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Ayatollah Khamenei receives a group of officials, ambassadors of Muslim countries and people from different walks of life

(2015/07/18 - 19:39)

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in a meeting today (Saturday) with a group of officials, ambassadors of Muslim countries and people from different walks of life, described the unity and integrity as a healing prescription for the Muslim world’s problems. Emphasizing that the ongoing sectarian and tribal wars in the region have been planned and imposed on regional countries in a bid to divert attention of Muslim nations away from the Zionist regime, Ayatollah Khamenei said: “The policies of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the region are in total opposition to the policies of the arrogant [powers], topped by America, and [Iran] by no means trusts America because American politicians are totally dishonest and unfair.”

Offering congratulations on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, Ayatollah Khamenei referred to the regretful conditions prevailing in the Muslim world and the lack of unity and integrity among them, adding: “Current division and differences in the region are not natural and [have been] imposed [on regional countries], and the scholars, intellectuals, government officials, politicians, as well as experts and elites in the Muslim world should see the hands of the traitors of the Islamic Ummah in these divisions and differences.”

Regarding the reasons why these differences are abnormal, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution referred to the long history of the coexistence of Shias and Sunnis in the regional countries and pointed out: “If the Islamic Ummah were united and [its nations] insisted on their commonalities, they would have been a unique power in the global political sphere, but big powers have imposed these differences on the Islamic Ummah in order to protect their own interests and safeguard the Zionist regime.”

Referring to the existing wave of hatred among Muslims toward the Zionist regime despite inclination of some people within Islamic governments toward this illegitimate regime, Ayatollah Khamenei said, “The arrogant powers, in cooperation with dishonest officials in certain Islamic governments, have designed religious wars and launched such criminal organizations as al-Qaeda and Daesh (ISIL) in order to deflect the attention of Islamic nations from the Zionist regime.”

Reminding admissions by some US officials about the role of the US government in founding and expanding Daesh, Ayatollah Khamenei described establishment of the so-called anti-Daesh coalition as unbelievable, saying: “The policy of arrogant powers in the region is clearly treacherous and everyone should take this issue into account.”

Stressing that the policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the region is exactly the opposite of the policy of the arrogant powers, the Leader referred to the issue of Iraq and said, “The policy pursued by the arrogant [powers] in Iraq is to overthrow the [Iraqi] government that has come out of people’s vote, trigger conflict between Shias and Sunnis, and finally [bring about] the division of Iraq, but the policy pursued by the Islamic Republic with regard to Iraq is to support and strengthen the [Iraqi] government that has come out of elections, steadfastness against factors of civil war and division, and protecting territorial integrity of Iraq.”

Regarding the situation in Syria, Ayatollah Khamenei said, “The policy pursued by the arrogant [powers] in Syria is to impose [on the country] a will other than the will of the nation and topple the government which has firmly and overtly stood against the Zionist regime, but the Islamic Republic of Iran considers a government whose motto and goal and intention is resistance against the Zionists as beneficial to the Muslim world.”

“The Islamic Republic of Iran does not pursue its own interests in regional issues like Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and Bahrain, but believes that the main decision-maker in these countries are the nations, and others have no right to interfere and make decisions,” Ayatollah Khamenei emphasized.

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution referred to the opposite policies of the world arrogance and the Islamic Establishment of Iran on Lebanon, saying, “The arrogant system, topped by America, had for many years chosen a silence combined with satisfaction on the occupation of a large portion of Lebanon’s soil by the usurping Zionist regime. However, as soon as a faithful and devoted resistance group, which is among the most noble of national defense groups in the world, stood against the Zionist occupiers and drove them out of Lebanon’s soil, dubbed this group as terrorist and is trying to destroy it.”

Stressing the fact that the Islamic Republic of Iran is supporting the Lebanese resistance fighters because of their genuine courage and sacrifice and resistance against aggressors, Ayatollah Khamenei said, “Americans label the Lebanese resistance as terrorist and view Iran as a supporter of terrorism due to its backing for the Lebanese Hezbollah, while the real terrorist is Americans themselves, who have created Daesh (ISIL) and also support the wicked Zionists, [and they] must face trial for supporting terrorism.”

The Leader referred to the issue of Yemen and the confrontation between the policies of the arrogant governments and the Islamic Establishment of Iran in Yemen, saying, “In Yemen, America is supporting a president who resigned under the most sensitive conditions in order to create a political void and fled his country, and asked another country to attack his people. [The US] is also supporting the killing of innocent people and children in Yemen and extends its hand of friendship toward the most despotic regimes, which do not let their people even hear the name of election, but at the same time, labels the Islamic Republic of Iran, whose structure is intertwined with election from top to down, as a despotic regime.”

Ayatollah Khamenei emphasized, “The American politicians speak with full unfairness and outrageously deny clear realities.”

“That is why it is said that Americans cannot be trusted, because they have no honesty,” the Leader pointed out.

“In this difficult test of nuclear talks, for which the president and other officials took trouble, we frequently witnessed dishonesty of Americans, which [our] officials, fortunately, counteracted and in certain cases they showed some revolutionary gestures, which we must now [wait and] see what fate awaits this issue,” said Ayatollah Khamenei.

Noting that the solution to the problems of Muslim world, in toto, and every one of Muslim countries individually, is to maintain unity and integrity, the Leader said, “The Iranian nation should be also united and nuclear affairs should not cause division in the country because the nuclear issue is being followed up on by the relevant officials and the officials are pursuing national interests.”

Referring to widespread efforts made by foreign media to cause division in the country, Ayatollah Khamenei said, “The only way to confront these efforts is to embrace public and national piety and internal immunization by boosting domestic might through strengthening faith, science and industry and culture.”

Prior to Ayatollah Khamenei’s remarks, President Hassan Rouhani congratulated Muslims across the world on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, and describing the fasting month of Ramadan as the month of testing people’s faith and the month of steadfastness, resistance and patience, he said: “This year’s Ramadan was the month of empathy and unison and the month of returning to pure human nature.”

Rouhani said the 12-year resistance by the Iranian nation against superpowers bore fruit in this year’s Ramadan due to people’s prayers, adding: “Based on a roadmap sketched out by the resistance and will of the Iranian nation, and under the wise guidance of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, all-out support of all pillars of the [Islamic] Establishment and [three] branches [of the government], and through struggle and sacrifice of the children of this nation in the arena of diplomacy, the administration managed to restore the rights of the great Iranian nation.”

Noting that the Islamic Republic of Iran has shown off a new form of power to the world; namely, the capacity for diplomacy and the power of negotiation, Rouhani referred to ongoing developments in the region and said neighboring and regional countries, from Iraq and Syria and Yemen to Palestine and Lebanon and Afghanistan and Pakistan, experienced a difficult Ramadan this year.

“The Islamic Republic is determined to support all the oppressed and stand up to all oppressors.”, said Rouhani.

 

Ayatollah Khamenei thanks efforts made by the Iranian nuclear negotiation team

(2015/07/15 - 10:05)

Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, in a Ramadan meeting on Tuesday with President Hassan Rouhani and his Cabinet, explained and elucidated the highlights of instructions by Imam Ali, the first Shia imam, to his close confidante Malek Ashtar.

Ayatollah Khamenei said: “Mental, spiritual and intellectual capital holds the key to solving all problems, and such capital can be provided by reflecting upon Nahj al-Balagha (the name of a collection of speeches and letters by Imam Ali) of the Master of the Pious (an allusion to Imam Ali).”

Referring to remarks made by President Rouhani at the beginning of the meeting about the outcome of nuclear talks with the P5+1 group of world powers on Iran’s nuclear program, the Leader thanked honest and untiring efforts and endeavors made by the Iranian nuclear negotiating team.

Then, referring to the characteristics and special position of Malek Ashtar in view of Imam Ali, Ayatollah Khamenei said: “Hadhrat Ali bin Abi-Taleb (Imam Ali) issued his command[s] to such a person, and that is a point to reflect upon.”

Explaining the obligations of officials, as mentioned in Imam Ali’s instructions to Malek Ashtar, Ayatollah Khamenei said: “Levying taxes and duties which people owe to the government, defending people and their territory, directing the society towards salvation and deliverance as well as development and reconstruction of the country are the four main missions assigned to governors, [as mentioned] in a letter addressed to Malek Ashtar by the Master of the Pious.”

The Leader referred to “recommending Islamic governors [embrace] divine piety under any conditions and circumstances”, “full seriousness in performing [religious] duties, traditions and recommendations”, “allegiance to God in the heart, in word and in deed” and “reining in the evil-commanding soul against all carnal desires” as some of the main instructions addressed to Malek Ashtar by Imam Ali with regard to self-purification.

Making a fair judgment about former officials was another point which the Leader underscored with reference to highlights from Imam Ali’s instructions to Malek Ashtar.

Ayatollah Khamenei said good deeds were the best legacy of any person during his term in office, adding: “People do not make mistakes in their well thought-out judgments. Therefore, based on people’s judgments, one can understand whether an official has been competent or not.”

“Strict protection of the soul to prevent it from corruption and deviation” and “preferring divine obligations to anything else” were two other recommendations expressed by the Leader with reference to Imam Ali’s instructions about governance. Ayatollah Khamenei added: “The late great Imam [Khomeini] was the symbol of compliance with these divine recommendations.”

Ayatollah Khamenei also referred to “loving people from the bottom of the heart” and “kindness and tolerance towards them” as other highlights of Imam Ali’s instructions to Malek Ashtar, saying: “Upon the order of the Master of the Pious, people’s errors and mistakes should be condoned except for cases in which divine instructions are neglected or there is a question of enmity toward Islam and the Islamic government.”

In conclusion, Ayatollah Khamenei described Imam Ali’s instructions to Malek Ashtar as an extraordinary cultural legacy and wished Cabinet members success while appreciating their efforts.

Prior to Ayatollah Khamenei’s remarks, President Rouhani referred to the outcome of the nuclear talks and expressed gratitude to the Leader for his support and guidelines for the administration as well as for the nuclear negotiating team. Rouhani expressed hope that this issue would contribute to relieving pressures [piled up on Iran] and disproving unsubstantiated allegations leveled by enemies against the Islamic Republic, and will give fresh impetus to the country’s progress.

The president went on to submit a report about the measures undertaken by his administration.

Referring to the achievements of his administration and also the problems it has faced over the past two years, Rouhani said close relations with neighbors and the continuation of nuclear talks were among the actions taken by his administration in the foreign policy arena. He added: “At a time when the [Middle East] region is engulfed in chaos and terrorism, the Islamic Republic of Iran is supporting the regional countries facing the scourge of terrorism and it will continue this path.”

On the economic front, the president cited the country’s exit from stagnation, a switch from economic shrinkage to economic growth, curbing inflation, reducing wheat imports and boosting non-oil exports as the achievements of his administration. “In order to resolve the problems related to employment and economic growth, we need capital and technology.”

Rouhani said among the problems facing the governments are heavy debts to the Central Bank of Iran and private companies, difficulties associated with cash hand-outs given to people as subsidies, unemployment, low productivity, the activities of unauthorized credit institutes, banking liabilities, shortage of water and underground resources, drought, environmental issues and a drop oil prices.

Underscoring the fact that his administration is doing its utmost to resolve the problems of the country and the people, the president said: “In order to resolve the problems, we need the cooperation of three branches [of government] in order to take the remaining steps at a higher pace.”

The Leader’s four-hour meeting with hundreds of students

(2015/07/12 - 18:15)

Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, Leader of the Islamic Revolution, in a friendly and straightforward meeting on Saturday with more than one thousand young students, which took about four hours, listened to their concerns, demands, criticisms and proposals. He spoke with them about different issues including idealism, requirements for boosting the influence of student organizations, regional issues, Iranian nation’s persistent fight against world arrogance, and everyday issues of students.

During the meeting, which started at 18:00 local time and continued after evening prayers and fast breaking, the Leader referred to the atmosphere of yearning as the holy month of Ramadan nears its end, saying, “In this spring of spirituality and purity, anybody letting his heart be influenced by the rain of divine mercy and favor, will benefit from the fruits of this spiritual sowing in the future.”

In response to a question frequently asked by youths about ways of spiritual exaltation, Ayatollah Khamenei said, “I heard from pundits that the most important work for spiritual exaltation is piety and refraining from [committing] sins.”

Ayatollah Khamenei said performing religious obligations particularly “on-time prayers with suitable attention [to its content] and preferably in congregation” is complementary to refraining from sins, adding, “Adorn this valuable collection by reciting at least a few verses from the [holy] Quran every day.”

After underscoring the importance of fulfilling religious obligations, the Leader went on to discuss student obligations.

Ayatollah Khamenei described students as a unique social stratum, noting, “The most important student obligation is idealism.”

Dismissing a thought which considers idealism as contrary to realism, the Leader said, “Idealism is opposed to conservatism, not realism.”

Further explaining himself, the Leader said conservatism means submission to any reality, adding, “Idealism means correctly using positive realities and fighting negative realities with a view to reaching big objectives.”

Ayatollah Khamenei said, “Establishment of an Islamic society and revival of the notion of political Islam” were among the most important ideals, adding, “The ideal of self-confidence and belief in [the idea that] ‘We Can’ is decisively influential on the growth and exaltation of the society and the country.”

Fighting the hegemonic system and [world] arrogance was the third ideal that Ayatollah Khamenei discussed within the framework of the obligations of student community.

Ayatollah Khamenei said, “The main reason behind enmity of global bullying powers toward the Iranian nation is the Islamic Republic’s refusal to accept a system based on domineering and submissive [elements].”

The Leader mentioned “justice-seeking,” “Islamic lifestyle,” “realistic and not Western-style freedom-seeking,” “scientific growth,” “work, endeavor and refraining from laziness,” and “Islamization of universities” as other manifestations of idealism [to be followed] by student organizations.

The Leader then answered one of the strategic concerns of students, asking, “How can one influence the decisions of the country’s officials by [opting for] idealism?”

Ayatollah Khamenei’s response to this question was clear and emphatic, “Repeat the ideals, stick to them seriously so that they would [first] turn into the student discourse and then into a public discourse. Then, officials as well as organs affiliated with the administration and government would be influenced.”

After elucidating the mechanism of the influence of student organizations on decision-making by different organs in the country, the Leader highlighted requirements to which student organizations should remain committed.

Ayatollah Khamenei said refraining from “superficiality and profound work on Islamic concepts” are the first requirements for the student organizations.

To that effect, the Leader criticized certain slogans and remarks, which are apparently Islamic but interiorly different.

As an example, Ayatollah Khamenei said, “The term of ‘merciful Islam’, which has become common these days, has been formed through combination of two beautiful words. But what’s its real meaning? Does it mean that despite the Quran dividing humans into pious and infidel, [as well as] foe and friend, all humans should be treated with mercy? [Does it mean that] those who are hostile to Islam and the Iranian nation should be treated with kindness, friendship and justice, against the God’s order?”

The Leader said such indiscreet and superficial words are wrong and misleading, adding, “Is the term of merciful Islam derived from Western liberalism? If so, this term is neither Islamic, nor even merciful or emotional, because liberalism is founded on humanism which is based on the denial of God and spirituality, and is based on the interests of powerful groups.

To that effect, Ayatollah Khamenei criticized issued that are called American values, saying, “The world-devouring nature of the hegemonic system is rooted in these very American values. Moreover, the positive points of these values have been forgotten in the hegemonic behavior of American officials.”

“If the term of merciful Islam refers to such issues, it is one hundred percent wrong and it has nothing to do with the genuine Islam,” the Leader said.

Ayatollah Khamenei then referred to another requirement for the influence of student organizations, i.e. “boosting attractiveness.”

The Leader totally dismissed the idea of boosting attractiveness of student environments in wrong ways such as organizing co-ed tours and music concerts, saying, “Those who take people’s student boys and girls together to Europe under the cover of student tours for the [so-called] purpose of attractiveness, are definitely betraying student environments and even the future generation.”

Elucidating correct methods for making student organizations more attractive, Ayatollah Khamenei referred to newly-developed religious, political and social ideas, adding, “In-depth study of the Quran and Nahj-ul-Balagha (the collection of sermons and words of Imam Ali (AS), the first Shia Imam) allows raising new and attractive ideas.”

The Leader recommended students to take advantage of artistic methods like student plays, cartoons, satire, audio periodicals, and poetical gatherings.

Elucidating the third requirement for boosting attractiveness of student organizations, Ayatollah Khamenei laid emphasis on “intellectual contentment and refraining from force and imposition.”

“Religious thought cannot be transferred unless through [intellectual] contentment. Of course, some words may be accepted without intellectual contentment under the influence of sentiments and excitement, but since this acceptance is not convincing it will not last long,” the Leader said.

Referring to the background of Marxist and Communist groups’ recourse to non-convincing methods and imposition of their own views, the Leader warned, “If some reports about the reactivation of Marxist current in some universities were true, the US money would be definitely behind this current in order to [cause] division and discord among students.”

Ayatollah Khamenei recommended student organizations to “take advantage of professors devoted to [Islamic and revolutionary] values and refuse to use those elements that are unreliable for the [Islamic] Establishment and country and people,” saying, “Elements like those who triggered those events in [the unrest during the Iranian calendar year,] 1388 [2009] and opposed the Islamism and Republicanism of the Establishment without any logic are not reliable.”

The Leader said “understanding the realities of the country” is another requirement for boosting the influence of student organizations.

Ayatollah Khamenei said, “Expecting officials to work more and make more efforts is a right expectation, but positive realities should be also observed.”

Ayatollah Khamenei said increased attention to the ideals and the failure of efforts by certain groups to marginalize and eliminate the ideals of Imam Khomeini, are among the significant realities in the country.

The Leader noted that following the demise of the late Imam Khomeini, some people inadvertently revealed their hidden goals to marginalize the great ideals of the Imam, and of course, they have become more mature now and no longer speak openly about this goal, though they still strive toward it.

Ayatollah Khamenei said, “Despite incessant efforts by this group inside and outside the country and recruitment of intellectual, political and artistic elements, the ideals have become more lively and dynamic in the country and even youths who had not witnessed the attractive realities of the Imam’s lifetime and the Imposed War (Iraqi war on Iran from 1980 to 1988), have wholeheartedly been attracted by the ideals of Islam and the [1979 Islamic] Revolution.”

Ayatollah Khamenei said, “Iran’s stunning and spiritual presence and influence” in the Middle East region is another reality which student organizations should take into consideration.

The Leader added, “We are well aware that Americans and reactionaries in the region pour out their hearts to each other [due to their frustration] about Iran’s regional influence in their secret meetings, but they cannot do anything.”

Referring to the 100-day bombing of Yemen and the savage killing of innocent and oppressed people in that country, Ayatollah Khamenei said, “The liberal West claiming to be advocating freedom remains tight-lipped in the face of these Saudi crimes and the [UN] Security Council, in one of its most disgraceful resolutions, condemns victims of the bombing instead of bombers.”

Ayatollah Khamenei said the main reason for the bombing of Yemenis’ houses was the frustration and anger of Saudis and their supporters about Iran’s influence in the region, adding, “Despite allegations, the influence of Islamic Iran in the region is a God-given blessing, not a physical and arms-based one. Like Martyr Beheshti (Ayatollah Seyed Mohammad Beheshti, the first judiciary chief of Iran), we tell the enemies of this nation to die from anger and frustration.”

The Leader of the Revolution recommended student organizations to work on regional and international issues, including the events in Yemen, Iraq and Syria. Noting that formation of student organizations during election campaigning was an insult to the student community, the Leader said, “These ad hoc associations aside, Islamic and interested organizations can be very instrumental and influential on the country’s general drive.”

At the start of his speech, after listening to the views of nine representatives of student organizations, Ayatollah Khamenei referred to remarks by one of them regarding the futility of “slogan without action,” saying, “Of course, a substantive, meaningful motto containing an expandable intellectual reality can draw human factors into the scene, set [their] orientation and be inciting.”

One of the students criticized restrictions considered for the activity of revolutionary student organizations. In this regard, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution addressed the minister of science, research and technology, and the minister of health, emphasizing, “The words of Islamic and revolutionary student organizations are the same as our words and demands and individuals holding key positions and jobs at universities should by no means crack down on these organizations and restrict the space of their activity.”

Ayatollah Khamenei agreed with one of the students, who criticized certain issues that hinder scientific progress in universities, like music concerts, saying, “These activities, under the pretext of bringing joy to the student environment, are among the most erroneous steps.”

The Leader of the Revolution said misleading youths towards such unhealthy environments is an enemy scheme, adding, “The harbingers of pride-inspiring scientific drive in the country in such sensitive and important fields as nuclear and nano-[technology], have been, and still are, pious and revolutionary youths, and the enemies want that [scientists] like Dr. [Majid] Shahriyari (assassinated nuclear scientist) and Dr. [Mostafa] Chamran (a physicist and former official) would not be trained at universities.”

Ayatollah Khamenei said, “I trust the ministers of science and health both, but they should watch out for some people in their affiliated organs not to drive students away from revolutionary and Islamic tendencies and spirituality through some wrong activities and plans.”

Another point raised by the students was the formation of “free thinking forums in the proper sense of the word.” To that effect, Ayatollah Khamenei said, “I totally agree with this and a Muslim revolutionary student devoted to Velayat [Faqih] should overpower opposite arguments in cold blood and with the power of logic and strength of argument, which this capacity exists today.”

In response to a question by one of students about remarks by some representatives and appointees of the Leader, who try to pass their views as those of the Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei said, “What they say is their words, and you hear my words from me in person.”

“The appointees of the Leader may even have a view different from me on some political and social issues, which is no problem, because the main issue is general and revolutionary orientation [of these people],” Ayatollah Khamenei said.

“Of course, if anyone says something unrealistic, quoting me, he will receive notice and will be asked to correct himself,” the Leader said.

Another question by one of the students was about the process of fighting arrogance after nuclear talks. In response, Ayatollah Khamenei said, “The fight against arrogance and hegemonic system, based on Quranic principles, will never stop, and today the US is the most complete example of arrogance.”

“We have told the [Iranian nuclear] negotiators that they are authorized to negotiate only on the nuclear issue. Although the American side sometimes brings up regional issues like Syria and Yemen, our officials say they do not negotiate on these issues,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.

“The fight against arrogance is among principles of the revolution and is a main activity, [and] therefore, prepare yourselves to continue the fight against arrogance,” added the Leader.

A student asked the Supreme Leader to recommend parents to not be so strict on the marriage of youths.

Ayatollah Khamenei called on parents to avoid strictness, saying, “God has promised in the Quran that He would enrich youths after marriage and problems would be resolved.”

Ayatollah Khamenei described the ceremony of proposing to a woman and mediation for facilitating marriage of youths as a commendable custom, adding, “Resolving the problem of the marriage of youths is in mundane and spiritual benefit of the country and the society.”

To that effect, the Leader highlighted the issue of population growth and referring to some reports about the incorrect implementation of the law banning sterilization of couples, he told the health minister, “[Please] deal with this issue.”

Expressing deep and wholehearted satisfaction with the meeting with students, Ayatollah Khamenei said the lively, motivated and joyful participation of Iranian students and youths in different issues of the country was an important issue which is the opposite of reports presented by some biased statistical centers about prevalence of depression among Iranian youths.

Ayatollah Khamenei said, “This sheer and vicious lie is a pretext for prescribing obscene freedoms.”

The Leader said Iranian youths are among the most joyful and active and liveliest youths in the world, adding that, on the opposite, high suicide rate among European youths is indicative of the prevalence of depression in the Western world.

He said the murder of around 80 children in an attack by a European youth several years ago and the high tendency of European youths for membership in Daesh (ISIL) to conduct suicide bombings were major examples of depression among European youths. However, the Leader added, “Fasting Iranian youths who, after one night of vigil, came to the streets to attend the Quds Day rally under searing summer sun, are lively and joyful, and are miles away from depression.”

At the start of this meeting, nine representatives of student organizations, namely; Messrs.:

Ali Pahlavan Kashi, secretary of the Islamic Student Society

Keyvan Asem Kaffash, secretary general of the Islamic Student Assemblies of the Islamic Azad University

Vahid Zare’, member of the Council for Elucidating the Positions of Basiji Students

Hadi Zolfaqari, secretary of the Islamic Student Association of Allameh Tabatabaei University

Mikaeil Dayani, secretary of the Union of Islamic Associations of Independent Students

Ali Mehdianfar, official in charge of Basiji students at the Islamic Azad University, North Branch, and

Hossein Shahbazizadeh, secretary of the Justice-Seeking Student Movement

and Misses:

Zeinab os-Sadat Hosseini, member of the Central Committee of Unity Consolidation Office, and

Saba Karam, head of the Medical Jihad Group of Najaf Headquarters,

offered their views and proposals as follows:

Necessity of further communication between heads of three branches of government and students

Establishment of a think tank for monitoring cultural maladies in the country

Depoliticizing the cultural domain

Recruiting youths in the Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution and allocating a share to student organizations in the council

Necessity of taking firm legal action against violators in the issue of illegal scholarships

Making incessant efforts to avoid the drop in the country’s scientific ranking at global level

Necessity of making intensified efforts by the judiciary to fight financial corruption

Supporting efforts made by the nuclear negotiating team for standing up to the excessive demands of America and protecting national interests of the country

Attention to knowledge-based economy

Necessity of expelling seditious elements from executive posts

Necessity of preventing mental inflammation in the society by refraining from highlighting political differences

Taking good advantage of the capacity of Friday Prayers podiums and non-involvement of Friday Prayers leaders in partisan activities

Reliance on domestic potential and Jihadi management to resolve economic problems

Necessity of blocking distortion of the Imam Khomeini’s line in political, cultural and economic fields

Blocking external infiltration into the cultural sector of universities

Necessity of transferring management experience of the first generation of the Islamic Revolution’s executives to future generations

Criticizing the restriction of the country’s diplomatic capacity to the nuclear issue and negotiations with the US

Criticizing the wrong comparison of the present circumstances in the country with conditions that forced Imam Hassan (AS), the second Shia Imam, to accept peace with his enemy, and

Necessity of serious attention by officials to the impoverished and oppressed social classes.

Sermons by Ayatollah Khamenei in the Eid al-Fitr congregational prayers

(2015/07/18 - 19:26)

Today, the monotheist, faithful and united nation of Iran, turned out massively across the country in its most glorious Eid al-Fitr Prayers to mark the end of one month of fasting and worship and self-purification. The nation also asked the Almighty God for the persistence of the national salvation as well as happiness in this world and the Afterworld on this auspicious day.

In Tehran, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei led the Eid al-Fitr congregational prayers.

In his first sermon, Ayatollah Khamenei offered congratulations on the auspicious occasion of Eid al-Fitr to the Iranian nation and the entire Muslim world, saying describing this year’s month of Ramadan as the month in which divine blessings rained on the Iranian nation in the real sense of the word.

“Fasting during hot and long days of summer, [organizing] Quranic forums; [holding] beautiful ceremonies of prayers, recourse, and supplication; simple iftar feasts at mosques and on pavements; and finally the huge rally on the Quds Day were among the manifestations of this heavenly blessings,” the Leader said.

Ayatollah Khamenei added, “The correct way to know the Iranian nation is to reflect on these realities, the realities showing that the [Iranian] nation performs in that way when it comes to worshipping [God], while showing the way to other nations with regard to the battle against the [world] arrogance in this way.”

Referring to the slogans “Death to Israel” and “Death to the US” chanted by the Iranian nation on the Quds Day, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution said, “Major orientations of the Iranian nation should be understood through these slogans and not on the basis of the biased language of foreigners, which is unfortunately repeated by some people who misunderstand [the realities] inside [the country].”

In his second sermon, Ayatollah Khamenei referred to tragic developments in the region, saying, “Unfortunately, unholy and mischievous hands made the blessed month of Ramadan bitter and difficult for many nations in the region [including] in Yemen, Bahrain, Palestine and Syria. These issues are important for the people of Iran.”

Most of the second sermon of Ayatollah Khamenei was devoted to several points about the nuclear issue. In the first point, he appreciated those who were involved in the lengthy and breathtaking nuclear negotiations, particularly the endeavors and efforts made by the nuclear negotiating team, saying, “For the [final] approval of the drawn up text, a legal course must be followed. Of course, whether or not this text is approved, the negotiators will be rewarded, God willing.”

Addressing those who are to review the “drawn-up nuclear text,” Ayatollah Khamenei said, “Do your job with care based on the country’s expediencies and national interests, so that you would be able to present the outcome of your reviews to the nation and to God with your head held high.”

Reiterating Iran’s determination to confront any exploitation of the “drawn-up text,” the Leader said, “Whether or not this drawn-up text is approved, we will allow nobody to harm the basic principles of the Islamic Establishment.”

Referring to the current atmosphere of threat and the enemies’ focus on Iran’s defense issues, Ayatollah Khamenei said, “With God’s grace, the country’s defense capabilities and security domain will be safeguarded and the Islamic Republic will never give in to the excessive demands of the enemies.”

Continued support for the allies of the Islamic Republic in the region was another point which the Leader of the Islamic Revolution highlighted in his discussion of the nuclear issue.

Ayatollah Khamenei said, “Whether or not this drafted text is approved through legal process in the country, the Iranian nation will not stop supporting the oppressed nation of Palestine, Yemen, Bahrain as well as the nations and governments of Syria, Iraq and the honest combatants in Lebanon and Palestine.”

Noting that the policy of the nation and the Islamic Republic Establishment will by no means change vis-à-vis the United States, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution added, “We will have no negotiations with America regarding bilateral, regional and global issues unless in exceptional cases like the nuclear [issue], which has had precedent.”

Sharply criticizing the US policies on “supporting the terrorist and infanticidal Zionist regime while labeling terrorist the devoted combatants of Lebanon’s Hezbollah,” Ayatollah Khamenei said, “Our policies are 180 degrees opposite of America’s policies in the region. Therefore, how can we negotiate with them?”

Ayatollah Khamenei then referred to ranting by US officials in recent days following the conclusion of nuclear talks, saying, “These days, both statesmen and stateswomen in America have no option but to rant in order to resolve domestic problems, but there is no truth in their bombastic rhetoric.”

The Leader referred to the US allegation of having blocked production of nuclear weapons in Iran, saying, “Years ago, we issued a fatwa, based on Islamic teachings, forbidding the production of nuclear weapons, and we face religious obstacle for the production of these weapons, but Americans who have sometimes owned up to the significance of this fatwa, keep lying in their propaganda and ranting, and claim that their threat has blocked the production of nuclear weapon by Iran.”

“The incumbent officials of America speak about the surrender of the Iranian nation. Of course, five former presidents after the [1979 Islamic] Revolution had these wishes in mind, but they either died or got lost in history, and like them, you may only dream of Iran’s surrender.”

Referring to the current US president confessing to his country’s past mistakes with regard to Iran, including the August 19, 1953 coup d’état in Iran and Washington’s support for former Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein, Ayatollah Khamenei said, “That is just the tip of the iceberg and there are many mistakes which Americans still refuse to admit to.”

Ayatollah Khamenei recommended the US officials to reconsider their current mistakes so that their successors would not have to acknowledge their current mistakes.

Reiterating the daily growing strength of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Leader said, “For around 12 years, six big countries of the world have been trying to keep Iran from pursuing nuclear industry and, as some people said, dismantle the nuts and bolts of Iran’s nuclear industry, but today, they have been forced to accept and tolerate the spinning of several thousand centrifuges and the continuation of [nuclear] research and development in Iran, and this means nothing but the strength of the Iranian nation.”

Ayatollah Khamenei stated that the growing power and strength of the Islamic Republic stems from the steadfastness and resistance of the nation, as well as the bravery and creativity of Iranian scientists. Honoring the martyred nuclear scientists and their followers and families, the Leader said, “May God bestow His mercy on a nation which has stood by its word in this way.”

In the concluding part of his second sermon, Ayatollah Khamenei referred to the incumbent US president’s remarks about his country’s ability to destroy the Iranian Army, saying, “In the past, such remarks were interpreted “boasting among strangers” [who are not aware of the inability of the person who is boasting].”

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution addressed American officials, emphasizing, “We welcome no war, nor do we initiate any war, but if any war happens, the one who will emerge loser will be the aggressive and criminal America.”

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The Leader remarks in a meeting with professors and faculty members of universities from across Iran

(2015/07/05 - 13:46)

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, in a meeting on Saturday with more than 1,000 professors and faculty members of universities from across the country, described the role of academics in teaching and training an industrious, faithful and progressive generation as unique. Underscoring the necessity of steering clear of marginal affairs in scientific environments, the Leader said, “The country’s scientific speed should not slow down for any reason.”

During the more than two-hour-long meeting, the Supreme Leader listened to views and proposals offered by a number of university professors. Referring to the natural influence of professors on the hearts and minds of students as an exceptional opportunity, the Leader said, “Benefit from this very big opportunity for training youths [who would be] ‘faithful, with national zeal, motivated, revolutionary, studious, ethical, courageous, self-confident and hopeful in future’ and educate and train powerful arms for the progress of the dear Iran.”

Ayatollah Khamenei said being independent of foreigners, correct understanding of the country’s conditions and direction [of movement], and sensitivity and firmness against any harm to the country’s independence were among other necessary characteristics for the younger generation. The Leader added, “The esteemed professors must bring up such a generation through [the influence] of their own methods and conduct.”

The Supreme Leader described the professors as commanders of the soft war, telling them, “Exactly like the [military] commanders of eight years of Sacred Defense (1980-1988 Iraq war on Iran), command and lead young students, that is, the officers of the soft war, through objective presence in this vital and profound struggle, because this arena is also a ‘Sacred Defense’ [in its own right].”

Ayatollah Khamenei expressed satisfaction with the presence of 70,000 faculty members in universities, saying, “The majority of these professors are ‘faithful, religious and loyal to the fundamentals of [the 1979 Islamic] Revolution’, which is a very important issue and a source of honor for the country.”

Ayatollah Khamenei called on officials at the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology and the Ministry of Health, Treatment and Medical Education to appreciate the value of faithful and revolutionary professors, saying: “The elements that are not scared of extensive, sly, and mostly hidden propaganda, and are fulfilling their important duties, must be paid attention and praised.”

The Supreme Leader said Iran standing 16th in global scientific ranking is a result of relentless efforts undertaken over the past 10-15 years in universities and scientific centers, adding: “The enthusiasm-inspiring scientific speed, which has brought Iran this honor, has slowed down today and officials must double their efforts so that the scientific progress movement would not lose steam and would pick up speed in proportion to the country’s need.”

Offering a pathological analysis of the factors that have slowed down the speed of the country’s scientific progress, Ayatollah Khamenei sharply criticized undue attention to marginal issues and politicization in scientific environments, saying, “The environment in university must be an environment of political understanding, [as well as] political knowledge and awareness, but politicization and focus on marginal issues will deal a serious blow to the main task of universities, which is [making] scientific efforts and progress.”

As an example of politicization at universities, Ayatollah Khamenei highlighted the issue of recent row on granting scholarships, describing it as one of the most erroneous measures taken in the past couple of years.

“Accurate investigations show that the issue of scholarships was not like what was played with by newspapers. However, even if it was so, the privileges granted to some people against the law must have been abrogated through legal channels instead of making a fuss [over it].”

Ayatollah Khamenei described politicization as poisonous to scientific environments, and while expressing regret that some people were wronged in the issue of scholarships, added, “The poison that was injected to universities in this issue [of scholarships] stemmed from an attitude based on politicization and, unfortunately, was both illegal and against the law, and against foresight, and against ethics.”

In another part of his speech, Ayatollah Khamenei spoke about the necessity of serious efforts by officials for changing humanities courses in the country.

The Leader added, “This necessary change needs both internal dynamism inside the universities and such centers as the Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution and the Humanities Transformation Council, and external support from responsible organs.”

“Thanks to God, the internal dynamism already exists and responsible organs are required to make operational the theoretical efforts made to change humanities, and execute the decisions of the Humanities Transformation Council.”

The fourth point in the Supreme Leader’s speech was attention to “budget allocation to research sector out of the country’s public budget.”

The Leader referred to his own repeated emphasis in this regard in the past years, and expressed regret about non-allocation of the expected share of research sector from budget, saying: “In the Vision Plan, a four-percent share of the public budget has been considered for research. Such [budgetary] allocation cannot be realized in the short run, but the nearly two-percent share of the research sector from public budget should be realized. Meanwhile, these budget [allocations] and financial resources for the research sector should be consumed correctly and in the right place.”

The necessity of implementing the country’s comprehensive scientific roadmap was another point mentioned by the Supreme Leader in his address to higher education officials and university professors.

Referring to the endorsement of the comprehensive scientific roadmap by experts, Ayatollah Khamenei said the first step towards implementation of this important document was building a suitable discourse.

“As the issue of the country’s scientific progress has turned into a common discourse and become a scientific current, with regard to the [implementation of] the comprehensive scientific roadmap, university professors and managers and students are required to be kept abreast of the details of this roadmap, and the comprehensive scientific roadmap should become an established discourse.”

To that effect, the Supreme Leader highlighted the “higher education planning document,” and while referring to the necessity of completion and implementation of this document, added, “The country’s territorial and scientific planning means recognition of and making decision on the capacities of universities and [academic] disciplines before determining priorities in which it is possible to invest specifically for fundamental advances.”

Ayatollah Khamenei said having a large-scale view of the growing number of students at different levels of post-graduate education is an important advantage and a major task assigned to the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology.

“By having a large-scale view and through correct planning and general guidance, the Ministry of Science, [Research and Technology] should orientate the result of the work and effort of students at these educational levels towards cutting the knots [that exist] in the country, because otherwise, the country’s resources and facilities will be squandered,” said the Supreme Leader.

Ayatollah Khamenei described the role of professors and scientific management organs of the country in countering the enemy’s plots as important, saying, “The enemies’ objective behind sanctions is not the nuclear issue, nor issues like human rights and terrorism, because they are the main terrorism-nurturing and anti-human rights centers. Their objective is to prevent the Iranian nation from reaching the civilizational status it deserves, which by precisely knowing our position and status, it is necessary [for us] to proceed with the country’s honorable drive, which in this process, professors and scientific organs have a prominent role [to play].”

At the beginning of this meeting, seven university professors expressed their views as follows:

bulletDr. Mohammad Mehdi Nayebi, professor of electrical engineering, Sharif University of Technology,
bulletDr. Mohammad Hossein Rajabi Davani, head of Hadith Velayat Research Center at Imam Hussein University,
bulletDr. Mohammad Qanadi Maraghe’i, head of the Nuclear Sciences and Technology Research Center and veteran nuclear scientist,
bulletDr. Hossein Salimi, professor at Allameh Tabatabaei University,
bulletDr. Jafar Hezar Jaribi, sociologist and professor at Allameh Tabatabaei University,
bulletDr. Hojjatollah Abdol-Maleki, professor of Islamic teachings and economy,
bulletDr. Sadaf Alipour, associate professor at Iran University of Medical Sciences.

The main points expressed by these academics included:

bulletThe necessity of accelerating industrial development to take practical steps in the field of scientific research and generation of wealth from the chain of science activities,
bulletThe significance of strengthening the genuine private sector,
bulletThe necessity of formulating an industrial strategy for the country,
bulletThe necessity of defining and stabilizing theoretical principles and fundaments of the thoughts of Imam Khomeini and the Supreme Leader as fixed principles and the roadmap of the Islamic Revolution,
bulletThe necessity of training experts specializing in the thoughts of Imam Khomeini in order to counter efforts made to distort his thoughts,
bulletElucidating the country’s significant advances in the nuclear industry and emphasis on the necessity of research and development in this industry,
bulletThe necessity of elucidation of Shia, rational, civilization-making and science-oriented Islam versus violent and destructive Islam,
bulletThe necessity of revising humanities’ curricula based on the principles of up-to-dateness, value-orientation and practicality,
bulletThe necessity of theoretical synergy in humanities,
bulletThe necessity of educating professional behavior and upgrading the quality of education in the country,
bulletEmphasis on the significance of modern treatment methods based on modern technologies,
bulletThe necessity of providing professional manpower for the implementation of the country’s healthcare transformation plan,
bulletTaking advantage of all major economic capacities in the country, including the agriculture sector,
bulletThe necessity of benefiting from the potential of the elites in the country,
bulletTaking advantage of the opportunity of sanctions to cut dependence on oil sales, and
bulletThe necessity of paying special attention to the element of culture in the Resistance Economy and attention to educational and promotional measures in this regard.

 

The Leader's meeting with Iranian and non-Iranian poets and cultural figures on the eve of the anniversary of the birthday of Imam Hassan

(2015/07/02 - 08:53)

On the eve of the auspicious anniversary of the birthday of Imam Hassan Mojtaba (Peace be upon him), Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei received a group of Iranian cultural figures, young as well as veteran poets, and professors of the Persian literature along with poets from India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Azerbaijan.

In this meeting, Ayatollah Khamenei offered his congratulations on the blessed birthday of Imam Hassan Mojtaba, the second Shia Imam, saying the unique influence of poetry leaves heavy responsibilities on poets’ shoulders. Underscoring the necessity for honorable poetry to openly defend good against evil and against the dominance of the latter’s propaganda apparatus in the world, the Leader said: “The poetry of revolution is poetry in the same direction and at the service of the objectives of the revolution, which are justice, humanity, unity, national eminence the all-out progress of the country and training of mankind.”

Referring to the possibility of using the influential tool of poetry for two contradictory purposes, i.e. either “leading the audience on the right path” or “misleading the audience to the wrong path”, Ayatollah Khamenei said: “Today, with the expansion of new media tools, some hands are determined to strip the poetry of youth off its soft, sentimental, epic and revolutionary nature and use poetry to serve an unbridled culture which does not comply with human norms and which is under the influence of sexual desires, personal gains and praise for oppression.

Heaping praise on some young poets for their perseverance in this poisonous atmosphere, Ayatollah Khamenei said: “This perseverance symbolizes the very sense of duty and today any poetry which is against oppression and in line with the objectives of the Islamic Ummah, including [poetry] about Yemen, Bahrain, Lebanon, Gaza and Palestine, and Syria is the symbol of wise poetry.”

To that effect, the Leader said calling for “neutrality on the part of poets in the conflict between good and evil” is meaningless, noting: “If poets and artists remain neutral vis-à-vis the war between good and evil, they will be squandering their God-given talent and if they serve the evil front, they will be committing treason and crime.”

Ayatollah Khamenei also touched on the anniversary of the chemical bombing of the Iranian border city of Sardasht in 1987 by the Iraqi Baathist regime, saying the oppression endured by the Iranian nation is an important and shocking example to be reflected across the globe in poetry. Ayatollah Khamenei said: “The world media which are dominated by the US, Britain and Zionists and which sometimes raise a hue and cry for saving an animal, brazenly remain silent vis-à-vis these crimes and similar ones like the ongoing bombing of Yemen and the invasion of Gaza and Yemen over the past years.”

Addressing poets, the Leader raised the following question: “What should an honorable man do vis-à-vis such position-taking and wickedness?”

Ayatollah Khamenei said rapid reaction by young poets to events and developments is a very good and valuable move, saying: “We hope that the poetry of revolution, which is in fact serving the objectives and ideals of the revolution, i.e. justice, humanity, unity, national eminence, the country’s all-out progress and training of human beings, will make progress day by day.”

Ayatollah Khamenei expressed satisfaction with the considerable progress in Iran’s poetry after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, saying poetry in Iran enjoys more potential than what it currently does, given its brilliant background and its important historic points. “The institutions in charge, including state organs, [authorities in] the domain of arts and the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) should fulfill their tasks in this regard.”

At the beginning of his speech, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution called on everyone to benefit from the blessings of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, purify their hearts, pray for divine forgiveness and reflect upon prayers revealed during Ramadan.

At the start of this meeting, more than 20 poets recited their poems to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution.

 

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