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Supreme Leader Meets with Students

(2013/07/28)

Ayatollah Khamenei the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution met Sunday evening with a group of students. At the meeting, His Eminence referred to different scientific, academic, cultural, social, economic and political issues. He also pointed to the relationship between idealism and realism, the responsibilities of students and ways to create dynamism and enthusiasm in academic environments.

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution described the viewpoints expressed by the students in the meeting as fully informed. He called on different organizations to make efforts in order to put these ideas into practice.

When asked about the meaning of moderation, Ayatollah Khamenei reiterated: "The President-Elect who has mentioned this slogan will definitely explain what he means by moderation."

Referring to the statements of a student who asked how one should behave towards the new administration, His Eminence stressed: "I believe that all administrations - including the newly elected administration which, by Allah's favor, will be formed in a couple of weeks - should be supported, assisted and cooperated with."

He added: "A number of people say, 'only if the administration behaves in a certain way, will we help it. Otherwise, we will criticize it.' I am not against criticisms, but first, making criticisms is different from finding faults. Second, the new administration should be given some time in order to develop its activities and increase its efforts."

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution described the responsibilities of the executive branch as very difficult, stressing: "There is no one who does not have any weak points. Therefore, one should not raise expectations so much so that they cannot be met."

Ayatollah Khamenei stressed that students should not let their differences of opinion lead to hostility and resentment, saying: "I seriously ask eve ryone to avoid letting their differences of opinion with other people - in the way one analyses and interprets certain realities - lead to hostility and resentment."

His Eminence reiterated: "As Imam (r.a.) recommended, you should behave like seminarians, who are very serious when they debate with one another, but who behave in a friendly way towards one another at other times."

Pointing to the viewpoints of students about the events of the year 1388, he said: "I request that when you speak about the events of the year 1388, you pay attention to the main issue in these events. This main issue is the fact that a group of people stood up against the lawful current in the country in an illegal and unprincipled way and they harmed the country. Why do you forget this?"

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution reiterated: "After the elections in the year 1388- why did those who thought the elections had been rigged cause mayhem in the streets? Why do they not ans wer this question? We put this question to them - not in public meetings, rather we did it in a way that they could answer - but they did not answer. Well, why do they not apologize? In private meetings they say, 'We admit that the elections were not rigged.' Well, if the elections were not rigged, then why did you harm the country? Why did you impose unnecessary expenses on the country?"

Expanding on the events of the year 1388 and referring to a number of tumultuous and bloody events currently happening in certain countries in the Middle East region, Ayatollah Khamenei said, "Do you know what would have happened to the country if God had not helped our nation and if different groups of people had violently confronted one another?"

His Eminence pointed to the statements of a student about vehemence of action, adding: "If by vehemence you meant seriousness in the way you debate, there is nothing wrong with it. But if you meant something else, I do not agree. I do no t agree that you should act in a severe way when you are faced with people who are opposed to your ideas or a phenomenon which is contrary to the way you think."

He called on academic environments to carry out in-depth research about Islamic Awakening and its rise and fall in regional countries. He stated: "Islamic Awakening is a very important phenomenon and it cannot be destroyed by arrogant antitheses."

The Supreme Leader referred to a number of events in certain regional countries, saying: "As you can see, the events which occur in Egypt and in a number of other countries signify that Islamic Awakening exists in these countries. Of course, such events were not managed in a good way. They made foolish mistakes."

Ayatollah Khamenei added: "Today, global arrogance has a peculiar deployment. It has built a long rampart against such an awakening. You can see parts of this fortification in these regional countries, in these regional events and in similar events in our own country."

His Eminence stated: "One of the issues which can be studied and researched is the strategic depth of the Islamic Revolution in regional developments. When one looks at regional developments, one notices something which is the strategic depth of the Islamic Revolution in these countries. There are certain events which act like a tree root or like the pieces of rope which support a tent. These events are considered as a source of strength for a country. This is strategic depth."

He added: "In those days, the reason why Imam (r.a.) was outspoken on the issue of revolutions in other countries and on revolutionary movements was that he wanted to create such a depth and he created it. Today, global arrogance is nervously fighting against this strategic depth. Of course, their efforts have not produced and will not produce any results."

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution pointed to the efforts of the enemies of Islam for creating discord bet ween Shia and Sunni, stating: "They suppress Shia Muslims in different parts of the world because they think that Shia Muslims are a natural base for the Islamic Republic. But they do not know that in many countries, Sunni brothers defend the Islamic Republic more strongly."

Elsewhere in his statements, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution addressed a number of issues which the students in the meeting had raised.

He stated that the ideals of the Revolution cannot be achieved without the energy, enthusiasm and courage of our youth: "Based on this, the role of the youth in achieving the ideals of the Revolution should be taken seriously because I believe that youth have the capability to solve problems."

Another issue which Ayatollah Khamenei addressed was the relationship between ideals and realities: "For example, sanctions are a reality and, on the other hand, economic progress is one of the ideals of the Revolution. Now the question is: how is econom ic progress possible in the face of realities such as sanctions?"

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution stressed: "On the issue of the relationship between idealism and realism, we thoroughly approve of both idealism and realism."

His Eminence stated: "Idealism without realism will result in illusions. Of course, we should distinguish between reality and what is suggested as reality."

He said that one of the common methods used in psychological warfare is instilling false realities into the minds of people, stressing: "The reason why we speak about wisdom and foresight is this. One of the functions of foresight is to help people see realities the way they are."

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution mentioned that another method used in psychological warfare is magnifying certain realities and ignoring others, saying: "For example, one of the realities is that a number of outstanding personalities leave our country. But there is another r eality which is the fact that there is a considerable increase in the number of outstanding students in our country. However, those who propagandize against the Islamic Republic magnify the first reality and ignore the second one. They do not mention it at all."

Ayatollah Khamenei added: "I expect the dear students to always and in all conditions pursue ideals by adopting a realistic outlook."

Leader receives literary figures, veteran poets

24.7.2013

On the eve of the birth anniversary of Imam Hasan Mojtaba (AS), the elder grandson and 2ndInfallible Successor of Prophet Mohammad (SAWA), the Leader of Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, received national literary figures, the country's young and veteran poets, and a number of Farsi-language poets of Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and India.

According to IRIB World Service, the Leader referred to the significant role of Iranian poets in the progress and continued development Persian poetry, sayingpoetry as one of the most prominent arts. He added that poets shoulder a major responsibility toward the country's topics of importance including issues of the Islamic Revolution; and they should use themedium of this art to fulfill their duties.

The Leader said that emotions, aesthetic thoughts, and issues of the heart, are three of the factors that shaped Persian poetry in the post Islamic Republic evolution era.

Referring to the significant role played by poets and artists in the society, the Supreme Leader said those involved in these fields should use their talents to fulfill their duties vis--vis the country.

Men of art and literature are shouldering heavy burdens regarding the Islamic Revolution and the basic issues of the country, said Ayatollah Khamenei.

He noted that artists and poets should create lasting, rich and valuable works.

The Supreme Leader also suggested the poets and artists to use Islamic teachings, lifestyle and thoughts in their works to make people familiar with the Islamic values.

Referring to the values of the Islamic Revolution as a source of inspiration for other nations, particularly in resisting world bullying powers, the Ayatollah also urged men of literature to echo revolutionary values in their works.

He further underlined the need to pay due attention to major political and international issues such as the cause of Palestine in literary works.

Leader appoints and reinstates members of Guardian Council, donates 1.2 billion rls to release prisoners

16.7.2013

Leader appoints and reinstates members of Guardian Council, donates 1.2 billion rls to release prisoners

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in separate orders reinstated three members of Guardian Council in their posts and appointed a new member to the Council.

According to IRNA, Ayatollah Mohammad Moˈmen, Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi and Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi were reinstated while Hojjatoleslam Mehdi Shabzendehdar was appointed by the Leader.

Meanwhile, in another report the Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Monday donated rls 1.2 billion to the prisoners of financial liabilities.

According to IRNA, the donation was made on the annual festival of holy month of Ramadan for the needy prisoners.

Headquarters of Blood Money and Cash Donation to the Needy Prisoners arranges the festival every year.

 

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