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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)



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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.

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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.

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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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Muslims must move against desecration of al-Aqsa mosque


Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei Wednesday emphatically urged the world of Islam to take serious measures towards the Zionist regime's ongoing desecration of the al-Aqsa Mosque.

During a meeting with the Secretary General of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement early in the day, the IR Leader said that the question of the al-Aqsa mosque was a religious issue shared by all Muslims.

Ayatollah Khamenei underlined a duty on the part of the authorities of the Islamic countries to adopt some response, saying, "the world of Islam must provide such a response to the sacrilegious move that makes the occupying regime of Qods to regret. To keep silence is never allowed."

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution cautioned about a seditious move to transform the Palestinian-Zionist battle to a Palestinian-Palestinian battle and deplored the killings of the Palestinian people from any group whatsoever in such conflicts.

"Everyone, either from the Palestinian groups or from the Islamic countries must try to thwart the enemy's plot so that the flare of the internal conflicts abates swiftly," Ayatollah Khamenei urged.

Ayatollah Khamenei called on the Shiite and Sunni Muslims to cement their unity and preserve their faith and confidence in the Divine assistance and promise.

"The victory of the Lebanese Hezbollah over the Zionist regime, the achievements of Hamas in Palestine and the progressive move of the Islamic Republic of Iran in different domains are among the eminent manifestations of the Divine promise which have helped promote confidence and perseverance in the Muslims," the IR Leader said.

Raising the conspiracy of America and Israel in troubling the situation and inciting differences in the world of Islam, Ayatollah Khamenei said the conspiracy should be defused through vigilance, perseverance and resistance towards enemy's intimidation and temptation.

Ayatollah Khamenei was happy that the Islamic awakening movement had borne invaluable fruits throughout the world and said that the Islamic faith was the key to unity and solidarity of the Muslims. "We must live up to our Islamic obligations and whatever the Islamic awakening demands for," the IR Leader urged.

Ayatollah Khamenei believed that the spirit of perseverance and revolutionary drive has been increasing in the Iranian nation ever since the Islamic revolution year by year, adding that the world will watch the firm resolve and revolutionary drive of the Iranian people in the annual February 11 ceremonies to be staged to commemorate the triumph of the Islamic revolution in Iran in 1979.

Ramadan Abdallah for his part congratulated the 28th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution victory and praised the late Imam Khomeini. The Islamic Jihad SG described the Islamic Republic of Iran as the chief platform of perseverance against the front of unbelievers in the world.

"The Palestinian people and the combatant movements, unlike the pressures and intimidations, will keep allegiance with the martyrs of Intifada to continue their path," Abdallah said.

The Palestinian prominent personality briefed the IR Leader on the latest developments in Palestine. He raised the conspiracy of the enemies of Islam to foment religious conflicts in the Islamic countries, notably in Palestine.

"The Islamic Jihad has summoned all its capabilities to settle the Palestinian infighting," Ramadan Abdallah said. He hoped the conspiracy would soon be thwarted through an agreement between the rival sides.

The Islamic Jihad Secretary General pointed to the woeful internal situation of the Zionist regime, especially following the defeat of the regime at the hand of Hezbollah and said that Israel at present looks more feeble than ever.

"The Palestinian people will not sit silent towards the new plot of the regime to desecrate the al-Aqsa mosque and will hit back at the sacrilege," the Palestinian figure vowed.

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Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei ruled out the enemies' psychological operation to demoralize the Iranian nation as a token of their frustration and weak stand.

In an address to the commanders and personnel of the IRI Army's Air Force in the morning, the IR Leader emphatically promised that the great Iranian nation will take the stage in February 11 annual marches more enthusiastically than ever to prove to the world that it continues to tread its prideful path vigilantly and powerfully.

The meeting was held to commemorate the anniversary of the Army's Air Force' historic votive meeting twnty seven years ago with the late founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Imam Khomeini, may Allah be consent with him.

Ayatollah Khamenei elaborated on the enemy goals behind their hue and cry or threats of sanctions, saying that the Iranian nation ever since twenty seven years ago has been courageously confronting the enemy ploys and thwarted them through its innate capabilities and resources as well as its deep roots, growing more and more powerful so that the present position of the Islamic Republic of Iran could not be compared with that of early revolutionary period.

The IR Leader said that America's threats to block Iran is not new, adding that America and several other countries have blockaded the I.R. of Iran since years ago, though the Iranian nation could manage to make a large, bright scientific-technological progress amid the sanctions atmosphere.

Ayatollah Khamenei denounced 'intimidation' as the age-old and constant approach of the domineering powers to demoralize the nations and plunder their wealth, adding, "Scare and surrender to enemy is the mode of those nations and authorities who have failed to realize the might of national resolve. Otherwise the Iranian nation has debunked the spell of intimidation of the dominance seekers and mightily stood up to any sort of threat through its successful experiences of the last 27 years."

Ayatollah Khamenei touched on rumors of an imminent America's attack on Iran and told enemy not to bother themselves. "They must not bother themselves to try to intimidate the Iranian nation by such matters. Hasn't America ever attacked Iran? Furthermore, the enemies are well aware that any sort of aggression would be followed by a full blown reaction of the Iranian nation against the aggressors and their interests anywhere in the world," Ayatollah Khamenei cautioned.

"We believe that no one would commit such an irrational error to endanger its country and interests. Even though some say the American President is not a man of calculation or heeding the repercussions of his conduct, such individuals too could be made to heed wisdom," Ayatollah Khamenei said, adding that the American analysts and policy-makers had realized that the Iranian nation will not leave any aggression unanswered.

Ayatollah Khamenei turned to Zionist regime's admittance lately that it was in hold of A-bomb, adding that the regime in doing so sought to intimidate the Islamic countries and Muslim nations.

"Scare is like a termite which chops off the vital foundation of the nations. The world of Islam must remain alert towards the sort of plots," Ayatollah Khamenei urged.

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution termed the recent aggression of the Zionists against the al-Aqsa Mosque a tragic event and called on the world of Islam and the Muslim nations to voice their disgust at the perpetrators of the disgraceful move.

Ayatollah Khamenei also highlighted the presence of logic, deliberation and reasoning in the immense movement of the Iranian nation in making the Islamic Revolution.

"The emergence of affection, love and profound religious faith in the great movement distinguishes the Islamic Revolution of Iran from other revolutions in the world. The religious faith is the driving force behind the fountain of the Islamic Revolution and the key to its constant move along its platform and the path of human moral," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

Ayatollah Khamenei blamed the enemies' conspiracies, brawling and scam against the Iranian nation during the last 27 years on their failure to realize the united, profound faith of the nation.

"The awakening of the world of Islam constitutes a principal dimension of the Islamic Revolution in Iran," the Islamic Revolution Leader said.

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Lebanon, point of America's defeat (2006/11/14)

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 hails the military (2006/11/25)

Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei told a cadetship badge ceremony Saturday that Islam has a different logic to build army from that of the world materialistic rulings, adding, the armed forces in the Islamic Republic of Iran take front in defense of justice, rights of the public and the underprivileged and perform as the strong bulwark of national security and values of Islam and the Revolution.

The Commander-in-Chief dismissed the views of global masters of money and force about building army as a means to seek and maintain power, adding, despite this logic, in an Islamic system, as the armed forces enter military domain, they actually enter worship domain owing to the lofty logic of Islam.

In a ceremony held in Imam Hussein Cadet Academy affiliated to Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) to mark IRI Founder Imam Khomeini's directive to establish Basij Organization, Ayatollah Khamenei said the IRGC was featured by its formation as a follow-up to revolutionary values.

"To continute work, the Guard must command determined persons to defend the nation based on the same revolutionary values even in the absence of the conditions of early revolution and the Sacred Defense," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

Ayatollah Khamenei urged the audience to foster their relations with the Almighty and rely on Him and to promote their intellectual, physical and training skills. "The Armed Forces including the Guard portray the power and resolve of the Iranian nation and their preparedness will force enemies to change their mind and abandon greed over the country.

Early in the ceremony, the Commander-in-Chief paid homage to the martyrs memorial in the premises of the academy and performed the opening chapter of the Holy Qoran in honor of the martyrs. Ayatollah Khamenei then reviewed honor guard.

Ayatollah Khamenei also granted badges to first-ever graduates of the Academy and handed gifts to the war veterans, top cadet officers and dons as well as families of the martyrs of the academy.

Elsewhere, addressing senior commanders, authorities and governors of the IRGC's academies, Ayatollah Khamenei praised the authorities and teachers of Imam Hussein military academy for their significant role in promoting the cadet officers in terms of knowledge and training.

"In this academy, sagacious, knowledgeable, and valiant persons must be trained through due scientific training and by providing grounds for scientific innovation and courage to emerge," the IR Leader underlined.

Ayatollah Khamenei praised the IRGC for its large potentials of revolutionary, faithful and calibered individuals, urging the relevant authorities to keep on their regard for human resources and training matters.

Ayatollah Khamenei then called perfoming military duties as source of honor.

The IR Leader denounced the notion of the pseudo-enlightened in objection to building army as a deviating view, adding that a military trainee with Islamic identity is the one who takes step in the path of a sublime goal with his heart, thought and body and even is ready to donate his body in that path thereby he must not be compared with savage and irresponsible armed forces of America or the Zionist regime and those of the world dominance seekers.

Ayatollah Khamenei reminded the duty of the Guard in preserving the aspirations of the Islamic Revolution, adding that the all-inclusive definition of the duty is established in the armed defense of the evolutionary values.

The Islamic Revolution Leader called on the audience to observe the Guard's requirements in all ranks, adding that all the commanders and forces of the IRGC must take care to meet minimum requirements in every regard.

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Islamic countries must cherish potentialities (2006/12/03)

Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei noted a visiting Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his accompanying delegation about the religious roots of the Turkish people and their profound belief in Islam and the Islamic values.

"The two countries of Iran and Turkey could further broaden their bilateral relations in light of their common borders and religious and cultural commonalities," Ayatollah Khamenei said, adding that the Islamic Republic of Iran has always sought to expand ties with Turkey.

Ayatollah Khamenei brought up the expanse of natural and human resources and potentials available to the world of Islam and reckoned that if the world of Islam learnt about the facets of its power and relied on those potenitalities to resolve its sensitive problems the outcome would indeed prove effective.

The IR Leader highlighted the status of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and the regional organizations like ECO (Economic Cooperation Organization) and D8 (8 Islamic Developing Countries Group), calling on the world of Islam to utilize all the potentials at hand through activation of the mentioned bodies to find solutions to the questions facing the Islamic countries.

Turning to the Iraqi issue, Ayatollah Khamenei said the only solution to settle the ongoing situation in the country is to foster its serving democratic government.

Ayatollah Khamenei cautioned that a disintegrated Iraq poses a colossal threat to the region. The Leader of the Islamic Revolution warned about the activities of the spy bodies of America and the Zionist regime in fomenting insecurity and continued bloodletting of the innocent people in Iraq, adding that the more the Americans linger in Iraq the more they slide into the mire.

"If the current President of America fails to withdraw the country's military from Iraq, its next president will certainly have to withdraw the forces in a scandalous manner like what took place during Vietnam War," Ayatollah Khamenei advised.

Concerning the ongoing developments in Lebanon and the 1948 occupied Palestine, Ayatollah Khamenei tied the situation on the ground to the interventionist policies of America. "The Islamic Republic of Iran upholds the cooperation of the regional countries in resolving the ongoing problems," the IR Leader proclaimed.

In the meeting, also attended by 1st veep Parviz Davoodi, the Turkish Premier pointed to his talks in Tehran held hours earlier and described the two sides' mutual relations as expanding.

"Turkey gives priority to expansion of ties with Iran, particularly in the fields of economy and building refineries and petrochemical plants," Erdogan said.

Erdogan touched on the volume of trade ties between the two countries, currently at seven billion dollars, and expressed hope the figures would reach to ten billion dollars.

Concerning the woeful situation of Iraq and the developments in Lebanon and Palestine, the Turkish Premier called for further cooperation of Islamic countries, especially the regional states.

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Resistance can liberate Palestine (2006/12/11)

Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei Sunday pointed to 60 years of failed attempts to leave the Palestinian issue behind and remove the title of the Islamic land from the maps and called it a Divine Sign.

"Resistance and perseverance could restore the Palestinian lands, in all its parts, to the Palestinians and could help establish the Palestinian Government over the entire land. This will certainly take place," Ayatollah Khamenei told the visiting Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyah Sunday.

Ayatollah Khamenei recalled the conflict situation of the Palestinian Muslims in the early decades of the occupation and the absence of any support by the Arab countries turned worse by certain attempts to dissolve the Palestinian nation in other nations.

"60 years on and despite all these attempts, the Palestinian identity and spirit is now stronger than any other time. Besides, a Palestinian government has taken office which presents an active stance and makes advances on an increasing pace," Ayatollah Khamenei affirmed.

Ayatollah Khamenei underlined the Devine promise of assistance and said, "The Palestinian nation is moving forward. I am certain that the land will be run by the Palestinians themselves some day."

The IR Leader confirmed that resistance stands as the driving force behind the Palestinian progress and their great achievements despite all the mishaps and pressures, adding that the Palestinian government in light of its declared unwavering platform enjoys the full support of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Ayatollah Khamenei admired the Palestinian resistance as an eminent phenomenon in the course of the Islamic history and assured that the nation and government of Palestine will definitely achieve victory under such a spirit and thought.

During the meeting, in which the First Vice President Parviz Davoudi was also present, the Palestinian Premier expressed delight at his meeting with Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei.

Ismail Haniyah praised the Islamic Republic of Iran as the genuine backer of the Palestinian people and the cause of Liberation of Palestine.

Haniyah lauded the role of the departed Imam Khomeini in reviving the Palestinian cause throughout the world of Islam, notably by his proclamation of the Global Day of Qods.

"You too are in the same line for your unwavering support to the Palestinian people," an admiring Haniyah told Ayatollah Khamenei. He expressed hope that the day will come soon in which to stage a meeting between the two in the currently occupied al-Aqsa Mosque.

Haniyah upheld the effective impact of the Islamic Revolution in awakening the world of Islam, especially Palestine and the ensuing First Intifada.

"The Palestinian generation that brought about the first and second Intifada and currently resists against the Zionists is made up of highly-motivated young people who will liberate Palestine," Haniyah said.

Concerning attempts in the past to separate the Palestinian issue from the whole Islamic Ummah, the Palestinian Premier emphasized that the Palestinian issue is an Islamic issue and Palestine is an Islamic land "so that no individual or government in Palestine is allowed to forgo an inch of the land."

Isamil Haniyah reaffirmed that the serving Palestinian government will never recognize the Zionist regime, adding that resistance is the only solution to liberate Palestine as the popular Palestinian choice and an effective, strategic option.

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People will do well in elections (2006/12/16)

Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei cast Friday his votes in the simultaneous elections of the Leadership Assembly of Experts and the Islamic Municipal Councils.

"The Iranian nation will duly perform their religious, national and revolutionary duty," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

Ayatollah Khamenei attended the vote office stationed in Imam Khomeini Husseinieh twenty minutes after the polls started and cast his votes in the 4th Leadership Assembly of Experts, the 3rd Islamic Municipal Councils and the second by-elections of the 7th parliamentary elections.

Ayatollah Khamenei said all Iranian cast vote, motivated by their religious, national and revolutionary duty.

"The general feeling and profound belief of the Iranian nation is that by participating in elections they share decision on fate of society and overall national administration. So, they do their public duty well," Ayatollah Khamenei reiterated.

The Islamic Revolution Leader urged people to accomplish voting quickly. "Expedition in performing these goodly deeds proves more virtuous like performing prayers in the first moment because it is accompanied by a feeling of duty," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

Ayatollah Khamenei asked God bestow assistance to the Iranian nation for the great job of participation in elections, adding, "God willing people will duly perform the significant and heavy duty by attending the ballot offices."

Ayatollah Khamenei praised the simultaneity of the two elections. "The simultaneity of the two elections will prove economical in light of time and equipment and brings positive effects in terms of public turnout."

Tens of journalists, cameramen, and photojournalists from home and abroad were covering Ayatollah Khamenei's vote ceremony to world.

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Ayatollah Khamenei:the cardinal purpose of hajj is to show the united identity of the Muslim ummah (2006/12/29)

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Once again the Hajj season is back with its spiritual tidings, and again it presents a precious opportunity to the Islamic world. While many eager hearts are attracted from all over the world to attend this annual congregation, there are only a fortunate few who actually realize their dream. This is the reason for the perpetuity of this flowing spring.

On the one hand, the annual congress at the House of the beloved reconnects the hearts with the Kiblah of creation on the other hand, the friends who have been detached from one another find an opportunity for the meeting of hearts. It also brings elation and jubilation to the body, spirituality and politics of the Muslim ummah.

Freedom from material contaminations and remembrance of Allah in all our deeds and in all places, although for a few days, is a great souvenir for hajj pilgrims. The acts of worship and rituals of hajj are for the purpose of providing an opportunity to gain a spiritual experience and sense this joyous experience with our souls.

In the area of politics, the cardinal purpose of hajj is to show the united identity of the Muslim ummah. Detachment and separation among the brothers will open the door to those who bear malice toward us and will serve as a breeding ground for the seeds of division among Muslims.

The Muslim ummah embraces various nations, races and followers of different sects in Islam. This diversity and the vast geographical stretch of the ummah in a sensitive and important part of the planet Earth can be a source of strength. Our diversity has enriched and enhanced the ummah's common heritage, culture, history and their effectiveness in the vast part of the globe, and has enabled them to utilize all forms of talents and human and natural potentials.

From the very first days of their entry into The Islamic countries the Western colonialist powers have taken account of this diversity and have consistently attempted to arouse divisive sentiments.

The colonialist politicians knew well that if a united Islamic identity is formed, the door will be closed to their political and economic domination. Therefore, they have planted seeds of division and discord by employing their concentrated and enduring efforts. To succeed in carrying out this nefarious policy and to advance their goal of domination over the Islamic countries, they have taken advantage of the unawareness of the populace and weakness of the political and cultural leaders in Islamic countries.

Suppression of liberation movements in the Islamic countries over the past century, the success of colonialist powers in consolidating their domination over these countries, creation or strengthening of authoritarian regimes, plundering of their natural wealth and destruction of their human resources and consequently keeping Muslim nations behind the caravan of progress in science and technology, have all been made possible under the shadow of disunity that in some cases reached the levels of internecine and fratricidal conflicts.

With the commencement of Islamic awakening which reached its peak with the emergence of the Islamic republic in Iran, the Western camp faced a formidable threat. The failure of political schools of thoughts of East and West, the recognition of the falsehood and the collapse of the values that were represented by the colonialists as the only road to humanity's happiness helped self-awareness among Muslim masses to take root, and successive frustrations of the arrogant powers in covering and extinguishing this divine radiance have sprung up the seedlings of hope in the hearts of Muslim nations.

A glance at today's Palestine which has a government that has come to power committed to the unchangeable principle of "liberation from Zionist occupation", and comparison of the present situation with the seclusion, isolation and weakness of Palestinian people in the past;

A glance at Lebanon in which the Muslims put their lives on the line to defeat the equipped Israeli army with the all the help that it received from the U.S., the West and other hypocritical powers, and its comparison with the Lebanon that the Zionists could easily encroach upon and move forward without any real obstacles;

A glimpse at Iraq, in which its proud people humiliated the pompous America, and bogged down the army and politicians that boasted of having a free hand in Iraq, in a quagmire of political, military and economic problems, and its comparison with previous Iraq in which its bloodthirsty leader brutalized its people with the encouragement of the United States;

A glance at today's Afghanistan in which all the promises of the U.S. and the West have turned out to be lies and the unprecedented military expedition of the united front of Western countries have produced nothing, except destruction, poverty, killings and the growing power of the narcotics mafia;

And finally, a glance at the youthful populations of the Islamic countries and the generation with growing tendency toward Islamic values and the rising sentiments against the U.S. and the West;

Looking at all these developments provide us with a clear and true picture of the falling fortunes and the failed policies of the arrogant powers, especially the United States, and augur well for the emergence of the united Islamic identity.

The American government, the domineering capitalism of the West and the corrupt Zionist political lobbyists have begun to sense the living truth of the Islamic awakening, and by admitting that their military might is useless against this truth, they are using all their power to employ political ploys and tactics.

The entire Muslim ummah, whether the political, cultural and religious elite, or the masses of people, must remain vigilant more than ever before, and try to identify and foil the conniving schemes of the enemy.

One of the most effective schemes of the enemy is to incite the flames of discord and division. By spending money and rushing to put to use whatever they have in their power, they try to keep Muslims engaged in feuding and quarreling over their differences and once again to set us against one another by exploiting our negligence, narrow-mindedness and prejudices.

Today any divisive action in the Islamic world is a historical sin. Those who maliciously use takfir to declare large groups of Muslims as unbelievers, those who insult the sanctities of various divisions of Islam, those who betray and put a dagger in the back of the Lebanese youth who are a source of honour for the Muslim ummah, those who speak of the fabricated threat of a Shiite crescent in order to please the Americans and the Zionists, those who incite fratricidal hostilities and lawlessness in Iraq to defeat its Islamic and popular government, and those who put pressure on the elected HAMAS government in Palestine, whether intentionally or unintentionally, will be regarded as culprits, detested by history and future generations and looked upon as mercenaries of the brutal enemy.

Muslims all over the world must know that the era of humiliation and backwardness of the Islamic world has come to an end. We are all witnessing the coming of a new era. The flawed frame of mind that Muslim countries will remain enthralled in the cultural and political claws of the West and will continue to emulate them in their individual and collective behaviours have been eradicated from the minds of Muslim masses by the hands of the Westerners themselves, and as the result of their excessive arrogance and conceit.

The concept of the west especially after being lad by the US, through its flagrant acts of oppression and endlessly arrogant and illogical behaviour, is now clearly seen as an anti-value in the Islamic world. Their treatment of the Palestinian people compared to their treatment of the bloodthirsty Zionist regime, their position with respect to the admission of the Zionist regime on possession of nuclear weapons, against their position on civilian use of nuclear energy by Iran, their support for military aggression against Lebanon and their defense for the aggressor, their hostility toward the defenders of Lebanon, who were prepared to sacrifice their lives, relentlessly blackmailing the western governments and constant surrender of the western governments to the demands of the Zionist regime, supporting insulters of sanctities of Islam and even open defamation of Islam by high-ranking authorities in the West, including the Pope, while making any inquiry into and questioning of Holocaust or the formation of the Zionist regime a punishable offence, military attacks against Iraq and Afghanistan and killing of civilian population under the name of democracy, while conspiring against democratic governments in Palestine, Iraq and in Latin America and in fact anywhere that their stooges do no come to power, all the hullabaloo on the war on terror while clandestinely talking with and supporting brutal terrorists in Iraq.

These irrational and malicious behaviours have provided clear proof to Muslim nations and have helped strengthen the Islamic awakening. Whether they like it or not, today a profound and deep-rooted movement has begun in the Islamic world. This movement will lead to the independence, dignity and rejuvenation of the Muslim ummah.

This is a decisive juncture in history. The elite and the intellectuals have a huge responsibility on their shoulders. Any weakness, wavering, misguided actions and negligence on their part will lead to disaster. Ulema should not remain silent in the face of divisive actions, the intellectuals should not shirk their responsibility to impart spirit of hope in our youth, and politicians and leaders should not distance themselves from the people and must rely on them. And the Islamic governments should strengthen their ranks and solidarity and use the power of the people to overcome the threats of the domineering powers.

Today the intelligence services of the U.S. and Britain in Iraq, Lebanon and in countries of North Africa, and wherever they can, are spreading the virus of religious division and discord. The congregation of hajj keeps us immune from this deadly virus and places this sacred verse of Koran in our full view: And obey Allah and His Apostle and do not quarrel for then you will be weak in hearts and your power will depart, and be patient; surely Allah is with the patient. Surah VIII: 46

Today distancing ourselves from moshrekin is the heartfelt desire and the call of all Muslim nations. The season of hajj is the only opportunity when this desire can be expressed with full force.

Let us seize this opportunity to pray for Allah's grace and favour on all hajj pilgrims and pray for the earliest coming of the Promised Mahdi(A.S.) Cleanse yourselves in this vast ocean. I pray for your success and happiness and for the acceptance of your hajj.

Sayyid Ali Khamenei

3rd of Dhulhajja 1427 – 3rd of Dey 1385

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Qadir (/Gadir), day of Divine appointment (2007/01/09)

Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei felicitated the auspicious Divine festival of Eid al-Qadir to a large audience of people Monday and described the important event in which Gabriel proclaimed Ali Ibn Abi Taleb the successor to the Last Messenger Hazrat Muhammad, as sign of grandeur, comprehensiveness and foresight of Islam.

"Today the prime duty of Muslims, especially ulema, intellectual figures, prominent personalities and politicians is to undertake efforts to further boost unity among Muslims and help promote Islamic awakening and demote discord and disagreement in the world of Islam," Ayatollah Khamenei noted.

Ayatollah Khamenei honored the Last Messenger for appointing such a unique and all-embodied personality like Ali (A.S) on the day of Qadir and called it a Divine appointment that made Islam perfect by showing the roadmap following his departure.

"Hazrat Ali was the ultimate representation of moral edification, religious practicing and unwavering allegiance to faith, refusal to heed non-Godly affairs, unfazed drive in the path of God, employment of knowledge, wisdom, foresight, power and resolve," the IR Leader affirmed, adding that his appointment to be the successor to the Last Messenger constitutes the leadership of the Islamic Ummah in the course of time.

Ayatollah Khamenei urged preventing the momentous event to become a matter of provocation among Muslims or undermining Islam.

"Enemy is bent on inciting discord and bloody fratricide among Muslims. Shiite people must be wary not to make the least of statement or move that may promote the ploy. Sunni brethren for their part must keep vigilance and take alert to enemy's possible abuse of religious sentiments and perceptions," Ayatollah Khamenei urged.

Raising the failure of America's policies in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon and Palestine, already admitted to by its own politicians, Ayatollah Khamenei said: "In the wake of those defeats, the arrogant powers, masterminded by America, have turned to Shia-Sunni discord stratagem in order to torpedo the ever-widening wave of Islamic awakening that began life as the Islamic Republic flag was hoisted in Iran."

The IR Leader called on the Islamic world, notably Muslim intellectuals and scholars to create awareness in people from different walks of life and promote unity and solidarity among Muslims.

Ayatollah Khamenei raised enemy propaganda from the time the Islamic Revolution got victory that aimed to intimidate regional countries from the Islamic Republic of Iran and urged leaders and politicians of the Islamic countries, particularly the regional states to realize that the dignity of Islam and the strength of the Islamic Republic of Iran would prove a boon and beacon for them.

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution blamed the weak position of the Islamic countries as the chief cause behind America's bully treatment of them.

"America continues to budge to the Zionist regime and in return keeps to make some Arab states budge. They will never have to budge provided they rely on a immense power," Ayatollah Khamenei underlined.

Concerning certain reports about America's efforts to form an alliance with Britain and some Arab states against the Islamic Republic of Iran, the IR Leader noted, "such an alliance translates into cooperation with two foreboding and maculate governments against a nation which have already brought honor to Islam and have made many sacrifices in this concern. Arab governments must be wary of the perilous trap."

"Even if such an alliance is made it is good for nothing. Because during the Imposed War time (Saddam Hussein invasion of Iran in 1980), a more powerful alliance took form to occupy part of the Iranian soil at the hand of the black-record and doomed stooge, Saddam. They exhausted all their efforts for eight full years, but virtually failed to do a damn thing. This time around too, their plot against the Islamic System will produce nothing."

Ayatollah Khamenei affirmed that the progress of the Islamic Republic of Iran in different fields of science and technology also belongs to the world Islam.

"Nuclear energy, as an indigenous achievement, is a source of honor for the Iranian nation as well as the world of Islam. If some Arab and Islamic states have held perceptions that they could gain consent of the Zionist regime and alleviate the concerns of the usurper regime by joining America-Britain alliance, they have made a political false step," Ayatollah Khamenei underscored.

"The Iranian nation no doubt will not abandon its right and the authorities too can not afford to leave behind the great achievement," Ayatollah khamenei proclaimed.

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Islamic scholars expected to work out charter of Islamic unity (2007/04/07)

Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei Friday called on Muslim scholars and intellectuals to work out a charter of Islamic unity in the form of a historical demand.

Ayatollah Khamenei made the call to an audience of senior Iranian authorities as well as ambassadors of Islamic countries in Tehran and several invitees to a Conference on Islamic unity in Tehran in which he congratulated Muslims on the auspicious birth anniversary of the noblest messenger of Allah Hazrat Muhammad and the 6th Shii Imam Jafar al-Sadeq peace be upon them.

"In light of the dire need of the Islamic world to unity and that the genuine solution to the problems of Muslims lies in their Islamic unity and harmony, the Muslim Alims and intellectuals are expected to formulate the charter of Islamic unity as a historical claim," Ayatollah Khamenei urged.

The IR Leader viewed happiness of humanity as a tribute to the compassion and blessings of the noblest messenger of Allah and underlined the mankind's need to his teachings to find salvation and pave the ground for justice and sublime humane values.

"The Islamic umma, casting behind years of ignorance, has now developed a new look at the Islamic creed. The world of Islam can afford to take lead of human move towards perfection through so fresh a foresight and appreciation," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

Ayatollah Khamenei reminded the addresses about the realities of the current world notably the Islamic awakening and a return to Islam, revival of Qoran and creation of a consistent umma.

"These aspirations, for years viewed as a castle in the air and floated only by some of the prominent figures and reformist of the world of Islam, have now turned into a live slogan for the masses, specially young and educated people," Ayatollah Khamenei affirmed, noting that the victory of Islam and the perseverance of the Iranian nation in imbuing the Islamic umma with hope had played a key part in the event.

"Parallel to Islamic awakening and rebirth of authentic Islamic slogans, the forces of arrogance have further organized, solidified and multiplied their enmity since the awakening of the world of Islam has posed a large peril to the arrogant powers and the overall global hegemony," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

The Islamic Revolution Leader described the recent ill-will projects of stirring modern time Crusades, affronting the noble messenger of Allah Hazrat Muhammad PBUH, and faking a ferocious image out of Muslims as a premeditated ploy to challenge the front of Islamic identity.

"One more reality of the current world is that unlike materialistic calculations and media propaganda, the apparently powerful front of arrogance has lost the battle to the great Islamic movement," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

Ayatollah Khamenei believed that the failed projects of the American-led front of arrogance in the Middle East, especially in Palestine, Iraq and Lebanon, well exemplifies the reality, urging those who carry pretensions of re-thinking the tacks to take these undeniable realities into consideration.

Ayatollah Khamenei then renewed call for Islamic harmony as a dire necessity to keep on the profound movement of the Islamic umma towards victory.

"The forces of arrogance seek to incite difference and sectarian conflict between Muslims to counter which unity and harmony among the Islamic umma must be promoted and for the same reason, this (new Iranian) year was called year of national unity and Islamic harmony," the IR Leader said.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that the chief hindrance to unity comes from ill-advised perceptions, illusive ideas, misunderstanding and unawareness about each other's consistent basics of thinking.

The IR Leader then underscored the role of Islamic governments and Muslim Alims in paving the ground for the materialization for the Islamic unity and harmony, adding given the charter of Islamic unity is not drawn up today, the posterity will take us to task.

Ayatollah Khamenei asserted that the forces of arrogance never bother distinguishing between Shii and Sunni and treat both of them as members of the overall Muslim community.

"While the world of arrogance seeks to dent the face of Muslims and takes the Islamic awakening which has taken place among Shii and Sunni as a threat and subjects it to assault, does reason judges that Muslims engage in sectarian and religious rows and forget their common enemy?"

"Islamic governments must bridge gap between themselves. If they rely on their nations, might and capabilities, they will grow more powerful than once they depend on the American politicians," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

"The Islamic Iran has displayed the experience of struggle against superpowers, reliance on God and dependence on own capabilities so that during the past 28 years (post-revolutionary era) the Iranian nation has grown mightier and more advanced despite every sort of pressure and plot," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

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IR Leader calls new year, the year of national unity and Islamic harmony (2007/03/21)

Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei called the new Iranian year "the year of national unity and Islamic harmony."

In his celebratory remarks to open the new Iranian year of 1386, the IR Leader said all Iranians wish for national independence, national dignity and public welfare and that these aims would be realized through Islamic faith, unity of goal, national hope and resolve, due utilization of the country's potentialities as well as exercising foresight and exerting efforts.

Ayatollah Khamenei congratulated Nowrouz (the New Year Day) to every one of the Iranian people, Iranians expats as well as every nation that celebrates the day and characterized it as the Iranian national celebration.

Ayatollah Khamenei touched on the many glories of the national celebration of Nowrouz and called for enhancing bonds of affection and rejuvenating the surrounding to mark the exquisite, modest and affectionate features of the opening day of the New Year which are also confirmed by the revered creed of Islam.

As regards the naming of the previous Iranian year after the Noblest Messenger of Allah Hazrat Mohammad (S), Ayatollah Khamenei noted that even though the precedent year was abundant in name and memory of the revered man a very large time is needed to cherish the position of the noblest messenger so that all years shall be named after him.

The Islamic Revolution Leader said Iran's happy achievements surpassed bitter moments during the last year, singling out the manifestation of the Iranian national grandeur in international arenas which came about through reprised efforts inside the country in scientific and economic domains.

"The national movement will be buoyed up in the New Year through by the firm will of the people and authorities as the nation would cal for," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

The IR Leader considered favorable future a tribute to public awareness, hope and will as well as national confidence, adding the Iranian nation will make anew its will as the New Year commences and keeps on its bright path by taking on newer fields and deliberate treatment of challenges and enmities.

Ayatollah Khamenei believed that the enemy essentially challenges the Iranian nation through "sowing discord by demoting the Iranian national unity" and "inciting economic problems to slow down the country's progress."

The Leader however said that following the notification of the general policies of the article 44 of the Constitution that pave the ground for business ventures, the enemy attempts would remain futile given to efforts of all people, including national forces with deep belief in the lofty national aspirations to use the country's ample capacities.

Ayatollah Khamenei cautioned about enemy's psychological warfare and vicious efforts to stir up differences between the Iranian people and the world of Islam.

"Under the pretext of sectarian feelings, religious inclinations and gild orientations, the enemies are bent on destroying unity of the Iranian nation or fan religious differences in the world of Islam and draw a wedge between the Iranian nation and the rest of the Islamic community by inciting war between Shiites and Sunnis," Ayatollah Khamenei warned.

Ayatollah Khamenei affirmed that the sole way to frustrate enemies and thwart their plots lies in efforts to unite the nation and promote its integrity.

"In God's assistance, all people of every sect or religion will expedite their hopeful move towards their bright future," Ayatollah Khamenei vowed, adding, "at the same time all Muslim nations will demonstrate their unity by promoting Islamic solidarity and fraternity.

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IRI Army secured religious identity


Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei Tuesday called on the Army to preserve the religious and revolutionary identity it developed in its structure following the 1979 Islamic Revolution and urged the ranks to foster the great development.

Ayatollah Khamenei told the General Commander and a group of lower ranked commanders of the Army that the army is expected to foster the spirit of faith, revolutionary, innovation, firm resolve, contact with masses, self-confidence and courage to do great works so that it could smooth the path for the young talents to blossom.

In the meeting, planned to mark April 18, the Day of Army of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Commander-in-chief felicitated the day to the army personnel and their families and called April 18 an Eid (spiritual holiday).

"The defunct regime (of Shah) which was backed by America and other superpowers amassed all its efforts on building an army of irreligious and unpopular identity. Nevertheless, following the Islamic Revolution, the Army picked a religious identity through diligence of faithful, revolutionary and popular figures within the Army," Ayatollah Khamenei affirmed.

Ayatollah Khamenei granted tribute for the change of identity in the Army to several competent, brave, prudent and faithful men within the Army early on the revolution as well as a proper opportunity provided in the Islamic Republic System to help top-ranked revolutionary commanders to emerge, namely Shahid Fallahi, Shahid Sayyad Shirazi, Shahid Sattari, Shahid Babai and the late Zahirnejad.

"These devout and revolutionary commanders alongside several pure and advised men in the body of the Army helped it to acquire self-reliance and innovation so that newer talents emerge and the Army makes advances day by day," Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei said.

"Such an Army, alongside the (Islamic Revolution Guard) Corps and the Basij could secure victory over the equipped Army of the Baathist regime of Saddam despite all the backing lent to it by the superpowers," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

"The Islamic Republic System stands as an innovative system in terms of dependence on religion in the formation of a political and social system," Ayatollah Khamenei affirmed, adding that the system had found a place in the world, especially among the intellectuals and elites of the world of Islam and that the superpowers had found no other way than to bow to it.

Ayatollah Khamenei acknowledged that the premium feature of such a religious system is its capability to help the talents to flourish and to set the stage for the creative minds to emerge.

"The army of the Islamic Republic System, by far more superior than early on the revolution and the Sacred Defense era (1980-8) in terms of equipment, experience and human resources, is expected to keep on burgeoning by preserving its all-embracing preparedness, deepening its religious causes and providing the ground for the growth of faithful men and newer talents," Ayatollah Khamenei urged.

Ayatollah Khamenei instructed the Army to take the necessity to equip itself with super modern military knowledge and make sophisticated equipments through help of its internecine resources.

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Workers community called on to foster production


Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei praised the position of workers in economic development and instructed the Administration to sort out worker-investor relationship especially in favor of workers security so as to help the country's economy to pick a quicker flourish through further investment and value-added profits.

Ayatollah Khamenei made the praises and instructions in a thousands-strong gathering of workers who had thronged to mark the eleventh day of the second month of the Iranian calendar which enshrines the World Laborer Day (May 1).

Ayatollah Khamenei in his speech declared Islam's view about labor as per which it regards working as a top-notch merit.

The IR Leader commended the country's worker community for their perseverance to stand by the Islamic System during the past 27 years despite a raft of political conspiracies. "They (workers) never abandoned factory and production even for a moment and that is a great pride for the worker community," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

Ayatollah Khamenei hailed the workers as devout, considerate, revolutionary and faithful to revolutionary aspirations.

"The worker community is featured by a drive to find solutions to problems from within the framework of the Islamic System whose main characteristic is to assist underprivileged strata and expand justice while West-linked establishments has shown in practice they hold no mercy for workers," Ayatollah Khamenei affirmed.

Ayatollah Khamenei likened the trio of worker, investor and the Administration to the three sides of a national economic growth triangle.

The IR Leader reaffirmed his statements early on the year that economic growth constitutes a major goal for the nation, adding that any such growth calls for further production under a joint worker-investor-Administration effort which lives up to its own assignments.

Ayatollah Khamenei underlined an Islam-championed respect for any investor and his or her capital, adding, "unlike a few failure schools of economy which tend to divide society into two poles and unlike the Western community in which capital owners make a comment or better say act God on every affair, in the Islamic System, respect of investor comes along respect of worker and in this reciprocal effort, every party is entitled to enjoy its fair and just share."

Ayatollah Khamenei assigned the Administration to sort out investor-worker relationship. "The Administration must watch over the affair, lift the two parties from any sort of insecurity and while moving to prevent them from encroaching on one another, extend a larger shgare of its support umbrella over the workers."

The IR Leader acknowledged that domestic products are lagging on quality grounds. "Domestic products may grow in terms of quality and optimization by way of promoting technical and professional training and creating grounds for worker innovation," Ayatollah Khamenei recommended.

The IR Leader rejected a culture of demoting domestic products and promoting foreign products that was all the rage in the pre-Islamic-Revolution era. "For years, it was drummed up in this country that Iranians are not capable of making quality goods; unfortunately remnants of the culture still linger in the country," Ayatollah Khamenei deplored, adding however that the workers can afford to preserve national dignity and reputation with respect to domestic industry by fostering their capabilities.

Issuing alert about enemy efforts to trouble the milieu of affection and understanding among different walks of life in the country, Ayatollah Khamenei added that the enemy had leveled at the unity and cohesion of the powerful and united body of the Iranian nation by trying to aggrandize guild claims and stir up an unhealthy race track on which every party demands concessions only to disrupt concentration and planning affairs of the Administration.

"Not surprisingly then, as this year too was named year of national unity, all the strata and guilds are expected to join a united and solid rank and affectionately transform the country into a healthy ground for service and diligence and expedite the pace of economic growth," Ayatollah Khamenei urged for.

The IR Leader acknowledged that the Iranian nation in the past 27 years has been showing its power and talent, proving that the era of humiliation of the nation is over.

"The independent, dignified and prideful Iranian nation in light of its ample human resources and younger talents feels more capable than ever to move up in a quicker manner," Ayatollah Khamenei underscored.

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Khamenei supports talks with US on Iraq

TEHRAN, May 16: Iran's spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Wednesday said he supported US-Iran talks in Baghdad about improving Iraq's security, state-run television reported.

But he warned that the talks would only focus on American responsibilities in Iraq -- not Iranian influence in its neighbouring country -- and said they were not a change in Tehran's policy toward Washington.

“The talks will only be about the responsibility of the occupiers in Iraq,” the broadcast quoted Khamenei, who has final say on all state matters, as saying.

“They think that Islamic Republic has changed its firm, logical and defendable policy in rejecting negotiation with the US They are wrong,” he was quoted as saying during a speech to a group of clerics in Mashad city, about 1,000 kilometers northeast of Tehran.

The two countries recently said they would hold ambassador-level talks about Iran's war-torn neighbour, Iraq. Although such talks are seen as a political turnabout, potential for real progress is low as tensions between Iran and the US have continued to escalate.

Contacts between the countries have long been taboo, a status enforced by Iran's top leadership -- made up of Shiite clerics -- since the US cut ties with Iran after the 1979 seizure of the US Embassy in Tehran.

Khamenei said Iran's Foreign Ministry decided to talk with the US only because Washington did not fulfil its responsibilities in Iraq and accused the US of trying to topple the current Shiite-led Iraqi government.

“The Iranian Foreign Ministry, based on a request by Iraqi government, decided to remind the US of its responsibilities and duties regarding security ... in a face-to-face negotiation and give them an ultimatum,” he was quoted as saying. The broadcast did not elaborate or say what the ultimatum was.

But he stressed that Iran's stance on Washington was the same and would only change if the US changed its policies. The broadcast came as dozens of Iranian hard-line students gathered on Wednesday in front of the presidential palace in downtown Tehran and criticised the government's decision for holding talk with the US.

''How it is possible to negotiate with the arrogant, bullying, expansionist and colonialist government of the US, especially with the current bold, impolite and demanding leaders?'' state TV quoted Khamenei as saying.

Baghdad has been encouraging Iran and the United States -- the two countries with the greatest influence in Iraq -- to talk.

Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, who met his Iranian counterpart Manouchehr Mottaki during an Organisation of the Islamic Conference meeting in Islamabad, Pakistan on Wednesday, said the two discussed plans for talks between Iraqi, Iranian and US officials in Baghdad and that they would take place ''soon.''''I think this is a very good opportunity (to) ease the regional tension, to help the Iraqi government stabilize the situation,'' Zebari told reporters.

The US accuses Iran of secretly trying to develop nuclear weapons and supplying Shia militias in Iraq with roadside bombs used to kill US troops. Iran denies the allegations.

During a trip to the region last week, US Vice President Richard Cheney warned that the US and its allies would prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons and dominating the region. Iran has demanded the US leave the ME.

Iran has stressed that it sees the US military presence in Iraq as a serious threat to its security. More than 140,000 US troops are in Iraq — with more expected as part of a stepped-up Baghdad security operation.—AP

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Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei eulogized the Iranian younger population as a faithful, exuberant, hopeful, gifted, confident and creative generation urging it to realize that at such a sensitive time in the Iranian history as today in which the great nation of Iran has set for the scientific and prosperous apexes, the generation bears the principal responsibility to architect the immense construction of the nation's civilization.

To a huge audience of the members of School Islamic Associations, Ayatollah Khamenei deplored the dark era of the toppled regime of Pahlavid oppressors in which the Iranian nation was barred from the global progressive trend.

"At that trying era, some prominent personalities who enjoyed awakened consciences helped awaken the young generation and stage Islamic movement by their alert moves until Imam Khomeini (God bless him) could bring a large transformation in the foundation of the country by fielding the young generation," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

Ayatollah Khamenei underlined a lack of enthusiasm on the part of the world's people especially in West towards material values accompanied by the international super powers' efforts to bar human being from the track of spirituality.

"In such a world, the Iranian nation, enjoying both spiritual and material wealth no least ample young talents, has held the flag of spirituality, declaring its wish to help human being to reach prosperity, happiness, welfare, security and independence under the auspices of spirituality and having proved it could."

"The drive mars the tenets of the world of West and throws gauntlet at the global hegemony," Ayatollah Khamenei said, adding that for the same reason the world superpowers are trying to prevent the Iranian nation from moving ahead through conspiring political or economic ploys, nevertheless the nation will keep it up through its insurmountable resolve.

Ayatollah Khamenei highlighted the role of the youths in the prosperous national drive and alerted that the enemies focus all their efforts on sullying faith and confidence in the youth to spoil the faithful, vivacious, innovative and exuberant force into slackers.

"Despite all these efforts ensued by few losses, the gains have been ample in recent years so that the country's younger community has come to form a living and faithful society," the IR Leader added however.

Ayatollah Khamenei underscored the prominence of the responsibility of the associations, saying that their members, besides their duty as young members of the progressive society, must act guide to their deviating or aimless peers and to that effect they must improve their faith and morals.

The IR Leader pointed out that for the younger generation, education, morality and sport constitute the three axial elements of success, adding, "by connecting to God, saying attentive prayers, fostering religious insight, exercising good behavior, respecting the parents and their orders, practicing a responsible conduct, making scientific effort, improving wisdom, joining collective drives to serve the people and making physical activities, one could secure a humane identity during the youth time which is the golden time of life and collect lasting provisions for the life and subsequently after-death stage where the genuine life begins."

Ayatollah Khamenei stated that the country belongs to the youths and affirmed that the Iranian young generation will indeed enjoy a marvelous world in a not-so-distant future which follows their current time efforts.

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