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Supreme Leader's Speech in Meeting with Members of Supreme Council of Basij-e Mostazafin

(2014/11/27)

The following is the full text of the speech delivered on November 27, 2014 by Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, in a meeting with the members of the Supreme Council of Basij-e Mostazafin. The meeting was held on the occasion of Basij Week.

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, and peace and greetings be upon our Master and Prophet, Ab-al-Qassem al-Mustafa Muhammad, upon his chosen and pure household, upon his chosen companions and upon those who follow them with righteousness until the Day of Judgment.

First of all, I would like to welcome you dear brothers and sisters, outstanding members of the Basij society of the country and chosen personalities who accompanied intelligence, reason and knowledge with love and enthusiasm and who stepped in an arena which will definitely result in victory and satisfaction of God.

In one part of the Holy Quran, Allah the Exalted speaks about the people "Whom He loves and who love Him" [The Holy Quran, 5: 54]. They love God and God loves them. In another part of the Holy Quran, He says about these people or a group of these people, "Truly Allah loves those who fight in His Cause in battle array, as if they were a solid strengthened structure" [The Holy Quran, 61: 4]. He speaks about those youth, men, women, outstanding and knowledgeable personalities and believers who have gathered all their power and entered the arena. This is our definition of Basij. I hope that God rewards and bestows success on you. I hope that He will not stop guiding you even for one single moment and I hope that He increases your achievements on a daily basis.

The statements of these two dear brothers - the honorable Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and the head of Basij Mostazafin Organization - were reasonable and correct statements. They were strong and calculated statements. I too would like to say a few things:

From the very first day until today, we have seen Basij in the arena of action. We have seen it in different arenas, but all of these arenas were arenas of action. We have seen it during the Sacred Defense Era - the eight-year war - during the Construction era and in the course of developing different technologies ranging from stem cells to the nuclear energy. These are the achievements of Basij. We have witnessed the presence of basiji physicians in the hospitals which were located near the front lines. I myself saw those hospitals in those days. I saw that the enemy could target those centers with short-range shells. Different physicians had come from Tehran and provincial cities to offer help. As soon as they were informed by the front that they should go, they packed their bags and sacks and set out to go and work under those circumstances.

Basij has also been active and influential in the area of artistic activities and outstanding artistic works. Thankfully, these activities have continued until today. We have seen Basij in every arena of action. Of course, the arena of action is very vast - later on, I will refer to this issue - ranging from scientific, artistic, military and construction to economic and other such actions.

In the opinion of this humble person, what has received less attention is the issue of the intellectual front of Basij. Basij is a thought, philosophy and logic. It is an intellectual system. The reason why everyone sees that graduates, outstanding personalities and geniuses from different fields of study are attracted to Basij is that Basij is not a movement which is purely based on feelings and emotions. There is a strong logic behind it. When this logic and knowledge is accompanied by action, it will bring about astonishing phenomena and events. What is the basis of this logic and philosophy?

I would like to say a few things about this philosophy which forms the structure of Basij and which is its source of support. I will raise two points in this regard and these points should be thought about, discussed and worked on.

The basis of this philosophy is belief in the sense of responsibility of human beings. Human beings are responsible creatures. The opposite of this philosophy is irresponsibleness, "let it go", "go and have fun" and "think of yourself". The intellectual basis of Basij is this divine sense of responsibility which is based on firm religious principles. Later on, I will expand on this issue. We are responsible not only towards ourselves, our families and our friends, but also towards the events of our lives and the fate of the world, our country and our society, whether our country and society are Muslim or non-Muslim. Besides, this sense of responsibility is not only towards the people who have the same beliefs as we do or towards the people who are believers and Muslims. We are responsible even towards non-Muslims and non-believers.

The opposite of this is self-indulgence, "let it go", laziness and shirking our responsibilities. The main basis of Basij is this sense of responsibility. The philosophy behind one's sense of responsibility is one of the clear principles of Islam. No one can doubt that from the viewpoint of Islam, human beings are responsible creatures. From the viewpoint of Islam, human beings are creatures who have been asked to do something.

Take a look at different Islamic rules such as enjoining to do good and advising against evil. Enjoining to do good means that all of you are responsible for promoting and requesting good. Advising against evil means denouncing evil, malevolence and indecent acts. It means preventing it with different methods. What is the meaning of this? It means responsibility towards the public health of society. Everyone is responsible: I am responsible, you are responsible and other people are responsible as well.

Another Islamic rule is jihad. In Islam, jihad is assistance to those peoples who exist behind the scenes of colonialist, arrogant and despotic policies so that they can not receive the light of Islam and guidance. The purpose of jihad is destroying these barriers and veils. This is Islamic jihad. The question whether jihad is defensive or offensive is a peripheral issue. The main issue is this: "And what reason have you that you should not fight in the way of Allah and of the weak among the men and the women and the children?" [The Holy Quran, 4: 75]. Why do you not engage in jihad and battle in the way of God?

Then, this ayah immediately says, "and of the weak". Why do you not fight for the sake of saving the weak? This is a sense of responsibility. It means that you should endanger your own life in arenas of danger for the sake of saving the weak. This is the meaning of responsibility. Another example is the well-known hadith, "Anyone who wakes up in the morning without the intention of attending to the affairs of Muslims is not a Muslim" [al-Kafi, Volume 2, page 163]. There are many other such ayahs and hadiths in Islamic texts which are among the clear principles of Islam.

Islam wants people to have a sense of responsibility towards themselves, their relatives, their society and the entire humanity. If you pursue this matter in Islamic texts, you will see many astonishing narrations about this attention and sense of responsibility.

The Holy Prophet (s.w.a.) says to God in supplication, "Oh God, guide my people" [Characteristics of Ali ibn Abi Talib's Household, Volume 1, page 193]. His people were the ones who used to beat, disown and threaten him. They used to cause serious trouble for him, but he says to Allah the Exalted in supplication, "Oh God, save, cure and guide these people". This is the Holy Prophet (s.w.a.).

When the Commander of the Faithful (a.s.) hears that Muawiyah's army went and looted a city, he says in a sorrowful manner, "I have come to know that every one of them entered upon Muslim women and other women under protection of Islam" [Nahjul Balaghah, Sermon 27]. The men of this plundering army entered the houses of Muslims and muahids - muahids are Christian, Jewish and other people who live under the protection of Islam - and insulted women. They took away their bracelets and other ornaments. Then Hazrat says, "If any Muslim dies of grief after all this, he is not to blame". Notice that he felt responsible to such an extent. He does not say, "If Muslims' ruler dies, he is not to blame". Rather, he says, if any Muslim and other person dies of grief because this, he is not to blame. This is sense of responsibility. The main basis of Basij's movement is this: having a sense of divine responsibility.

The second basis which exists alongside this and which complements the first basis is wisdom and foresight. What does it mean? It means knowing the developments of the time, knowing needs and priorities, knowing the enemy and the friend and knowing the instrument that should be used against the enemy. These types of knowledge are foresight. We cannot always fight with one weapon. We cannot move forward in all arenas with only one weapon. So, which weapon should we use? Where is the enemy?

I have said many times that those people who lack foresight - like the poor people who were entangled in fitna - are like the people who strike an enemy and opponent in the dark and in a thick fog and haze. Well, they do not know where the enemy is. One of the first requirements in wars is having information. In a war, we should go and gather information to see where the enemy is. If you go without having information, you may aim where the friend is. You may target someone who is not the enemy. This way, you help the enemy. Sometimes, this happens.

If foresight does not exist, this is the result. There is a hadith which says, "A person who is up-to-date is not the target of mistakes" [Tohaf al-Uqul, page 356]. Doubts, lack of knowledge and stupidity do not attack a person who is familiar with the developments of his time because he knows what he is doing. If this foresight does not exist, there will be problems although we may be responsible people.

During the time of revolutionary activities, some people had a sense of responsibility, but they did not know where to expend it. They expended it in areas which were to the disadvantage of the great revolutionary movement of our magnanimous Imam (r.a.). They acted in the same way after the Revolution until today. Some people have a sense of responsibility and motivation, but they expend them in the wrong way and in wrong places. They do not aim the gun at the right place. This is because of lack of foresight.

When the issue of fitna arose a few years ago, we spoke about foresight. Some people jeered at this and said, "What is foresight?" Yes, we should have foresight. If foresight does not exist, then the more we have a sense of responsibility and motivation, the greater the danger will be. This is because the person who has no wisdom and foresight, who does not know the enemy and who does not understand where he should expend his sense of responsibility, energy and motivation cannot be trusted. So, this is the second basis which is very very necessary. If the second basis does not exist, our enjoining to do good, our jihad and our tasks in general are done in the wrong way and they deviate from the straight path.

May God's mercy and paradise be bestowed on our magnanimous Imam (r.a.) who thought of all these things. Imam (r.a.) - who had sharp-sighted eyes and who enjoyed divine foresight - derived inspiration from Allah the Exalted. He took from God everything that was necessary without studying politics anywhere or without learning it from anyone. These things were inspired to his pure heart. He both created Basij and showed the way. Imam (r.a.) did not only say to us to move forward, to have a sense of responsibility and to be basijis. He also told us what to do. He said to us, "Shower as many cries as you have on America". This means showing the way and teaching what to do, where to go and where to aim. He taught these things to us.

During the time of war and the eight-year Defense Era, he used to say, "The war is at the top of the agenda". We had certain responsibilities in those days. I was the president and other people had certain other responsibilities. We had thousands of tasks to carry out. When many executive tasks fall on the shoulders of officials, they sometimes show negligence. But Imam (r.a.) showed everyone - officials, the people and youth - the path by saying, "The war is at the top of the agenda". This was the case. He guided everyone by saying that they should pursue this task. This is important.

On the issue of participation in Syria for the sake of fighting against the occupying Zionist regime, our youth were very happy because they were supposed to go and fight. Two of them - who are among our great martyrs in the present time - came to me and expressed their happiness. In the beginning, Imam (r.a.) did not know about this. When he became aware, he said, "The path of fighting against Israel goes through Iraq". This way, he prevented everyone from going to Syria and those who had gone came back. Notice that this is identifying and having an understanding of priorities. Imam (r.a.) showed the path and the direction.

He said, "Preserving the Islamic Republic is one the most important obligations or the most important one". That is to say, all other issues are peripheral to this one. He showed us this direction. It is possible that you have a difference of opinion with your friend over a small or big issue, but when it comes to preserving the system, both of you are equally responsible.

Those who did not understand this statement of Imam's (r.a.) made egregious mistakes in some areas. Imam (r.a.) showed us the direction. This great man used to move forward in this way.

Therefore, the intellectual basis means having a sense of responsibility which is a firm intellectual framework for you who want to move forward in the arena of Basij. And the necessary prerequisite for this - which is the second basis - is foresight. You should not ignore these two bases even for one single moment. Having a sense of responsibility means working for the sake of satisfying God "by showing patience and behaving in a decent way" [speaking in Arabic]. We should say, "Oh God, I make this scientific breakthrough, I study this, I create this artistic work, I engage in this jihad, I carry out this economic task, I help Zaid [any person in general] and I fight against Amr for the sake of You because You have made me responsible". This is the sense of responsibility and divine commitment that you should have. After this, we should have wisdom. We should know where we are, where our location is, where the enemy's location is, who the enemy is and with what weapon we should fight against him. This is the second basis. With this outlook, both the circle of basijis and the arena of Basij's activities will become clear.

As for the circle of basijis, who is a basiji? Anyone who is active in this ideological and human framework is a basiji. Of course, the resistance force of Basij is the manifestation of this great, public, comprehensive and national movement. The resistance force of Basij is the main piece, center and place in the great umbrella which has covered all our people. It is a source of inspiration for discipline, presence and movement in society, universities, schools and Islamic seminaries and among people from different social backgrounds. It is a source of inspiration in any area. The presence of the resistance force of Basij means this. It means channeling, providing guidance, observing discipline and order and identifying the different responsibilities of the members as much as possible. As the brothers in this meeting explained, resources are naturally limited. Of course, Basij has thankfully reached a position where tens of million people have joined it. This was about the circle and the scope of basijis' presence.

As for arenas, arenas are endless. They have no limits: the arena of defense, the arena of policy, the arena of construction, the arena of economy, the arena of art, the arena of knowledge and research, the arena of religious committees and the arena of mourning ceremonies. These arenas exist everywhere and they are of many different kinds. These are the arenas of Basij's presence which exist everywhere.

We have role models in all these arenas. We have outstanding role models all of whom have shown that they are outstanding and great. We had great sardars and outstanding personalities in the war. Some of them were scientific personalities. These people - such as Shahid Chamran - came to the war and they became soldiers with a gun in hand. Chamran was a scientific personality. He was also an artistic personality. He used to say to me, "I am skilled at photography". But he had come to the war and he was wearing military uniforms. He had become a soldier. But before entering this arena, he was an outstanding personality.

Of course, some of these role models were not outstanding before they entered the arena of war. It was this arena who helped them reach peaks. An example is Avesta Abdol-Hossein, a construction worker. In fact, he was a student of a construction worker, but he entered the arena of war and reached the sun. In the war, he reached peaks and became an outstanding personality, one who was very prominent. These are our outstanding personalities. We have many outstanding personalities in the area of knowledge and research. One of them was the late Kazemi Ashtiani who developed stem cells research and these great technologies. He built many people and his colleagues are like him as well. Thankfully today, this movement is continuing.

Another personality was Shahid Shahriari. These days, we are mentioning his name because it is his martyrdom anniversary. The rest are the same: Rezainejad, Ali Mohammadi and Ahmadi Roshan. These were our outstanding personalities in the area of knowledge and research. They used to work in a basiji manner.

Shahid Shahriari used to work in a basiji manner as well. In those days, they wanted to close the gates to the people of Iran with the methods that many of the people saw on TV and heard in the news. Many of these methods were adopted behind the scenes. In the future, it will come clear how malevolent they were. They wanted to do something to prevent radiopharmaceuticals from reaching the people's hands. They wanted to create problems for the Islamic Republic. They used to say, "We will not sell these radiopharmaceuticals". This was done with the purpose of closing our center in Tehran, but people like Shahid Shahriari worked on it in a diligent way. Then, they came to us and said, "We have managed to produce 20 percent". After that, they informed us that they had built fuel rods and fuel plates. The enemy was astonished. This was the work of basijis and it was not an ordinary piece of work. In all the arenas that we pointed out, there were and still are great individuals. They have made great efforts some of which we mentioned.

Well, this philosophy - which is a basiji philosophy and which was created by our magnanimous Imam (r.a.) in Islamic Iran - has been promoted. Revolutionary and Islamic concepts are like the scent of spring flowers. No one can prevent their scent from spreading. It goes everywhere. These concepts are like an enlivening and revitalizing breeze which cover and imbue everywhere. Now, they can create uproar and they can go on ranting and raving. This philosophy has already been promoted and you can witness it in different countries. This philosophy is active in Lebanon and Iraq. Iraqi youth have joined their army and they have managed to achieve these victories. The same is true of Syria, the same is true of Gaza, the same is true of Palestine, the same is true of Yemen and by Allah's favor, the same will happen in Holy Quds and in liberating al-Aqsa.

Well, this point became clear. Now, I want to say that Islamic Iran is invincible because of this. Those who threaten the Islamic government and the Islamic Republic to do such and such things should know that the Islamic Republic is invincible thanks to this basiji philosophy, action and movement. Any Iranian individual is potentially a basiji except for a few people who are either suffering from egotism, lustfulness and materialistic desires or who are working with the enemy. We exclude these people who are few, not many. The majority of the people of Iran are potentially basijis and this is the reason behind the invincibility of the Islamic Republic. However, everyone should pay full attention. There are always tests for everyone. The movement should not be undermined and the direction of the movement should not change. The direction of the movement is towards arrogance and fighting against it.

We - including our people and we ourselves - who mention the name of America do this because of its arrogance. The issue of America is arrogance. We mention its name because America is an arrogant government. Its methods are based on arrogance. We have no problems with America as a geographical entity, as a nation or as a group of people. In this sense, it is like other countries. Our issue with America is the issue of American arrogance. They are arrogant, conceited, thuggish and greedy. The statements that they made recently on the issue of nuclear negotiations prove this. Notice that they negotiated for several months and now, they have extended them. After that, they began talking, just like always.

Now, I would like to say a few things about these matters. First of all, I am not against extending negotiations as I was not against beginning them in the first place. We did not oppose entering into negotiations in the beginning and we explained to the people why we did this. In a speech, I explained the reasons and now we are not opposed to extending negotiations.

I should add that our negotiating team are really and truly diligent and active. They show resistance and they speak with reason. They do not give in to bullying and they are working hard. Everyone should pay attention to this. Most people are not aware of the details of these negotiations. They do not know what is happening in the process. They are working in a serious, reasonable and diligent way and their actions are based on reason. Unlike the other side - mainly America - which says different things every day, our negotiating team behave towards them in a rational and powerful way. In private meetings and in their correspondence, the opposing parties say something, but in public meetings and in their public speeches, they say another thing. One day, they say something, another day they completely change it. When there is no straight path, this is what happens.

In order to solve their domestic problems, they want to use the negotiations. This is why they have to say different things here and there. Of course, Iran is alone in the face of these negotiators and the people who stand against Iran. They are an army. They are comprised of several countries behind each of which there is an army of diplomats, people in charge of public relations, photographers, analysts and other such people. The Americans are the most ill-tempered people among them and the English are the most devious ones. Now, they have extended the negotiations.

Everyone - both the other side and those people inside the country who are concerned about this matter and who follow these negotiations - should know that if negotiations fail, we are not the ones who suffer the most loss. Rather, it is the Americans. We are honest with our people. We say to our people what the truth of the issue is and they have already understood what the truth is. With different reasons, we can prove that the real goal of arrogance and the west in the face of Iran is to prevent the people of Iran from achieving growth and power. Their real goal is to prevent the increasing dignity of the people of Iran.

The nuclear issue is merely an excuse and of course, there are other excuses as well. The main issue is that the talents of the people of Iran are gradually being revealed, that they are making progress in all dimensions - including political, scientific and social dimensions - and that they are achieving power. This is why they are dissatisfied and unhappy. This is what they want to prevent.

And the purpose of sanctions and pressures is this. The purpose of sanctions and economic pressures is to prevent the developing efforts of the people of Iran. This is why they impose sanctions and exert economic pressures. Of course, economic pressures are an important factor. We speak freely with our people, but they do not do so and they do not believe in their people. The popularity of their president has dwindled on a daily basis. I am saying this according to the statistics that they themselves have released. The day that president was elected, he enjoyed great popularity, but since then, his popularity has decreased on a daily basis. This is because their people do not believe in their political system.

In the recent elections in America, the turnout was very low. They themselves have acknowledged and mentioned this. This signifies that their own people do not believe in their political system. They are not optimistic about it. Compare this with the presence of 65, 70 percent of our people in ballot boxes. But they have problems with all their people. You have heard the news about Ferguson, the state of Missouri and other such cities. They are fighting against their own people. Their own reports say that America's police have killed more than 400 people with different reasons in the course of one year. This has been done by the police, not their judiciary system. They are not in good terms with their own people and their people do not believe in them. So, they have problems. It is they who need an achievement and a great victory, not us.

One of the members of our negotiating team said an interesting thing. He said, "Even if we do not reach an agreement, it is not the end of the world and it is not a catastrophe. Nothing happens if we do not reach an agreement". This is true. We will not suffer the loss that they think we will. They thought that if such and such things happen, we will suffer a loss. This is not the case. There is a solution for this. The solution is the economy of resistance which reduces the effects of the enemy's blows. This is related to the short term. In the medium and long terms, it even helps the great movement of the people to reach its peak. The economy of resistance is like this. This was the judgment that experts in economic areas made after we announced the policies on the economy of resistance. We have certain solutions, but they do not.

Despite all this, they move in an arrogant way. You should listen to the statements that they made a few days ago. They say, "Iran should earn the global community's trust". They refer to themselves as the global community. Now, America, England, France and a few arrogant countries have become the global community. Is this the global community? Are the 150 non-aligned countries which held a congress in Tehran two years ago not part of the global community? About 50 presidents and rulers participated in an active way in Tehran's congress. Are they not the global community? Are the billions of people who live in these countries not the global community? Are these few countries, in which the people are mostly separated from their rulers, the global community? "Earn the global community's trust" means "Earn the trust of us Americans". We do not want to earn the Americans' trust. We do not need thed Americans' trust at all. We do not need you to trust us. Your trust in us has no significance for us. We and your people do not trust you either.

Another thing that they say is that Israel's security should be preserved. First of all, Israel will be more insecure on a daily basis whether there will be a nuclear agreement or not. You should know that Israel's security will not be ensured whether there will be a nuclear agreement or not. But because you say, "Israel's security should be preserved", I say in response that this is not a genuine statement either. For America's politicians - whether male or female - the security of Israel is not the main issue. The main issue is something else. The main issue for these lords is satisfying the Zionist capitalist network which has taken their lives in its hands. Their issue is this. Otherwise, what do they care if Israel exists or not? What they care about is that they have entrusted their lives to the network of Zionist capitalists.

These Zionist capitalists both bribe and threaten them. They bribe them with money and they accept it. They also bribe them with positions and political promotions and if the American politicians do not compromise with these people who pull the strings of America's economy, then they cannot achieve high positions such as presidency, ministerial positions and other such advantages. This is the main issue for them. The Zionist capitalists also issue threats. If they act against the wishes of that dangerous network, they threaten to make them resign or create a scandal for them. You have seen this in American life recently. They accuse different individuals, they create scandals for them, they charge them with sexual corruption, they make them resign and they murder them.

They have murdered some of their high-ranking and great officials. Their hands are open. You are afraid of this. Your considerations are because of this. The issue is not the security of Israel. Rather, the issue is your own security. They are arrogant and they speak like this. So, we do not get along with arrogant people. Well, if reasonable statements are made, we will raise no objections. We accept reasonable statements. We accept fair and reasonable deals, but we do not give in to bullying and greed. The Islamic Republic - from its lowest to its highest ranks - and the people of Iran will not accept this. They should know this.

Now, I would like to say a few things to you dear basijis and all the basijis of the country. I invite the dear basijis to good behavior. What does good behavior mean? It means patience, tolerance, resistance, honesty, purity, courage, sacrifice and piety. Basijis need such things so that this strong structure continues to prevail. If you want this lofty structure to stand firm against the enemies like a strong and well-made fort, you should observe these things. You should show tolerance and patience. You should behave in a good way. You should show purity. Take a look at great role models in the early Islamic era. We should avoid arrogance and conceit.

Despite his great position and courage and despite the fact that he was deeply respected by the Commander of the Faithful (a.s.), Malik al-Ashtar was walking on the streets one day. A boy did not know him and he began to make fun of him. Perhaps, he threw stones at him. This kid saw that someone is going somewhere and he began to make fun of him. Then, Malik al-Ashtar moved away. The people who saw this scene said to the boy, "Do you know what you did? Do know whom you made fun of? But the boy did not know him and he said, "No". They said, "He was Malik al-Ashtar". The boy became agitated. He rushed after him either on his own or with his father and friends to apologize in some way. They wanted to apologize so that they will not be in trouble.

They went after Malik al-Ashtar and they found him in a mosque praying. They moved forward and tried to apologize. Malik al-Ashtar said, "I have come to mosque to pray to Allah the Exalted so that He forgives this young person". Notice that this is forgiveness, sense of responsibility and tolerance. You and I should learn such things.

Moreover, I strongly advise you to preserve your piety and your ideological and religious beliefs. On the path of life, we slip up when we are faced with different temptations such as the temptation of money, lust, positions and friendship. You should not slip up in ideological areas. You should influence your environment rather than allowing it - if it is bad - to influence you.

All people from different social backgrounds should receive attention by our great, national and divine Basij. I pointed out to basijis - particularly Sardar Naqdi - that some people have been ignored by Basij. It should not be the case that you ignore some people from a specific social background. Besides, you should define the relationship between basijis from different social backgrounds. You should develop a relationship between them. Sometimes, student Basij is unaware of the activities of, say, physicians, engineers and industrialists Basij. They are not in touch with one another. This should not be the case. They should be in touch because they may prove valuable to one another. Each Basij organization, made up of people from different social backgrounds, can help other organizations to make progress. You should define these relationships. You should have such things in your organization.

You should ask basijis for great feats. Many of our talented people can accomplish great feats. Of course, the administration should help Basij as well. Executive organizations in different sectors should help Basij to achieve growth and to develop. Also, they should pay attention to these economic issues. As I said before, the basis of the economy of resistance is strengthening domestic production and reducing the imports which are either unnecessary or which already exist in the country. They can ask Basij for help on these matters. Under these favorable circumstances, as I have said many times, I have no doubts that - by Allah's favor - the future belongs to the people of Iran.

May the blessed soul of our magnanimous Imam (r.a.) be happy. May the pure souls of our dear martyrs be happy and may God help us join those martyrs.

Greetings be upon you and Allah's mercy and blessings

 

Supreme Leader's Speech in Meeting with Participants of International Congress on Takfirism

(2014/11/25)

The following is the full text of the speech delivered on November 25, 2014 by Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, in a meeting with participants of the International Congress on "Extremist and Takfiri Orientations from the Viewpoint of Islamic Scholars".

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, and peace and greetings be upon our Master and Prophet, al-Mustafa al-Amin, upon his immaculate and pure household and upon his chosen companions. May goodness be showered upon them until the Day of Judgment.

First of all, I would like to welcome the dear guests, the honorable participants and you ulama who have participated in this meeting from different Islamic denominations. I thank you for your active and valuable presence in this important two-day congress.

I deem it necessary to thank the great ulama and scholars of Qom - particularly Hazrat Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi and Hazrat Ayatollah Sobhani - who put forward and implemented this idea. Thankfully, they prepared the ground for this task. This movement should continue. I was briefed on the statements of the honorable speakers who delivered speeches during the past two days. I too would like to raise a few points:

First, the purpose of this congress is attending to the issue of takfirism which is a harmful and dangerous orientation in the world of Islam. Although this takfiri orientation is not new and although it has a historical background, it is a few years now that it has been revived and strengthened with the plots of arrogance, with the money of some regional governments and with the schemes of the intelligence services of colonialist countries such as America, England and the Zionist regime.

The purpose of your meeting, your congress and your movement is to confront this orientation in a comprehensive way. The purpose is not to confront what is known today as DAESH. The orientation which is known as DAESH today is only one of the branches of the malevolent tree of takfirism, not the whole of it. The corruption - this act of destroying people and shedding the blood of innocent individuals - that this group of people is involved in is only part of the crimes of takfirism in the world of Islam. We should adopt this outlook towards the issue.

I am sorry from the bottom of my heart that today, we have to focus our attention on the problems that arrogance has created in the world of Islam. This is while we should focus all our energy on confronting the plots of the Zionist regime and the move that they made against Holy Quds and al-Aqsa Mosque. This should move and stimulate the entire world of Islam. However, there is no other option. In fact, attending to the issue of takfirism is something that has been imposed on the ulama, activists and scholars of the world of Islam. The enemy has brought this to the world of Islam as a custom-made product and problem. Therefore, we have to attend to it. However, the main issue is the issue of the Zionist regime. The main issue is the issue of Quds. The main issue is the issue of the first qiblah for Muslims which is al-Aqsa Mosque. These are the main issues.

There is an undeniable point which is the fact that the takfiri orientation and the governments which support and advocate it move completely in the direction of the goals of arrogance and Zionism. Their work is in line with the goals of America, the colonialist governments in Europe and the government of the usurping Zionist regime.

Certain signs confirm this claim. The takfiri orientation is Islamic on the face of it, but in practice, it is at the service of the great colonialist, arrogant and political orientations that are working against the world of Islam. There are clear signs which cannot be ignored. I would like to mention a few of these signs: one is that the takfiri orientation managed to make the movement of Islamic Awakening deviate from its path. The movement of Islamic Awakening was an anti-American and anti-arrogance movement which was against the elements that America had installed in the region.

It was a movement that had been launched by the masses of the people in different countries of North Africa. These countries were against arrogance and America. The takfiri orientation changed the direction of this anti-arrogance, anti-American and anti-tyranny movement. It turned it into a war between Muslims and into fratricide. The front line of fighting in the region was the borders of occupied Palestine, but the takfiri orientation came and changed this front line to the streets of Baghdad, the Jameh Mosque of Syria and Damascus, the streets of Pakistan and different cities of Syria. These places became the front line of fighting.

Take a look at the condition of today's Libya, Syria, Iraq, Pakistan and see against whom the forces and swords of Muslims are being used. These forces should have been used against the Zionist regime. The takfiri orientation changed the direction of this fighting to our homes, our cities and our Islamic countries. They cause explosions inside the Jameh Mosque of Damascus. They kill people by causing explosions in Baghdad while they are holding their ordinary rallies. In Pakistan, they fire a volley of bullets on hundreds of people. As you can witness today, they are creating such disastrous conditions in Libya. All of these are among the unforgettable and historical crimes of the takfiri orientation.

It is this orientation that has brought about this situation. This movement is at the service of arrogance. It is at the service of America and England. What they do is at the service of the intelligence services of America and England. It is at the service of Mossad and other such intelligence services.

Another sign is that those who support the takfiri orientation compromise with the Zionist regime so that it fights against Muslims. They do not even frown at the Zionist regime, but they deliver all sorts of blows to Islamic countries and nations and they hatch all sorts of plots against them.

Another sign is that the seditious movement which the takfiri orientation launched in Islamic countries - including Iraq, Syria, Libya, Lebanon and other countries - has led to the destruction of the valuable infrastructures of these countries. Notice how many roads, refineries, mines, airports, streets, cities and houses have been destroyed in these countries. Notice how long it takes and how much money is necessary for these countries to go back to their prior conditions. This has happened as a result of domestic wars and fratricide. These are the losses and the blows that the takfiri orientation has delivered to the world of Islam since a few years ago until today.

Another sign is that the takfiri orientation damaged the reputation of Islam in the world and it painted an ugly picture of it. Everyone in the world saw on TV that someone is made to sit on the ground and they behead them with a sword without charging him with any crime: "Allah forbids you not - with regard to those who fight you not for your faith nor drive you out of your homes - from dealing kindly and justly with them: for Allah loves those who are just. Allah only forbids you - with regard to those who fight you for your faith, and drive you out of your homes, and support others in driving you out - from turning to them for friendship and protection. And whoever makes friends with them, these are the unjust" [The Holy Quran, 60: 8-9].

These people did the exact opposite of this. They killed Muslims and innocent non-Muslims and the pictures were broadcast all over the world. The whole world saw this. These acts were done in the name of Islam. This was the way they introduced Islam, which is known for its mercy, reason and logic and for "Allah forbids you not - with regard to those who fight you not for your faith nor drive you out of your homes - from dealing kindly and justly with them". Is there any crime greater than this? Is there any fitna which is more malevolent than this? This has been committed by the takfiri orientation.

Another sign is that they left the axis of resistance alone. Gaza fought alone for 50 days. They resisted on their own for 50 days. Islamic governments did not help Gaza. Oil revenues and dollars were not put at the service of Gaza although part of them was put at the service of the Zionist regime. This is another sign.

Another sin and another sign was that the takfiri orientation changed the direction of young Muslims' enthusiasm and valor which existed throughout the world of Islam. Today, youth from throughout the world of Islam enjoy a certain kind of enthusiasm and valor. Islamic Awakening has influenced them. They are prepared to move forward at the service of the great goals of Islam. The takfiri orientation changed the path of this enthusiasm and valor. It drew some ill-informed and ignorant youth to beheading Muslims and slaughtering women, children and infants of a village. These are among the sins of the takfiri orientation.

We cannot ignore and forget about these signs and proofs easily. All these signs show that the takfiri orientation is at the service of arrogance, the enemies of Islam, America, England and the Zionist regime. Of course, there are other signs and proofs as well. We have been informed that an American transport plane dropped the ammunitions that this group, known as DAESH, needed. This was done in order to help them. We said to ourselves, "Perhaps, this was a mistake". Then, we saw that they kept doing it. According to the reports that I have received, this was done five times. Do they make a mistake five times?

This is while they have formed a so-called coalition against DAESH. This is a downright lie. This coalition follows other malevolent goals. They want to keep this fitna alive, pit the two sides against one another and continue the domestic war between Muslims. This is their goal. Of course, you should know that they will not manage to do this.

There are some great duties which need to be carried out. You honorable gentlemen came up with some solutions and specified certain responsibilities in this two-day congress. I too would like to mention two, three tasks that cannot be ignored. One is the formation of a scholarly, rational and comprehensive movement by ulama from all Islamic denominations with the purpose of uprooting the takfiri orientation. This movement should not be confined to certain denominations. All the Islamic denominations which believe in and feel sympathetic towards Islam share this responsibility. A great scholarly movement should be launched.

They entered the arena with the false slogan of following "the righteous predecessors" [salafu saleh]. We should prove the righteous predecessors' animosity towards the things that they are doing and the movement that they are launching. This should be done with the language of religion, knowledge and reason.

You should save youth. There are some people who are influenced by these deviant thoughts. These poor individuals think that they are doing good deeds. They are the manifestation of these holy ayahs: "Say: ‘Shall we tell you of those who lose most in respect of their deeds? Those whose efforts have been wasted in this life, while they thought that they were acquiring good by their works?'" [The Holy Quran, 103-104]. They are the manifestation of these ayahs. They vainly think that they are fighting in the way of God. These are the same people who will say to God on Judgment Day: "Our Lord, We obeyed our chiefs and our great ones, and they misled us as to the right path. Our Lord, give them double penalty and curse them with a very great curse" [The Holy Quran, 33: 67-68]. These are the same poor people.

Those who murder a great scholar in the Damascus Mosque are among these people. Those who behead Muslims with the excuse of apostasy are among these people. Those who shed - by causing explosions - the blood of innocent people in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Baghdad and in different cities of Iraq, Syria and Lebanon are among the same people who will say on Judgment Day: "Our Lord, We obeyed our chiefs and our great ones, and they misled us as to the right path. Our Lord, give them double penalty".

In another part of the Holy Quran, God says, "For each one there is double" [The Holy Quran, 7: 38]. Both of you leaders and followers will be punished. "Truly that is just and fitting: the contending one with another of the inmates of the fire" [The Holy Quran, 38: 64]. These people fight against one another on that day. Therefore, they should be saved. These youth should be saved and this falls on the shoulders of ulama because they are in contact with both intellectuals and the masses of the people. They should try to do this. Allah the Exalted will ask ulama on Judgment Day: "What did you do?" They should take action. This is one task.

The second task which is really urgent is illustrating the role of the arrogant policies of America and England. This should be illustrated and explained. Everyone in the world of Islam should know what the role of America's policies in this regard is. Everyone should know what the role of the intelligence services of America, England and the Zionist regime on this matter is. Everyone should know that they are working for them, that the plot has been hatched by arrogance and that these takfiri orientations receive support and money from them. They receive money by the regional puppet regimes. It is these puppet regimes which give them money, but the plot is hatched by arrogance and as a result, they ruin these poor takfiri youth. They create such a problem for the world of Islam. This is another necessary task that should be carried out.

The third task that should definitely be carried out is attending to the issue of Palestine. You should not allow the issue of Palestine, Holy Quds and al-Aqsa Mosque to be consigned to oblivion. This is what they want. They want the world of Islam to ignore the issue of Palestine. You can see that the Zionist regime cabinet has recently announced that Palestine is a Jewish country. It announced that Palestine is a Jewish country. They have been pursuing this issue from long ago. Now, they are openly declaring it. By pursuing the ignorance of the world of Islam, the masses of the people and Muslim nations, they are after occupying Holy Quds and al-Aqsa Mosque, and weakening the Palestinians as much as they can. We should pay attention to this.

All peoples should ask their governments to pursue the issue of Palestine. Islamic ulama should ask their governments to pursue the issue of Palestine. This is an important and major responsibility. We thank God that in the Islamic Republic, the government and the people share this belief. From the beginning, the Islamic Republic government and our magnanimous Imam announced and raised the policy of supporting Palestine and showing enmity towards the Zionist regime. This policy has continued until today. It is 35 years now that we have not deviated from this line and our people too are supportive with complete eagerness.

Sometimes, a number of those youth whose requests are not granted in this regard write a letter to me and say in an insistent manner, "Allow us to go and fight against the Zionist regime in the front lines". Our people love fighting against the Zionists and the Islamic Republic has proved this as well. By Allah's favor and grace, we have passed through the barrier of denominational discord. We helped Hezbollah of Lebanon - which is a Shia group - in the same way that we helped Hamas and Islamic Jihad and we will continue to do that [audience shout "Allahu Akbar"]. We did not become a prisoner of denominational limits. We did not differentiate between Shia, Sunni, Hanafi, Hanbali, Shafi'i and Zaidi denominations. All Palestinian areas have to become armed.

We looked at our main goal and we offered help. We managed to strengthen the fists of our Palestinian brothers in Gaza and by Allah's favor, we will continue to do that. I announced- and this will definitely happen- that the West Bank should be armed like Gaza and be prepared for defense [audience shout "Allahu Akbar"].

I will tell you dear brothers that America's splendor should not intimidate you. The enemy has become weak. The enemy of Islam - which is arrogance - is weaker now compared to all other eras during the past 100, 150 years. Take a look at colonialist governments in Europe. They are faced with economic, political and security problems. Today, these governments have all sorts of problems. America is worse than them. It is faced with moral, political and serious financial and monetary problems. It is faced with disgrace and damage to its superpower status everywhere in the world, not just in the world of Islam.

Besides, the Zionist regime has become weaker compared to the past. This is the same regime which used to chant the slogan of "from Nile to Euphrates". They used to shout and say openly that the region from Nile to Euphrates belongs to them. However, they could not conquer Palestinian tunnels in Gaza for 50 days. This is the same regime. They used all their power for 50 days so that they can sabotage, destroy and conquer the underground tunnels of Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Palestinians, but they failed. This is the same regime which used to say, "The region from Nile to Euphrates belongs to us". Notice how it has changed. Notice how weak it has become.

The problems of the enemies of Islam are many. The enemies of Islam were frustrated in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. They were frustrated in different areas and their goals were not achieved. As you saw, in order to confront the Islamic Republic on the nuclear issue, America and colonialist countries in Europe gathered and used all their power so that they could bring the Islamic Republic to its knees on this matter, but they failed and they will continue to fail [audience shout "Allahu Akbar"].

This is the weakness of the other side. But by Allah's favor, you will become stronger on a daily basis. The future belongs to you and "Allah has full power and control over His affairs" [The Holy Quran, 12: 21] [audience shout "Allahu Akbar"].

Greetings be upon you and Allah's mercy and blessings

 

Supreme Leader's Speech at Eighth Graduation Ceremony of Army Cadets

(2014/11/17)

The following is the full text of the speech delivered on November 17, 2014 by Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, at the eighth graduation ceremony of army cadets held at Imam Ali (a.s.) University.

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

I thank Allah the Exalted for the existence of religious youth and the pure and virtuous soldiers who signify a bright future for the Islamic Republic of Iran Army and for the defense of the country.

You dear youth - whether those of you who have completed your education at this university and received your epaulets or those of you who have entered the arena of knowledge and experience and who, by Allah's favor, will produce many results - are my dear children and the dear and outstanding children of our people. I congratulate all of you on your achievements and I sincerely thank your commanders and the managers and officials who have undertaken this heavy responsibility.

Today's program was a beautiful and meaningful one. I hope that Allah the Exalted will keep these statements - on the basis of these slogans and these methods - in your hearts and souls and in your thoughts and actions for many years.

In any country, the armed forces are one of the bases of power. Without a doubt, the military power of any country can represent the public and international capabilities of that country. However, the armed forces themselves should not look at the meaning of power in a shallow and superficial way. Powerful armed forces are those forces whose motivation, spirituality and firm determination can shape, channel and guide their methods, behavior and moves.

If faith, foresight, firm determination and a long-term outlook towards the goals of the enemy's lines do not exist, then even a large number of military forces and military supplies will not be decisive and fateful. The large number of military forces and the existence of advanced supplies and up-to-date education alone are not enough. They alone cannot make the armed forces of a country and a people the source of power for those people. Faith, determination, sense of responsibility and understanding about the truth of the responsibility of armed forces are necessary as well.

It is these things that can make the armed forces a source of power for a people in the real sense of the word. The Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic - including the glorious Islamic Republic of Iran Army, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, Basij Force and the other organizations which are present in the Armed Forces - have proved their capabilities in the course of many years. They have shown in practice their spiritual and scientific capabilities, their power of innovation and their firm determination.

This is why the world counts on our Armed Forces and it takes them seriously. It knows that in the Islamic Republic of Iran our Armed Forces do their best in the arena of responsibility and warfare.

You dear youth and self-sacrificing children of the Iranian nation, you - who have chosen this critical arena for your services - should prepare yourselves for the increasing progress of the Armed Forces. When you study, go to your classes, think, carry out research, learn discipline and other military skills, you should accompany them with the intention, thought and lofty goal of trying to be this important base of power for your country in the real sense of the word.

This university, which has been ornamented with the blessed name of the Commander of the Faithful (a.s.), has many achievements. All the martyrs whose enlightened pictures we witness here emerged from this university. They were built here and they managed to play their role from this university. A number of young students from this university were present among our soldiers and our dear martyrs.

This university is a blessed and auspicious place. This university is a place for building and cultivating those individuals whom the people of Iran are proud of and whom they consider as a source of their spiritual power. You should appreciate the value of this and you should feel proud of preparing yourselves in this center.

Today, the world of Islam or rather the entire world of humanity, needs your Islamic message and the message of the people of Iran. Today, the world is faced with many events which have taken place because of selfishness and greed. With the existence of new, destructive and deadly instruments, today the world is in the hands of those people who understand nothing except for their personal and collective temptations. They do not understand what virtue is and they know nothing about human values and principles.

In such a world, when Islam's liberating call is let out and when Islam raises its flag, its gravity attracts the world and today, Islam has done this. Of course, the enemies react to this so that they can damage the reputation of Islam. They use art, the military, politics and all possible tools in order to achieve this goal.

Today, one of the important and fundamental tasks which is carried out in well-known art and entertainment institutions in the world is frightening people of Islam. Why is that? If Islam had not threatened the interests of those who swallow the world, these reactions would not have been produced. When you see that they create, sculpt, arm and support certain groups in the name of Islam and the Islamic government and when you see that they use them to kill people and create insecurity in countries, this indicates the influence of Islam's message.

They are afraid of true and original Islam, one that your predecessors introduced and showed to the world in the arenas of battle, politics and the Revolution. As these dear youth pointed out, today you are the inheritors of those great martyrs and those magnificent men.

Islam's message for humanity is the message of tranquility, dignity, honor and a secure life. The enemies do not want this message to be introduced in the world. They do not want nations to become familiar with it.

My dear ones, study well and learn military skills and rules in a complete way. You should accompany military skills with Islamic rules and principles. You should engage in innovation. As our researchers and our young scientists present new scientific achievements in different arenas, you too should create military achievements, engage in military organization and introduce those new phenomena that can help a military organization to reach its peak. You should promote this among yourselves.

I ask Allah the Exalted to bestow success on you. By Allah's favor, you dear youth will witness a better, brighter and more glorious future in this country. I hope that you will fully participate in creating that bright future.

Greetings be upon you and Allah's mercy and blessings

 

Supreme Leader's Speech on the Occasion Eid al-Ghadir

(2014/10/13)

The following is the full text of the speech delivered on September 13, 2014 by Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, in a meeting with people from different social backgrounds. The meeting was held in Imam Khomeini Hussainiyah on the occasion of Eid al-Ghadir.

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful‌

I would like to congratulate all the dear audience, the dear brothers and sisters, the dear people of Iran, all Shia Muslims and all those people who feel proud of and who enjoy the truths of Islam and knowledge about the content of this holy religion on the occasion of the auspicious day of Eid al-Ghadir. And I welcome all the dear participants, particularly the dear brothers and sisters who have come from distant cities and who have ornamented this meeting with their presence.

I would like to say a few things about the issue of Ghadir and then I will say a few things about the responsibilities that the issue of Ghadir and awareness about the deep lessons of Ghadir entrusts to us. We should pay attention to these responsibilities.

The issue of Ghadir is a very important issue in the history of Islam. First, the essence of this astonishing and important event and this holy statement - "Whomsoever's Moula [leader] I am, Ali is also his Moula" - is not something that has been narrated by Shia only. This event is among clear and absolute truths. Those who wanted to find faults with this event did not cast doubts on the origin of this statement. Rather, they resorted to ta'weel and interpretation of this sentence.

The issue of Ghadir is a clear historical and Islamic issue. The doubts and questions - about the meaning of this sentence - that have come to the minds of some intellectual and philosophical newcomers of today are the same doubts and questions that have been raised since a thousand years ago. And these questions have been answered by great ulama. Therefore, there is not any room for raising doubts about the essence of this issue, this event and what the Holy Prophet (s.w.a.) said.

On that day, the Holy Prophet (s.w.a.) asked the people, "Am I not closer to you than your own selves?" This sentence was a reference to a Quranic ayah which said, "The Prophet is closer to the believers than their own selves" [The Holy Quran, 33: 6]. Then, the Holy Prophet (s.w.a.) said, "Whomsoever's Moula I am, Ali is also his Moula". So, there is not any room for doubt about the essence of this issue.

What should be said about the content of this historical, holy and meaningful sentence - apart from the appointment of the Commander of the Faithful (a.s.) as the caliph and Imam after the Holy Prophet (s.w.a.) which is the common meaning of this sentence - is that there is another important issue which should not be ignored. This issue is the attention of Islam to the issue of government and politics and the significance of this issue from the viewpoint of Islam.

The answer to those people who have tried to throw Islam out of the arena of social and political issues, to confine it to personal and individual affairs and to adopt a secular outlook towards Islam - the hands of the enemies and their propaganda efforts have been promoting this outlook among Muslims for many years - is the issue of Ghadir. At the command of Allah the Exalted, the Holy Prophet (God's greetings be upon him and his household) addressed an important and fundamental issue in that sensitive condition and during the last months of his life. This important issue was attending to the issue of government after the Holy Prophet's (s.w.a.) time.

Here, the appointment of the Commander of the Faithful (a.s.) was not confined to spiritual aspects. Rather, it can be said that spiritual aspects are not things that someone can be appointed and elected for. Those issues for which someone can be appointed are government, politics and the management of the country and the Islamic society. The Holy Prophet (s.w.a.) recommended this to the people. This is an important point on the issue of Ghadir and it is a rejoinder to all those people who think and promote the idea that Islam should be kept away from political issues, issues related to the government and the like.

Therefore, these two truths - that is to say, the truth about the appointment of the Commander of the Faithful (a.s.) as the Imam after the Holy Prophet (s.w.a.) and the truth about attending to the issue of government, politics, imamate and managing the Islamic Ummah after the Holy Prophet (s.w.a.) - and these two very important and sensitive issues exist in the event of Ghadir. They are among teachings that have been guaranteed by Ghadir and they are a great lesson for all Muslims, whether for their present time or for their future.

Today, what we should pay attention to is that the issue of Ghadir is an ideological issue. Shia and the followers of the school of the Holy Prophet's (s.w.a.) household and the school of imamate are committed to the issue of Ghadir. Without a doubt, this is the base of Shia philosophy and there is no room for any discussion on this issue. Those who doubt this and those who have a question in this regard can take part in scholarly and expert meetings and discuss it.

Shia's logic is strong. Its reasoning is decisive and impeccable. However, this should not influence the public lives of Muslims, their cooperation with and brotherhood towards one another. The issue of differences between Muslim denominations - whether Shia and Sunni denominations or the different denominations that exist inside these two major denominations - has been one of the targets of the greed of the enemies of Islam, not just the enemies of Shia Islam.

For many years, there has been an effort to create discord between Muslims. This is because the existence of discord between Muslims will make them spend their efforts, energy and motivation on domestic fights. This makes them ignore foreign affairs and their great enemies. This has been the major policy of colonialism for many years and after the victory of the Islamic Revolution and the formation of the Islamic Republic. Because they witnessed the development of the Islamic Republic's thoughts in the world of Islam, they placed more emphasis on and showed more persistence in creating discord. They invested in doing this in order to separate the world of Islam from the Islamic Republic.

The Islamic Republic, our great Revolution and our great Imam (r.a.) managed to attract the thoughts of the world of Islam and the hearts of Muslims. They managed to channel their motivations and their moves. This frightened the enemy. This frightened colonialism, arrogance and Zionism - particularly American politicians. As a result of this, they resorted to their old weapon which is the weapon of creating discord.

Since many years ago until today, they have been fueling the fire of discord between Shia and Sunni so that they can divert the attention of the two sides from the main enemy - who is the enemy of Islam, not the enemy of Shia or Sunni in particular - and so that they can busy them with each other. This is the policy of colonialism. And the experts on this policy are the political and security hands of the vile English government which has been active in this area since long ago. They have made many efforts in this area and they know how to create discord between Muslim denominations. They have experience in the ways for doing this. Therefore, they know how to do it and they are extremely active in this arena.

This takfiri orientation - the thing that has emerged in Iraq, Syria and some other regional countries today and that confronts all Muslims, not just Shias - is the handicraft of colonialists themselves. They made something called al-Qaida and DAESH in order to confront the Islamic Republic and the movement of the Islamic Awakening. However, this product has become a burden for themselves. Today, it has become a burden for themselves.

Of course, if we take a careful and analytical look today, we see that the unreal effort which America and its allies are making in the region today under the name of confronting DAESH is, in fact, an effort for channeling enmities among Muslims more than it is an effort for nipping this evil movement in the bud. They try to pit Muslims against one another. Today, they have chosen this ignorant, prejudiced, fossilized and dependent group as the element for doing this. Otherwise, the goal is the same old goal.

They are trying to divert Muslims' attention from the main enemy. We - whether Shia and Sunni Muslims or anyone who is committed to Islam and who believes in the authority of the Holy Quran - should know that America and American, arrogant and Zionist policies are the enemy of Islam, Islamic awareness and the rule of Islam. The effort that they are making today is the continuation of the effort that they have been making for 35 years. It is 35 years now that they have been making all sorts of efforts. However, by God's permission and grace, they were defeated in all the efforts that they made against the Islamic Republic. By Allah's favor, they will definitely be defeated in this one as well.

What the responsibility of Muslims - whether Shia or Sunni Muslims - is, is that they should not help the enemy by provoking the feelings of one another. Shia should know that if there is a fight between Shia and Sunni and if feelings are provoked, it is the common and the main enemy who will benefit from this. Therefore, it should not let this happen. The same is true of Sunni. The two sides should be careful. They should not provoke each other's feelings, they should not insult each other's holy beliefs and they should not fuel the fire of discord between Muslim tribes and groups - particularly between Shia and Sunni - because this is what the enemies of Islam want. Everyone should pay attention to this.

If someone does something to provoke the feelings of the other side and to create enmity, they should certainly know that they are helping America, vile England and Zionism. They should know that they are helping those people who create DAESH, al-Qaida and the like and who create the takfiri orientation in order to create discord between Shia and Sunni. Today, Islamic unity, Islamic brotherhood and Islamic solidarity is one of the most necessary and urgent responsibilities for all Islamic societies. All of us should be committed to this responsibility.

Of course, the religious, wise and insightful Muslims who live in the Islamic Republic are familiar with their responsibilities. I hope that they show commitment to such responsibilities on this matter and all other matters. I hope that God bestows success on all of you and I hope that He will help all of you and the entire world of Islam to benefit from the blessings of Eid al-Ghadir.

Greetings be upon you and Allah's mercy and blessings

 

Supreme Leader’s Hajj Message 2014

(2014/10/03)

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

And all praise to Allah, Lord of the worlds, and Allah's greetings upon Muhammad and his pure Household.

Enthusiastic and respectful greetings and peace upon you, blessed ones, who said "labbaik" to the Quranic invitation and hastened to the gathering in God's House.

The first statement is that you should be grateful for this great blessing and with cooperation on the personal, social, spiritual and international level, seek help in your efforts from the Most Merciful and Most Powerful in order to reach the goals of this unparalleled divine command.

In my heart I join with you to plead in unison with you, from the Forgiving and Most Kind Lord, that as He blessed you with this hajj journey, He completes this blessing by permitting you the completion of the hajj and then- with His generous acceptance- returns you to your lands with full hands and complete salvation- insha'Allah.

On this valuable occasion, in addition to spiritual purification and restoration- which is the highest and most fundamental gain of this comprehensive and unique divine command- attention should be paid to the issues of the world of Islam as a central duty and ritual of the hajj participants- with a commanding and expansive view towards the priorities and most important issues related to the Islamic Ummah.

Today in particular, unity among Muslims and untying the knots of separation among some parts of the Islamic Ummah is a priority and important matter. Hajj is the manifestation of unity and harmony and the focal point of brotherhood and mutual help. During hajj, all have to learn the lessons of focusing on commonalities and rejecting differences.

The filthy hands of imperialist politics have, for some time now, placed division on the agenda in order to fulfill their sinister interests, and today with the blessing of Islamic Awakening, Muslim peoples have correctly recognized the enmity of the imperialist and Zionist front and they have taken a stance against them while the policies of division between Muslims have intensified.

The scheming enemy is aiming to stoke the fire of a domestic war among the Muslims, to misdirect the motivation for resistance and jihad and to secure the Zionist regime and the servants of arrogance- who are the real enemies.

Instigating terrorist-takfiri and similar groups in the countries of the region of West Asia is among these abhorrent policies. This is a warning to all of us to count the issue of unity among Muslims as the priority of our national and international duties.

The other important issue is the issue of Palestine. With the passing of 65 years since the establishment of this murderous Zionist regime and the various ups and downs in this important and sensitive issue, and particularly with the bloody events of the past year, two realities have become clear for all.

The first reality is that the Zionist regime and its criminal supporters recognize no limit or boundaries regarding viciousness, cruelty and trampling underfoot all human and ethical standards. Crimes, genocide, mass destruction, the killing of children, women and the shelter-less and any violation and oppression that they can commit, they not only make permissible for themselves, but more so, they take pride in. The tear-inducing scenes of the recent 50-Day War in Gaza are the latest example of the historical crimes which have been repeated numerous times in the last half century.

The second reality is that this disaster and calamity has not led to the results that the leaders and supporters of that murderous regime wanted. Contrary to the idiotic dreams of power and stability for this regime that the filthy officials of the Zionist regime dream, day-by-day this regime has moved closer to implosion and annihilation.

The 50-day resistance of besieged and shelterless people of Gaza in the face of the full capabilities of the Zionist regime, and the resulting incapability and retreat of that regime and its surrender to the conditions of the resistance- is a clear example of that regime's weakness, incapacity and hollowness.

All of this means: the people of Palestine have to be more hopeful than ever before, the fighters of Jihad and Hamas have increase their efforts, purpose and work, the West Bank has to intensify the continual path of glory towards power and steadfastness, the Muslim peoples have to demand real and serious support of Palestine from their governments and Muslim governments have to take sincere steps in this path.

The third priority and important matter is the wise view that activists who wish well for the world of Islam have to take, regarding the difference between pure "Mohammadean Islam" and "American Islam". They have to caution themselves and others from confusing these two with each another. Our magnanimous Imam (ra) was the first to point out the difference between these two and entered it into the political lexicon of the Islamic world.

Pure Islam is the Islam of tolerance and spirituality, the Islam of piety and democracy, the Islam of being "forceful against the unbelievers, merciful towards the believers".

American Islam is putting the clothes of Islam on servitude to foreigners and enmity with the Islamic Ummah, the Islam that stokes the fire of division among Muslims, instead of trust in divine promises, it trusts in the enemies of God, instead of fighting with the Zionists and arrogance it fights with its Muslim brothers, it unites with arrogant America against its own people or other peoples. It is not Islam, it is a dangerous and deadly hypocrisy which every sincere Muslim has to fight against.

Viewing matters with insight and penetration makes these realities and important issues regarding the world of Islam clear for any truth seeker, and determines- without any doubt- the current duties and obligations. Hajj and its rituals are a valuable opportunity to gain this insight and our hope is that you blessed hajj participants can make complete use of this divine kindness.

I entrust all of you to Almighty God and ask that He accepts your efforts.

والسلام علیکم و رحمة الله

سیّدعلی خامنه‌ای

ذي‌الحجه 1435

 

Supreme Leader's Sermons at Eid ul-Fitr Prayers

(2014/07/29)

The following is the full text of the sermons delivered on July 29, 2014 by Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, at the Eid ul-Fitr prayers in Tehran.

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds. "All Praise is due to Allah, Who created the heavens and the earth, and made the darkness and the light. Yet those who reject faith hold others as equal, with their Guardian-Lord" [The Holy Quran, 6: 1]. And peace and greetings be upon our Master and Prophet, the friend of our hearts and the interceder with our sins, Ab-al-Qassem al-Mustafa Muhammad, upon his immaculate, pure and chosen household, and upon those who guide the guided. All praise is due to Allah, from Whom I seek help, to Whom I repent and Whom I rely on.

I would like to tell all you dear brothers and sisters about divine mercy and forgiveness on this holy and auspicious day and I congratulate you on Eid ul-Fitr. I hope that God bestows His blessings on you and accepts your good deeds and your jihad of worship - those you fulfilled on the warm days and in the blessed nights of the auspicious month of Ramadan.

Thankfully, our people benefitted from the auspicious month of Raman. They benefitted from Quranic, dua and dhikr meetings, from iftar meals, from the enthusiastic Nights of Qadr and from the different prayers and supplications that were thankfully said throughout our Islamic country. These prayers, supplications and the like prepare the ground for divine mercy and they are a source of divine blessings.

Moreover, at the end of the month, the great movement of the people of Iran was launched on Quds Day. This movement announced to the world the lively, vigilant and loud cry of our people. These were the events of this great month out of which our people emerged glorious and finally they reached Eid ul-Fitr.

Dear brothers and sisters, each religious practice that you did in the month of Ramadan was a good deed and a piece of paradise. When you ask Allah the Exalted - in a prayer of the auspicious month of Ramadan - to help you achieve paradise, this means that you want to achieve the practices whose manifestation is divine paradise, as promised by God. And thankfully this happened. You should appreciate the value of what you achieved in the month of Ramadan and you should preserve it.

In the month of Ramadan, what we witnessed in personal, public, popular and social practices was that the people organized public and simple iftar meals. Thankfully, this has become common. Last year, our dear people were asked to organize iftar meals in a less extravagant way and to increase the number of those people who benefit from these meals. This year, the news that we received showed that the people made an effort and developed this in public and holy centers, on the streets, in hussainiyahs and in each and every part of the country. The piece of advice that this humble person wants to offer is that you should promote and develop such practices as much as you can because it influences our Islamic lifestyle.

Quds Day was really and truly a great day. While the weather was very hot and our people were fasting, men and women - particularly those women wearing hijab and who had their children in their arms - participated in the rallies. When a people want to show that they are alive and when they want to show their communal determination, they show it on such occasions.

This communal determination is not particular to a specific group of people. Rather, it involves all individuals. Our dear people thankfully showed this communal determination. I hope that God bestows His blessings on you dear people. I hope that He increases your dignity and achievements on a daily basis and I hope that He bestows upon the officials of the country the blessing to render services to you on a daily basis.

"In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful‌

Say: He, Allah, is One.

Allah is He on Whom all depend.

He begets not, nor is He begotten.

And none is like Him." [The Holy Quran, 112]

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, and peace and greetings be upon our Master and Prophet, Ab-al-Qassem al-Mustafa Muhammad and upon his immaculate, pure and chosen household, especially the one remaining with Allah on earth. And greetings be upon the Commander of the Faithful, Siddiqat at-Tahirah, the mistress of all women, Hassan, Hussein - the children of mercy and the Imams of guidance - Ali ibn al-Hussein, Muhammad ibn Ali, Ja'far ibn Muhammad, Musa ibn Ja'far, Ali ibn Musa, Muhammad ibn Ali, Ali ibn Muhammad, Hassan ibn Ali and Hujjat al-Qaem.

I advise the dear brothers and sisters - who say prayers - all the people of Iran and myself to observe divine piety. This piety is a source of influence in all areas including the area of making judgments and taking action on all important social and international issues and issues related to the world of Islam and humanity.

Today, the first issue of the world of Islam is the issue of Gaza. Perhaps, it can be said that this issue is the first issue of humanity. A rabid dog and a marauding wolf has attacked innocent people. Who is more innocent than the innocent children who lost their lives in an oppressive way during these attacks? Who is more innocent than the mothers who held their children in their arms and who witnessed their death and pains? Today, the usurping and kafer Zionist regime has committed these crimes in front of the eyes of all human beings. Therefore, humanity should react.

Three points need to be said about the issue of Gaza: The first point is that what the leaders of the Zionist regime are doing today is genocide and a great historical catastrophe. The perpetrators and supporters of these crimes should be put on trial and punished on an international level. Their punishment is what people's representatives and righteous and sympathetic personalities in the world should request.

And they should not escape punishment with the passage of time. They should be punished, whether they are in power or when they lose their power and are overthrown. Both the perpetrators of these crimes and those who are openly supporting them - you have heard and seen the news about their support - should be punished. This was the first point.

The second point is that we should see the power of endurance and resistance of a people who have stood up for their legitimate claims. They are a people who have been surrounded by all sides and who live in a small and confined area. The sea is closed to them, the land is closed to them and all borders are closed to them. Their drinking water, their electricity and their basic amenities are not usable. All these disasters have befallen them because of the enmity and invasion of the enemy and there is no one to help them.

All these disasters have befallen them because of the enmity and invasion of the enemy and there is no one to help them. These people are faced with an armed, malevolent and merciless regime such as the Zionist regime and its evil, malevolent and najis leaders who are striking them day and night without any consideration. Despite such crimes, these people have stood firm and they are resisting. This is a lesson. This shows that one's power of resistance - the power of resistance of a mother who sees her child dead in front of her and the power of resistance of a woman who sees her husband, brother and father under pressure - is beyond what we can imagine in our minds.

We should know our inner power. Human beings can be powerful and show resistance like this. These people - whose population is about 1,800,000 persons - are standing firm despite the fact that they live in an enclosed and surrounded land that is about 400, 500 square kilometers. They are standing firm despite the fact that their gardens, shops and houses are the target of the enemy's attack. Besides, the path of business and finance is closed to them and they are under such attack.

This shows the level and amount of a people's resistance. And I will tell you that by Allah's favor and permission, these people will finally achieve victory over the enemy. Of course, even in the present time, the transgressing enemy is regretful like a dog which has done something wrong. He has gotten stuck and he does not know what to do. If he turns back, he will be disgraced. If he continues, it will be more difficult for him on a daily basis.

That is why you see that America, Europe and all global criminals have joined hands to force an imposed truce on the people of Gaza. They want to do this in order to save the Zionist regime. The Zionist regime has gotten stuck and it will continue to get stuck from now on. This was the second point.

And the third point is that the political leaders of arrogance say, "We should disarm Hamas and Jihad". What does it mean to disarm these groups? It means that these groups have a number of missiles with which they can somehow defend themselves in the face of the incessant attacks of the enemy. They say, "We should even take away these few missiles from them". From their viewpoint, Palestine - including Gaza - should be in such a condition that the enemy can attack and fire on it whenever it wants. And Palestine should not be able to defend itself at all. This is what they want.

The President of America has issued a "fatwa" saying that the resistance should be disarmed. Of course, it is clear that you want it to be disarmed so that it cannot deliver any blow against these crimes. But we say that the opposite should happen. The entire world - particularly the world of Islam - should provide the people of Palestine with as many weapons as they can.

God, help Islam and the Muslims. Help the armies of the Muslims. Abandon the kufar, the enemies and the hypocrites. And I ask Allah for forgiveness for myself and you.

"In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful‌

Say: He, Allah, is One.

Allah is He on Whom all depend.

He begets not, nor is He begotten.

And none is like Him." [The Holy Quran, 112]

Greetings be upon you and Allah's mercy and blessings

 

Supreme Leader's Speech in Meeting with Government Officials

(2014/07/07)

The following is the full text of the speech delivered on July 7, 2014 by Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, in a meeting with government officials. The meeting was held in the Imam Khomeini (r.a.) Hussainiyah on the ninth day of the holy month of Ramadan.

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, and peace and greetings be upon our Master and Prophet, Muhammad, and upon his immaculate household

First of all, I would like to welcome each and every one of you brothers and sisters and the dear and committed officials of the Islamic Republic. It is a very good meeting and by Allah's favor, it will be full of divine blessings and guidance and the light of this month. The statements of Mr. President were good and complete statements. I hope that by the blessedness of this month and the pure prayers of righteous people, believers and those who fast, what the officials of the country intend to do will produce the desired results.

The month of Ramadan has been described as "auspicious". The reason why this month is auspicious is that it is a way to liberate oneself from the fire of hell and to achieve paradise. As we read in the prayers of the month of Ramadan, "This is the month of liberation from hell and achieving paradise" [Iqbal al-A'mal, Volume 1, page 90]. Divine paradise and the fire of divine hell exist in this world as well. What happens in the hereafter is the manifestation of this world: "Indeed, hell surrounds the unbelievers on all sides" [The Holy Quran, 9: 49]. Hell has surrounded unbelievers, oppressors, enemies and opponents, in this world and in this life. The same is true of paradise.

It is in our own hands to go from hell to paradise. This happens in this world and its concrete, hidden and real manifestation will be witnessed in the hereafter. We can take this trip and this path from the hell of misconduct, misgivings and doubts - which belongs to this world - to the paradise of good deeds, good thoughts, good behavior and good conduct. This path and movement is called "penitence" and "repentance". It has been said in a prayer that "[T]his is the month of penitence and this is the month of repentance" [Iqbal al-A'mal, Volume 1, page 25]. It is with penitence and repentance that one is liberated from hell and that one achieves paradise.

One of the blessings of the auspicious month of Ramadan is the prayers of this month. These prayers teach us how to speak to God, how to ask Him for help and how to pay attention to Him. Moreover, they teach us many lessons for which we cannot find an equal even in common moral narrations. I have chosen two prayers from this month which I would like to narrate in the beginning of my speech. The selection of these two prayers is because of our needs today.

Today, we - as officials of our dear country and the Islamic Republic - urgently need serious and diligent work which is accompanied by purity and sincerity. These two prayers help us move toward this path. One prayer is the prayer of the first day of the auspicious month of Ramadan. I have chosen this part from this prayer: "Oh God, place us among those who do something while they have willed it. Do not place us among those poor people who suffer from indolence and among those who rely on things other than action" [Iqbal al-A'mal, Volume 1, page 23].

The first sentence says, "Oh God, place us among those who do something while they have willed it". This action should be purposeful, one that enjoys intention and one that is clear in advance where it is leading to. The second sentence is "Do not place us among those poor people who suffer from indolence". "Kisalat" means laziness and idleness. It says, "God, do not place us among these people". This is what the prayer teaches us. The third sentence is: "And among those who rely on things other than action".

It says, "Do not place us among those who day dream, rant and fabricate issues in a meeting without taking any action". Notice that this is the lesson of this prayer. In the first day of the month of Ramadan, believers enter the divine feast with this spirit. This is one of the great servings of this feast. This is one prayer.

The second prayer is one that is said on each day of this auspicious month. It says, "And save me from drowsiness, laziness, exhaustion, carelessness, inflexibility, ignorance and deception" [Iqbal al-A'mal, Volume 1, page 26]. It asks God to save us from these characteristics: the first is drowsiness. The second is laziness. The third is exhaustion. It means getting sick and tired of something. The next one is carelessness. It means doing things in a careless way and ignoring precision. The next one is hardness of heart, fossilization and inflexibility. The next one is ignorance and confusion about our position and about what is happening and what is ahead of us. And the last one is deception and arrogance.

It asks God to save us from these characteristics. Notice what lessons these prayers are. Well, the function of these concepts - which are lofty and outstanding concepts - is much more important for officials in charge of public affairs than for ordinary individuals. When we say, "Oh God, do not make us suffer from laziness, inflexibility and ignorance", we are making this request from two perspectives: one is from a personal perspective. We make this personal request so that we do not make a mistake and so that we do not face problems.

Another is from the perspective of our responsibilities. You are like a captain who is steering a ship. You are like a pilot who is flying a plane. The issue is not only the issue of your lives. You are different from a person who is driving his car on a road alone. His responsibility is to protect his own life. But you are not like him. A group of people are with you. These are the things that make your responsibilities and commitment - on the issues that were discussed - heavier.

In our religious literature, the month of Ramadan is the month of confronting shaitan and satanic behavior on the one hand and behaving in a kind way, obeying God and worshiping Him on the other hand. On the one hand, it is said that shaitan is tethered in the month of Ramadan and on the other hand, it is said that the month of Ramadan is the month of obeying and worshiping God. The shortest and most meaningful word to describe this month is the word "piety": "Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you may show piety" [The Holy Quran, 2: 183].

The issue is the issue of confrontation between shaitan and piety. Shaitan's job is to tempt. What does tempting mean? It means creating disruption in your calculation system. This is shaitan. The opposite point is piety's role. Shaitan's effort is to tempt you. That is to say, he tries to make our minds, our nature and our calculation system - which has been installed inside man - stop working. He wants to make us make a mistake in calculation.

Piety's job is the opposite of this: "If you fear Allah, He will grant you a criterion to judge between right and wrong" [The Holy Quran, 8: 29]. Piety gives you a criterion. That is to say, it gives you the awareness to separate truth from falsehood. In another holy ayah, God says, "So, fear Allah for it is God that teaches you" [The Holy Quran, 2: 282]. With piety, Allah the Exalted opens the gates of knowledge, awareness and wisdom to you.

Shaitan influences our calculation system with threats and temptations. On the one hand, he frightens us. A holy ayah from Sura Aal-e Imran says, "It is only shaitan that suggests to you the fear of his disciples: Be not afraid of them, but fear Me if you have faith" [The Holy Quran, 3: 175]. On the issue of the battle that happened after the Battle of Uhud - there was a rumor saying that the enemy is coming to destroy Muslims and that Muslims are going to lose everything - the Holy Prophet (s.w.a.) said, "Those of you who became wounded in the Battle of Uhud today should carry their swords and accompany me. If none of you comes, I will go alone".

The Holy Prophet (s.w.a.) set out to go. Those who had been wounded in Uhud on that day took their swords and accompanied the Holy Prophet (s.w.a.). With a surprise attack, they went and destroyed the enemy who had lain in ambush near Madina, who had started these rumors and who had decided to attack. And then they returned: "And they returned with grace and bounty from Allah and no harm ever touched them" [The Holy Quran, 3: 174]. Then the Holy Quran says, "It is only shaitan that suggests to you the fear of his disciples".

So, one of the things that shaitan does is to cause fear. "Shaitan threatens you with poverty" [The Holy Quran, 2: 268]. He frightens us with poverty. According to an interpretation of this holy ayah, this was a threat. On the other hand, one of the things that he does is to tempt. Shaitan gives certain promises which are deceitful: "Shaitan makes them promises, and creates in them false desires, but shaitan's promises are nothing but deception" [The Holy Quran, 4: 120].

He gives promises and awakens desires in people's hearts. He paints a colorful, fake and imaginary future - like a mirage - for the eyes of believers. "But shaitan's promises are nothing but deception". His promises are hollow. On the one hand, he makes threats and on the other hand, he tempts. This is like America's behavior in the present time. This is like the behavior that arrogant powers always show. On the one hand, they make threats and on the other hand, they tempt. These temptations are not only personal. They temp in general ways. They say, "We do this, we do that". But they do not and they lie. This is what shaitan does.

All the things that shaitan does - including tempting and making threats - are for the sake of making our calculation system stop working so that we make wrong calculations. When one's calculation system stops working, things go out of order. Making wrong calculations is one of the greatest dangers. It sometimes threatens man's life and it sometimes threatens his fate. This is because man's power and capabilities are under the domination of his will and his will is under the influence of his calculation system. If his calculation system does not work properly, his will makes a decision and moves towards the direction which is wrong.

In such circumstances, all his power and capabilities move in this wrong direction. This is what we should be careful about. As I said, for a person who does not have a responsibility, taking care has a certain meaning and for you and I who have a responsibility, it has a different meaning. We should take care not to let our calculation system witness a disruption by human and jinn shaitans. We should take care not to misunderstand issues. Shaitan is not only from among jinns. He is not only iblis: "Likewise, did We make for every messenger an enemy - shaitans among men and jinns, inspiring each other with flowery discourses by way of deception" [The Holy Quran, 6: 112].

Shaitans among men and jinns help one another. I would like to stress that one of the mistakes in the area of calculation is that we remain confined to visible and purely materialistic factors. One of the mistakes is to ignore spiritual factors, divine traditions - those which God has informed us about and those that are invisible. This is one of the great mistakes in the area of calculation. God has said, "If you help the cause of Allah, He will help you and make firm your stance" [The Holy Quran, 47: 7].

Can this be said in a clearer way? If you move on the path of God and if you help God's religion, God will help you. This is unchangeable: "You shall not find any change in the course of Allah" [The Holy Quran, 33: 62]. If you move on the path of reviving the divine religion and if you preserve this path, God will help you. This has been said by the Holy Quran with such clarity. This is the divine promise. We have experienced this in practice.

You should know that this era of the history of the Revolution will be one of the most prominent historical eras in the history that will be discussed by future generations. In this materialistic world, in the world of the domination of superpowers and in the world of widespread hostility towards Islam and towards Islamic teachings and values, a system has been created based on Islam and in an area where the agents of deviating powers had exerted more influence than any other area in the world.

This is a strange event. You and I have gotten used to it. This is the same as "If you help the cause of Allah, He will help you and make firm your feet". You will not falter, as we did not. The people of Iran did not falter. There have been so many pressures, so many plots, so many cruelties and so much unfairness, but the people of Iran did not change their minds. This is one of the divine traditions.

A holy ayah in the Holy Quran says, "Have you not considered how Allah sets forth a parable of a good word being like a good tree, whose root is firm and whose branches are in heaven, yielding its fruit in every season by the permission of its Lord? [The Holy Quran, 14: 24-25]. A good word, a good action and a pure deed - one that is for God - prevails. It will grow roots, it will become strong and it will yield fruits. The Islamic Republic is that good word. It has been preserved like the good tree and it has become stronger. Today, the Islamic Republic - as a system, government and a political entity - is not comparable with 30 years ago.

In the second ayah after these ayahs, God says, "Allah will establish in strength those who believe, with the word that stands firm, in this world and in the hereafter" [The Holy Quran, 14: 27]. He will re-establish the same strength. These factors should be seen and they should be counted in our calculations. Not all the factors in achieving happiness, sinking into misery, making progress, suffering from backwardness, achieving success and witnessing defeat are confined to the common worldly factors that materialistic people rely on. These spiritual factors exist alongside worldly factors as well.

What I want to say in this part of my speech - which is the main part - is that today, we should not make a mistake in our calculations. You should not let the enemy influence your calculation system. You should not let him tempt you. You should not let him influence you with his temptations or threats.

Today, the battle between the Islamic Republic - which began with the victory of the Revolution and which is continuing with the same strength - is the same battle that existed between the prophets and the shaitans of the time, who were from among men and jinns. We are after lofty ideals. We are after forming an Islamic community, an Islamic government, an Islamic country and an Islamic ummah. We are after achieving the goals that great prophets, saints and martyrs pursued.

And the satanic regimes of the time have formed one front and they are naturally opposed to such a movement. This is why they create obstacles and make threats. Despite the glamour of this front and its superficial and material splendor, this divine and prophet-like movement is taking its path and moving forward. It is exerting influence and it is expanding and developing on a daily basis.

Today, what we witness in the behavior of global arrogance is this. Its goal is to create disruption in our calculation system. In other arenas, arrogance has failed. It has failed to do anything. In real arenas, only two material factors have been available to the camp of arrogance: one is military threats and another is sanctions. Arrogance has nothing except for these two things. The hands of arrogance are tied in terms of the power of reason and logic and the capability to prove its legitimacy. It can only carry out two tasks: one is to issue military threats - this is a task that it constantly carries out - and another is to impose sanctions.

And there are two cures for these. Sanctions can be counteracted with diligence in the area of the economy of resistance. The points that the honorable President raised today had been raised by him before and they are completely true. Economic plans should be prepared, pursued and implemented with the assumption that sanctions will remain there.

Imagine that sanctions will not be lifted at all. Well, this is what they themselves are saying as well. They too say that sanctions will not be touched. Even from this moment, they have begun saying, "Even if we reach a deal on the nuclear issue, it does not mean that all sanctions will be lifted. There are still other issues to be resolved".

This is what we have always said. I have repeatedly said in this meeting and different other meetings that the nuclear issue is an excuse. Even if the nuclear issue did not exist, they would make other excuses. For example, there is the issue of human rights and the issue of women. They fabricate many different issues. Fabricating and making excuses is not a demanding job. Moreover, the propaganda apparatus and empire is in their hands. Therefore, the cure for the issue of sanctions is the economy of resistance. Later on, I will discuss a few points in this regard.

As for the issue of military threats, there are very few people in today's world who take these military threats seriously. Of course, the Americans say, "The Iranians do not take it seriously". But it is not only us who do not take it seriously. There are many people in the world who do not take this threat seriously. Global spectators do not believe that this threat is a serious one because the opinion of global spectators and those who have a political awareness is that if it were economical for America to launch an attack, it would not hesitate even for one moment.

Will these people be sad if some people are killed and if a crisis arises somewhere? Are these people - who wholeheartedly supported a wolf named "Saddam" for eight years, who hit a passenger plane while it was on air and while they had no excuse, and who destroyed and shed the blood of several hundred people including innocent and uninformed women, men and children - afraid of killing people? Which of those people who created crises wherever they could and who staged color uprisings - as they say, color revolutions - are not led by arrogant powers? And these arrogant powers are headed by America.

They create crises inside countries and it does not matter to them whether these crises lead to murder and domestic wars or not. Are those who attacked Afghanistan and Iraq, those who killed hundreds of thousands of people in Iraq and those who killed people one by one in Iraq and other cities of Iraq under the command of intelligence services and mercenary and terrorist companies - such as Blackwater which we spoke about once - afraid of killing people? Are they afraid that other people may be killed? Do they care about such things?

The issue is not that they make military threats because they do not want to [attack]. They constantly say, "Israel issues military threats, but America prevents them from waging a war". Well why does America prevent it from doing so? If this claim is true, what is the reason? Is their conscience pricked if a country is attacked and a number of people are killed? The answer is no. The reason is that they do not consider waging a war to be economical. I firmly say that launching a military attack against the Islamic Republic of Iran is not economical for any country.

Today, the Americans themselves criticize their attack on Iraq. The important and noteworthy point is that they do not criticize it because it was a crime. Rather, they say that it was not to the advantage of America. That is to say, if it had been to the advantage of America, it would have been alright. They do not say, "We made a mistake by killing people. We made a mistake by attacking innocent people. We made a mistake by letting our soldiers kick people's doors in. We made a mistake by letting them kill women and children in front of the eyes of people". They do not say such things.

In the present time, their soldiers suffer from psychological problems because of the crimes that were committed there, but they do not acknowledge this officially. Rather, they say that the attack was not economical. So, the enemy is empty-handed both in the area of sanctions and in the area of military threats: "So, lose not heart, nor fall into despair for you must gain mastery if you are true in faith" [The Holy Quran, 3: 139]. If we believe in God, the enemy cannot do anything in real and practical arenas.

Now that it cannot do anything in real arenas and now that his hands are empty in the area of influence, what is the enemy's cure? The cure is that it creates disruption in the calculation system of the other side - our calculation system. They are pursuing this task through propaganda, political work and different contacts. They know that the Islamic Republic is capable of achieving its goals. From their viewpoint, the Islamic Republic must not want this. If it wants it, it can achieve it. They want to do something to make us stop wanting. Today, this is the effort of the world of arrogance which is headed by America. This is the same soft war that we have been speaking about since a few years ago. Other people have spoken about, written and discussed it as well.

They cannot change our calculations. From the first day, the calculations of the Islamic Republic have been based on reason and logic. The elements that have formed these calculations are these: the first one is trust in God and the traditions of creation. The second one is distrusting the enemy and knowing him. One of the factors in reliance on God and the traditions of creation is trust in the people and their faith, trust in affection and kindness, trust in pure motives, trust in the people's honesty - our magnanimous Imam (r.a.) was the manifestation of this kind of trust - belief in self-confidence and the fact that we can, reliance on action, avoidance of idleness, trust in divine assistance, reliance on responsibility and effort on the path of responsibility.

From the first day until today, these have been the things that have formed the basis and the infrastructure of the elements of the reasonable Islamic Republic. You should refer to Imam's (r.a.) statements. His statements are imbued with these concepts and teachings: benefitting from experience - including the way arrogant powers have behaved towards weak nations - and diligence for the sake of independence, remaining independent and living in an independent way.

What does independence mean? Some people find faults with the essence and meaning of independence? They ask, "What does such independence mean?" Independence means freedom from the will of foreigners and other people. This is the meaning of independence. Can any reasonable mind deny this? The meaning of independence is that a people should be able to determine their own fate.

This country did not enjoy independence for many years. The quasi-independence that existed was political. But the key of the government and the country was in the hands of other people. It was they who made the decisions. It was they who did everything. There were some people inside the country some of whom were attached to them and some of whom were not very attached to them, but they had to follow them. Independence is resistance against such a condition.

Well, arrogance is opposed to this reason. If someone thinks that the name of Islam makes them oppose the Islamic Republic, they should know that this is not the case. The name of Islam and Islamic practices and obligations do not make anyone show opposition.

Once, Imam (r.a.) said in one of his speeches, "When the English entered and occupied Iraq in the second decade of the 20th century, an English commander saw someone shouting and raising his voice. He became nervous. Someone was saying adhan from a minaret. He asked, "What is this noise?" They said, "He is saying adhan". Then he asked, "Is it against us?" someone replied, "No, it is not". He said, "OK, let him say whatever he wants". He did not care for the kind of adhan which was not against him and the kind of "Allahu Akbar" which did not humiliate him.

So, the issue is not the issue of Islam and Islamic obligations. Today, some countries carry the name of Islam and they observe Islamic obligations more or less, but their oil, their supplies and their vital resources are in the hands of arrogance. And the enemies do not show any opposition to such countries. On the contrary, they have friendly relations with them.

Recently, I read something interesting somewhere. An American expert has said, "Reconciliation between Iran and America is possible, but it is not possible between the Islamic Republic and America". He is right. Not only is reconciliation with the kind of Iran that is led by the Pahlavi family - which makes everything available to the Americans - possible, but it is also necessary. It is even necessary to do something beyond reconciliation for this kind of Iran. The issue is the issue of the Islamic Republic. The Islamic Republic means independence, freedom, commitment to Islamic faith, movement on the path of Islam, refusal to give in to the enemies' impositions and invitation to the unity of the Islamic Ummah.

This is the exact opposite of what they want. Of course, they are unfriendly towards this kind of Iran. Well, this was the main issue that I wanted to discuss: we should not forget about self-confidence, faith and action. We should not forget about resistance against laziness, carelessness, idleness and exhaustion. These are the lessons of the month of Ramadan.

I would like to offer some pieces of advice. One piece of advice is addressed to all officials. Taking a look at the political conditions of the world and the region shows us that we are at a sensitive point. You should know that today, there is a historical turn in the real sense of the word. If you are not strong, you will be bullied not only by America and the west but also by a creature named Saddam. If you are not strong, you will be bullied and you will suffer from their impositions. You should be strong.

What are the elements of strength? How can we understand and accept that we are strong? These are the elements of strength: High morale, hopefulness, hard work and diligence, identifying economic, cultural and security rifts - you should identify and see these rifts - cooperation between different organizations in charge of affairs and cooperation between these organizations and the people. This is one piece of advice which is addressed to everyone.

The second piece of advice is that you should work as hard as you can and as long as you have opportunities. Opportunities are limited. All of us are individuals who are moving towards death. We have limited time. We should work as hard as we can and as long as we are alive. You should not say, "They do not allow us to do things". This "they do not allow us" is not an acceptable statement. Many people used to say, "They do not allow us". Now too, some people say this. What does "they do not allow us" mean? You have certain capabilities and resources in the Majlis, in the administration, in the judiciary branch, in the Armed Forces and in the different sectors which are affiliated with the administration. You should benefit from these resources and work as hard as you can. You should not even allow one single moment to be wasted.

The third piece of advice is that you should coordinate your moves with the principles of the Revolution. You should avoid creating uproar and you should attend to solving the problems of the people. The fourth piece of advice is that you should consider departmental convergence and convergence with other branches to be important.

I always advise the honorable officials in charge of the three branches of government to hold meetings with one another. Many issues are resolved in these joint meetings such as meetings between the administration and the Majlis, meetings between the judiciary branch and the administration and meetings between the judiciary branch and the Majlis. These meetings and these exchanges of opinion lead to convergence. Another issue is the issue of jihadi management. This piece of advice is related to everyone.

I would like to offer a piece of advice to the administration and the executive branch in particular. First, everyone should know that I support the administration, as I supported all previous administrations. I trust the high-ranking executive officials. All the administrations that held office after the Revolution have been elected by the people and since I have been entrusted with the task of Leadership, I have supported all these administrations.

All administrations have certain strong points and certain weak points. There is no administration that says, "I have only strong points and I do not have any weak point". And there is no one who says, "All its activities are negative". This is not the case. All administrations have a combination of strong and weak points.

Of course, compared to previous administrations, it is better to make criticisms in a well-informed way. It is not appropriate to make criticisms in public. The criticisms that we level at the administration should be fair, respectful and sympathetic. Criticism should not mean catching someone red-handed and creating obstacles for them.

Second, I would like to say to executive officials that they should take the economy of resistance seriously. Well, the honorable President said that he will do this. Other officials too have said this more or less, but it there should be action: "And among those who rely on things other than action". It should not be the case that we say, "we will do this", but we act slowly. The focus of the economy of resistance is on increasing domestic production and strengthening the domestic economy. This leads to economic progress. Economic progress is achieved with production. It is achieved by activating the domestic capacities of the country. It is not achieved with anything else.

An important piece of advice on the issue of the economy of resistance is addressed to banks. Banks should play their roles. They should coordinate their activities with the policies on the economy of resistance and with the administration's plans in this area. They can play their roles - positive roles. Of course, they can play a negative role as well.

I would like to offer a very important piece of advice to the industrial sector. The officials in charge of this sector should make efforts. They should increase their efforts and they should identify the capacities. There are many capacities in the country and they should activate them.

As for the agricultural sector, agriculture has a vital significance. It is necessary for the administration and governmental policies to adopt a supportive outlook towards the agricultural sector. This supportive outlook exists all over the world. The agricultural sector is supported by governments. Therefore, the existing problems in the area of agriculture should be removed. The problems of farmers and stockbreeders should be resolved. Sometimes, we receive certain complaints in this regard. One becomes upset and sad about the problems that they have.

The third piece of advice for the administration: the administration's slogan is moderation. Moderation is a very good slogan. We too stress moderation. Extremism is condemned by us and it is bad. The piece of advice that I would like to offer is that you should take care not to let certain people sideline religious orientations with the slogan of moderation. Some people are doing this and I see it on the political scene of the country. Some people are trying to sideline those religious orientations that are prepared to face danger sooner than everyone else. They are doing this with the slogan of moderation and avoidance of extremism. It is these religious orientations that support administrations - in the real sense of the word - during problems.

Islam is the manifestation of moderation: "And those who are with him are strong against unbelievers, but compassionate amongst each other" [The Holy Quran, 48: 29]. This is moderation. "Fight the unbelievers who gird you about" [The Holy Quran, 9: 123]. This is moderation. Enjoining to do good and forbiudding evil is moderation as well. Moderation is comprised of such things. The meaning of moderation is not that we prevent religious individuals, orientations and groups from doing things that they are responsible for.

Another piece of advice is addressed to political orientations and the press. I have a piece of advice for the brothers and officials in charge of political organizations and the press. You should be careful. A tumultuous environment is not to the advantage of the country. Some individuals should not get on the people's nerves. One witnesses that these people do such things. Psychological security is important for the people. They should not reinforce the environment of quarrels and differences. They should not repeat the enemies' statements either.

I read many newspapers every day, as I read many other things. Sometimes, there are certain statements and headlines in newspapers that are perfect for such and such an American newspaper. Surprisingly, such statements exist in American and non-American newspapers as well and these newspapers are sent for us. You should be careful. Such statements and headlines are not appropriate.

A sensitive issue that exists in the present time is the nuclear issue. The statements that the honorable President made today were very good and correct. The other side has offered us two options: death or fever. It wants to force us into accepting the latter. For example, on the issue of enrichment, their goal is to make the Islamic Republic satisfied with 10,000 SWUs. But they have begun from 500, 1000. Approximately, 10,000 SWUs are the product of 10,000 centrifuges - the ones that we already have. This is their goal. Officials tell us that we need about 190,000 SWUs. It is possible that we will not need this number of SWUs this year and in two, five years from now, but this is the definite need of the country. And the needs of the country should be met.

The statements that the Americans make on this issue are untruthfull. A country needs nuclear energy. It has managed to achieve this science and technology on its own, with its own efforts and follow-up, without stealing it from others and without colluding with other people. Now, they are persisting that we should not have it. Well, why? What are the reasons behind this "we should not".

They say that they are afraid of a nuclear bomb. First, non-proliferation has its own ways and this is alright. Second, if someone is supposed to be concerned about the issue of nuclear weapons, that someone is not America. America itself has several thousand nuclear warheads and nuclear bombs and it has used them. Well, what is it to you? Who are you to be concerned whether a country will have access to a nuclear weapon or not? However, we can give guarantees to those organizations that are in charge of such affairs. Of course, these guarantees have already been given. That is to say, it is clear that we are not after nuclear weapons. Perhaps, they themselves know this as well. So, the essence of what they are saying is untruthfull.

Of course, we believe in our negotiating team. We are sure that they will not be satisfied with transgression against the rights and dignity of the country and the people. We are sure that they will not allow this to happen. The issue of enrichment is an important issue. Moreover, the issue of research and development should definitely receive attention. Another issue is preserving the organizations and sites that the enemy cannot destroy. They place emphasis on Fordo because it is not accessible to them. They say, "You should not have a site that we cannot destroy and harm". Is this not ridiculous?

The last issue is the issue of the region and Iraq which is, in fact, a fitna. By Allah's favor, the religious people of Iraq will manage to extinguish and destroy this fitna. By Allah's favor, regional nations will move towards growth and material and spiritual transcendence on a daily basis.

Dear God, by the blessedness of Muhammad (s.w.a.) and his household (a.s.), make what we said and heard serve You and Your path. Accept from us what we said and heard. Dear God, help us succeed in making efforts, showing diligence and doing sincere work.

Dear God, by the blessedness of Muhammad (s.w.a.) and his household (a.s.), bestow on us the requirements for satisfying You. Do not deprive us of Your mercy and forgiveness in this auspicious month. Associate the pure souls of martyrs and the immaculate soul of our magnanimous Imam (r.a.) with Your saints.

Dear God, by the blessedness of Muhammad (s.w.a.) and his household (a.s.), make us be among Your thankful and patient servants.

Greetings be upon you and Allah's mercy and blessings

 

Supreme Leader's Speech at Annual Ramadan Quranic Meeting

(2014/06/29)

The following is the full text of the speech delivered on June 29, 2014 by Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, at the annual Ramadan Quranic meeting. The meeting was held on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan.

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, and peace and greetings be upon His Messenger and his blessed household

I thank Allah the Exalted for giving us the opportunity to live long enough so that we can begin this year's auspicious month of Ramadan in this enlightened meeting. I would like to welcome all you honorable qurra, esteemed memorizers of the Holy Quran and dear Quranic personalities - particularly the brothers who performed a program - and the honorable host. I hope that by Allah's favor, all of you will be among the companions of the Holy Quran in this world and in the hereafter.

In my opinion, what Quranic personalities do in our country today is a strategic and important task. Although it is true that familiarity with the Holy Quran will raise the position and deepen the understanding of those who read it and who are familiar with it - this is important in itself and the blessing that you reciters and qurra receive from the Holy Quran is an important achievement in itself - there is another achievement beyond this, whose scope is broader. This achievement is helping the Islamic community get close to understanding and becoming familiar with the Holy Quran. This is very important.

Today, our Quranic society, qurra, memorizers and reciters of the Holy Quran and those who are making efforts on this path are - in fact - making this strategic move and this is very important. The value of this should be appreciated.

The truth is that our Quranic society has thankfully made great progress in recent years. We have been holding this annual meeting for many years and I am witnessing the visible progress of familiarity with and recitation of the Holy Quran among our people, our youth and those who are interested in the Holy Quran. I am witnessing the increasing progress of this issue. This requires thanking God.

However, we are far away from the ideal. This does not mean that the level of our qurra is personally or generally lower than the ideal level. This is not what I mean. Thankfully, we have good qurra who are at a high level in terms of recitation, tartil, voice, meaning and quality of recitation in a way that they revive Quranic meanings for the audience. Thankfully, our progress is very good in this regard.

But we have not reached the ideal point on a public level and the gap is wide. We should act in a way that all the people in our country and society become familiar with the Holy Quran in some ways, that they understand Quranic meanings and that they refer to the Holy Quran even if they gain a limited understanding of Quranic meanings. We should reach such a point.

The countries who speak Arabic pass through this stage more easily. But in our country, we who do not speak Arabic pass through this stage with more difficulty. Despite this, as I have said many times, Quranic words are thankfully familiar words for us. Understanding Quranic words are not difficult for our people. By Allah's favor, more familiarity and practice can help our society reach the ideal point.

And you dear brothers should pay attention that the Islamic government and the Islamic community become strong from the inside through familiarity with the Holy Quran on a daily basis. Becoming strong from the inside is what enables societies to take their ideal paths and it gives them the power to face challenges. We should be strong from the inside.

This is achieved in the shade of familiarity with the Holy Quran. Familiarity with the Holy Quran strengthens faith, it increases reliance on God, it increases reliance on divine promises, it reduces one's fear of material problems, it gives people spiritual strength and self-confidence and it shows them the paths to getting close to God. These are the advantages and benefits of familiarity with the Holy Quran.

The Holy Quran is the book of understanding and light: "No one will sit beside this Quran but that when he rises he will achieve one addition or one diminution - addition in his guidance or elimination in his spiritual blindness" [Nahjul Balaghah, Sermon 176]. This narration is attributed to the Commander of the Faithful (a.s.). He said that anyone who sits beside the Holy Quran will achieve one addition or one diminution when he rises. When he rises, he will achieve either an addition or a diminution: addition in guidance and diminution in blindness - that is to say, one's ignorance decreases. When one reads the Holy Quran, one's insight and wisdom increase. Sitting beside the Holy Quran is like this.

Of course, this is achieved through attention and deliberation. The Holy Quran should be read by paying careful attention. We should pay attention that a mere formation of sounds is not enough. We should read the Holy Quran by paying attention to the meaning and to Quranic requests. If this is done, then the Islamic community will find its path: "Allah is the Protector of those who have faith: from the depths of darkness He will lead them forth into light" [The Holy Quran, 2: 257].

If we read the Holy Quran, we will get out of the darkness of superstitions, fear and illusions and we will be guided towards light: the light of guidance, understanding and closeness to God. These are the characteristics that one achieves through sitting beside the Holy Quran and becoming familiar with it.

We need this. The Islamic Ummah needs this today. The Islamic community is faced with serious challenges today. I have said many times that paying attention to challenges does not mean that we should feel the enemy is stronger than us. It does not mean that he will defeat us. This is not the case. The Islamic community is faced with certain challenges. Being faced with challenges is an opportunity for Islam to - by Allah's favor - take one more rung, make one more move and pass through one more stage in the movement of history to the desired transcendence. Today, we are in such conditions.

During the pre-revolutionary era and before the emergence of Islamic Awakening, we used to see that the world of Islam was ignorant. Today, the world of Islam is achieving wisdom. And the events that are taking place in the world of Islam will help the Islamic Ummah to achieve wisdom. These events make us wiser and they will clarify our responsibilities. The enemies of Islam are afraid of the existence of this foresight in believers and the Islamic Ummah. We should strengthen this foresight on a daily basis. The first stage is to know these challenges.

What is witnessed in the world of Islam is that the enemies of Islam are confronting Islam in the name of Islam and in Islam's clothing. This is the same thing that our magnanimous Imam (may God bestow paradise on him) said: American Islam versus the original Islam introduced by the Holy Prophet (s.w.a.).

American Islam is the kind of Islam that compromises with taghut and Zionism and that it is at the service of America's goals. It is Islam on the face of it and it is referred to as Islam. They may observe a number of Islamic obligations. Of course, according to what we have heard, those who have emerged in some countries - recently in Iraq and before that in other countries - in the name of Islam and by behaving in a biased way are not completely committed to religious obligations and practices. But we do not have precise information in this regard. What is clear is that they definitely move in the opposite direction of Islam.

From the viewpoint of Islam, following and accepting the wilayat of the enemies of religion and arrogant powers are among the things that believers should avoid: "Those who believe fight in the cause of Allah, and those who reject faith fight in the cause of taghut" [The Holy Quran, 4: 76]. If you move on the path of taghut in the name of Islam, you should know that this kind of Islam is fake, that it is not real and that there is a problem. Today, the situation is like this.

Of course, we can see the enemy's hand. We should understand that the evil hand of the intelligence services of the enemies of Islam, play a definite role - either directly or indirectly - in creating these events and uproars for Muslims. As we can see, it is they who are directing the scene. And the signs and reasons for this are clear. If the Islamic Ummah becomes close to Quranic concepts and if it gains a deeper familiarity with it, such events occur less. The relationship of hearts with God and their connection to Him prevents them from betraying the path of God. I hope that this will happen.

You Quranic youth and you who spend your life, your youth and your energy on the path of the Holy Quran should thank Allah the Exalted. If Allah the Exalted helps youth and teenagers to get close to the Holy Quran and to choose the path of the Holy Quran, this is a great blessing. Such a thing did not exist in previous eras. In the past, the Holy Quran was not popular among youth and it was not promoted. Today, the Holy Quran is thankfully being promoted among youth. And you are among the influential elements behind this promotion. You should appreciate the value of this.

The brothers who are active in Quranic areas should try to "Invite people to religion with means other than your [their] tongues" [Bihar al-Anwar, Volume 67, page 309]. They should show that they are among outstanding personalities in terms of commitment to religious obligations and tasks. They should show this so that the influence of the Holy Quran shows itself in their actions, in their public behavior, in their conduct, in those Islamic aspects which are visible or hidden, and in Islamic quality.

They should observe these things: "Believers are those who, when Allah is mentioned, feel a tremor in their hearts, and when they hear His signs rehearsed, find their faith strengthened" [The Holy Quran, 8: 2]. The brothers who are close to the Holy Quran more than other people should show a sign of enjoying these characteristics. What you are doing today - thankfully today, a Quranic sign is a glorious sign - can be a good model for youth, teenagers and your audience. They can learn from you. You should act in a way that they learn those things from you which help them get close to God.

Dear God, by the blessedness of Muhammad (s.w.a.) and his household, keep us alive with the Holy Quran and on the path of the Holy Quran. Make us be the companions of the Holy Quran. Make us die on the path of the Holy Quran. Associate us with the Holy Quran. Make the Holy Quran satisfied and pleased with us.

Dear God, by the blessedness of Muhammad (s.w.a.) and his household and by the blessedness of the immaculate soul of our magnanimous Imam (r.a.) and the pure souls of martyrs, bestow on us today's precious gift from this meeting, these programs and these recitations.

Dear God, by the blessedness of Muhammad (s.w.a.) and his household, make us steadfast on the path of Islam, the Holy Quran, martyrs and soldiers of the path of truth.

Greetings be upon you and Allah's mercy and blessings

 

Supreme Leader's Speech on 25th Demise Anniversary of Imam Khomeini (r.a.)

(2014/06/04)

The following is the full text of the speech delivered on June 4, 2014 by Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, on the occasion of the demise anniversary of Imam Khomeini (r.a.). The speech was delivered at Imam Khomeini's shrine.

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, and peace and greetings upon our Master and Prophet, Muhammad, and upon his immaculate household, especially the one remaining with Allah on earth.

"Our Lord, forgive us and those of our brethren who had precedence of us in faith, and do not allow any spite to remain in our hearts towards those who believe. Our Lord, surely You are Kind, Merciful" [The Holy Quran, 59: 10]. "Our Lord, surely You have given to Pharaoh and his chiefs finery and riches in this world's life. To this end, our Lord, that they lead people astray from Your way. Our Lord, destroy their riches and harden their hearts so that they believe not until they see the painful punishment" [The Holy Quran, 10: 88].

Allah the Omniscient said in His book: "Have you not considered how Allah sets forth a parable of a good word being like a good tree, whose root is firm and whose branches are in heaven, yielding its fruit in every season by the permission of its Lord?" [The Holy Quran, 14: 24-25]

On this unforgettable and important day, I would like to divide my statements to you dear brothers and sisters into three parts. In the first part, I will speak about an important reality which exists about the Islamic Republic. Today, paying attention to this reality is very important. In the second part, I will provide a brief explanation of our magnanimous Imam's (r.a.) permanent and eternal school of thought. Although we have said and heard many things about Imam's (r.a.) school of thought, it is necessary to provide a brief explanation at this point in time. I will provide a short portrayal of all the things that our magnanimous Imam (r.a.) created as a unique phenomenon in the contemporary world. The third part is about two important challenges which lie ahead of the people of Iran and the Islamic Republic. It is important for us to pay attention to these two challenges in order to move forward in the right way and on the right path.

As for the first part, the reality that I referred to is that 25 years have passed from the demise of our great Imam (r.a.), but people's enthusiasm and excitement to hear and know about him has not diminished. And this is not particular to our country. Rather, this reality exists in the world of Islam and even beyond that.

Not only in our country - where the third generation of the Revolution is growing and blossoming - but also in the entire world of Islam, the youth of the age of communications and Internet are after gaining more information about the issues of the Revolution, about the Islamic Republic and about the architect of this great structure. And these youth can easily familiarize themselves with the issues which occur far away from their own environment. The phenomenon of religious democracy and the theory of Wilayat-e Faqih are issues which are significant and attractive for the intellectual environments of the world of Islam.

From the first days, our enemies began making a comprehensive effort and the more we moved forward, the more comprehensive this effort became. They used hundreds and thousands of television, radio stations and Internet sites to abuse the Islamic Republic, its great founder and its supporters. Of course, this issue has been helpful to us because it has aroused the curiosity of listeners and viewers throughout the world.

These listeners and viewers want to know the reason behind all these enmities, hostilities and mudslinging. They want to know the nature of the truth which has been the target of these enmities. So, our enemies mentioned our names and they spoke about our Imam (r.a.) and our system with the purpose of showing their enmity, but "...surely they will scheme, and I too will scheme" [The Holy Quran, 86: 15-16].

This is what Allah the Exalted says. They started this widespread movement with such an intention, but it eventually created an opportunity for us because the sense of curiosity of the listeners to these stations was aroused throughout the world. Islamic Awakening - in which anti-arrogant feelings were dominant more than any other phenomenon - in Islamic countries and our region is the sign of this curiosity and search for the truth and it continues to exist.

It is possible that western and American intelligence services report to their seniors that they have managed to suppress Islamic Awakening in our region. If they have such a notion, then this will be another strategic mistake and another wrong interpretation on the part of our enemies. Islamic Awakening might be suppressed for a while in part of the world of Islam, but it will undoubtedly not be uprooted. On the contrary, it will develop.

This understanding, this perception and this awareness in all countries and among Muslim youth in the region is not something that can be destroyed easily. Of course, they will make certain efforts in order to destroy it and these efforts may seem to be successful in some areas in the short run, but in the end, they will prove to be fruitless.

The curiosity that exists in today's young generation all over the world - particularly in the world of Islam - about the phenomenon of religious democracy is rooted in the fact that the Islamic Republic is a phenomenon from whose birth 35 years have passed. And during all these 35 years, it has faced the violent and hostile reactions of the dominant powers in the world. They showed military reactions, they showed propaganda reactions, they showed economic reactions - which began from the beginning of the Revolution and which have been reinforced on a daily basis - and they showed political reactions.

It is 35 years now that this powerful western camp has been doing whatever it could against the Islamic Republic. It has made military efforts, it has helped the aggressors who attacked our country, it has supported the enemies of the Islamic Republic in any area, it has used widespread propaganda and it has made perfect and unprecedented efforts in the area of sanctions and economic siege. But in the face of all these invasions and all these violent and unscrupulous hostilities, the Islamic Republic was not destroyed, it did not adopt a conservative outlook, it was not blackmailed by the west and it made progress on a daily basis. This is what forms the essence of this curiosity.

Despite the fact that the primary military, political and economic powers of the world joined hands against a country and a government and despite the fact that they made efforts for 35 years, not only was this government not destroyed, but it also became stronger on a daily basis. This government was not blackmailed by them and it did not pay any attention to them at all. The Islamic Republic showed its power and capability to survive in different arenas.

Today, when they look at the Islamic Republic, they see that the second and third generations of the Revolution in the country are comprised of several million students, several thousand knowledgeable clergy, several thousand researchers, several thousand university and seminary professors, thousands of scientific and intellectual personalities - some of whom are well-known on an international level - and thousands of activists and producers and thousands of political, cultural and economic personalities. This is the reality about our today's society.

In the arena of science and technology, the Islamic Republic launches satellites into space despite all sanctions. It sends living creatures into space and it brings them back. It produces nuclear energy. It is ranked among the first ten countries in the world in many new sciences. The centers in charge of releasing statistics have announced that the rate of scientific progress in the Islamic Republic is 13 times faster than the global average. It gives scientific and technological services to different countries. Despite unprecedented sanctions, it manages a 75-million-strong country. It has the final word on regional policies. It shows resistance against the usurping Zionist regime, which is supported by global bullies, and it does this on its own. It does not compromise with oppressors and it defends the oppressed.

Any well-informed individual becomes curious to know what this organism and phenomenon is and how it benefits from all these innate capabilities and this potential to survive despite all the enmities. This is the nature of this curiosity. This was about the issues related to scientific, technological and other such areas.

As for political and social issues, the higher aspect of this religious democracy is that we have had 32 elections during the 35 years from the beginning of our Revolution. Thirty two public elections have been held in this country. Is this a minor achievement? This is an exceptional phenomenon. Elections in the Islamic Republic are held with a high turnout - higher than the global average and in some cases, it is much higher. Our elections witness a turnout of 70, 72 percent. Our elections are like this. These elections are the manifestation of democracy.

Another exceptional example is the two phenomena which we people have gotten used to, but which are extraordinarily exciting and important for global inspectors and witnesses. These two phenomena are the 22nd of Bahman rallies and Quds Day Rallies in the month of Ramadan. During the past 35 years, the people have held the Revolution celebration each year with a great, exciting and glorious rally on the cold days of late Bahman. We have gotten used to this and we do not truly see the significance and greatness of this issue, but global witnesses see these things and they are very astonishing to them.

These are the factors behind the element which arouses people's curiosity and which presents a new path to the minds of enthusiastic, inquisitive and research-oriented individuals. This is the important reality of our time which can be described as the general curiosity of youth, intellectuals, well-informed personalities and analysts throughout the world of Islam about the phenomenon which has emerged and grown on a daily basis in Islamic Iran. This is the first issue.

This reality has been built by the hands of our great architect. We have said many things about Imam (r.a.). Perhaps some people think that we have spoken about Imam in an exaggerated way. But this is not the case. What we have said about our magnanimous Imam (r.a.) is neither exaggeration nor magnification of the truth. Rather, it is the truth. Our magnanimous and dear Imam (r.a.) was more complex and meaningful than what we managed to say and reflect about him.

What is available to the people of Iran and what is in front of the eyes of people throughout the world has been built by those powerful hands. We should know about the architect's plan in order to take the path in the right way. If developers and builders do not have access to a plan in order to build an ordinary building and if it is not clear what the main plan is, then they may make a mistake no matter how skilled they are. We should know the main plan so that we can use our expertise in building on the basis of this plan.

Imam's (r.a.) plan was not one that could be designed by a human being. It was definitely God's work. Our magnanimous Imam (r.a.) himself knew and acknowledged this. He himself used to say, "What has occurred is a handicraft of divine power". He had understood this correctly and his insightful and vigilant eyes had seen this correctly.

We should be careful. We should know the plan so that we can continue the path. If we do not know the plan, we will deviate from the right path. And when we deviate, we will drift away from the main and the straight path on a daily basis. When we drift away from the straight path, we will drift away from goals and we will fail to reach them.

In order to reach the goals, we should take care not to lose the path and in order to avoid losing the path, we should have the main plan in front of our eyes. We should know and identify this plan. Imam's (r.a.) plan and main task was to create a civil-political system on the basis of Islamic reason. The prerequisite for carrying out this task was to uproot the monarchic regime which was corrupt, dependent and dictatorial.

The monarchic regime had these three characteristics: it was corrupt - different moral, financial and other such corruptions. It was dependent on powers. One day, it was dependent on England and another day, it was dependent on America. It was prepared to abandon its own interests and the interests of the people for the sake of the interests of foreigners. And it was dictatorial and oppressive. For the monarchic regime, the people's votes and requests counted for nothing. Each of these characteristics forms a long chapter. Each of them forms a long book.

The prerequisite for the great task that Imam (r.a.) wanted to carry out was to uproot this corrupt, dependent and dictatorial regime. He focused his efforts on doing this and consequently, the regime was uprooted. In our country, the issue was not replacing a monarchic regime with another monarchic or semi-monarchic regime. The issue was uprooting the characteristics that the monarchic regime had and this was done by our magnanimous Imam (r.a.). Imam's (r.a.) statements, guidelines and behavior were oriented towards this goal.

There are two fundamental points in building this civil-political system and these two points are interconnected. In one sense, these two points are two sides of the coin of truth. One is entrusting the affairs of the country to the people through democracy and elections and another is launching this movement - which originated from Islam - and any movement which originates from democracy and entrusting tasks to people, within the framework of Islamic sharia. These are two parts. In other words, these are two sides of the same truth.

Some people should not think that our magnanimous Imam (r.a.) derived elections from the western culture and then mixed it with Islamic thoughts and Islamic sharia. This was not the case. If elections, democracy and reliance on the votes of people had not been part of religion and Islamic sharia, then Imam (r.a.) would have told us. If this had been the case, he would have announced it in an outspoken and decisive way. Democracy is part of religion. Therefore, Islamic sharia is the framework.

When passing and implementing laws, when assigning individuals different tasks and discharging them from their service and during all tasks that follow this political-civil system, Islamic sharia should be observed. All tasks in this system revolve around democracy. All the people elect the members of the Majlis and the president, they elect ministers indirectly, they elect the members of the Assembly of Experts and they elect the Leader indirectly. All tasks are in the hands of the people. This was the main base of our magnanimous Imam's (r.a.) movement. The great structure that this great personality built was founded on these two bases.

Commitment to Islamic sharia is the soul and truth of the Islamic government. Everyone should pay attention to this issue. If Islamic sharia is completely observed in society, this will ensure both civil and individual freedom - the freedom of individuals - and collective freedom which is called independence. Independence means freedom of a people. It means that a people are not dependent on anyone and any place.

"A free people" means a people who are not under the influence and domination of their opponents, their enemies and foreigners in any way. If Islamic sharia is observed, it will ensure both justice and spirituality in society. These are the four main elements: freedom, independence, justice and spirituality. If Islamic sharia dominates society, these main phenomena in the order of Islamic society will show themselves. Therefore, our magnanimous Imam (r.a.) stressed the necessity of Islamic sharia which is the soul of the Islamic Republic. He also stressed the necessity of religious democracy which is a means and a tool and which is derived from sharia.

According to Imam's (r.a.) school of thought, any power and force which has come into being through deception and oppression is unacceptable. In the Islamic government, oppression and subjugation are meaningless. Power and authority are meaningful, but only the one that originates from people's free will and choice. The kind of power which originates from bullying, subjugation and weapons is meaningless from the viewpoint of Islam, Islamic sharia and Imam's (r.a.) school of thought.

The kind of power which emerges on the basis of people's choice is respectable. No one should confront this power. No one should try to suppress and subjugate this power. If they do so, this is called fitna. This is the new prescription that our magnanimous Imam (r.a.) introduced to the world. He added this important chapter to the political literature of the world. As we pointed out, one of the main elements in this new version is rushing to help the oppressed and confronting the oppressor. We should help the oppressed and in the present time, the concrete manifestation of being oppressed is the people of Palestine.

As you witnessed, from the first day until the end of his life, our magnanimous Imam (r.a.) stressed the issue of Palestine. He supported the issue of Palestine and stated in his testament that the people of Iran and the officials of the country should not forget about this issue. Helping the oppressed, showing resistance against the oppressor, condemning his transgressions, rejecting his power and grandeur in an outspoken way and shattering this grandeur are among the parts of this system and this new version presented by our magnanimous Imam (r.a.).

This is a short summary, portrayal and description of the political order and the foundation that our magnanimous Imam (r.a.) introduced to society after overthrowing the monarchic regime in the country. This matter was completely accepted by the people and it was put into practice. Unlike many political slogans, this matter was not confined to books. Rather, it was realized, put into practice and reflected in reality. And the people of Iran showed their determination, loyalty and self-sacrifice by preserving this matter and strengthening it on a daily basis until today.

So, Imam (r.a.) succeeded. He achieved complete success in what he wanted to do. Will this great task continue? Will the empty boxes of this table - naturally, there are some empty boxes in social and historical tables - be filled in? This depends on how determined and aware you and I are and to what extent we observe and move in the direction of that clear line. It is completely possible to do this.

Considering the people that we see, considering the experience that they have gained and considering the successful and continuous movement that they have launched in the past 35 years - and in the past 25 years since Imam's (r.a.) demise - it is possible to continue this path. The empty boxes will be filled in, great feats will be accomplished and by Allah's favor and grace, our people will reach the peaks.

Like all the important paths which have been delineated for reaching great goals, this path involves certain challenges and obstacles. We should identify these obstacles so that we can pass through them. If we do not identify obstacles, overcoming them will be either difficult or impossible. I am saying these things to you honorable participants of this great and magnificent meeting and, in fact, to the people of Iran who will hear these statements. But it is our youth, our scholars and our intellectuals who should think about, work on and study each of these chapters and parts.

They should work on not only semi-intellectual and theoretical discussions but also on practical and functional discussions which reflect the truth. What we are saying is some chapters for carrying out intellectual tasks. By Allah's favor, these chapters will be followed up by our youth who are much better and prepared than we are.

I would like to refer to two challenges: one is an external challenge and another is an internal challenge. Our external challenge is the interferences of global arrogance. I would like to speak without any consideration. The external challenge is the interferences of America. They engage in mudslinging.

Although some of their thinkers say in their analyses that it is useless or impossible to confront this great movement, they engage in mudslinging.

We should know their plan. This is America's plan which has been revealed through their discussions, reports, statements and behavior: America divides all countries, orientations and people throughout the world into three groups: the first group is made up of the submissive including submissive countries, submissive political and social orientations and submissive individuals. The first group is comprised of these people. The second group is comprised of countries which are not submissive and which should be tolerated. From the viewpoint of America, a number of countries, personalities and orientations should be tolerated. They believe that they should define common interests with these countries and that they should get along with them somehow. Later on, I will explain this more. The third group is made up of disobedient countries, those which do not give in to America and which refuse to be blackmailed by it. The third group is comprised of these countries.

From the viewpoint of the Americans, no country, no political, social, civil and economic orientation and no individual in the world is out of these three groups. Everyone is either submissive and docile or independent - and you should get along with them - or disobedient, bold and courageous. One should behave in a different way towards the third group.

America's policy towards the first group is complete support. Of course, they do not provide this support for free. They support them, but they also milk them. In fact, they use their capabilities and resources to the advantage of their own interests and for safeguarding their own interests. The Americans ride roughshod over these people and they make them render all kinds of services to them. As I said, they milk them and they do not care at all.

Of course, if these people and countries behave in a way that is considered to be indecent according to global conventions, the Americans do not condemn it. On the contrary, they defend and justify it. For example, there are some dictatorial countries which are managed by biased, reactionary and completely dictatorial regimes, but they have friendly relations with the Americans. These countries give in to the Americans and they are prepared to serve and obey them. They are members of the first group.

When the Americans want to describe them, they do not refer to them as dictatorial countries. Rather, they say that they are patriarchal countries and thus they cover up their dictatorship. They say, "They are not dictators. Rather, they are patriarchal countries". What is the meaning of patriarchal in political systems? What does it mean? Is a patriarchal country a country in which there is no parliament, no elections, no power to speak freely, no freedom of speech and no freedom of expression? Is a patriarchal country a country in which the slightest disobedience to the wishes of the rulers is suppressed in a very serious and severe way?

In one part of his life, Saddam Hussein was one of these obedient and submissive individuals. In that stage of his life, they gave him all kinds of support and they rendered some services to him. They gave him chemical weapons and they provided him with the plans of our military movement which had been discovered via satellite. They gave him military plans because he was at their service and because he was against the disobedient Islamic Republic which was a member of the third group. So, these people represent the first group.

As I said, the second group is made up of the countries which America gets along with. The policy and plan of America is to get along with these countries. What does getting along mean? It means defining common interests and establishing friendly relations with someone. But when America has the opportunity, it will stab them in the back and tear their hearts open and it will not show any consideration for them.

Which countries represent the second group? European countries represent the second group. Today, European countries are in such conditions. America gets along with them, but this does not mean that it defends their interests. This is not the case. It will kick them as much as it can. For example, it spies - Internet espionage - on the number one in its allied country. It also spies on him by tapping his cell phone. The Americans even keep watch on his personal life and they have no scruples whatsoever. When it comes out, they say, "Sorry, it happened because we had no choice".

They are not even willing to apologize in a sincere way. My understanding of political issues tells me that the Europeans are making a great strategic mistake by serving America. They promote the interests of America, but America does not and will not do so and it will be the same until the end. This was about the second group.

The third group is made up of countries which do not give in to America. America's policy towards this group is to use each and every tool they find against these disobedient countries. They use any tool they find and they do not have any limits for that. If you see that there is a country which is disobedient to America and that America does not attack or impose sanctions on it, then you should know that there is a problem - that is to say, there is an obstacle in their way. To put it simply, they cannot do it. If they can, they will definitely do it.

The only crime that this disobedient country has committed is that it is not willing to give in to America, to be blackmailed by it and to let the interests of America have priority over its own interests. This is the definition of a disobedient country. In order to bring this country to its knees, the Americans do everything that they can. They do whatever is possible for them. If they do not do something, it is because they cannot.

Well, what are the things that the Americans do? Today, launching a military attack is not a priority from the viewpoint of the Americans. They have understood that they suffered a loss on the issue of Iraq and Afghanistan where they launched military attacks. They have understood that launching a military attack is as dangerous for the aggressor as it is for the defender and sometimes, it is even more dangerous for the aggressor. They have understood this correctly. Therefore, it can be said that they have changed their mind about launching a military attack.

They have other ways ahead of them. One of these ways is entrusting the task of furthering their goals in the target country - which is the target of their attacks - to the elements inside this country. The issue is not only about Islamic Iran and the Islamic Republic. They are doing these things all over the world and we are witnessing some instances of their effort in the present time.

Another way is launching a coup d'état. They empower some people inside the target country so that they can launch a coup d'état and overthrow those governments and political systems which do not give in to them. One of the ways that they use is this.

Another way is drawing part of the people to the streets. An example is the color revolutions which were carried out in each and every part of the region in recent years. Take the case of a government which comes to power in a country. After all, if the government that comes to power holds 60 percent of the votes, it means that 40 percent of the people did not vote for it. The Americans go to that 40 percent, choose certain elements and leaders among them and make them - either by bribing or by threatening them - draw that 40 percent or part of it to the streets. America's hands were behind the color revolutions - for example, such and such an orange revolution and other revolutions in different countries - that were carried out in recent years.

We do not make any judgment about the events which are taking place in an area in Europe. But when one takes a look, one sees what a role an American senator and official can play - by showing his presence - in the demonstrations of a minority against a country. They showed their presence in such areas. One of the measures that they adopt is that they draw part of the people to the streets and make them break the law, thereby overthrowing the government which they do not approve of and which is not blackmailed.

Another measure that they adopt is empowering and forming terrorist groups. They did this in Iraq, Afghanistan and some Arab countries in the region. They did it in our country as well. They form terrorist groups in order to kill well-known personalities. In our country, they struck and martyred scientists and experts on atomic energy. Before that too, they struck political, cultural, scientific and seminary personalities. These terrorists grew with the help of the Americans. Some of them were accepted into America by the Americans for the services that they rendered.

Today, munafeqeen are in America's arms. They take part in different meetings and commissions of the U.S. Congress. The same munafeqeen who killed people from different social backgrounds - including great personalities, ulama, scientists and political personalities - and who carried out explosions are with the Americans today. So, this is another way they use.

Another way is creating discord among decision-makers of countries. One of the measures that they adopt is this: they try to create a rift in the highest levels of the government and system that is not with them. They try to establish a dual government. Of course, they do not succeed in many countries. But unfortunately, they succeed in some areas. This is one of their ways.

Another way is that they discourage - with their propaganda - the hearts and minds of people from following their ideological and religious principles. They try such measures. The regime of the United States of America has done all these things to our dear and Islamic Iran and by Allah's favor, it has failed in all of them.

Launching military coups d'état, supporting those who instigate fitna, drawing some people to the streets, confronting elections and creating rifts were some of the measures that they either adopted or tried to adopt and thankfully, they failed in all of them. Why did they fail? It was because the people were vigilant and religious. It is here that I want to speak about the second challenge which is the internal challenge.

Dear brothers and sisters, the internal challenge for our people is the risk of ignoring, forgetting about and losing the spirit and orientation of our magnanimous Imam (r.a). This is the greatest danger. The internal challenge is making a mistake in knowing our enemies and our friends and confusing the camp of our enemies and friends so much so that we do not know who our enemies and friends are.

Another mistake is failing to know our major and minor enemies. This is another danger. You dear brothers and sisters and all the people of Iran should pay attention that sometimes, someone shows enmity towards you. But if you pay careful attention, you will see that his enmity is not the main one. It is a function of another factor and another person. You should find the main enemy. Otherwise, if one confronts the lesser enemy, one's energy is sapped and the result will not be good.

Today, some people in different parts of the world of Islam - which go by the name of takfiri, Wahhabi and Salafi groups - are adopting bad and inappropriate measures against Iran, Shia Muslims and Shia Islam. But everyone should know that they are not the main enemies. They show enmity and they adopt foolish measures, but the main enemy is the person who provokes them, who gives them money and who motivates them with different means when their motivation is weakened to some extent.

The main enemy is the person who sows the seeds of rupture and discord between that foolish and ignorant group and the oppressed people of Iran. These measures are adopted by the hidden hands of intelligence and security services. That is why we have constantly said that we do not consider these foolish groups - who confront the Islamic Republic in the name of Salafism, takfiri and Islam - to be our main enemy.

We consider you to be the deceived. We have said to these people: "If you stretch your hand against me to slay me, it is not for me to stretch my hand against you to slay you: for I fear Allah, the Cherisher of the worlds" [The Holy Quran, 5: 28]. If you make a mistake and if you prepare yourself to kill your Muslim brothers, we do not consider you to be so important that we try to kill you.

Of course, we defend ourselves. Anyone who attacks us will face our firm fist. This is natural, but we believe that these people are not our main enemies. They have been deceived. The main enemy is the person who acts behind the scenes. The main enemy is the visible hand that comes out of the sleeve of intelligence services, that confronts Muslims and that pits them against one another.

This is our internal challenge: becoming busy with domestic differences - those which are trivial and unimportant. Such differences make us busy, pit us against one another, create tension and make us forget about the main issues and guidelines. This is one of the manifestations of the main challenge which was referred to. Losing national solidarity is one of our challenges. Suffering from laziness, lack of confidence, idleness, desperation and hopelessness and thinking that we cannot succeed and that we have not succeeded until today are among the internal challenges we should confront.

As Imam (r.a.) said, we can. We should show determination. National determination and jihadi management can untie all the knots. As we said, our dear youth, our outstanding personalities and our scholars should sit and study these issues. These are our main points. The auspicious name of our magnanimous Imam (r.a.), the remembrance of that great man and the plan of that great architect can help us in all these chapters. It can give us hope, enthusiasm and morale, as it has done this until today and by Allah's favor, it will continue to do this in the future.

Dear God, bestow your blessings on our dear people. Dear God, help our dear youth on the path of building an ideal Islamic structure. Dear God, protect us from deviations and digressions. Dear God, make the hands of the people of Iran stronger than the hands of their enemies. Help them achieve victory over their enemies. Make the holy heart of the Imam of the Age (may our souls be sacrificed for his sake) kind to us. Help us benefit from the prayers of that great Imam (a.s.). Associate the pure souls of Imam (r.a.) and our dear martyrs with the Holy Prophet (s.w.a.).

Greetings be upon you and Allah's mercy and blessings

 

Supreme Leader's Speech in Meeting with Participants of 31st International Quran Competitions

(2014/06/03)

The following is the full text of the speech delivered on June 3, 2014 by Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, in a meeting with participants of the 31st International Quran Competitions. The meeting was held on the occasion of the birthday anniversary of Imam Sajjad (a.s.) in Imam Khomeini (r) Hussainiyah.

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, and peace and greetings be upon His messenger and upon his immaculate household.

I would like to welcome all the dear participants, the dear brothers and sisters - particularly the guests of the Islamic Republic - the honorable ulama and qurra and the esteemed hafiz of the Holy Quran who have come from Islamic countries. I would also like to thank those people who have organized this magnificent, meaningful and blessed ceremony - whether the managers and officials in charge of charitable work or those brothers, ulama and great personalities who held the Quran competitions in the best way possible during the past few days - and I hope that all of you will benefit from the blessings of the Holy Quran.

Words fail to describe our appreciation of the blessing of people's interest in the Holy Quran. Whenever I listen to the news or see on TV that our youth throughout the country are interested in the Holy Quran, I begin to thank Allah the Exalted from the bottom of my heart. This is a great blessing. I understand this blessing and its greatness.

At some point in time, we witnessed that memorizing and reciting the Holy Quran was not common in our country. When we take a look today, we see that our youth, our men, our women and our teenagers show interest in the Holy Quran thanks to the Islamic Republic. They learn Quranic teachings, they try to read the Holy Quran and they memorize it.

Of course, these are not primary and ultimate goals. The ultimate goal is understanding and acting on the Holy Quran. However, these initial steps are necessary. If the Holy Quran becomes common in society, if it is promoted, if memorizing the Holy Quran becomes common and if people from different social backgrounds establish a close relationship with the Holy Quran, then society will get close to acting on the Holy Quran. This is what we want.

The Holy Quran is enlightenment, guidance, eloquence and clarity. The Holy Quran speaks to us. It speaks to our hearts and our souls. We should establish a close relationship with the Holy Quran. It is one's prepared heart that gains the first benefit from the Holy Quran. If you see that your hearts are close to the Holy Quran, you should thank God. If you see that you easily accept and believe in Quranic teachings, then you should know that Allah the Exalted has decided to guide you: "Those whom Allah in His plan wills to guide, He opens their breast to Islam. Those whom He wills to leave straying, He makes their breast close and constricted, as if they had to climb up to the skies. Thus does Allah heap the penalty on those who refuse to believe" [The Holy Quran, 6: 125].

This is the characteristic of the Holy Quran. If your hearts get close to the Holy Quran and if you establish a close relationship with the Holy Quran, you should know that Allah the Exalted has willed to guide you and this is the greatest divine blessing.

My dear ones, today the world of Islam is faced with great problems. You know, you have heard and you are aware that the greatest problem of the world of Islam is its ignorance about the plots and the malevolent hands of its enemies. This is one of the greatest or the greatest problem of the world of Islam. Those who dislike Islam, those who bolt when they hear the name of Islam and those who are prepared to confront and fight against every truthful invitation - and Islam is a truthful invitation which invites to truth and justice - are not idle in the world of Islam. They have not been idle particularly since the emergence of the Islamic Republic.

After the formation of a system on the basis of Islam in this sensitive geographical area in the world, their plots increased in number and became more complicated. Today, their plots are more complicated than they were in the past. Everyone in the world of Islam should understand this. They make us kill one another and they pit brothers against one another. The policy of the enemies of Islam is to promote fratricide and wage domestic wars by their agents. Their policy is to sit aside and watch us kill one another. Well, this is the reason why we should know the enemy and understand his plots. This is the shortcoming of the world of Islam.

There are some people among the Islamic Ummah who join hands with the enemies of Islam in order to confront their Muslim brothers. Today, we have such people. They approach shaitan in order to oppose, fight against and confront their Muslim brothers. Today, there are some people who are prepared to cooperate with the Zionist regime in order to destroy their Muslim brothers: "They took the shaitans for guardians beside Allah, and they think that they are followers of the right" [The Holy Quran, 7: 30].

They befriend and join hands with the shaitan and they vainly think that they are stepping on the path of guidance. These are Quranic standards. These are clear standards that the Holy Quran has offered to us. We should understand these standards. When can we understand them? We can understand them when we establish a close relationship with the Holy Quran and when we open our hearts to it. The whole of this ceremony is an introduction to this.

I advise you dear youth to get closer to the Holy Quran. Those who have established a close relationship with the Holy Quran should appreciate the value of this relationship. Those who have memorized the Holy Quran should appreciate the value of this memorization. They should preserve this precious jewel for themselves. Those who constantly recite the Holy Quran should take care not to lose and let go of this blessed rope. Those people who are close to the Holy Quran should consider their goal to be thinking deeply about Quranic meanings and concepts.

These are things which help us get close to the Holy Quran step by step. If we become attached and get close to the Holy Quran and if Quranic concepts influence our hearts, then we can hope that the Islamic Ummah will achieve the dignity which has been promised by Allah the Exalted: "Honor belongs to Allah and His Messenger and to the believers" [The Holy Quran, 63: 8]. If we do this, God will offer this dignity to the Islamic Ummah. If we get close to the Holy Quran, these are its fruits and blessings.

Once again, I would like to express my gratitude to all the officials in charge of this ceremony. I thank the ulama, the participants of these competitions, the dear youth, the managers in charge of this beautiful and magnificent ceremony and the people who welcomed it. I hope that Allah the Exalted will protect and preserve all of you. I would also like to thank the honorable and eloquent host who beautifully managed the meeting both in this place and in the place where the ceremony was held.

Greetings be upon you and Allah's mercy and blessings

 

Supreme Leader's Speech in Meeting with Outstanding Women

(2014/04/19)

The following is the full text of the speech delivered on April 19, 2014 by Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, in a meeting with outstanding women. The meeting was held on the occasion of the auspicious birthday anniversary of Hazrat Fatima Zahra (God's greetings be upon her).

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

First of all, I would like to welcome the ladies in this meeting and I congratulate you on the occasion of the auspicious birthday anniversary of Fatima Zahra (God's greetings be upon her) and Women's Day and Mother's Day. As was pointed out in this meeting, the coincidence of this important social occasion of the country with the birthday anniversary of Fatima Zahra (God's greetings be upon her) - particularly this year when our people remembered that great personality and held ceremonies for her two times in the beginning and at the end of the year - is an opportunity for understanding and learning lessons from the life of that great person.

First, the spiritual positions of Fatima Zahra (God's greetings be upon her) are among the best spiritual positions which belong only to a few individuals. She was infallible. Infallibility is particular to a few individuals who are chosen by God and that great Hazrat - Fatima Zahra (God's greetings be upon her) - is one of these few individuals. We should consider the fact that that Muslim woman and that mujahide in the way of God lived only to the age of 20. Of course, different narrations say that her age was from 18 to 25 years at the time of her martyrdom.

She was a young woman who enjoyed such a lofty position of spirituality which was equal to saints, prophets and the like and she was called the mistress of all women by divine messengers. Besides this spiritual position, each outstanding characteristic and each important role in the personal life of this great lady is a lesson.

Her piety, her modesty and purity, her jihad, her care for her husband, her way of raising children, her understanding of politics and her presence in the most important arenas of the life of an individual of those times - whether during her childhood and teenage years or after her marriage - are each a lesson. They are a lesson not only for you ladies but also for the entire humanity.

Therefore, this coincidence is a lesson for us. We should pay careful attention to the life of Fatima Zahra (s.a.), we should understand her life with a new outlook and we should make it a model for ourselves in the real sense of the word.

As for the issue of women in the Islamic Republic and in our country and society, first I would tell you that whenever I meet with Muslim, religious and educated women on such occasions, I deeply thank God. The fact that there are so many knowledgeable, educated, broad-minded and outstanding women - in intellectual and practical areas - in our society is really one of the greatest glories of the Islamic Republic. This is a very great blessing and a source of honor.

Today, only one honorable lady delivered a speech, but we have had numerous meetings with ladies in which many of them delivered a speech. When each of them made certain statements, this opened the door in our minds to new outlooks and new thoughts. Building such a large number of lofty, outstanding and broad-minded individuals is one of the greatest glories of the Islamic Republic. Today, when we take a look, we see that the name of our women have been written on many books including scientific, research-based, historical, literature, political and artistic books. The writings of our women - whether articles or books - are among the best writings in the Islamic Republic today. This is really a source of honor and it is unprecedented in our history.

We have witnessed previous eras and we have been familiar with the cultural environment of the country. We had never had such a large number of outstanding individuals in different areas, whether in seminary or academic areas. Besides, the emergence of the completely outstanding identity and the independent character of Iranian women in the arena of jihadi activities - such as the Sacred Defense Era and its aftermath until today - makes everyone humble. We have had so many wives of martyrs and disabled war veterans, so many mothers of martyrs and so many relatives of those people who laid down their lives in the way of God.

The strong willpower, firm determination and patience of these women make everyone humble. I really have a sense of humility whenever I meet with these outstanding women. I have many meetings with the mothers and wives of martyrs and disabled war veterans. When a self-sacrificing lady spends her entire life managing and improving the life of a disabled war veteran for the sake of God, this is not a minor achievement.

It is easy to say this, but it is very difficult to do it. A mother who has offered two, three, four martyrs in the way of God and who has stood firm despite this, advises us to stand firm as well. One really feels humility in the face of such greatness. These are the realities about the women of our society which are very glorious and important realities. Well, this is thankfully the bright and shining part of the issue of women in our country.

As for the issue of women in today's world and in our country, this is one of the issues which requires follow-up, deliberation and deep thinking because of different reasons. First, women form half the population of countries. How can countries - including ours - benefit from this capacity and this great resource in a healthy way? Second, how can the issue of gender - which is one of the most sensitive and delicate issues in creation - be at the service of the transcendence of humanity, not at the service of its moral decadence? Third, considering the natural differences between women and men, how can we establish and institute an unchanging pattern of behavior - whether in social environments or inside the family - through which women cannot be oppressed? These are very important issues.

If we make these two, three issues the pivot of thought, discussion and research, this will bring about a set of research-based and practical efforts. No one should think that the issue of oppressing women is particular to backward or, say, savage societies. This is not the case. If today's so-called civilized societies do not oppress women more than other societies, they do not definitely oppress them less. Well, these are important issues which should be attended to and worked on.

There were good points in the statements of the lady who delivered a speech. She pointed out the main issues that exist in our minds about this matter. Quoting from what I said before, she said that the country needs a supreme supra-governmental center for discussing and working on this important issue. These issues are our main issues.

The issue of women and the issue of family are our main issues. Of course, the issue of women is not separable from the issue of family. I would like to add that if someone wants to discuss the issue of women by separating it from the issue of family, they will face certain problems in understanding and finding the cure. These two issues should be studied together although they are two single issues.

Well, such a center is necessary. Of course, it has not been formed until now although we brought it up. We do not have a center which can study, follow up and implement a proper and comprehensive plan about the issue of women - all those issues which were pointed out in this meeting and a number of other issues. This center should be formed. Of course, this has certain requirements.

What I would like to discuss with you today is two, three points. One is that if we want to think and act in the right way about the issue of women - whether in the center which was pointed out or in any other center and organization - and if we do not want to make a mistake in this regard, we should completely clear our minds of the clichés of western products.

Westerners misunderstood the issue of women. They acted in the wrong way and they promoted this misunderstanding and these wrong, deviant and deadly actions throughout the world like common currency in a country. Besides, their propaganda apparatus, which is very broad in scope, does not allow those individuals who have different opinions from theirs to express them. If you want to find a correct solution on the issue of women and accompany it with its major requirements and if you want to move forward and achieve results in the long run, you should clear your minds of western thoughts about the issue of women.

I am not saying that we should be uninformed about their ideas. This is not what I am saying. We are not advocates of ignorance. I myself am an advocate of knowledge and familiarity, but we should completely reject the authority of these thoughts and ideas. Western thoughts and opinions on the issue of women cannot be a source of happiness and guidance for human societies at all.

First, their thoughts are based on materialistic and non-divine epistemology. Well, this is wrong. Any knowledge-based and intellectual school of thought which is based on materialistic understanding and belief is naturally wrong. The outlook towards the truths of creation should be known, understood and followed up together with the outlook towards divine epistemology, belief in the existence and power of God and divine presence and authority. Therefore, because the basis and root of western thoughts are materialistic, they are wrong. This is the first reason.

The second reason is that a businesslike, profit-based and economic view has influenced the western outlook on the issue of women. This can clearly be seen in the history of the industrial revolution. In Europe, women did not have the right to own something. Women's property belonged to men and their husbands. They did not have the right to possess something in their name. And when democracy was promoted in the west, women did not have suffrage.

In such a world, investors suddenly thought of the issue of the industrial revolution, factories and the efficient presence of women in factories with low costs. Then, they granted women suffrage so that they could draw them to factories and give them lower wages. Naturally, the entrance of women to the arena of employment had its own requirements and results which have continued until today. Therefore, besides the fact that the western outlook towards women is a non-divine and materialistic outlook, the policies which have brought about the current conditions in the western world - particularly in Europe - have been accompanied by a businesslike, profit-based and economic outlook.

Another reason why we should avoid the western outlook on the issue of women is that in this outlook, women are a means for satisfying lust. This is undeniable. If someone makes this claim, some people may create uproar. They may say, "No, this is not the case". However, when one takes a look at their lives, one sees that this is the dominant outlook. In social environments, the more women appear in an immodest way, the more appropriate it will be.

They do not have the same opinion about men. In official meetings, men should dress up. They should wear ties and suits. They should dress formally on such occasions. But in these formal meetings, women should appear in a different way. This has no other philosophy and reason except that women should entertain men's lustful eyes. Today, the western world is like this. It is practically the greatest oppression which the western world shows towards women.

I am not after finding newspaper clippings. But it was yesterday or the day before yesterday that I found something in a newspaper. I found it to be a very important writing. I have brought it to this meeting to read it for you. A book written by Jimmy Carter - the former president of America - has been published which is named "A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, And Power". Jimmy Carter says in this book, "Every year, 100,000 girls are sold as slaves in America where the owner of a brothel can buy girls - who are usually Latin American or African - at only 1000 dollars".

He also refers to the rapes which occur in colleges where only one case out of 25 cases is reported. He goes on to say that only one percent of rapists are put to trial in the army. One cries when one reads such things. We can see many such writings in newspapers. I see such writings as well, but I never base my opinions on them. However, these are realities.

Jimmy Carter is a well-known personality after all and this is his book. What kind of situation is this? What kind of respect - towards women - is this? A well-known and famous western writer writes a novel for dignifying prostitution. This novel has been translated in Persian as well. This book points out how sex dealers go to Latin-American countries and take girls with them to sell them in such centers. They do this by giving the girls empty promises. Of course, this is related to Europe, not America. This book and this novel tries to pretend that prostitution is a dignified job. This is the western culture towards women. This is their respect towards women.

If we want our outlook towards the issue of women to be healthy, reasonable and precise, the first condition is that we should completely clear our minds of the statements that westerners make about women - about their employment, management and sexual equality.

One of the greatest mistakes of western thoughts about the issues of women is this sexual equality. Justice is a legitimate concept, but equality is sometimes legitimate and sometimes illegitimate. Why should we separate an individual who has been built for a particular domain - in terms of one's natural make up, whether physical or emotional - from that particular domain and drag her towards another domain which Allah the Exalted has built for another make-up? Why should we do this? What reason do we have for doing so? What kind of sympathy is this? Why should women be entrusted with carrying out male tasks? What kind of honor is to have women carry out male tasks?

I am sorry that sometimes women and ladies themselves show sensitivity over this issue. They ask, "What is our difference with men?" Well, there is no difference between men and women on many issues. Islam looks at men and women as human beings. There is no difference between men and women on the issue of humanity, spiritual positions and the many intellectual and scientific talents that they have. But they have two different molds. Each of these molds is shaped for a particular task. Of course, there are certain common tasks among them. Is it a service if we separate either of these two molds from their domain and put it in another domain? This is what westerners are doing. Many of their international conventions result from this outlook.

They have destroyed their own lives because of this wrong thought. They want to destroy other people's lives as well. Thankfully, you ladies are knowledgeable, well-informed and outstanding and I respect you. Whenever ladies deliver a speech in our meetings, I benefit from what they say. There was a meeting of strategic thoughts about the issue of women in this place. In that meeting, a number of ladies delivered a speech and I tell you honestly that I really benefitted from what they said.

In my opinion, if you want to think about the major issues and problems that the community of women everywhere in the world - including our country - is faced with, the first condition is that you should free yourselves and your minds of western thoughts which are a set of clichéd, wrong, fossilized and pseudo-progressive thoughts. On the face of it, these thoughts are new, but they are fossilized in actuality. On the face of it, they are helpful, but they are treacherous in actuality. You should think independently of western thoughts.

The second requirement is that you should refer to Islamic texts. You should derive the main principles and bases from the Holy Quran, the Sunnah, hadith, duas, Islamic texts and the words and behavior of the Imams (a.s.). This is revelation and revelation belongs to God. God is the Creator of you and me.

I am not saying that we should accept whatever people say in the name of religion. This is not what I want to say. Rather, we should benefit from proper religion. This can be done by employing proper methods of deduction and this is a task which can only be carried out by experts in this area. We should really benefit from God's book, the Holy Prophet's (s.w.a.) Sunnah and the infallible Imam's (a.s.) methods and words so that we can see what outlook we should adopt on the issue of women. We should derive the main guidelines from these sources.

In my opinion, these are the two main tasks. There is a third task as well which is: we should really attend to the main issues, not those issues which are of secondary importance, when working on the issues of women. Paying attention to the issue of family - particularly the issue of women's health, security, tranquility and respect in the family environment - is one of the main issues. We have a number of main issues. This is one of them.

You should see what factors take away women's tranquility and peace of mind inside the family. You should try to remove these factors with legal ways and with promotional and different other methods. This is the basis of the issue. Women are a source of tranquility at home. They are a source of tranquility for men and children including girls and boys. If women themselves do not enjoy psychological tranquility, they cannot share their tranquility with their family. A woman who is humiliated, insulted and pressured because of her job cannot be the lady of the house. She cannot be the manager of the family. This is while women are, in fact, managers of the family. This is the main issue. This is one of the main issues which has not received enough attention in our living environments - whether in the past or in the present time. This issue should receive enough attention.

The typical image of women at home is the image of a creature of secondary importance who is responsible for rendering services to others. This image is shared by many people. Some people openly express it and some people do not, although they believe it in their hearts. This is the exact opposite of what Islam has mentioned.

I have repeatedly quoted this well-known hadith: "Women are like flowers. They are not servants" [Nahjul Balaghah, Letter 31]. The Arabic word "ghahraman" means one's employee or servant. One example is: "He said to his ghahraman to do such and such a task" [Speaking in Arabic]. Another example is that a person who has many properties and lands orders his ghahraman to carry out such and such a task. This is the meaning of ghahraman. This hadith says that we should not think women are the servants of the house and that they should only do household chores. This is not the case.

Well, notice that this is one of the several chapters about women: the issue of respecting women's work at home. They are not obligated to do household chores and their work can be bought. That is to say, they can receive money for the work that they do at home. These are the things which exist in Islam and Islamic fiqh. As the lady who delivered a speech in this meeting pointed out, our fiqh is really advanced and outstanding. Some people highlight some aspects of it and forget about the rest. Besides, they completely distort certain aspects of it in order to make it compatible with western deceitful and fallacious thoughts. We have witnessed this as well.

Some people distort a number of Islamic obligations and truths so that westerners do not become annoyed. The Holy Quran says, "And if you obey most of those in the earth, they will lead you astray from Allah's way. They follow nothing but conjecture. They do nothing but lie" [The Holy Quran, 6: 116]. We should not be the followers of common thoughts in the world of ignorance and superstition. Rather, we should find and follow Islamic thoughts although some people speak ill of us. This is another issue.

Therefore, we should find the main issue. In my opinion, the main issue - or let us say, one of the main issues - is the issue of home and family. The basis of the issue is women's security and opportunities in the family environment and their home-making is for cultivating their talents. Nothing should prevent them from studying, reading, learning and writing. Of course, this is related to those women who are interested in such things. The ground should be prepared for them to carry out these tasks.

The issue of women's employment is not among the main issues. Of course, we are not at all opposed to women's employment. I myself am not at all opposed to their employment and their management as long as it does not clash with these main issues. If there is a clash, then the main issues have a priority. Naturally, one of the tasks that should be carried out in this third area is that we should see what jobs are suitable for women's characteristics. There are some jobs which are not suitable for women's make-up. Therefore, women should not pursue such jobs.

One of the tasks is that we should not impose on women those fields of study which lead to these jobs. Some people want to create uproar by saying that there is discrimination against women over the issue of universities, education and other such issues. Well, such discrimination is not bad in some areas. Discrimination is bad when it is against justice. Imagine that in a football team, you tell one player to play in attack, you tell another to play in defense and another to keep goal. Well, this is discrimination. If the player whose duty is to defend plays in attack, the team will naturally lose. If the forward is entrusted with goalkeeping - which is a task he does not know how to carry out - then, the team will naturally lose.

This is discrimination, but it is justice-based. In such discrimination, you entrust different tasks to individuals. Therefore, we should see what fields of study are suitable for women by paying attention to the lofty goals that have been specified for them. We should prepare the ground for women to study such fields. We should not force them to study certain fields just because of their performance and their grade in the entrance exam. Such fields may neither be compatible with their womanly nature nor with their lofty goals. Besides, the job that is given to them with respect to their field of study may not be compatible with their make-up. In my opinion, these things should receive attention when it comes to the issue of women's employment.

In sum, the fact that women cannot do all the jobs which men do should not be considered to be a disgrace or a flaw because this is not the case. Only those things which are not compatible with the divine nature are bad. This was what I wanted to discuss. Of course, I have written down some other points as well, but I think that this is enough.

The issue of women is an important issue. The best people who can follow up and solve this issue are women themselves. We do not suffer from a lack of educated, broad-minded, talented, literary and artistic women. Thankfully today, there are many such women in our country. As I mentioned before, we had never had such a large number of educated, knowledgeable and outstanding women in the history of our country, neither in seminary nor in academic environments. We had never had so many woman writers, poets and researchers in different fields of study.

Fortunately today, we have such women thanks to the Islamic Republic. These things have been achieved in the shade of Islam, the Islamic Republic and Imam's (r.a.) enlightening outlook towards the issue of women. This was pointed out in the statements of the lady who delivered a speech as well. We had never enjoyed such a condition in our country.

We should thank God for His blessings and we should ask Him to increase these blessings. We should thank Him for these blessings and the way to thank Him is what I pointed out in this meeting. We should look at the divine guidance and forget about the materialistic views which are promoted today by westerners and the Americans. They are very vile and they make extravagant claims. Besides, they have a propagandist outlook. If someone speaks against them, they launch a propagandist attack. But you should not pay attention to their propaganda and, by Allah's favor, you should move forward.

Greetings be upon you and Allah's mercy and blessings

 

Supreme Leader’s Norouz Message 1393

(2014/03/20)

The following is the full text of the message issued on March 20, 2014 by Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, on the occasion of Norouz.

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Conqueror of hearts and sight,

Planner of night and day,

Transformer of power and circumstances,

Change our condition to the best of conditions.

Allah, Your blessings be upon Fatimah, her father, her husband and her children.

Allah, be for Your representative, the Hujjat, son of al-Hasan, Your blessings be on him and his forefathers, in this hour and in every hour, a guardian, a protector, a leader, a helper, a proof, and a watchful eye until you make him reside on the earth, in obedience (to You), and cause him to live in it for a long time.

Allah, hasten his re-appearance and place us among his companions, his supporters and his Shia.

I would like to offer my congratulations to all my dear fellow countrymen throughout Iran and to all the Iranians who live in different parts of the world – particularly to the esteemed families of martyrs, to disabled war veterans, to their spouses and to all those people who have made and continue to make efforts on the path of Islam and Iran and who have shouldered and continue to shoulder different responsibilities – on the occasion of the arrival of the new year. I would like to extend my congratulations to all the nations who honor Norouz and who hold it in high esteem.

This year, the arrival of the new year coincides with the two narrations of the Fatemiyyahs and the martyrdom anniversary of the great lady of the world of Islam, Saddiqat al-Kubra (s.a.). By Allah’s favor, this coincidence will help our people to benefit from the blessings of Fatemi enlightenment, to place themselves in the radius of the teachings of that great personality and to enlighten themselves with the light of divine guidance which has been bestowed upon all the people throughout the world through Fatimah Zahra- Allah’s greetings upon her- and the Holy Prophet’s (s.a.w.a.s.) household.

The passage of different years should both be an experience and a source of foresight for us. We should learn from the past and we should look to the future and make decisions for it with open eyes and with wise hearts. I ask Allah the Exalted to bestow health, enthusiasm, psychological security, peace of mind, progress, transcendence and happiness on our dear Iranians in this new year. I hope that He bestows enthusiasm and dynamism on our youth. I hope that He bestows firm determination and willpower on our men and women so that they can take glorious paths. I hope that He bestows happiness and health on our children and I hope that He bestows security, kindness and compassion on our families.

Our responsibility is to look to the past in order to learn a lesson and to look to the future for making plans and taking decisions. It was announced that last year was “The Year of Political and Economic Valor”. Thankfully, political valor was achieved – in the best way possible - in different arenas including the arena of elections, great rallies, the presence of the people in different areas and the efforts that were made by both officials and the people throughout the year.

Last year was the year of the transfer of administrations and the transfer of power. This was done with tranquility and utmost security in the country and thankfully a new link in the long chain of the management of the country was created.

But on the issue of economic valor, what should have been done and what was expected to be done was not done. Certain efforts were made which are appreciated, but the great task that should be carried out in the arena of economic valor is still ahead of us. We are responsible for achieving this epic. The issue of economy is an important issue for our country and our people. Thankfully, a theoretical infrastructure was designed for economic valor and the policies on the economy of resistance were announced at the end of the year 1392. By Allah’s favor, the ground is prepared to make the necessary efforts in this regard.

From the viewpoint of this humble person, there are two issues which are more important than anything else in our outlook towards the year 1393. One is the issue of economy and the other is the issue of culture. What is expected in both arenas and areas is a collaborative effort by the officials of the country and the people. What is expected to be done in order to build life and the future cannot be done without the people’s cooperation. Therefore, in addition to the officials’ management, the presence of the people in both arenas – the arena of economy and the arena of culture - is necessary and fundamental. Without the presence of the people, the task at hand will not be carried out and the goal will not be achieved.

The people in various public groupings can play a role with firm determination and with national willpower. Officials too need popular support in order to move the task forward in the right way. They too should enter the arena by relying on Allah the Exalted and by benefiting from divine blessings, divine approval and the people’s assistance. They should do this both in the arena of the economy and culture.

God willing, I will explain all these issues to the people of Iran in the speech that I will deliver next Friday. So, I think what is ahead of us in this new year is an economy that will blossom with the help of officials and the people and a culture that can determine the direction of the great movement of our country and our people with the determination of officials and the people.

This is why I have named this year “The Year of Economy and Culture with National Determination and Jihadi Management”. I hope that Allah the Exalted will help both the people and the honorable officials to carry out their responsibilities in this area. I hope that He will make the holy heart of the Imam of the Age- may our souls be sacrificed for his sake- pleased with us and I hope that He will make the immaculate soul of our magnanimous Imam (r.a.) and the pure souls of our dear martyrs satisfied and pleased with us.

Greetings be upon you and Allah’s mercy and blessings

 

Supreme Leader's Speech in Meeting with Air Force Commanders and Personnel

(2014/02/08)

The following is the full text of the speech delivered on February 8, 2014 by Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, in a meeting with commanders and personnel of the Air Force of the Islamic Republic of Iran Army. The meeting was held on the occasion of the historic pledge of allegiance of Air Force officers to Imam Khomeini (r.a.) on the 19th of Bahman of 1357.

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

I would like to welcome you dear brothers, commanders and personnel of the Air Force of the Islamic Republic of Iran Army. I congratulate you on this auspicious day and this great memory. I would like to express my gratitude to those people who created the event of the 19th of Bahman. This event was very sensitive and important. I thank the honorable commander in this meeting for his report and I express my sincere gratitude for the meaningful and expressive song which was performed in this meeting.

A number of events are greater than what they seem to be. Sometimes, an event develops to such an extent that even those who created it do not expect this development. In the Holy Quran, God says, "Like a seed which sends forth its blade, then makes it strong, it then becomes thick, and it stands on its own stem, filling the sowers with wonder and delight" [The Holy Quran, 48: 29]. God mentions certain characteristics when portraying the companions of the Holy Prophet (s.w.a.) and the believers during the early Islamic era. He likens them to a seed which sprouts, gradually gains strength and grows in such a way that even the farmers - those who sow the seeds - become astonished.

The event of the 19th of Bahman was like this. On that day, one could not see the many dimensions of this event. These dimensions became clear gradually. On a larger scale, the Revolution itself was like this. The day our magnanimous Imam (r.a.) began the movement in the year 1341, no one could think of this great scope and this astonishing product, but this event happened. Of course, there are certain reasons why an event becomes blessed, whose discussion is beyond the scope of our meeting.

In any case, the event of the 19th of Bahman was a blessed event. One of the things which the analysts of this event have ignored is the role of this event in bringing about independence. Where did it exert such influence? It exerted such influence in the army - that is to say, part of the social class which endured the most sufferings because of the domination and interference of foreigners during the time of taghut. The event of the 19th of Bahman awakened the feeling of independence in this organization. It awakened this feeling in the entire army - first in the air force and later on in other branches of the army.

This event showed soldiers that one can free oneself from the influence of interfering and transgressing foreigners. This was the reason why I was saying to the friends in this meeting that the first place the self-sufficiency jihad emerged in, was the air force. It developed later on in the entire army. This spirit of independence and self-confidence was important for the army and the armed forces. It continued to be important until today and it will be important in the future as well.

I would like to say this in parentheses - the main point that I want to discuss is something else. In order to be able to show your competence in confronting threats against your position, which is the position of preserving the aerial security of the country, you should have a feeling of independence from others and reliance on your own capacities.

If you have such a feeling, talents begin to emerge. Of course, they have emerged until today and they will continue to emerge in the future as well. The issue of independence is an important issue for the entire country and the Revolution. Independence was one of the bases of the Islamic Revolution and the Islamic Republic. The slogan of "independence", together with the slogan of "freedom" was, is and will be one of the most important slogans of the Revolution.

Notice that after the defeat of the method of direct colonialism - which was common in the past and through which they colonized countries in a direct way - it became obsolete and it was replaced with neocolonialism. In neocolonialism, interfering powers did not directly involve themselves in controlling colonized countries. Rather, their agents and those who listened to these powers and who were dependent on them were brought to power. Because governments which rely on the outside cannot rule without dictatorship, they ruled in a dictatorial way and they safeguarded the interests of foreign powers.

This was neocolonialism. Fighting against dictatorship will get nowhere without fighting against those foreign powers which are behind domestic dictators. The same is true of today. If a people who are exhausted with the dictatorship of their rulers spark an uprising and fight with domestic dictators, but compromise with the foreign imperialists who are behind these dictators, the fate of this revolution and its officials and managers is either failure or treachery. Their fate will be limited to either of these two things. They, their revolution and their country will either be betrayed or if they will not be betrayed, they will be defeated and they will be deleted from the scene.

As we witnessed in a number of the revolutions which were conducted in recent years, people fought with domestic dictators, but they showed negligence in confronting the force which was supporting the dictators or they thought of compromising with this force. The result of this is what you see today. If you fight with dictators, but you compromise with arrogant powers, this will get you nowhere. Those revolutions will succeed and achieve victory which see and fight against the interfering power behind the dictators.

When our youth went and captured the Den of Espionage and when they dealt a humiliating blow to America, Imam said, "This is a revolution which is greater than the first one". This is the reason why he said this. The first Revolution was a great and unique revolution, but in the second revolution, the people of Iran showed that they know the next layer of domination, calamity and disaster and that they can confront and fight against it.

One can understand the issue of independence from this movement of the people. Independence means that a country knows the interfering power and that it confronts and stands up to it. Independence does not mean behaving in a wrong and harsh way towards the entire world. Rather, it means confronting a power which wants to interfere, command and take away the dignity and honor of a people for the sake of its interests. This is the meaning of independence.

Who is the enemy of the independence of a people? Foreign and interfering powers are the enemy of this independence. It is they who are afraid of the feeling of independence in a country. They are afraid of this feeling and they try to weaken it in people, in their leaders and those who guide them.

This is the reason why their propaganda networks engage in discouraging nations from pursuing independence. They say in their propaganda that the political, cultural and economic independence of countries contradicts their progress. You have heard what they say. Those who are familiar with global propaganda have heard these things as well. They promote these ideas in think tanks as philosophical ideas and some people inside different countries - including ours - promote these ideas on their behalf.

These people say, "If a country wants to be among advanced countries in the world, it has no option other than suppressing the feeling of independence in itself because if a country wants to be independent and completely rely on its own interests, this contradicts their desire to be among global advanced countries". Well, this is completely wrong and it has been fabricated by those who are opposed to the independence of peoples.

The hope and goal of interfering powers is to safeguard their own interests by interfering in the affairs of all countries. They do not care if the interests of countries are jeopardized and trampled upon. They persist in interfering the way they used to persist in interfering in the affairs of our country during the time of taghut. They used to determine who we should and should not establish relations with, who we should sell our oil to, how much we should sell, how we should consume it and who should and should not undertake a sensitive responsibility. They directly interfered in such affairs.

In such conditions, a country becomes an instrument and a tool for safeguarding their interests and its own interests will be completely forgotten. When this happens, the goal of leaders and rulers of this country will no longer be to defend national interests. Rather, their goal will be to further the interests of interfering powers. Independence halts and prevents this wrong and treacherous trend. This is the meaning of independence for a country.

Independence does not mean breaking off one's relations with other countries. Rather, it means building a dam against the influence of other countries so that they cannot overshadow the interests of our country and our people by their own interests. This is the meaning of independence and this is the most important goal for any country.

What can bring about independence for our Islamic Revolution is highlighting the principles of the Revolution in a forthright and clear way. The principles and values of the Revolution should be highlighted in a forthright and clear way, as our magnanimous Imam (r.a.) did this. From the beginning of the revolutionary movement, Imam expressed his viewpoints in an outspoken and unambiguous way. From the beginning, he rejected the taghuti, hereditary, oppressive and monarchic regime and he did not give it any consideration.

It was clear from the beginning that Imam was after forming a popular government. Imam used to say in an outspoken way that hereditary monarchies, dictatorial regimes and those individual regimes which rely on the will of a single individual are condemned. Imam used to say these things in an outspoken way and he did not veil his viewpoints. Imam openly said that an Islamic government, one that is based on Islamic thoughts and values, should handle affairs and he did not draw a veil over this. Imam did not show any consideration on the issue of confronting the dangerous Zionist network which wants to rule over the entire world. He did not hide anything on this issue and he openly adopted an anti-Zionist position.

Imam openly adopted a position against the Zionist regime which is a fake and usurping regime and which wants to rule over the oppressed people of Palestine. He did not show any consideration and he did not draw a veil over any of these. Notice that these are the principles and the foundations. Imam did not conceal the fact that we are opposed to arrogance. Arrogance means the international system which is reliant on dividing the world into the oppressed and the oppressor. Imam decisively rejected this.

This arrogant system is completely manifested and represented by the current regime and government of the United States of America. Imam openly adopted a position against America. Our position against America is not based on the people of America or on racist outlooks. The issue is not this. The issue is that the behavior, nature and conduct of the government of the United States of America is based on interference and imperialism.

Imam adopted an open and clear position against this. This is the reason why the Revolution continues to move forward on its true rail of principles and guidelines even after the passage of 35 years. The Revolution did not change, it did not change its principles, it did not change its path and it did not change its slogans. This is very important.

The resistance of other revolutions crumbles in the face of the storms which strikes them. Many of these revolutions either change their principles and path or they will be completely destroyed and annihilated. From the first day it emerged, the Islamic Revolution has preserved and moved towards its goals, it has made astonishing achievements in different areas and it is changing [Iran] from being an abandoned and ineffectual country in the world to becoming a great and influential regional power in international policies. It is showing this to the entire world.

All nations throughout the world know the people of Iran to be a brave, honest, intelligent and resisting people despite the fact that many efforts have been made and many propaganda tools have been used against the Islamic Republic. For a while, the propaganda and political networks of the enemies of the people of Iran focused all their efforts on creating Iranophobia. Some of them focused their efforts on creating Islamophobia and some of them on Iranophobia. Nevertheless, the popularity of the people of Iran increased among nations throughout the world.

Today, not only the masses of the people but also those outstanding personalities who do not have malicious motives have such a viewpoint about the people of Iran. If you take a look at their statements, you will see that this is their opinion about the people of Iran: a resisting, intelligent and patient people. This is the way they look at the people of Iran. This is the result of their Iranophobia policies.

Nations are not anxious about the Islamic Republic and the people of Iran. Rather, they are anxious about the domination of America. It is America that is known for bullying, interfering in the affairs of other countries and waging wars. Peoples throughout the world know America to be a warmongering and belligerent government which interferes in the affairs of other countries. It is America which nations are intimidated by and which they hate.

By Allah's favor, the Islamic Republic has become more enlightened and the people of Iran have become more dignified on a daily basis. And this will continue in the future. The secret to the survival of the Islamic Republic on the rail of the Revolution and the guidelines of our magnanimous Imam, has been this outspokenness.

This candor and outspokenness should not be lost at all. The positions of the Islamic Republic in the face of its opponents, friends and enemies should be clear positions. Tactics can be changed, methods can be changed, but principles should remain strong and solid. This is the secret to the solidity of the Revolution and the progress of the country.

Who are the enemies of our Revolution today? The enemies of the Revolution are a few corrupt powers which are notorious in the world. These powers are the enemies of the people of Iran. And the friends of the people of Iran are those nations who have heard the message of the Revolution and the Islamic Republic.

Of course, it is possible that some people have not heard these messages, but anyone who has heard the slogans of the Islamic Republic, who has witnessed its resistance and who has experienced and understood the issue of showing resistance and being oppressed, is the supporter of the Islamic Republic. The Islamic Republic means the people of Iran and the Iranian nation. The people are not separate from the Islamic Republic. This is the secret to the solidity and power of the Islamic Republic.

One of the things which American politicians say in their speeches to our officials is that they do not intend to change the regime of Iran. First, they are lying. If they could, they would not hesitate even for a moment to destroy the foundation of the Islamic Republic. Second, they cannot. Arrogant regimes can only topple those governments which are not reliant on the masses of the people.

The Islamic Republic of Iran is reliant on the faith, kindness and willpower of the people. Which country do you know that holds commemoration ceremonies for its revolution with the presence of the people on the streets and with powerful slogans even after the passage of tens of years? By Allah's favor, you will witness that on the 22nd of Bahman, the people of Iran will once more show their presence, their great strength and national power in all cities.

What is important is that the people of Iran know the secret to their success is resistance, and thankfully, they know this. What is important is that they know the way to achieve security is showing national power and national strength. National power is manifested by certain things and the people will show this power in their great demonstrations, their orientations and their rallies such as the 22nd of Bahman rallies and other such rallies in different elections. They will show this presence through scientific achievements and through their support of the Islamic Republic. This is the important point. What preserves the security of the country is showing national power. When the people show off their national power to the enemy, he cannot do anything.

Unfortunately, today the enemies make certain statements at different stages. This is a lesson for our people. The people of Iran should follow up the negotiations which are conducted in these days. They should listen to and follow up the rude statements of American politicians and they should know these politicians.

Some individuals want to change the people's opinion about the enmity of the enemy. The people should not listen to these individuals and they should see the enmity and hypocritical behavior of the enemy. In private meetings with the officials of the country, the American officials say certain things, but as soon as they leave, they say certain other things. The people of Iran should see and pay attention to the hypocritical behavior of our enemy and his evil and malevolent motives. They should realize that a country should always preserve its domestic power.

This is a piece of advice which we have always offered to officials. Only one thing can solve the problems of the country which is paying attention to domestic capacities - thankfully, these capacities are many and countless - and utilizing these capacities in a wise way. Fortunately, the executive officials in charge of economic issues have paid attention to this issue and they have reached the conclusion that this is the only way.

The way to solve the economic problems of the country - this set of problems - is not to turn our attention to the outside, to do something to make sanctions be lifted and to adopt other such measures. Fortunately, the officials in charge of economic affairs of the country have paid attention to this issue. The way to solve problems is to turn our attention to the inside and to strengthen the domestic infrastructures of the economy. Our officials want to do this and by Allah's favor, they will move forward and achieve success on this path.

Our hopes cannot be pinned on the enemy. The enemy cannot be expected to help us. The Americans say in some of their statements and sophistries that they are the friends of the people of Iran. They are lying and this can be understood from their actions. They threaten Iran and then they expect the Islamic Republic to decrease its defense capabilities. Is this not ridiculous? Is this not silly? While they issue threats, they say that we should decrease our defense capabilities. But this is not what we will do. By Allah's favor, different officials, different sectors and the armed forces will increase their defense capabilities on a daily basis.

What saves the country is reliance on domestic power and attention to the inside both in economical areas and in different social, political and cultural areas. By Allah's favor, the policies on economy of resistance will be announced in the near future. By Allah's favor, when this is done, the necessary infrastructures will be built and the necessary tasks and efforts for creating an economy of resistance - which is based on the resistance of the people - will be carried out and the people will continue their path.

What is important is that all of our people should preserve their unity and that officials and outstanding personalities should not let different peripheral issues sideline the main goal. Today, the main goal of the movement of the people of Iran is achieving inborn power and resistance in the face of opposing and hostile storms. During the past 35 years, there have been many storms, but thankfully, the people have stood firm and have counteracted the moves of the enemies over the course of these many years. From now on too, the people should and will be able to - by Allah's favor - counteract these moves.

All the people should preserve their unity. Unity, unanimity and solidarity should increase among the people and officials. All the officials and managers of the country should trust the people and the people should trust the officials.

A number of people may like to make criticisms. Well, they can make criticisms, but their criticisms should be fair. Considering the fact that it is only a few months the administration has taken charge of the country, we should give executive officials time so that, by Allah's favor, they can move things forward in a firm and powerful way. Critics should pay attention to this point and they should behave towards the administration with equanimity and executive officials should do the same. Everyone should respect one another and everyone should behave in a polite way towards one another.

We have certain enemies and these enemies have certain agents inside the country. This should not be ignored. We should not allow the enemies' agents inside the country to take advantage of weak points and to create disorder. By Allah's favor, all of us together should move forward on the path of our magnanimous Imam and on the path of the power of our country.

Allah the Exalted will bestow success on our people. By Allah's favor, things will move forward in the best way possible. By Allah's favor and grace, the people of Iran will achieve victory over their enemies whether on the nuclear issue or on different other issues.

I hope that Allah the Exalted bestows success on all of you so that you can carry out your responsibilities wherever you are - whether in the Air Force, in the Islamic Republic of Iran Army, in the Armed Forces in general or among the masses of the people. I hope that, God willing, all of us can carry out our responsibilities and build a desirable future for the country, the Islamic Republic and our dear people.

Greetings be upon you and Allah's mercy and blessings

 

Supreme Leader's Speech in Meeting with Government Officials and Participants of Conference on Islam

(2014/01/19)

The following is the full text of the speech delivered on January 19, 2014 by Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, in a meeting with government officials and foreign participants of the 27th Conference on Islamic Unity. The meeting was held in Imam Khomeini Hussainiyah on the occasion of the birthday anniversaries of the Holy Prophet (s.w.a.) and Imam Sadiq (a.s.).

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

I would like to congratulate all of you dear audience who are present in this meeting, the dear guests of Unity Week, the ambassadors of Islamic countries and all the honorable officials who have accepted heavy responsibilities in the country, on the occasion of the auspicious birthday anniversaries of the Holy Prophet (s.w.a.) and his outstanding grandson - Imam Sadiq (a.s.). I would like to extend my congratulations to all the people of Iran, all Muslims and all liberated peo ple throughout the world.

This auspicious birthday is the source of many blessings which have been bestowed on the lives of human beings over the course of many centuries. It has helped nations, peoples and humanity in general to achieve the best human, intellectual and mental qualities. It has helped them to create a lofty civilization and to achieve bright prospects for a better life. On this birthday anniversary, what is important for the world of Islam and the Islamic community is to pay attention to the Holy Prophet's (s.w.a.) expectations of the Islamic community and to try hard to meet these expectations.

The happiness of the world of Islam lies in this and nothing else. Islam emerged for the liberation of humanity- both liberation from the suppression and pressures of oppressive and dictatorial regimes which have ruled over all people and in order to form a just government for the entire humanity, and liberation from deceptive thoughts and illusions which do minate the lives of people and which make their lives deviate from the right path.

At a time when Islam was about to emerge, the Commander of the Faithful (peace and greetings be upon him) described the environment in which people were living as an environment of "fitna":

"At that time, people had fallen into fitna, whereby the rope of religion had been broken" [Nahjul Balaghah, Sermon 2]. Fitna means a dusty climate in which one cannot see anything. In such a climate, one cannot see the path and he does not know what to do. This was the conditions of the people who lived in that difficult area.

The same conditions dominated - in a different way - the lives of the people in great countries and civilizations which existed at that time. It is not the case that we can think the people who were living in the Arabian Peninsula at a time when Islamic was about to emerge had terrible conditions while other people living in other areas were happy. The domination of crue l and oppressive regimes, their indifference towards the position of human beings and human principles and the outbreak of disastrous wars which were waged by powers for the sake of power had destroyed the lives of people. History shows that the two well-known civilizations of those days - that is to say, the Persian Sassanid civilization and the Roman civilization - were in such terrible conditions that it makes one pity the masses of the people who were living in those societies. The living conditions of those people were terrible and they were living in captivity.

In such conditions, Islam came and freed people. This freedom first manifests itself in the hearts and souls of people. When one feels that he is free and when he feels the need to break chains, the forces inside him will be influenced by this feeling and then he can achieve social freedom if he shows determination and if he moves forward. Islam did this for people. The same message that Islam delivered at that time exists today in the world of Islam and in other parts of the world. The enemies of freedom kill the thought of freedom in people. When there is no thought of freedom, the movement towards freedom will either slow down or stop.

Today, what we Muslims should do is to try to achieve the kind of freedom that Islam wants. The independence of Muslim nations, the establishment of popular governments throughout the world of Islam, the participation of all people in making decisions and determining fates and their movement on the basis of Islamic sharia are things which liberate nations. Of course, Muslim nations feel that they need this movement today. This feeling exists throughout the world of Islam and without a doubt, it will finally achieve results.

If outstanding personalities - whether political, scientific and religious personalities - in Muslim countries carry out their responsibilities in the proper way, then the future of the world of Islam will be a bright o ne. Muslims are hopeful about this future. Today, the world of Islam feels that it is awake. It is exactly at this point that the enemies of Islam - those people who are opposed to Islamic Awakening, independence of nations and the domination of God's religion in all countries - enter the arena. It is exactly at this point that all kinds of tricks are used for creating obstacles in the way of Islamic societies. And the most important trick that they use is creating discord.

It is 65 years now that the world of arrogance has been trying with all its power to impose the existence of the Zionist regime on Muslim nations and to make them accept this regime. But it has failed. We should not look at some countries and governments which are willing to act against their national interests in order to safeguard the interests of their foreign friends - who are the enemies of Islam - and to consign Islamic interests to oblivion. Peoples are opposed to the presence of the Zionists.

It is 65 years now that they have been trying to erase the memory of Palestine, but they have failed. During the 33-day war in Lebanon and during the 22-day war and - for the second time - the eight-day war in Gaza which were waged in recent years, Muslim nations and the Islamic Ummah showed that they are alive. The Islamic Ummah showed that despite the investment of America and other western powers, it has managed to preserve its identity, to slap the fake and imposed Zionist regime across the face and to frustrate the allies of oppressive Zionists who did their best during this time to preserve this imposed, oppressive and criminal regime. The Islamic Ummah showed that it has not forgotten about Palestine. This is a very important issue.

It is in such conditions that the enemy is focusing all its efforts on making the Islamic Ummah forget about Palestine. How do they want to do this? They want to do this by creating discord, waging domestic wars, promoting deviant extre mism in the name of Islam, religion and Islamic sharia. They want a group of people to say takfiri things against Muslims. The existence of these takfiri orientations which have emerged in the world of Islam is good news for arrogance and the enemies of the world of Islam. It is these takfiri orientations that attract the attention of Muslims towards insignificant issues instead of letting them pay attention to the truth about the existence of the malevolent Zionist regime.

This is the exact opposite of what Islam wants. Islam has asked Muslims to be "strong against unbelievers, (but) compassionate amongst each other" [The Holy Quran, 48, 29]. Muslims should be strong against the enemies of religion. They should stand firm and they should not be influenced by the enemies. Being "strong against unbelievers" is the clear message of this ayah. Muslims should be compassionate towards one another, they should stay together and join hands and they should hold fast to the rope which Allah stretches out for them. This is the command of Islam.

Now what happens if an orientation emerges which divides Muslims into believers and unbelievers, which targets a group of people as unbelievers and which pits Muslims against one another? Who can doubt the role of arrogance and the security services of arrogant and malevolent governments in creating, supporting and enriching these orientations and in equipping them with weapons? These arrogant powers sit and plan for this. The world of Islam should attend to this issue because it is a grave danger.

Unfortunately, a number of Muslim governments unwittingly add fuel to the fire of this discord. They do not understand that fueling this discord will kindle a fire which will burn them as well. This is what arrogance wants: they want a group of Muslims to wage a war against another group of Muslims.

Those who give rise to this war are people who benefit from the money provided by puppet rulers. These puppet rulers give them money and weapons in order to pit people in such and such a country against one another. This move has been reinforced by arrogance in the past three, four years during which a wave of Islamic Awakening has emerged in a number of Islamic and Arabic countries. They want to do this in order to overshadow Islamic Awakening. By making this move, they are pitting Muslims against one another.

Moreover, the propaganda networks of the enemies are projecting an ugly image of Islam for public opinion throughout the world. They are doing this by magnifying events. What do people think of Islam when media networks show a person who is devouring the liver of another person in the name of Islam? The enemies of Islam have planned this.

These are not things that happen all of a sudden and out of the blue. These are things for which many plans have been devised over a long period of time. There are different policies and spy rings behind these moves. There is big money behind these moves. Muslims should confront any phenomenon which is against their unity. This is a great responsibility for all of us. Both Shia and Sunni Muslims, and different groups which exist among Shia and Sunni Muslims should shoulder this responsibility.

Unity means reliance on common points. We have many common points. Muslims' common points are more than their disagreements and therefore, they should rely on them. The main responsibility in this regard falls on the shoulders of outstanding personalities - whether political, scientific or religious personalities. Religious scholars in the world of Islam should prevent Muslims from creating sectarian and religious discord. Academic scholars should help students understand that today, unity is the most important issue in the world of Islam. The most important issue is unity for the sake of reaching goals. These goals are achieving political independence, establishing religious democracy and observing divine rules in Is lamic societies.

Islam invites people to freedom, dignity and honor. This is an obligation and responsibility today. Political personalities too should know that their dignity and honor lies in their reliance on Muslim peoples, not on foreigners and those who are arch enemies of Islamic societies.

One day, arrogant powers dominated people everywhere in Islamic regions. One day, policies carried out by America and before that England and other countries, dominated the lives of people in Islamic regions. Nations gradually managed to liberate themselves from this direct domination. In the present time, the enemies want to replace this direct domination, which they imposed during the era of imperialism, with indirect domination - that is to say, political, economic and cultural domination. Of course, in some areas they are imposing this direct domination again. As you see, a number of European countries want to create the same situation which existed in the past in Africa.

The path is Islamic Awakening. The path is awareness about the position of Muslim nations. Muslim nations have many resources, they have sensitive geographical locations, they have a very valuable historical legacy and they have unique economic resources. If Muslims collect themselves, find their true identity, rely on themselves and extend the hand of friendship, then this region will be an outstanding and enlightened region and the world of Islam will witness dignity, greatness and honor.

By Allah's favor, this is what will happen in the future. One can see the signs of this future such as the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran and the establishment and stability of the Islamic Republic in this sensitive region.

It is 35 years now that arrogant regimes - including America and other powers - have been doing their best to work against the Islamic Republic and the people of Iran. Despite this, the people of Iran and the Islamic Republic are becoming stronger, more rooted, more powerful and more influential on a daily basis. By Allah's favor, this strength, this stability and this power will increase in the future.

In the world of Islam too, one sees that the awareness of people and youth about Islam and the future of Islam has increased compared to the past. In some countries, people are much more aware than they were in the past. Of course, the enemy is making some efforts, but if we look carefully and vigilantly, we will see that - by Allah's favor - this wave of Islamic movement is going forward.

God's mercy be upon our magnanimous Imam (r.a.) who opened up this path for us. He taught us that we should rely on God, ask Him alone for help and be hopeful about the future. Then, we moved forward on this path and by Allah's favor, we will continue to do this. I hope that Islam and Muslims achieve victory and I ask God to bestow His mercy and forgiveness on the martyrs of this bright path.

Greetings be upon you and Allah's mercy and blessings

 

Supreme Leader's Speech in Meeting with People from the Holy City of Qom

(2014/01/09)

The following is the full text of the speech delivered on January 9, 2014 by Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, in a meeting with peoplefrom the Holy City of Qom. The meeting was held on the occasion of the anniversary of the uprising 19th of Dey by the people of Qom.

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Supreme Leader's Speech in Meeting with People from the Holy City of QomI welcome all of you dear brothers and sisters, outstanding ulama, honorable scholars, enthusiastic youth and all the people of Qom who showed their prominence, enthusiasm, understanding, courage and diligence during the great and determining events in recent years. The events in contemporary history are evidence of this prominence and courage. Although the 19th of Dey is a prominent and unique day because of different reasons, what the people of Qom did on the 19th of Dey is not - without a doubt - th e only prominent action that they have taken. Whenever we analyze the positions that you people of Qom adopted during the post-revolutionary events, during the Sacred Defense Era, during the important and determining events that took place in recent decades and during many other different events, we always see outstanding and prominent positions. Thankfully, you are such a people.

These events have made Qom the center of Shia and Islamic clergy and the symbol of the greatness of the Islamic Republic in the present time. One of the things that analysts and experts - from among our enemies or friends -on issues related to Iran and the Islamic Republic focus on is the city of Qom, Qom Islamic Seminary, the people of Qom and the events of Qom. As Allah the Exalted has bestowed success on you dear, brave, active and diligent people until today, I hope that He will help and guide you in the future as well. In the future, our country will definitely need people who have strong willp ower and firm determination and who take dynamic steps.

It is thirty-plus years now that different thinkers and experts and those who have a minbar [pulpit] have spoken about the 19th of Dey. They have studied, analyzed and explained the different aspects of this event and they have spoken about its role and influence. Nonetheless, I think that the important event of the 19th of Dey still requires more analysis and research. This event has a number of features which are instructive and which can be expanded on.

One of these features is that the event of the 19th of Dey, which took place in Qom, is the manifestation of this holy ayah: "Then We gave the punishment to those who were guilty, and helping the believers is ever incumbent on Us". In this ayah of the holy sura ar-Room, Allah the Exalted says that helping believers is a responsibility which is incumbent on Him. There are several other ayahs like this in the Holy Quran such as this ayah: "A promise which is bin ding on Him in the Taurat and the Injeel and the Quran" [The Holy Quran, 9: 111]. There are other such ayahs in this regard as well.

Allah the Exalted says that this is a responsibility which is incumbent on Him. That is to say, this is the responsibility of the God of the world to help believers achieve victory. Well, under what circumstances does this happen? Under what circumstances do believers achieve victory? This happens when there is seemingly no hope of victory. As you can see in these ayahs, this happens when the enemies of faith stand up against believers with their outward power and strong fists and when there is a great battle between the two camps of truth and evil. In such circumstances, God says, "And helping the believers is ever incumbent on Us".

The day when the youth of Qom - including clerics and other religious people from different social backgrounds - came to the streets of Qom and defended Imam, truth and the hoisted flag of fighting against tag hut and the day when they were faced with the bullets of the mercenaries of the taghuti regime and their blood was shed on the asphalt- no one among the people would have believed what great influence this event would exert. These people had a sense of responsibility. Therefore, they utilized their forces and what was available to them and they entered the arena.

Would the people of Qom have believed that the 19th of Dey would give rise to this great development - that is to say, this chain of revolutionary activities and uprisings - and that it would lead to a great public uprising which would overthrow the taghuti regime? Would the people of Qom have believed that what they were doing would bring about many blessings? They would not have believed that such a thing would happen, but for "...and helping the believers is ever incumbent on Us" is a source of victory. When a group of individuals and - on a large scale - a people in a country have true faith, when their faith is enormous, when this faith is accompanied by insight and when this insight is accompanied by action, then victory will be certain.

Whenever believers fail to achieve victory, this is either because their faith is weak and false - they believe in something which they should not - or because their faith is not accompanied by insight about global issues and issues related to their own environment. Lack of insight is like blindness. If one does not have eyes, he cannot see where he is going. Without insight, even if you have strong determination and willpower, you do not know where you should go. This is the reason why we placed great emphasis on insight on the issue of the 9th of Dey. Of course, some people did not like it. If there is no insight, our faith may make us deviate from the right path. Sometimes, a person who does not have knowledge and insight about the events that are happening around him takes the wrong path. Not only does lack of insight waste all his energ y, but it will also drag him towards deviant paths. Therefore, insight is necessary.

If one's righteous deeds are accompanied by strong, true, insightful and steadfast faith, then victory will be definite. Those who do not achieve victory do not have either of these things: true faith, resistance or insight. This is like dropping the load on the ground in the middle of the way. Without these elements, one will naturally not achieve any result. The people of Iran have provided themselves with these elements. Their faith was true because their leader was an honest, competent and knowledgeable leader. He was a faqih who was well-informed about global issues, who was not after personal and materialistic interests and who was well-versed in the Book and the Sunnah. He showed the right path to the people and the people moved forward with insight. They knew what they should do and they did it: "And helping the believers is ever incumbent on Us". They are the same people today.

What is important for us is to think carefully about our behavior in the past and to learn a lesson from our weak and strong points. Today, we are in the same situation as we were in the past. No one should have the illusion that those who confronted the Islamic Republic with all their power in the past have changed their mind today. Today, they are confronting the Islamic Republic as well, but any enemy retreats if he is forced to. If you force him to retreat, he will retreat, but he does not change his mind about his enmity towards us. This is the way of the world today. The enemy and his camp should be known and the enemy's smile should not be taken seriously and it should not deceive us.

We should not forget about our goal either. The goal of the Islamic Republic is to attain the ideals of Islam which are the worldly and otherworldly happiness of all human beings and progress in material and spiritual arenas. This goal should not be forgotten. We should pursue this goal and be sure that victory is certain with faith, steadfastness and insight about the events around us, about current issues, about the enemy and about the arena of action and fighting. This issue should receive attention.

This is the reason why I repeatedly say that the prospects which lie ahead for the Islamic Republic are bright prospects. This is because our people, our youth, our men and women are - thankfully - pious and perceptive. They know the enemy and they are diligent and innovative. Which issue did our youth fail to resolve? We managed to move forward whenever there were necessary infrastructures. This is in the shade of those talents and capabilities which Allah the Exalted bestowed on our religious people.

This is the nature of the task: we should move forward in practical, social and political areas, areas related to construction and other different areas. Whenever we trusted our capabilities, we managed to move forward. Today, we can do the same thing. I have always recommended that the honorable officials should pay attention to the domestic capabilities of our country in order to solve the problems. We should not pin our hopes on the outside. Of course, issues related to the area of foreign policy should be solved. There is no doubt about this. An active people, an active administration and an active government should be active in all arenas. Therefore, it is necessary to be active in international, regional and diplomatic areas as well as other areas. However, our hopes should be pinned on divine assistance and guidance and on the domestic capabilities of our people and our country. This is what insures the country.

Today, you see that the enemies of Iran do not know our people and our country. Of course, they have always failed to know the people of Iran or they have always failed to know them in the proper way. They have always made this mistake and today, they are making the same mistake. They think that our people ha ve held their hands up to surrender under pressure from their sanctions and economic siege. But this is not the case. You enemies are making a mistake. The people of Iran are not a people who hold their hands up as a sign of surrender. Our people did not surrender even when they were in more difficult conditions.

One clear, definite and undeniable example of this is the eight-year imposed war. Is eight years of resistance a minor achievement? Is it a minor achievement to defeat all the global powers that helped a criminal to work against our country and our people? Is this a minor feat? In this case too, there was "...and helping the believers is ever incumbent on Us". In this case too, showing firm determination and willpower and bringing God-given capabilities to the arena of action solved the problems one by one.

Was our first day of battle equal to the following one, two, three years? During the war, victories came one by one. The entire world saw that America, the Soviet Union of those days, Europe, NATO, England and other people supported the Ba'ath regime and criminal Saddam so that he could occupy our dear country forever. However, he was frustrated after eight years, without being able to get close to achieving even one fraction of his goals. After eight years, he had to retreat with a great loss, with so many dead soldiers and with great humiliation on an international level.

Today, the same conditions exist. Today too, confronting the enmity of the enemies and overcoming all the current problems is possible by showing resistance, by relying on the domestic capabilities of the country and by trusting God who has prepared hearts in such a way and who has guided them towards this path. When the enemy sees that our people are determined, that they are standing firm and that they have decided to move things forward, he will have to retreat. This is possible. The people of Iran will shatter their illusions.

They think that becau se they imposed sanctions on Iran, it was forced to come to the negotiating table. But this was not the case. Before they said such things, we had announced that the Islamic Republic would negotiate - whenever it thinks it is expedient - with this Satan on specific issues in order to eradicate its evil deeds and solve the problems. This does not mean that the Iranian nation has become desperate. This has never been the case.

One of the blessings of the recent negotiations was that the enmity of the Americans and the officials of the government of the United States of America towards Iran and the Iranians, and towards Islam and Muslims became clear to everyone. Everyone realized this. Whenever they fail to take any action, they say, "We cannot". They are right. They really cannot. They say, "If we could, we would disintegrate the nuclear industry of Iran, but we cannot". Of course, they cannot. Why can they not do this? It is because our people decided to stand on their own fee t and show resistance on this issue and on all other issues. They decided to bring their innovation to the arena and they did it. Therefore, the enemy cannot do anything. This is true on all issues.

Their enmity and incapability has become clear and they are desperately trying to do this and that in the present time. Their political personalities, their newspapers and their political parties are showing their personal and old grudges, as they have shown it over the last 30 years with different words and statements. The issue of human rights, the issue of Islam and the issue of our commitment to religious principles are issues which they always complain about. Everyone has the right to speak about human rights except for the Americans because they have been the greatest violators of human rights not only in the past, but also in the present time.

It is with the support and assistance of the Americans that the usurping Zionist regime is doing all these evil acts in the region. What situation is Palestine in? What situation are the Palestinians in? What situation is Gaza in? Do people in the world not know in what situation the people of Gaza are? In that oppressed land, a patient who is in urgent need of treatment is bedridden and he does not have access to basic medications. Why is that? It is because America is behind the usurping Zionist regime.

If a country and an innocent people are surrounded by the enemy, if they have no way out, if they do not have any resources, if the patients in this country do not receive basic treatment, if the hungry continue to starve, if they are deprived of basic requirements for living, then are these things not oppression? Are these acts not a violation of human rights? Are they not ashamed of speaking about human rights?

In the beginning, when this person decided to run for elections, one of the promises that he gave to the people of America in his election campaign was to close the Guantanamo pris on. Six, seven years have passed now. Was the Guantanamo prison closed? The Americans are such people. They oppress and attack people, they bring their drones to Afghanistan and Pakistan, they kill innocent people and they commit thousands of crimes against civilians in different areas by adopting methods which are unknown to people - in the present time, they commit crimes with methods which are unknown to people throughout the world, but they will be known in the future. This is while they speak about human rights.

It is we who claim the government of the United States of America and many western governments are violating human rights. It is we who claim this and who question them. It is we who make a complaint against these people to public opinion throughout the world. But they will not have any answer for what they have done.

If the people of Iran want to liberate themselves from their material and spiritual problems - including moral and economic problems - th ey should rely on themselves, their thoughts, their determination, their faith, their youth and their outstanding personalities. They should know that it is God who provides the cure. Dear brothers, dear sisters, dear people of Qom and Iran, you should know that the people of Iran have shown they can overcome all these obstacles and achieve their goals by relying on Allah the Exalted.

May Allah the Exalted bestow His mercy on our magnanimous Imam who rose up from Qom, who showed this path to us and the people of Iran, who continued this path with his determination, faith, resistance and reliance on God and who helped us moved forward on this path. By Allah's favor, all of us are committed to continuing this path until the end. May God bestow His mercy on the dear martyrs of the revolutionary era, on all the martyrs from the Sacred Defense Era until today, on the dear martyrs of Qom and on all of you dear brothers and sisters.

Greetings be upon you and Allah's mercy and blessings

 

 
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