Supreme Leader Meets with
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
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
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
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
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."
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-à-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
He noted that artists and poets should create lasting, rich and
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
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
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.