Sadiq (a.s.) were they proper moves. The Imams (a.s.) prevented these
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution described provoking
domestic conflicts as another way of wasting opportunities, further adding:
"The current year has been named 'The Year of Political and Economic Valor'.
Valor is reinforced with wisdom, guidance and faith and it should
originate from the heart. It cannot be ordered and imposed from above."
Ayatollah Khamenei said that strengthening the spirit of hope and
optimism about the bright prospects of the country is a necessary
condition for valor, reiterating: "Valor is not achieved by raising doubts
in the minds of the people, injecting despair into their hearts and
guiding them towards isolation, laziness and inaction."
His Eminence stated: "Continuous jihad is what everybody needs. All the
achievements and developments in civilizations are because of continuous
jihad. Continuous jihad does not mean suffering. Jihad causes excitement.
Jihad engenders happiness and enthusiasm. In this regard, poets and
panegyrists play a very outstanding role in increasing knowledge and
understanding and sowing the seeds of acumen, hope and firm beliefs."
He mentioned that the people pay attention to the behavior and morality
of panegyrists as well as their poems and their performance. He reiterated:
"If you win praise from the people by behaving in a moral, religious and
modest way, all the things that I spoke about will deeply influence the
people. But if, God forbid, the opposite happens, if the people witness
signs of moral instability, moral backwardness and, God forbid, immorality
and other such things, then the effect of the art and the beauties which
exist in your work will be minimized."
The second point that the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution
discussed was the necessity of appreciating the position of women.
Criticizing western policies on the issue of women, Ayatollah Khamenei
said: "The great sin that western civilization has committed against women
cannot be wiped out or made up for any time soon, nor can it be easily put
His Eminence stated that the role of women in western civilization is
to put themselves on display and prepare the ground for men to indulge in
pleasure. He said that the west refers to this as freedom and it refers to
the opposite behavior as restriction.
He str essed that such an outlook will result in the destruction of the
family, adding: "When the family is undermined and destroyed in a society,
corruption will be established in that society. The problems that exist in
the west today and the dim-witted and malevolent laws that they pass on
sexual issues will push them off the precipice. This fall is not
preventable. They are condemned to destruction. Whether it likes it or not,
western civilization cannot prevent this fall. "
His Eminence said that the fall of civilizations as well as their rise
happens gradually. He stated that western civilization is beginning to
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution stated that the Quranic
and Islamic outlook on the position of women is the most reasonable and
practical outlook, further reiterating: "Allah the Exalted makes no
distinction between men and women in terms of their spiritual, social and
individual rights. Of course, in speci fic cases, women have been given
certain privileges and in a number of other cases, men have been given
certain privileges. This is based on the nature of men and women."
Ayatollah Khamenei referred to a number of exclusive privileges granted
to women such as housekeeping, giving birth, safeguarding the family
environment, preserving love in the family and raising children, further
stressing: "Housekeeping and giving birth to children are great feminine
efforts which are accompanied by patience, emotion and feelings. If these
efforts receive attention, the progress of a country will be guaranteed."
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution highlighted the necessity
of respecting and appreciating the value of women, adding: "It is
necessary to behave towards women in a respectful, loving, noble and moral