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IR Leader: We exist just to serve people


"In Islam's view, rulers and governments exist just to serve people and carry out works in the interest of the public and this is what God demands us, as authorities, to fulfill," Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei told President Mahmoud Ahmadinjead and his administration Sunday.

Quoting excerpts of Hazrat Ali's famous epistle to Malik Ashtar, his renowned commander-in-chief, Ayatollah Khamenei laid out the duties of the authorities of the Islamic System as love and in-heart affection for people, saying contrary to the mindset of profiteers who sometimes have to respect people out of expediency or to reassert their power, in Islam, caring for people because of faith and humanity is a principle and statesmen must treat possible failures of people mercifully and leniently.

Ayatollah Khamenei however drew a distinction between lenience towards ordinary people and handling with law flouters and a particular power-thirsty group, adding, the public interests are prioritized over those of particular groups and condoning their wrong doings and profiteering correspond to injustice and tyranny.

Meanwhile, at the end of the meeting Ayatollah Khamenei led congregational prayers and the President and his cabinet members broke fast alongside Ayatollah Khamenei.

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The month of Ramadan is like a mercy rain which rains on our life. It washes the pollution, dirt and rust that we have accumulate in our life and souls to clear our environment and illuminate the souls. The great lesson we can learn from Ramadan is purification of soul and the first and the most significant step in purification of soul is self-criticism, i.e. to have a critical look at oneself and one’s manners and behaviors, to see one’s own faults clearly and precisely and to try one’s best to get rid of them.

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Quranic miliue, key to blessings


With two days into the holy month of Ramadan, a Quranic function was held Tuesday evening in the presence of the Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei.

In the ceremony that convened premier Quran reciters from over forty participating countries in the 23rd round of international Quran competitions, the Honorable Ayatollah Khamenei said that to achieve lofty aspirations an Islamic community must develop intimacy with Quran in different levels of society and trust in the Divine book's promises.

"The more intimacy with Quran and deliberation on the book grows the more the Islamic community achieves blessings and achievements," the IR Leader said.

Ayatollah Khamenei touched on the achievements of the Islamic System during the past years, especially the perseverance the nation towards the world bullies, adding these invaluable achievements mainly the striking progress of the young Iranians in different scientific domains in addition to signs of justice administration in the country are the fruits of a Quranic milieu emerging among people and authorities.

Ayatollah Khamenei called the current Quranic ambience in society the starting point to build an Islamic community, adding Quranic atmosphere has helped the Islamic System turn into a role model and awaken the Islamic nations.

Ayatollah Khamenei referred to feelings of dignity and pride by the world Muslims in addition to relentless failures and scandals of those who put claim to human rights and democracy, saying the feeling of dignity and trust in Quranic promises helped the Lebanese Hezbollah to win the battle against an equipped army that had full-scale support of international powers behind.

Ayatollah Khamenei urged for continued Quranic movement in the country and efforts for further improvement of the blessed movement.

"In this Quranic movement, memorization, comprehension of content and recitation of Quran must be paid serious attention and relevant authorities must pave the ground for these," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

At the end of the radiant ceremony, the audience conducted prayers behind Ayatollah Khamenei who led the religious service. The congregation then broke fast.

IR Leader highlights prayers role


Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei described prayers as the lead base of individual religious practice and general religious performance of nations as well as the vital element of every religious community.

Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks in an address to authorities in charge of the Foundation for Performing Prayers.

Ayatollah Khamenei invoked Quranic verses and the words of the Fourteen Infallibles in arguing that prayers help keep paying attention to the Almighty and that no effort in promotion of the quality performance of prayers in any amount whatsoever would be adequate.

The IR Leader said that inner soul motivation and continued adoption of sound approach are two main keys to set up monotheistic community and administer the right and justice, adding the two key factors to wit moving for the sake of God and always seeking His consent are enshrined in prayers.

Ayatollah Khamenei described the Foundation's major duties as promotion of prayers, making public propagation about the significance of the Devine mandatory practice and promotion of the culture of heartfelt presence in prayers.

Ayatollah Khamenei urged other bodies to aid the foundation in this respect, adding materialization of these goals will consolidate the platform of a great global movement whose main pillar is the Iranian Islamic System.

Ayatollah Khamenei cordially thanked head of the foundation Hojjatoleslam Qara'ati as well as the revered ulema and relevant bodies that help promote prayers and called on them to continue the efforts.

"In promotion of prayers, all useful propagative tools must be applied," Ayatollah Khamenei urged.

The Islamic Revolution Leader, in other parts of his remakrs, expressed deep sorrow over the Pope's recent remarks on Islam and praised Islamic world's due response.

"The remarks in one look are allegations leveled at Islam but the other side is more significant that is the assistance of such remarks to world imperialist which are intended to create religious conflict between Muslims and Christians," Ayatollah Khamenei warned.

"Charges that Islam ignores rationality are the same as denial of sunlight, because no other Devine book puts emphasis on wisdom and prudence as Quran does; moreover, the Islamic umma's shining scientific civilization took shape based on Islam's recommendations about wisdom, science and prudence," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

Concerning the Pope's remarks on jihad in Islam, Ayatollah Khamenei said it is the ultimate unfairness from an individual to misinterpret Islam's views about jihad while having failed to comprehend the issue.

"Islamic jihad is not (a tool) to impose opinion on others, but the nations' liberation movement against those powers which put shackles of slavery on human," Ayatollah Khamenei added.

Ayatollah Khamenei touched on some Quranic verses and words of the Fourteen Infallibles that urge Muslims to treat people of other faiths with magnanimity, adding in Islam's view mankind for being mankind deserves magnanimity. "How come Islam is accused of violence despite the existence of those numerous definite verses?" the IR Leader asked.

"More significant in the unfortunate remarks is the behind the scene imperialist policies that are aiding to create religious crisis, make followers of different religions confront and halt their cooperation," Ayatollah Khamenei cautioned.

Ayatollah Khamenei warned about America's attempts to incite rancor and pessimism between Muslims and Christians and mar the image of the Muslim minorities in the West to repress Islamic community under the pretext of perceived support for terrorism.

"Global bullies consider their continued life as dependent on religious conflict within international community. The Pope practically helped such policies through his remarks," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

Ayatollah Khamenei added however that it was likely that the Pope had been deceived and so ignored particular goals sought by such remarks.

The IR Leader then recalled a meeting years ago with a European official in which he was surprised at the European's touching on Crusades. "However, when the New York towers incident took place and consequently the American President spoke about Crusades and then the American-Zionist project was launched, the intention of the European official, who had a direct role in the attack on Iraq, was made clear and it was realized that heads of arrogance had previously drew up the phases of the American-Zionist plot," Ayatollah Khamenei continued.

The IR Leader denounced the insulting cartoons and insulting remarks by certain politicians and press in America and Europe about Islam as different links of a ploy to incite crusades, adding "the Pope's remarks are the latest link."

"We do not expect Bush, because he is working for the global powers and pillager companies, but the remarks from a senior clerical Christian authority are regrettable and surprising," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

The Leader of the world Muslims cautioned Muslims about the policies lying behind the Pope's remarks, adding in this story as well the Big Satan (American Government) is busy paying role so every one must beware that protests must be pointed at those who benefit from the Pope's unfair remarks and pursue their imperialist policies through them.

IR Leader receives young elites


Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei on Saturday received young elites ranking high in national and international scientific examinations and olympiads.

The guests offered their views on various scientific, social, cultural and academic issues.

Ayatollah khamenei called scientific progress as an strategic objective for the country and stressed that the non-stop and speedy effort of the scientists and students particularly young elites is the main factor for materializing this objective.

He described this gathering as a symbolic meeting to glorify and respect science/knowledge and scientists and added, "The Iranian nation has suffered much damage from scientific backwardness and the Westerners' abuse of science for political, economic and cultural hegemony."

"Therefore it (the Iranian nation) has decided to compensate for its historical backwardness and to make inefficient the threats of rivals or enemies with a great speed in scientific progress."

Stressing that good and bad characteristics of countries and societies have to be studied together, the Islamic Revolution Leader said, "A part of the developments in the West is because of their risking character."

Ayatollah Khamenei named religion and ethics as complemens to science and called on the elites to pay attention to spiritualities parallel to their steady scientific efforts.

"The most scientifically-developed country which is America has a great distance from human ideals such as justice, security, peace and prosperity. This is because of the big gap which exists between science and morality/spirituality in the West."

The Leader assessed the speed of Iran's scientific progress very good compared to the other countries.

Referring to the achievements of Iranian scientists in the fields of nuclear energy, producing stem cells, and military achievements, Ayatollah Khamenei said, "The current scientific movement in the country is going on with a high speed."

"However, we have to keep on the speed for two more decades to fill in the deep gap between Iran and the world caravan of scientific progress created by the political, economic and cultural hegemony of America during Qajari and Pahlavi regimes," he said, adding that young elites and the leaders of the countries must shoulder this great responsibility.

Referring to the coming month of Ramadan, Ayatollah Khamenei adviced all people especially the youth to take advantage of this great opportunity adding, "In the holy Month of Ramadan, fast in a way that would make you feel more light has entered your pure hearts and you have got closer to Allah."

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The event of the Twenty Second of Bahman and the victory of the revolution ushered the end of the humiliation of the Iranian nation. The Iranian nation has been humiliated throughout the centuries; sometimes by the despotic kings, when there has yet been no colonialism, hegemony and foreign infiltration. Some of them were powerful and some weak and inefficient. However, all of them humiliated this nation. If you study the memoirs of some of the kings, their children and princes you will discover that their mentality was that Iran was their property and there were those peasants who worked for them. Those tenants had neither right nor will. So their understanding of nation, country and themselves was such an awfully wrong one. They really thought that this place belonged to them. If a citizen serves and works that would be regarded as his/her duty. Those who fail to do their duties would be considered as insurgents who impair the interests of the powerful and despotic ruler.

It should not be assumed that this organized struggle for dismantling the system of the Islamic Republic is a recent phenomenon. Right from the first day of the initiation of this thought – since the time they realized that this system is connected to Islam – this struggle started actively. But an enduring problem of our enemies is that they do not know our nation well and are not familiar with our people. They cannot appropriately discover the way spiritual and Islamic ideas affect people. They cannot understand the element of the clerics, its position and effect and the quality of that effect. Therefore, the strangeness of these facts to them has always been problematic to them. They did whatever they could over the last years: things they could do at a low price and not be a financial burden on them while reaching their goals. It is clear that they did what they could: planning a coup d’etat, provoking people inside the country, leading movements against the system, introducing slogans, financing and intellectual and software support. They even launched a military attack and supported the military offender for many years. The happenings of the recent years and the enemies’ resort to the use of the language of threat and the threat to attack imply a good omen from one viewpoint. Needless to say, their political, security and propaganda activities did not make them reach their goals. Had they reached their goals through politics, propaganda, widespread news coverage, and all the tricks they knew about they would have not resorted to expensive methods. Military encounter is a very expensive and dangerous way for any country. The fact that they have made their tone harsh and the president of the United States speaks in such a way against Iran, our nation and the system of the Islamic Republic proves that they have failed in their political, propaganda and security methods. Their aim of such activities is to re-establish their former closed-down merchandise. They want to reset their illegitimate and hellish hegemony and domination on the Iranian nation and country according to the conditions of the new age. They hope to frighten the officials of the Islamic Republic; they hope to make a division among them; they hope to promote uncertainty and instability among people.

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Khamenei defends nuclear 'right'

Iran says their nuclear intentions are peaceful

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of Iran, says the country will continue developing nuclear technology.

"Our policy is clear, progress with clear logic and insisting on the nation's right without any retreat," state television quoted him as saying.

His comments come as the United Nations discusses its response to North Korea's claimed nuclear test on Monday.

Iran has always maintained the technology is for peaceful purposes and not for atomic weapons.

Last week, at talks in London, the six major powers trying to persuade Iran to curtail its nuclear research agreed to consult on the possibility of imposing sanctions.

The Ayatollah's comments are his first public remarks since the meeting.

'Full confidence'

He was also quoted as saying that while Iran had previously suspended its enrichment program, it would not do so again.

"Now with steady heart and full confidence we press ahead and nobody can give a good reason that the nuclear path is wrong for the country," he said.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was also quoted by state television, saying the country would continue to negotiate and cooperate in the nuclear energy field.

"Iran's proposal is an appropriate framework for cooperation in the nuclear issue and the Iranian nation will continue the path of dignity with perseverance and prudence without any fear."

Tehran had rejected a 31 August deadline set by the UN Security Council that it suspend enrichment or face possible sanctions.

At the London talks last week, the US and the UK favoured immediate punitive sanctions, but China and Russia both said diplomacy was still the best way to achieve a solution.

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Authorities cautioned about ongoing developments


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Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei Tuesday evening told an official meeting of the Iranian statesmen that the fasting month of Ramadan is the blessed spring of progress and sublimity of human being, calling on people and political groups to fulfill their responsibilities towards the upcoming significant elections of the Leadership Assembly of Experts as well as the Islamic Municipalities elections.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that the authorities' commitments towards God and people provide a leading source of Devine blessing and bounties. The IR Leader touched on the grand virtues of the sacred month of Ramadan, saying, the practice of fasting in body and soul and making effort to purify heart from matters of vice could produce a rare opportunity out of this great Divine month for piety and salvation. Ayatollah Khamenei urged the authorities to further care for the matter, especially regarding their heavy duties.

Ayatollah Khamenei described every position of service in the Islamic System as a heavy but honorable responsibility, adding the world's evils are understandably join ranks in the face of this system which moves ahead with the same message as that of the Messengers to bring prosperity to nations, however, having been proved as well in the past 27 years in the Sacred Defense and other occasions, to have unity, firmness and faith in the path will earn definite victory for the Iranian nation.

Ayatollah Khamenei urged the authorities for seriously avoiding chasm, adding, in God's grace, the authorities enjoy unity and amicability more than ever before, but they must take high alert against enemies' efforts of sowing discord and not allow natural differences in opinion and choice of approach to lead to dissension.

"When the System in its generality adopts a measure or stance, all the authorities must stand united behind the stand as it has been so to date and in God's assistance will be so in future," Ayatollah Khamenei affirmed.

Ayatollah Khamenei added that supporting the triple branches of government, especially the Administration is the duty of all the authorities and people, adding "assisting the Administration equals assisting the country and for the same reason I have always supported all the previous administrations in their generalities."

The Islamic Revolution Leader lauded the incumbent ninth administration for its seriousness, good performance and voluminous works, adding all persons must praise President (Mahmoud Ahmadinejad) and in case anyone has some comment about his administration performance it must be transferred to it in one way or another, but producing an incompetent image out of the Administration even if being true is not allowed, let alone it is untrue and unfair.

"Genuine and rational criticism is rather than presenting incompetence," Ayatollah Khamenei said, ruling out any effort to undermine the Judiciary and the Legislative as well.

Ayatollah Khamenei denounced officials' complaining about one another especially before the public as wrong, asking what the fault of the good Iranian people is that they break their hearts through such complaints.

Also in this regard, Ayatollah Khamenei pointed to recent exaggerated debate about the culmination of the eight year imposed war and the approval of the UN resolution 598 almost two decades ago, whishing if only the complaining would not take place, adding however that now that it had taken place, it must not be magnified and one must not make such comments about the matter as if an important incident had occurred.

"Both political and military officials made ample services during the war time period and also some weak performances too whose collective effect led to Imam's (Khomeini) decision about the resolution the information of which will be made public as proper and gradually," Ayatollah Khamenei said, adding however, what occurred as the overall fruit of all capabilities, weaknesses, and shortcomings in absolute terms contradicts defeat and surrender, because the honorable Imam Khomeini was the incarnate of perseverance, resistance and hope in future and acted upon the same platform in all war-time decisions, approval of the resolution and other events and taught us as well to do so.

"Also today the Islamic system adopts its decisions through prudence and far sight as well as prowess and bravery relying on the might of the Iranian faithful nation and tries to materialize its aspirations through sound tactics and based on the ongoing demands as it did in the nuclear issue," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

Pointing to I.R. of Iran's decision two years ago in suspending uranium enrichment, Ayatollah Khamenei said if Iran did not tried the decision it might have been feeling reprimand that it had not tried it. Nevertheless, today it advances with firm resolve and sovereign will and no one can any more provide a debatable reason that the country's nuclear policy in rejecting any suspension is wrong as the country had experienced the policy otherwise.

"Also two years ago, it was known where the policy would lead to and revealing evidence has been recorded of the events of those days which will be made public one day, but the thing is that the decision at the time was necessary," the honorable Leader added.

"Our policy is frank: progress, providing a transparent logic and persevering in restoring the nation's right and not caving in," Ayatollah Khamenei said, adding Iran's objectives in the nuclear issue is fully transparent and humane.

Ayatollah Khamenei then turned to the significance of the elections of the Leadership Assembly of Experts as well as the Municipalities Elections, adding both of these sets of elections are significant in their own place. The honorable leader urged all the people and authorities and different political and social groups to take responsibility towards the upcoming elections.

Ayatollah Khamenei underscored on securing a healthy election and full safeguard of people's votes, adding it is also important to secure a healthy elections environment. Ayatollah Khamenei cautioned the press, the media, those who handle computer network affairs as well as the owners of public tribunes to beware that defamation and insult will mar elections environment, adding the practice is not logical or allowed.

Ayatollah Khamenei called on the civil and military authorities not to meddle with the electoral process, adding they are not allowed to draw electoral lists and must act in such a way that their entity brings no impact on the outcome of the elections.

The Islamic Revolution Leader then pointed to America's defeat in the region especially in Iraq, Palestine and Lebanon and its desperate efforts to make for the failure, adding America is bent on making the regional countries be scared about the Islamic Republic by disinformation and pushing Iran to isolation, however, as it has so far failed, its efforts this time as well will bear no fruit.

"Speaking about issues like 'Shiite crescent' or unreal propaganda about Iran's ultra-regional power pursue the same goal," Ayatollah Khamenei said, cautioning the regional government and activists about the matter.

Ayatollah Khamenei affirmed that Iran, since the victory of the Islamic Revolution, has turned into a power whose tokens further appeared in recent years, adding the Islamic System's sovereignty depends on adherence to Islamic principles and relying on the nation.

Ayatollah Khamenei stressed that Iran's power poses no threat to regional nations and government, because the Islamic Republic of Iran advocates the truth and justice and objects any sort of oppression or aggression.

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Qods Day marks Islamic resistance


Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei told worshipers Friday that World Qods Day marks the resistance of Muslims and their objection to oppression and injustice of the Zionists and their followers. The IR Leader called on all Muslims throughout the world to honor the day.

Turning to the ongoing developments in the touchy Middle East region, Ayatollah Khamenei described the victory of Hezbollah and the Lebanese nation in the 33-day war against the Israeli army as historical and unprecedented, adding Muslim nations once more after the Islamic Revolution in Iran were witness to the reality that faithful resistance against bullying and oppression will earn victory at last.

Ayatollah Khamenei added that Islamic nations' pride and euphoria at the victory of the Lebanese Islamic Resistance Movement shows that they are credited with the historical victory.

"Every one is certain that besides the fake regime of Israel, America and its regional affiliates as well suffered a heavy blow in this war," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that a major lesson of the 33-day war was that the only path to victory is to resist, provided nations are not scared with intimidations and repercussions. The Leader added that the recent war changed the equations in the region whose outcome will appear in the long term.

"Zionists and Americans are trying to mend their face after the defeat through carrying some projects in the regional countries," Ayatollah Khamenei said, warning that they are bent on pushing UNIFEL, which has come to Lebanon to defend Lebanese people against aliens, to confront Hezbollah and the Lebanese nation.

"However, Lebanese people, with any sort of faith whatsoever, consider Hezbollah as source of pride for Lebanon and do not allow such projects to bear fruit." Concerning the Palestinian developments, Ayatollah Khamenei described mounting pressures to topple Hamas government in Palestine and the daily bloodshed of the Palestinian people as another American-Zionist project to compensate their defeat in Lebanon. The IR Leader warned that Zionists and their minions are intended to transform Palestinian-occupiers battle into Palestinian-Palestinian battle.

Ayatollah Khamenei warned that the same policy is pursued in the present time Iraq by creating Shiite-Sunni discord, adding unity is the utmost need of the world of Islam. Ayatollah Khamenei blamed the policy on English agents, saying they have developed specialties in discord-sowing and taught the same policy to Americans.

"But the reality on the ground is that Iraqi people, either Shiite or Sunni, have lived together during the history and will keep opposition to occupiers through unity and solidarity," Ayatollah Khamenei added.

In this regard, Ayatollah Khamenei denounced 'Shiite crescent' issue as a propaganda effort to intimidate Sunni nations and government of empowerment of Shiites, adding enemies also try to present I.R. of Iran as a threat to its neighbors and push through their policies of creating discord in the Islamic umma.

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^ Full Friday's Khutbah of Sayyid Al-Qa'id from Tehran in arabic http://media.shiachat.com/mramadhan06/temp...mramadhan06.mp3 (15 min - 14Mbs)



Jazakallah Brother,

May Allah bless you in this world and the hereafter.

Your efforts are commendable.


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Hamas represents Palestinian stance

2006/10/24 - 16:02:13

Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei told an Eid ul-Fitr celebratory meeting Tuesday morning that the Eid ul-Fitr day is the day of the Islamic Ummah, adding the only path of dignity and strength of Muslims lies in restoring own identity, relying on God, preserving unity, perseverance and vigilance.

In the meeting, participated by IRI authorities, ambassadors of Islamic countries in Tehran and a crowd of people, the Leader regretted Muslims backwardness in many years doubled by their forced lack of decision and practice about their own interests and their dereliction of duty in this respect, saying, "Today, Muslims has become awakened and realized their identity. We must live up to the awakening and lead it in the right path."

The IR Leader called reliance and trust in God the prominent source of dignity for the Muslims, adding, if God is relied, His assistance will be certain, provided it is translated into action, the Islamic Ummah's interests are heeded and carnal soul and clumsiness are avoided.

Ayatollah Khamenei confirmed that at present, the Palestinian issue is top priority of the world of Islam and the international community, adding the perpetrating hand of the world arrogance, America and Zionism foremost, are apparently involved in every problem of the world of Islam, especially the Palestinian issue.

"Today, for America in the Middle east no interest takes lead over the interests of Zionists and the Zionist regime," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

Ayatollah Khamenei warned of enemy's ploy to sow discord in Palestine, Lebanon and Iraq, saying, "in Palestine, the vigilance taken by the Hamas Administration staved off the plot. The positions of the popular Hamas government in refusing to recognize the Zionist regime and rejecting any talks with the regime are the same as those of the Palestinian people accordingly the Palestinian Authority officials must bow to the demands of the Palestinian people."

The Islamic Revolution Leader outlined the factors behind the victory of the Lebanese people and Hezbollah movement against the Zionist regime as reliance on God, heroic perseverance and resistance, and exhausting all potentialities. "The example can be employed by the overall world of Islam provided the Islamic countries officials put the public interests ahead of their own interests," Ayatollah Khamenei underlined.

Concerning the Iraqi developments, Ayatollah Khamenei said that the reason behind the recent Iraqi unrests is the coming to power of a popular government despite the like of the occupiers. The IR Leader called on the prominent Iraqi figures to preserve unity and vigilance and take care to avoid enemy's trap.

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Religious democracy is genuine


Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei told people in the northeastern province of Semnan that expedition of all-out development in country and pursuit of revolutionary justice-oriented slogans are among the working priorities of the authorities, adding the great goals demand a large drive that was commenced by previous administrations and continued by the serving cabinet, having managed to lift the Iranian cultured nation to favorable levels in terms of indices of progress and development.

Ayatollah Khamenei confirmed the authorities are complying with the revolutionary platform in their approach towards the state affairs. The IR Leader then hailed the strong spirit and hopeful manner of the nation, saying, "the recognition of nuclear rights and perseverance in this regard signals a meritorious understanding and national spirit. The Iranian nation has realized that availability of nuclear energy constitutes a chief index of development in the world."

"The Islamic Republic of Iran is capable to secure the irrefragable right of the nation on its own and without stretching hands to other countries," he added.

Ayatollah Khamenei ruled out America's allegations that a global opposition is there against the Iranian nuclear rights, saying, "Besides the world's nations, over 150 member countries of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and other conventions advocate a break in the monopoly of nuclear energy and laud the Iranian nation for their stout pursuit of their nuclear rights, thereby proving that an absolute majority of the world people reject the attempt of a few Western countries to infringe the rights of the Iranian nation."

Ayatollah Khamenei affirmed that continuous existence of a firm spirit and the national hope stage the ground for the Iranian nation to conquer the peaks of progress and pride.

The IR Leader touched on 27 years of enmity on the part of the global Zionism and the American arrogance against the Islamic Revolution and the Iranian nation, adding that contrary to the Western hue and cry, the enemies of the Iranian nation, including America, are holding onto a shakier position than the past ten or fifteen years whose tokens have surfaced in the America's defeat in Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine and Afghanistan.

Ayatollah Khamenei supported his statements about American fragileness in the Middle East by saying, "the American government exhausted all possibilities at hand and even pretended it had approved the formation of the Palestinian government, so that the Zionist regime could flee a face-off with the Palestinian people. Nevertheless, today a Palestinian government has come to power that does not recognize the Zionist enemy and is not ready to sit negotiation with the regime, hence America's one hundred percent defeat in Palestine."

The Islamic Revolution Leader then touched on America's costing and relentless, but botched attempts in different grounds, including to divert the Iranian nation from the path of the late Imam Khomeini, dwarf religious values, expand indecency among the youth, influence the administrations, stir sectarian feelings and internal conflict, and trouble universities, adding "every one realizes that America's incessant failures in the face of the Iranian nation and the Islamic System is not an accident, but a rational trend, inspired by the faith, vigilance, awareness, bravery, and timely decisions of the great and prudent Iranian nation, always having frustrated the enemies of Islam and the Revolution." Ayatollah Khamenei prayed to Almighty Allah the conditions follow the suit.

Ayatollah Khamenei then hailed the Iranian nation's allegiance to Imam Khomeini's aspirations, saying the popularity of the serving President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, arises from his declaration and efforts to follow the ideas of Imam Khomeini, may Allah's mercy rest on him.

"People in whatever part of the country trust on those persons who are more interested in religion, the Revolution and the Imam and this reality is a solid evidence that America has defeated in dwarfing the path and aspirations of Imam among the Iranian nation," Ayatollah Khamenei affirmed.

Ayatollah Khamenei pointed to reception of the slogans and objectives of the Islamic Revolution by the world's nations, especially Muslim, adding the Iranian nation has effectively exported its revolution and will continue its prideful path mightily and by relying on its aware, prudent and young generation. "The world of arrogance has to take back position in the face of this great nation," the IR Leader underlined.

Ayatollah Khamenei urged taking lessons from the continued triumph of the nation against the arrogance, adding, "the victories show that effort and work relied on faith and hope is the key to the nation's success and all people, from the youth to students, workers, clerics, industrialists, agrarians, capital owners and social and political activists must make unwavering effort based on their duties and responsibilities to cherish the existing national unity and promote it and accelerate the country's movement towards the goals of the Revolution and people."

The IR Leader affirmed that the performance of the Iranian nation divulged many of the mock slogans of the West concerning human rights, combat against terrorism and democracy. "The Iranian nation showed that religious democracy is genuine because in this kind of democracy, unlike the normal partisan feelings in the West, here the people themselves bring authorities to power upon their choice," Ayatollah Khamenei affirmed.

The Islamic Revolution Leader acclaimed the Iranians' national unity, religious practice, national lively manner and notably the Iranian youths as great Divine blessings, urging cherishing those blessings by employing them to develop country.

Ayatollah Khamenei recommended the enemies of the Iranian nation to take lessons from the failed experience of challenge against the Islamic Republic. "The global dominance seekers must realize that the 21st century, contrary to the 19th or 20th century, is the era in which the spell of colonial policies breaks apart. It is the century of spirituality, independence and nations' return to their national identity and origin. Whatever power stands against this reality is but to fail."

"The American people like any other nation are entitled to live a nice life. The goal will be met through their domestic efforts, provided their government do not regard itself the owner of sensitive regions in the world, including the Persian Gulf," Ayatollah Khamenei urged.

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Lebanon, point of America's defeat


Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei told a visiting Lebanese Parliament speaker Nabih Berri and a delegation of Lebanese Hezbollah and Amal movements that the victory of the Lebanese Islamic Resistance Movement in the 33-day war against the Zionist regime has provided a source of honor and pride for the Muslims.

"What took place during the 33-day battle against America and the Zionist regime has no antecedent in the world of Arab and Islam and the dimensions of the great and invaluable event will further surface in future," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

Ayatollah Khamenei called Hezbollah Secretary General Sayed Hassan Nasrallah a singular figure and appreciated Nabih Berri for his role during the 33-day resistance, saying, "The stage of the great victory was effectively set by the unity and solidarity among brothers of Hezbollah and Amal." Ayatollah Khamenei urged further strengthening of the unanimous attitude.

The Islamic Revolution Leader warned about possible political ploys by America and the Zionist regime to discourage the effects of the victory in Lebanon, adding the Lebanese people and the Islamic Resistance must keep alert for any potential threat. "However, at present the political awakening in Lebanon and the spirit of people and the Islamic Resistance and their followers in the world of Islam is much higher than before the 33-day war," Ayatollah Khamenei affirmed.

Ayatollah Khamenei emphasized that the enemies of the Lebanese nation suffer from an enfeebled spirit, adding with God's assistance, Lebanon will become the point of defeat of America and the Zionist regime.

Ayatollah Khamenei appraised the political developments across the region and the world as sign of a new era and said that America and its policies are going to end up in failure. "We must acknowledge the opportunities by making mind, relying on God and taking action."

Ayatollah Khamenei affirmed that the Islamic Republic of Iran currently enjoys a better than past position and a very hopeful prospect.

The IR Leader also appreciated the meeting of Asian Parliaments being held currently in Tehran.

During the meeting, also attended by the Iranian Parliament Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel, Nabih Berri credited the brave young combatants of the Lebanese Islamic Resistance, the unity of the Lebanese people and their support to the movement as well as unanimity among Islamic resistance movements for their victory in the 33-day war.

Berri touched on the Zionist regime's crimes in Lebanon and slammed the international community for keeping silence towards the developments. "God made those who were after Great Middle East to suffer from their own ploy and the recent developments is the starting point for the fall of American empire," Berri underlined.

Lebanese Parliament Speaker said the victory of the Lebanese people and Islamic Resistance in the 33-day war was notably instrumental to the failure of Republicans in the mid-term elections in America.

Berri also praised the Islamic Republic of Iran for its spiritual support to the Lebanese people, adding that despite America and the Zionist regime's efforts to prevent Iran's spiritual influence in the region, the country would become the principle power in the new round of developments.

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IR Leader praises Semnan scholars (2006/11/07)

The Islamic Revolution Leader, Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei in a meeting with Semnan province Alims, elites, clerics, and female scholars praised the Shi'a clerics' independence and their democratic approach, as their "unique personality traits."

Ayatollah Khamenei emphasized, "strengthening interactions with the people, increasing the level of their political comprehension and analyzing, preserving the clerics' sanctity, their ethical and financial health, maintaining the scholarly approach in life, increasing religious competence for achieving victory at global campaign of thoughts, and brave campaign against superstitions are among the duties which would lead to preservation of the clerics' unique status, and their historic grandeur".

Ayatollah Khamenei during the Wednesday night meeting considered the main characteristic of the Shi'a clerics to be their "independence and keeping relationship with people" that has given them a unique role in Iran's history and in prevailing conditions in the country.

The Islamic Revolution Leader added, "contrary to the status of the clergy in other religions, the Shi'a scholars are merely dependent on the people's support and are in the service of the people, which is a great phenomenon that needs to be preserved."

Referring to the deep and two-way relations between the clerics and the people, Ayatollah Khamenei said, "this has given the Shi'a clerics a pioneer status in various historic eras, including during Iran's constitutional revolution, the nationalization of the country's oil industries, and the Islamic Revolution."

The Islamic Revolution Leader emphasized that the clerics need to remain at the political scene, denouncing the continuous efforts made by the global arrogance to detach them from political activities.

Ayatollah Khamenei considered the cultural onslaught of the west as "a reality and a serious threat", urging the clerics to enlighten the mind of the public, particularly the youth about it.

He considered campaign against superstitions as another important duty of the clerics under current conditions, stressing that the noblest Messenger, too, attached great importance to that task.

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The nation takes honor in its martyrs (2006/11/09)

Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei a large gathering of noble families of martyrs, war veterans and members of the Basij organization in the northeastern province of Semnan that loyalty in the path and aspirations of martyrs will secure national dignity, sovereignty and gross.

Ayatollah Khamenei called his meeting with "patient fathers and mothers of martyrs as well as honorable and stout wives of martyrs and their judicious children" highly inspirational, adding the stunning perseverance of these elated people through the difficult test of martyrdom of their beloved represents the concept embedded in the Qoranic verses about how the faithful treat fraught events. "The grateful Iranian nation will never forget them," he affirmed.

Ayatollah Khamenei ascribed the Iranian national dignity, honor and progress, political independence, the survival of revolutionary aspirations and Imam's memory, the national resistance against enemies as well as the country's ever-increasing advance to the sacrifice and bravery of the martyrs, adding, "Even if those achievements were not at hand, the nation would still take honor in the epic made by the martyrs and war veterans and the patience practiced by their beloved families," Ayatollah Khamenei emphasized.

Ayatollah Khamenei reckoned that nations introduce themselves by how they treat moments of truth, adding, the resolve of martyrs and war veterans still remains to live throughout the country and the present young faithful generation will line up against any event like the first generation of the revolution and the war to show that different generations of this nation has known their path of prosperity, progress and honor and will never abandon their aspirations.

Ayatollah Khamenei described Semnan a premier province in terms of the number of its martyrs and soldiers during the Sacred Defense era.

The IR Leader thanked Semnan's provincial bodies and ranks which served in wartime, including among others the Qaem battalion, the Logistics Staff and the Development Jihad Organization.

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Elites must run through developments (2006/11/09)

Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei told an academic function in the northeastern province of Semnan Thursday morning that the elites of the seminary and the university must run the country through developments by undertaking both the world standards and at the same time the standards particular to the Islamic system.

Ayatollah Khamenei affirmed that the traits of the student community mainly as its enthusiasm, abundant talent, wishing for progress, hopes in future and readiness for work bode well, urging the students to unite those traits with awareness about the path to national aspirations, planning, prudence, unwavering efforts and bewaring not to miss targets until the path to heights of progress is covered.

Ayatollah Khamenei invoked several Qoranic verses in stating that the will of every human being has some impact on the societal changes, adding, under Divine statute, the very members of a community bring about changes and that the will and attitude of every individual influence the chain of changes for better or worse.

The IR Leader said the secret to endurance and sublimity of the humanity lies in change for better.

Ayatollah Khamenei promoted a receptive attitude towards any change for better and avoiding stagnancy, adding change for better is rather than anarchism, ferment, and destructuralization while stagnancy differs from social stability, and what constitutes the target is a stable but not stagnant society that experiences quick but accurate changes.

Ayatollah Khamenei reckoned that there are several requirements to bring progressive changes about, mainly as preserving origins, avoiding destructuralization, honoring national identity, keeping hope in future, liveliness, maintaining a receptive attitude towards criticism, promotion of competitiveness, planning and opting for an accurate policy.

"Opposite to the requirements are matters like behavioral and political ferment, nihilism, destructive moves and forgetting about national identity and fundamental bases of the society that never cause favorable changes to happen, rather, they are followed by a backward trend," the IR Leader noted.

Ayatollah Khamenei rejected that national identity counters religious identity, adding it (national identity) is made up of beliefs, demands and attitudes of a nation and no question the set of beliefs of a faithful and monotheist nation constitutes a component of its national identity.

Ayatollah Khamenei then warned about a big threat posed by the dominance of Zionism and global capitalism over the world developments, adding international networks of money and force which formed NATO military organization to grab dominance over the nations' wealth are now bent on forming a cultural NATO in which to adopt multifaceted media capacities to take hold of socio-cultural and politico-economic developments of nations to further promote their goals and destroy national identity of human communities.

Ayatollah Khamenei underlined vigilance in this regard.

Ayatollah Khamenei urged for adopting an accurate attitude towards developments and in this raised the new debate of "management of developments," adding, by sticking to past and denying innovation one may reach nowhere, while at the same time by ferment, in cultural, political, economic or ideological matters no progress will be achieved.

"The only right option is to open the way to innovation and free thinking and managing the change-inspiring road," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

Ayatollah Khamenei described the elites of the seminary and the university as those who must take responsibility of management of developments, adding though the authorities for their part have certain duties in this regard, the charge of developments and running activities that lead to repair, compliment and progress must be in hand of those elites.

Ayatollah Khamenei termed progress as the goal of any favorable development. The IR Leader pointed to different and sometimes fraud parameters in this regard, adding, to grasp the true version of progress, for one thing theoretical debates that undertake realities must be set up and then the path must be taken up after drawing a map, planning and setting priorities.

Ayatollah Khamenei then touched on the global indices of progress, including post-industrialization, self-sufficiency in staples, enhancing optimization, promoting literacy, promoting utilities, fostering life expectancy, and expanding telecommunication.

"These indices will be effective to achieve true progress once they are employed based on national identity and fundamental aspirations," Ayatollah Khamenei said, adding unless the case is so, "the promotion of the indices like in certain superficially-developed Western countries will result in domestic injustice, bullying against other nations, proliferation and use of destructive weapons like atomic bomb, promotion of indecency and ruining family and social bonds." "The Iranian nation keeps no desire for such a progress," the leader proclaimed.

Ayatollah Khamenei then touched on the additional parameters required by an Islamic System: expanding national wealth, seeking justice, scientific might, promotion of ethics, spirituality and human feelings, national dignity, combating against poverty, corruption, joblessness and discrimination, combating against unawareness and lawlessness, scientific promotion of management jobs, social discipline, and promotion of responsibilities and cultural independence.

Ayatollah Khamenei urged the academic and seminarian elites to undertake researches about social problems to find practical solutions, adding such researches will pave the way to progress.

Ayatollah Khamenei also welcomed the proposals put forward by several lecturers early in the meeting, including among others to establish a development management center, terming the suggestions scientific and professional. The IR Leader urged relevant bodies to procure the suggestions.

Early in the meeting, a number of professors and students made their point about national academic and intellectual affairs.

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Iranian flair makes every dream come true (2006/11/10)

Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei in the third day of his trip to the northeastern province of Semnan told an enthusiastic gathering of faithful people in the provincial city of Damghan that with such mainstays as the faith, resolve and flair of the Iranian nation all the lofty aspirations of the Islamic Revolution notably justice and removal of discrimination are not out of reach.

Ayatollah Khamenei admired the flag of Islamic and social justice hoisted by the Islamic Republic of Iran and ruled out suggestions by few individuals that with the current widespread injustice in the world and with the corrupt persons and some discriminations inside the country, the social justice can not be materialized.

"As many a superficially unattainable goal early on the revolution was met later, the dream of justice will come true by the resolve of the people, especially the youth," he affirmed.

Early in the Revolution and during the Sacred Defense, when the Islamic System was constrained by the international powers from reaching minimum defensive equipments, no one had imagination that some day the young people of this land could launch an array of modern missiles on their own during a war games alone, however the superficially out of reach dream is now fulfilled.

Ayatollah Khamenei reminded about the threatening of the hegemonic powers against the Iranian people at different junctures apexed in the past years by threats to attack the country, adding, at that time, a majority did not kept imaginations that the arrogance, masterminded by America, would some day concede to the Iranian nation, but now taking the disastrous failure of American policies in Iraq, Palestine, Lebanon and Afghanistan into account, the country's threats are now regarded empty threats throughout the globe.

Ayatollah Khamenei moreover said the failure of the American President party in the latest Congress elections proved that America's war waging policies are not approved within the country, adding the event was not just an American internal affair rather it was the defeat of Bush's war mongering policies.

The IR Leader pointed to American President's late admission to the defeat, adding since Washington had shown hostility and war waging always towards the Iranian nation, the defeat of the policies actually translated into the convincing victory of the Iranian nation in this political phase.

Ayatollah Khamenei then turned to the usurper Zionists' relentless and repressive offensive against the Palestinian defenseless people in Gaza, saying the Zionist regime that lost its 50-year-long military superiority in the 33-day Lebanon war just in the face of a faithful and Mujahid group that was suffering lack of any advanced equipments is now bent on taking revenge from the Palestinian innocent people.

Ayatollah Khamenei touched on the negotiated agreement for the withdrawal of the Zionist military from Gaza, saying the daily crimes of the savage Zionists in Gaza showed once more that negotiation with the usurper regime is useless and hapless.

Ayatollah Khamenei was critical about the reticence kept by the international community and pretenders to human rights in the West, saying the silence of the West, especially the Europe's, towards the massive oppression shows that the lives of the defenseless Palestinian children, women and men have no value for those pretenders to human rights.

Ayatollah Khamenei then raised Damghan provincial issues and praised the honorable record of the city, especially its eminent figures in the fields of science, religious, literature and politics.

The IR Leader commemorated the memory of the provincial martyrs, including the martyr Shahcheraqi and the martyr Momeni.

The Leader acknowledged that the province has experienced an extensive development compared to the past but though enjoying broad human talents and natural resources, it is still grappled with many problems. Ayatollah Khamenei called on the people and the relevant authorities to resolve the problems.

The IR Leader affirmed that in the Islamic Republic System, the authorities are to serve people, adding, at present a lively, quick, industrious, and sincere administration that is minded with public interests has taken the center stage and wherever the possibilities allow it will move to resolve the people's problems.

Earlier, Ayatollah Khamenei paid a visit to Damghan cemetery of martyrs and read the opening chapter of the holy Qoran in tribute to the lofty position of those martyrs.

Edited by Fatima Munawara

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Human being, victim of self-seekers (2006/11/11)

Islamic Revolution Leader, Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei told a joint ceremony of Semnan military held in the commanding center of Zolfeqar elite division Saturday evening that the armed forces are from the people, with the people and for the people.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran's armed forces take honor in that they perform whatever relevant to defense of a nation including training, war games, mission of alert, discipline and making necessary equipment by reliance on God and through their deep faith in Him," Ayatollah Khamenei told the ceremony, held north of the country.

Ayatollah Khamenei regretted that human being has fell victim to the malicious goals of the world self-seekers, adding to preserve dignity in such a world, the nation must rely on the will of the youth as well as deep faith the result of which is that the country will enjoy a stable genuine security.

The Commander-in-Chief called the present period a sensitive and fateful one for the Iranian nation. Ayatollah Khamenei underlined the heavy responsibility of the authorities and the armed forces, saying, "The armed forces must set training, work, positive attitude, firm resolve, awareness, intimacy, solidarity and employing innovations as their goals and invariably keep adherence to their responsibilities and commitments.

Ayatollah Khamenei confirmed that the Iranian nation could fend off the enemy scam by its worldwide dignity and sovereignty, adding this dignity and sovereignty must become more deep-rooted than ever and so must material and spiritual sovereignty.

Early in the ceremony, Ayatollah Khamenei paid homage to the martyr memorial in the center and read the opening chapter of the holy Qoran. The IR Leader then reviewed a guard of honor.

At the end of the ceremony, top military units marched past the Commander-in-Chief.

Edited by Fatima Munawara

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IRI in its most favorable status (2006/11/12)

Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei told warm-blooded people in Garmsar north of Iran Sunday that the Islamic System at present enjoys one of its most favorable moments.

Ayatollah Khamenei lauded the country's political stability, the current favorable social harmony, nation's prudence towards national causes, notably the nuclear issue and expansion of demand for justice, removal of discrimination and corruption.

"Another advantage of the country is a young generation, featured by a tendency towards knowledge as well as religious and revolutionary values," Ayatollah Khamenei said, adding, the existence of this fresh, lively, hopeful and religious-minded generation will pave the ground for progress, innovation and creativity.

Ayatollah Khamenei highlighted the presence of a popular administration in office that keeps adherence to religious values and is minded to serve people, headed by the President Mahmoud Ahamdinejad who loves people, is faithful, lives a modest life, works tirelessly, has a valiant and confident manner, stands ready in the field and holds initiative in internal and international affairs.

"Today, our authorities no longer follow international policy makers concerning diplomatic affairs, rather they have initiative in their hands," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

Ayatollah Khamenei moreover touched on the country's progressive economic indices, adding the President's report weeks earlier about inflation, joblessness rate and combat against corruption was approved by the fair experts and even on many occasions by many international centers that already keep a biased position towards Iran.

Ayatollah Khamenei referred to the promotion of Iran in international ranking in terms of combat against administrative and financial corruption during the last one and a half year, adding, despite the growth, the country must not contend itself with this level.

"Rather, the administrative and financial corruption and betrayal of national wealth must be uprooted in an all-inclusive combat," the IR Leader said.

Ayatollah Khamenei furthermore appreciated the public hopefulness and tied it to the feelings that the authorities move towards removal of discrimination.

Ayatollah Khamenei called the Iranian people patient, sincere, aware and vigilant, adding, the people have trusted in the authorities whenever they have felt they (authorities) are sincerely after resolving their problems and avoid gathering wealth and attending to their personal affairs.

Ayatollah Khamenei criticized certain press for their unfair attitude towards the administration, saying "some time ago, the president complained about it to me and I believe he is rightful because some press are unfair towards the Administration and try to magnify meager problems through propaganda scams."

Ayatollah Khamenei drew a distinction between criticism and destruction, adding, "Years ago, I warned about the involvement of alien hands in the administration of the country's cultural affairs, media and propagation, but some individuals denied it, but at the end every one admitted to it."

Ayatollah Khamenei ruled out allegations that the country suffers lack of freedom of _expression, adding, a clear evidence of freedom of _expression is that some press are freely write against the Administration and the System whereas the people pay no attention to them.

The Islamic Revolution Leader appreciated the political position of the country and the social status of the Iranian nation in the world.

The IR Leader said a few years ago, several American politicians claimed in a report that there was a group in Iran who were waiting for a signal from America to topple the system, but at present the reality has been unveiled for the enemies of the Iranian nation, because they cannot take dominance over the country, neither they can inflict damage on the Iranian nation.

Ayatollah Khamenei described the enemy position as shaky, adding America and the Zionist regime are even further shaky compared to the past years. "The slap in the mouth of America and the Zionist regime in Lebanon was a Divine blessing so that the world realizes how the superpowers are fragile."

"The status of affairs has changed in the world and in some areas, previously regarded by America as its courtyard, some administrations come to power which are opposed to American policies," Ayatollah Khamenei emphasized.

"The Iranian nation has opted for the Divine path, that is the path of justice, ethics, good deeds, faith in God, equality, fraternity among human beings and prosperity of the human community, not fazed with ensuing difficulties. As a result the Almighty God will bestow upon it the sweet fruits of such a perseverance," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

Earlier in the day, Ayatollah Khamenei paid homage visit to the martyr cemetery in the city.

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Hajj, rendezvous of Islamic ummah


Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei told the Iranian organizers of this year's Hajj ceremony Wednesday that the Hajj must become a perfect reflection of Muslim unity and promote it further.

"At time when the world arrogance expresses its rancor against the Muslim people in different vehicles, even through violent and callous ones, disavowing of the pagans and declaring the position of Muslims towards the conduct is of prime in the Hajj ceremony," Ayatollah Khamenei underlined.

The IR Leader highlighted the large potentials of the Hajj notably the convergence of Muslims from various nationalities in a definite time and place and its prospective individual, social and international effects.

"The Hajj is the best opportunity for Muslims to make closer contacts. However, enemies are trying to change it into a ground to fan Muslims differences and push Shiites and Sunnis to confrontation," Ayatollah Khamenei warned.

Ayatollah Khamenei cautioned that certain agents of the modern global colonialism are commissioned to raise or stir contentious matters during the ceremony, adding, the Iranian pilgrims either Shiite or Sunni must beware the perilous trap. "We recommend the Saudi government to block the activities of the provokers," Ayatollah Khamenei urged.

Concerning the rituals of Disavowal of Pagans, Ayatollah Khamenei said: "In so far as the enemies consider Islam as the leading hurdle to their dominance over the Islamic countries, taking hold of their interests and disseminating their culture and treat Muslim people through arrogance- and Zionist-incited ways, the Muslims are rightful to voice their stance towards the conduct," Ayatollah Khamenei affirmed, adding, the best place and time for the undertaking is the large rendezvous of the Islamic Ummah in the Hajj.

Ayatollah Khameni said the Saudi government, as the host of Muslims in the Hajj ceremony, must take lead in disavowing of the pagans, adding, even if they could not afford doing the job for any reason whatsoever, we do perform our duty of declaring our stance through logic and reasoning.

Ayatollah Khamenei underlined accurate and logical statement of the purpose of the ceremony (Disavowal of Pagans) for the Muslim people of other countries, adding, today motivation and enthusiasm in the fine Islam is growing in the world of Islam while disgust and hatred against the arrogance, especially America and the Zionist regime is mounting whose notable cases are the developments in Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan and the surprise and miraculous incident of Lebanon.

"The growth of interests in Islam and the expansion of Islamic awakening is the follow-up of the Islamic evolution in Iran. Some held the revolutionary slogans have lost their luster, but now the slogans and values of the Islamic Revolution are now lustrous more than ever and the flame might not die out in the course of time," Ayatollah Khamenei affirmed.

Ayatollah Khamenei described service to the Hajj pilgrims a source of honor and underlined provision of ground to help pilgrims further cherish different Hajj resources. The IR Leader moreover urged the pilgrims to appreciate the spiritual side of the Divine journey.

"Preparing the pilgrims for different dimensions of the Hajj by the statement of jurisprudential, political, social, ethical and mystical matters and the provision of appropriate conditions for them to avoid material and worldly intents are among the significant assignments for the Hajj executive and cultural officials to take up seriously," Ayatollah Khamenei underscored.

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US troops must leave Iraq: Iran

TEHRAN, Nov 28: Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told visiting Iraqi President Jalal Talabani on Tuesday that US-led forces had to leave Iraq if security was to be restored in the violence-riven country.

“The first step to solve the security issue in Iraq is the exit of the occupiers from this country and leaving the security issues to the people-based Iraqi government,” Ayatollah Khamenei was quoted as saying by state television.

“Americans will absolutely not succeed in Iraq and the continuation of Iraq's occupation is not a mouthful that Americans can swallow,” Ayatollah Khamenei said during a meeting with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani.

“The main reason for the current situation in Iraq is the US policies that are being carried out by some intermediaries,” the Iranian leader said.

“Reinforcing terrorist groups and inflaming the wave of insecurity and killings in Iraq will be very dangerous for the US agents and the region,” the Supreme Leader said.—AFP

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