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Sayyid Ali Khamenei [OFFICIAL THREAD]

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This is my first post and I hope to have trouble with my English :)

sister Moroccanshia

We are shia and politic and religion goes hand in hand, it is the amrican view of islam that religion should not be a part of religion, Religion is a part of iranian!

Plz can you inform me who the iranian regime kill? is MOK innocent? is jundullah innocent?

"He and his regime only use the Islam as a shield"

You mean that Iran should not be islamic then why do revolution, we could be like saudiarabia or like other kingdom arab countries!

"If you read more and more and hear more of reliable sources, the truth can be very very painful."

That is true, when i was younger i was against islamic republic of Iran but i started to investigate and i understood that i was wrong

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I have an idea. If we are to hate our enemies as Imam Khamenei is suggesting. Then perhaps killing the enemy is the best hate.

One of our worst enemies is those who ignore the plea of a homeless Muslim in need of food or shelter.

If someone ignores the desperate plea of a Muslim in need, then perhaps that person should be killed.

So given this, Imam Khamenei should issue a fatwa to All Muslims, to kill the enemy who ignores the desperate plea of a Muslim in need of food or shelter.

This should eliminate poverty completely and and drastically reduce the income gap.

The world would be filled with Peace and Justice, and there would be no more tyrants or oppressors.

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To all dear people.

Ali Khamanei is just a political figure in the Republic of Iran. Politics have nothing to do with the Islam! He and his regime only use the Islam as a shield, but what they are doing is completely fault! They kill a lot of innocent (shiite) people. They have their own laws, but these laws has nothing to do and in common with the (true) Islam even in this republic.

But this is just the beginning. If you read more and more and hear more of reliable sources, the truth can be very very painful...

When Imam Al Mahdi (a.s) will appear, you can see the truth of everything insha'Allah.

Amen to that

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To all dear people.

Ali Khamanei is just a political figure in the Republic of Iran. Politics have nothing to do with the Islam! He and his regime only use the Islam as a shield, but what they are doing is completely fault! They kill a lot of innocent (shiite) people. They have their own laws, but these laws has nothing to do and in common with the (true) Islam even in this republic.

But this is just the beginning. If you read more and more and hear more of reliable sources, the truth can be very very painful...

When Imam Al Mahdi (a.s) will appear, you can see the truth of everything insha'Allah.

bismillah,

enlighten us to the made up laws that dont allign with islam, and also enlighten us on killings of shia muslims by sayyed ali khamanei, id love to be enlightened

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bismillah,

enlighten us to the made up laws that dont allign with islam, and also enlighten us on killings of shia muslims by sayyed ali khamanei, id love to be enlightened

What is your opinion on this

http://www.iran-press-service.com/ips/articles-2006/october-2006/broujerdi-arrested_101006.shtml

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What is your opinion on this

http://www.iran-pres...ed_101006.shtml

The authorities confirmed the detention of Ayatollah Mohammad Kazemeini Broujerdi, on charges of “creating trouble for public order, endangering the lives of ordinary people and acts of violence” with using “thousands of pieces of colds and warm arms, including batons, knives, swords and light weapons” against Law Enforcement Forces.

Have these charges been proven? if Yes then i dont see the problem?

thats on the basis of the authenticity of the whole thing- + arguments from the government

but lets leave that aside- firstly answer all of the questions asked, wheres the made up laws?

wheres the killing of muslim shias without reason?

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The authorities confirmed the detention of Ayatollah Mohammad Kazemeini Broujerdi, on charges of “creating trouble for public order, endangering the lives of ordinary people and acts of violence” with using “thousands of pieces of colds and warm arms, including batons, knives, swords and light weapons” against Law Enforcement Forces.

Have these charges been proven? if Yes then i dont see the problem?

thats on the basis of the authenticity of the whole thing- + arguments from the government

but lets leave that aside- firstly answer all of the questions asked, wheres the made up laws?

wheres the killing of muslim shias without reason?

woo your back.

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Supreme Leader’s Speech to the Clergy and Religious Scholars of North Khorasan

October 10, 2012

http://english.khamenei.ir//index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1722&Itemid=4

Supreme Leader’s Speech to People of Bojnourd

October 10, 2012

http://english.khamenei.ir//index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1707&Itemid=4

Supreme Leader’s Message on the Occasion of 20th National Conference on Prayers

October 11, 2012

http://english.khamenei.ir//index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1534&Itemid=16

Supreme Leader's Speech to Teachers and Professors of North Khorasan

October 11, 2012

http://english.khamenei.ir//index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1723&Itemid=4

Supreme Leader Meets with Armed Forces of North Khorasan Province

October 11, 2012

http://english.khamenei.ir//index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1699&Itemid=2

Supreme Leader’s Speech to People of Esfarayen

October 13, 2012

http://english.khamenei.ir//index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1710&Itemid=4

Supreme Leader Meets with Families of Martyrs and War Veterans

October 13, 2012

http://english.khamenei.ir//index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1703&Itemid=2

Supreme Leader’s Speech to Youth of North Khorasan

October 14, 2012

http://english.khamenei.ir//index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1714&Itemid=4

Supreme Leader Meets with Basijis of North Khorasan

October 15, 2012

http://english.khamenei.ir//index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1706&Itemid=2

Supreme Leader’s Speech to People of Shirvan

October 15, 2012

http://english.khamenei.ir//index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1711&Itemid=4

Supreme Leader’s Speech to Outstanding Personalities of North Khorasan

October 16, 2012

http://english.khamenei.ir//index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1717&Itemid=4

Supreme Leader’s Speech to Hajj Officials

October 23, 2012

http://english.khamenei.ir//index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1708&Itemid=4

Supreme Leader’s Hajj Message - 2012

October 25, 2012

http://english.khamenei.ir//index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1709&Itemid=16

Supreme Leader’s Speech to Students

October 31, 2012

http://english.khamenei.ir//index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1716&Itemid=4

Supreme Leader Meets with Hajj Officials

November 19, 2012

http://english.khamenei.ir//index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1718&Itemid=2

Supreme Leader Meets with Basijis

November 21, 2012

http://english.khamenei.ir//index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1719&Itemid=2

Supreme Leader Meets with Navy Commanders

November 27, 2012

http://english.khamenei.ir//index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1720&Itemid=2

Supreme Leader’s Speech at 4th Strategic Thoughts Forum

November 27, 2012

http://english.khamenei.ir//index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1721&Itemid=4

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Supreme Leader Meets with Participants of International Conference on Islamic Awakening

December 11, 2012

http://english.khame...d=1724&Itemid=2

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Supreme Leader Speech to Participants of International Conference on Islamic Awakening

December 11, 2012

The following is the full text of the speech delivered on December 11, 2012 by Ayatollah Khamenei the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution at the International Conference of Muslim University Professors and Islamic Awakening.

http://english.khame...d=1726&Itemid=4

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Supreme Leader Meets with Members of Health Care Charity Association

December 31, 2012

http://english.khame...d=1730&Itemid=2

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This speech was finally translated. :)

Supreme Leader's Speech to Officials of Allamah Qutb al-Din Shirazi Commemoration Congress

December 03, 2012

Source: http://english.khame...d=1729&Itemid=4

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Supreme Leader's Message to Union of Islamic Students Associations in Europe

January 13, 2012

http://english.khame...=1735&Itemid=16

Supreme Leader Meets with Officials and Personnel of Military Intelligence Services

January 16, 2012

http://english.khame...d=1736&Itemid=2

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Supreme Leader Felicitates Islamic Ummah on Prophet Mohammad Birthday

http://www.almanar.com.lb/english/adetails.php?eid=81256&cid=19&fromval=1&frid=19&seccatid=32&s1=1

Imam Khamenei Pardons, Commutes Prison Terms of 1,298 Inmates

http://www.almanar.com.lb/english/adetails.php?fromval=1&cid=19&frid=19&eid=81226

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Sorry, I posted the link to the news story about the speech, so I edited this post to change the link to the page that has the actual speech itself. :blush:

Supreme Leader's Speech to Government Officials and Participants of Conference on Islamic Unity

January 29, 2013

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The following is the full text of the speech delivered on January 29, 2013 by Ayatollah Khamenei the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution in a meeting with government officials and foreign participants of the 26th Conference on Islamic Unity. The meeting was held on the occasion of the birthday anniversaries of the Holy Prophet (s.w.a.) and Imam Sadiq (a.s.).

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

I would like to congratulate all of you honorable audience, the dear guests, who have come here from other countries, the ambassadors of Islamic countries and also all the great people of Iran - who proved their kindness and commitment to the issue of prophethood in practice - on this auspicious and great Eid. I also congratulate the entire Islamic Ummah - who has a feeling of unity and unanimity centered on the auspicious name of the Holy Prophet (s.w.a.) - on this great Eid. I would like to extend my congratulation to all the liberated people throughout the world on this auspicious Eid. The blessings which have been bestowed on the great birthday of the Holy Prophet (s.w.a.) really belong to all the liberated people throughout the world. These blessings belong to all the people who are after liberation, justice and achieving lofty and divine values.

A number of mystics believe that the month of Rabi al-Awwal is the spring of life in the real sense of the word because in this month the Holy Prophet (s.w.a.) and also his honorable grandson, Imam Abu Abdullah Ja'far ibn Muhammad al-Sadiq were born. And the birthday of the Holy Prophet (s.w.a.) is the beginning of all the blessings that Allah the Exalted has bestowed on humanity. We - who consider Islam as a tool for humanity to achieve happiness and salvation - [should know that] this divine blessing is because of the Holy Prophet (s.w.a.) which has been bestowed on us in this month. In fact, we should consider this great birthday as the beginning of all the blessings with which Allah the Exalted honored the human community, the Islamic Ummah and the followers of truth.

It is not enough to merely celebrate this birthday anniversary. We should primarily strengthen our spiritual relationship with the Holy Prophet (s.w.a.). The world of Islam should strengthen its spiritual and emotional relationship with the Holy Prophet (s.w.a.) on a daily basis. This is the common ground between all the Muslims throughout the world. Those whose hearts beat for the formation of the Islamic Ummah should rely on this issue: the spiritual and emotional relationship with the Holy Prophet (s.w.a.). That is to say, they should primarily make a serious decision to follow this great personality in all the issues.

In a number of holy Quranic ayahs, certain points have been explained about the Holy Prophet's (s.w.a.) behavior, his political behavior, the kind of government he had and his feeling towards the people - whether towards Muslims or non-Muslims. The moral education of the great companions of the Holy Prophet (s.w.a.) and their behavior show the kind of orientation that Islam and the Holy Prophet (s.w.a.) adopted towards education of the Islamic Ummah. We should practice these in our own lives. We should do these in practice. It is not enough to say these in words.

Today, the ground is prepared for this issue. Islamic Awakening is a truth and it has happened. After many decades of domination during which the enemies of Islam and the enemies of Muslims spread their domination over Islamic countries - in the form of direct colonialism, neocolonialism, indirect colonialism and in the form of cultural, economic and political domination - the core of awakening has grown gradually. And after many years during which the Muslim nations were crushed under the enormous pressure of domination of the west and European and American governments, Islamic Awakening has been established and it is revealing itself. Today, people throughout the world of Islam feel that Islam is their tool for achieving dignity, glory and independence. Thanks to Islam, all the national dreams of a nation can come true in the world of Islam. Thanks to Islam, Islamic nations can stand up against the domination of the west and against the arrogance, oppressive domination and exploitation of western governments.

And the west has to retreat. Today, you can see this in the world of Islam. More than thirty years ago this event took place in Iran. Today, we also see this in the world of Islam such as in North Africa. Steps are taken towards victory. Of course, there are certain problems, but if we remain vigilant, problems cannot create obstacles in our way. The Holy Quran says, "They shall by no means harm you but with a slight evil" [The Holy Quran, 3: 111]. Yes, they harm us and create problems for us. But, if we have determination, rely on God and decide to move forward, they cannot create obstacles in our way.

Today, Islamic nations have awakened. Thanks to Islam, they feel that they can get their message across to the enemies of the world of Islam and the corrupt Zionist network which has established domination over policies of western governments. These victories are very valuable. "Allah promised you many acquisitions which you will take, then He hastened on this one for you". This is part of the divine promise which was fulfilled. "And held back the hands of men from you, and that it may be a sign for the believers and that He may guide you on a right path" [The Holy Quran, 48: 20]. Each victory that a nation achieves against the enemies and against their propaganda and evil tools is a divine testimony and a divine sign: "And that it may be a sign". If you move forward, you will achieve results.

Today the world of Islam is faced with the plots of the enemies. I would tell you dear brothers and sisters - whether Iranian or non-Iranian - that today, the enemy's most important tool for confronting Islamic Awakening is creating discord. They want to pitch Muslims against Muslims, destroy Muslims at the hands of Muslims and keep them busy with conflicts. What is better than keeping Muslims busy with conflicts for the enemies of Islamic independence? Since the first day that the Islamic Revolution achieved victory, they pursued the policy of creating discord among our nation and our country. But the Islamic Republic stood up against this plot with absolute determination. We announced, our magnanimous Imam (r.a.) announced and the Iranian nation repeatedly stressed - throughout his lifetime and after his demise - that we believe in Islamic brotherhood.

We condemn any rift among Muslims. This is exactly the opposite of what the enemies' agents, who use any small incident to create discord among Muslims, want. If you take a look, you see that today the policy of the enemies of Islamic Awakening in North African countries is to create discord. This is the policy of global arrogance. They want to make them kill one another and pitch them against one another.

The cure for this disease is a feeling of unity between Muslims. Muslim nations should become united. Inside each country, different groups, different denominations and different parties should join hands. They should not let religious, political and partisan differences and differences of opinion dominate their major moves so that they can stand up against the enemy. Today, this is the only way. The enemies try to create discord by using all kinds of tricks. You can see this. When Muslims busy themselves with conflicts, the issue of Palestine and standing up against the greed of America and the west will be sidelined and the enemies will find the opportunity to hatch their plots.

Today, we can see that westerners have started a new movement in Africa in order to dominate African nations and to maintain their presence again in the lives of African people. When the fire of discord is kindled, the enemy finds the opportunity to do anything. What disasters they are creating in Pakistan, our neighboring country, under the pretext of differences in this country. How they make a group of people kill another group of people in Syria. How they completely silence the voice of a nation in Bahrain. They deprive a nation of everything. How they pitch the people against one another in Egypt and other areas. These are the policies which may have been shaped as a result of certain individuals' personal and religious motives. But the main plot has been hatched by the enemies.

I do not accuse anybody of intentionally and willingly hatching the plot of the enemy. But I firmly say that each kind of discord among Muslim nations or inside each Islamic country means that they are playing into the enemies' hands. This is a kind of help offered to the enemy. Everybody should take the issue of unity seriously. Primarily elites, including political, religious, academic and seminary elites should do this. Elites, wherever they are, should do this. In our country, everybody should take the issue of unity seriously. Creating religious discord among different Muslim groups is a great danger. If the enemies can fuel the fire of sectarian discord somewhere, extinguishing this fire is one of the most difficult tasks. We should prevent this from happening. This is not possible except if the elites, in each country, show their initiative, make efforts and preserve their purity. Scholars, academics, politicians and those who are influential, should explain to the people the plot of the enemy and his hope of creating discord among the people, Islamic countries, Islamic parties, different orientations in different Islamic denominations and between Shia and Sunni. They should inform the people.

This is a great danger which the enemies have been involved with. The English have long experiences in this regard. We have read about them in history books and we can see what they have done to create discord. They know how to do it and the others have learnt this from them. They are busy trying to create discord. We should avoid discord. We should not fuel the fire of discord by arousing shallow and vulgar feelings. This will burn the fate of nations. It will completely destroy them, it will help the enemies of Islam, the enemies of Muslims and the enemies of independence succeed in their goals and it will help them hatch their plots. We should remain vigilant.

Islamic unity is a sacred slogan. If the Holy Prophet (s.w.a.) were among us today, he would invite us to promote unity as this holy ayah says, "It grieves him that you should perish: ardently anxious is he over you: to the believers is he most kind and merciful" [The Holy Quran, 9: 128]. He would prevent these kinds of discord. If we love the Holy Prophet (s.w.a.), we should meet this major demand that he made.

I ask Allah the Exalted to bestow on all of us the blessing to do what we say.

Greetings be upon you and Allah's mercy and blessing

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Supreme Leader Meets with Air Force Commanders and Personnel

February 07, 2013

http://english.khame...d=1740&Itemid=2

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Supreme Leader's Speech to Air Force Commanders and Personnel

February 07, 2013

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Supreme Leader Thanks Iranian Nation for Impressive Bahman 22 Rallies

February 11, 2013

The following is the full text of the speech delivered on February 11, 2013 by Ayatollah Khamenei the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution in Dars-e Kharij.

Source: http://english.khame...d=1743&Itemid=4

Supreme Leader Meets with People of East Azerbaijan [Tabriz]

February 16, 2013

Source: http://english.khame...d=1742&Itemid=2

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Supreme Leader Meets with People of East Azerbaijan [Tabriz]

February 16, 2013

Source: http://english.khame...d=1742&Itemid=2

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"His Eminence described the claim to support democracy as another false statement made by the American politicians: "On the one hand, they make this claim and on the other hand, they constantly confront Iran which has the most genuine democracy in the region."

He stressed: "The Americans claim to support democracy while they support countries in the region which do not know the first thing about democracy and in which the people have not seen ballot boxes even once."

Bingo. I liked the way Sayyed Khamenei has put it. I wonder why shameless American establishment doesn't have a word to say on this topic other than resorting to hypocritical apologeticism.

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Regretfully I do not have time to bold the important parts. Please read and heed.

Supreme Leader's Speech to People of East Azerbaijan [Tabriz]

February 22, 2013

The following is the full text of the speech delivered on February 16, 2013 by Ayatollah Khamenei the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution in a meeting with the people of East Azerbaijan. The meeting was held on the anniversary of the uprising by the people of Tabriz on the 29th of Bahman of 1356.

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

I welcome all you dear brothers and sisters and the dear youth. In particular, I welcome the dear families of martyrs, religious scholars and government officials who have come here from distant places, brought a valuable gift of affection from the dear people of Azerbaijan on this occasion and delivered their message of resistance. I hope that Allah the Exalted bestows great blessings and infinite mercy on all of you.

I would tell you dear brothers and sisters and all the people of Azerbaijan and Tabriz including religious men and women that the presence of the people of Azerbaijan and Tabriz has truly played a determining role in the movement of the Iranian nation throughout all the eras in our history - from 100, 150 years ago until today. And today nothing has changed. It is you who have managed to protect the dignity of our country and our nation against the enemies with your firm determination, your pride and your faith. And Azerbaijan has played an increasingly significant role in different arenas.

Thirty-five years have passed since the 29th of Bahman of 1356. Today, in terms of faith, resistance and wisdom, Azerbaijan is even better than it was during those important and fateful times. There have been so many vicious plots to separate the people in different parts of the country. But these plots have backfired. It is you who have always managed to play a leading role. In fact, it is you who are the anchor of peace in this country. As you said in the poem you recited: "You are the peace in the heart of Iran." [Audience shout in the Azeri language, "We are prepared to lay down our lives. We are Khamenei's soldiers."]

One can clearly see that the dear people of Azerbaijan have a specific characteristic. This characteristic exists in other parts of the country, but in Azerbaijan it is more visible. This characteristic is that the political activities and the proud movement of the people of Azerbaijan in different eras - in the case of the Constitutional Movement, the military occupation of Azerbaijan and different other issues - were based on religion and religious faith. And they played a leading role in many of these issues.

Despite the fact that the leftist intellectual movement and the movement which was dependent on the west were active in Azerbaijan since after the introduction of the unhealthy intellectual movement into our country and despite the fact that they were trying to separate the people from religion, the movement of the people was based on religion. If you take a look at the movements which were started in Azerbaijan - many of these movements were national movements, and the people of Azerbaijan were pioneers - you can see that despite the efforts of those leftist movements, the people and the leaders of these popular movements in Azerbaijan expressed their commitment to religious issues more openly than the people in other cities.

In Tabriz, Sattar Khan used to say, "The fatwa of the ulama of Najaf is in my pocket". That is to say, this great and brave man used to coordinate with the marja taqlids of Najaf. What he did was exactly the opposite of what eastern and western intellectual movements wanted to achieve at that time in the country. Today nothing has changed and nothing will change in the future either.

The Iranian nation considers religious faith as the standard. I cited Azerbaijan as an example of this religious faith, but people throughout the country are, more or less, like this. The movement of the Iranian nation is one that is accompanied by pride, courage and a sense of responsibility. But it is based on religious teachings and religious faith. This is very valuable. That is why the dangers caused by global powers, which other nations are usually faced with and which make them waver, did not threaten the people of Iran and did not make them waver.

When the enemies wanted to impose sanctions and exert pressures they said, "We want to impose crippling sanctions on the people of Iran." And they did this. Two, three days before the 22nd of Bahman, they put a new round of sanctions into the equation. Besides, a few months ago, in Mordad of this year, they did the same thing. That is to say, they increased their so-called pressures on the people before the 22nd of Bahman of this year.

What do they hope to achieve? They do these things in the hope of weakening the people. What was the response of the people? The people of Iran responded by participating in the rallies on the 22nd of Bahman more enthusiastically. All the people participated. People from different parts of the country participated. They participated with great spirit and with a smile on their faces. The people of Iran are such people. Each year on the 22nd of Bahman, the people of Iran deal a blow to the enemies. They strike the enemies and the opponents like an avalanche. This avalanche struck them this year too. I deem it necessary to express my gratitude again - even if one expresses his gratitude 100 times, one is not overdoing it - to the people of Iran for their glorious and impressive presence [in the rallies on the 22nd of Bahman]. One should bow before such insight. The people of Iran are such people.

I would tell you that in these conditions, the enemies have taken a passive role. Despite the fact that they pretend to be active, they are not active. The enemy has taken a passive role in the face of the Iranian nation. Enjoying firm determination, wisdom and faith, our people know what they want and they know the way to achieve their goals. They endure the hardships with great courage. Different political, military and economic weapons do not work on our nation. Therefore, the enemy has taken a passive role and for this reason, they make irrational moves.

I would tell you that American politicians are irrational people. They make irrational statements. They act in an irrational and thuggish way. They expect other countries to give in to their unreasonable demands and their bullying. Well, some people give in to their demands. Some governments and some political personalities in certain countries give in to their bullying. But the Iranian nation and the Islamic Republic will not give in. The Islamic Republic of Iran has many things to say. It has logical reasons. It has power and authority. For this reason, the Islamic Republic does not give in to irrational statements and actions.

In what ways are they irrational? The sign of their irrationality is the contradictions between their words and actions. Their words are not in line with their actions. No other piece of evidence can show their irrationality more clearly. A reasonable person makes a convincing comment and then he sticks by it. These men, American politicians and their western followers, are not such people. They say a certain thing and make a certain claim, but they do exactly the opposite of what they have claimed or said. I would like to give a number of examples:

They claim that they are committed to human rights. The Americans have raised the flag of human rights. They say, "We are committed to human rights not only in our country, America, but also in the entire world." Well, this is a claim. What have they done in practice? In practice, they inflict the most serious harm on human rights and they hurl the biggest insult at human rights in different countries. Their secret prisons throughout the world, such as their prisons in Guantanamo, in Iraq, in Abu Ghraib and their attack on civilians in Afghanistan, Pakistan and in different areas are examples of the Americans' claim to support human rights. Based on the news that is reported every day from Afghanistan and Pakistan, their drones both spy for them and pressure the people. Of course, as an American journal said a few days ago, these drones will be a source of trouble for them in the future.

They say that they are committed to non-proliferation of nuclear weapons. Their pretext for attacking Iraq 11 years ago was that the regime of Saddam wanted to build nuclear weapons in Iraq. Of course, they went there and they did not find anything. It became clear that it was a lie. They say that they are committed to non-proliferation of nuclear weapons. This is while they support an evil government - the Zionist government - which has nuclear weapons and which threatens to use them. That is what they say and this is how they act.

They say that they are committed to establishment of democracy in the world - I do not want to speak about the kind of democracy America itself has. Under this claim, they constantly confront the Islamic Republic which has the most genuine democracy in the region. This is while they shamelessly support countries in the region which do not know the first thing about democracy and in which the people have not seen ballot boxes even once. This is their commitment to democracy. Notice how different their words and actions are.

They say that they want to resolve their issues with Iran. They have said this many times. Recently, they are speaking about it even more than before. They say that they want to negotiate and resolve their issues with Iran. This is what they say. But in practice, they resort to imposing sanctions and broadcasting negative propaganda. They publish inappropriate and false things about the Islamic Republic and the people of Iran.

A few days ago the President of America delivered a speech about the nuclear issue of Iran. He spoke as if the conflict between Iran and America is over Iran's decision to build nuclear weapons. He said that they will do everything in their power to prevent Iran from building nuclear weapons. If we wanted to build nuclear weapons, how would you stop us? If Iran had decided to build nuclear weapons, America would not be able to stop it in any way.

We do not want to build nuclear weapons and this is not because this will upset America, rather it is because of our beliefs. We believe that building nuclear weapons is a crime against humanity and they should not be built. Besides, we believe that the existing nuclear weapons should be destroyed. This is our belief. It has nothing to do with you [Americans]. If we did not have this belief and if we decided to build nuclear weapons, no power could stop us, as they could not stop other countries. They could not do this in India, Pakistan and North Korea. The Americans were opposed to development of nuclear weapons in these countries, but they built nuclear weapons.

The Americans claim, "We will not let Iran build nuclear weapons." This is deceptive talk. Is this an issue of nuclear weapons? Regarding Iran, the issue is not related to nuclear weapons. The issue is that you want to deny Iran its natural and inalienable right to enrich uranium and use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes through using its domestic capacities. Of course, you cannot do this either and the Iranian nation will not renounce its right.

American politicians make irrational statements. One cannot use logic when he speaks to an irrational person - after all, he is irrational. Irrational means thuggish. It means somebody who speaks nonsense. This is a fact which we have become aware of through our involvement in different global issues. We understand who our opposing side is and how he should be confronted.

I have written down a few things to discuss with you dear brothers and sisters and the entire Iranian nation. Of course, these statements are addressed to the people of Iran. When they speak, when the American president speaks, when his companions and followers speak, they want to mislead public opinion -public opinion in the world, in the region or if they can, in our country. At the moment, I do not want to speak about public opinion in the world. The global media network, which is under the domination of the Zionists and the Americans, either does not reflect our statements or it reflects them in an incomplete or distorted way. Therefore, I speak to the people of Iran.

The power of the Islamic Republic has nothing to do with public opinion in the world. The Islamic Republic has not gained its power and it has not achieved dignity and glory with the help of public opinion in the world. It has achieved these things with the help of the people of Iran. The firm and solid foundation which the Iranian nation has built and the news of which is quickly spreading throughout the world is based on the Iranian nation itself. I speak to the people of Iran. I will not address other nations, but they can listen if they want to. They can reflect on my statements or not reflect on them. But the people of Iran should know about these things. Therefore, the first point is that they are unreasonable. They speak without believing in what they say and their words and actions are different.

The second point is that they have raised the issue of negotiations. They say, "Iranian officials should come to us so that we can sit and negotiate." The same unreasonable behavior can be seen in their offer of negotiations. Their purpose is not to solve the problems and resolves the issues - I will explain this later. Their purpose is creating hype. They want to say to Muslim nations, "This was the Islamic Republic with all that intense determination and resistance. But finally, it had to negotiate with us. Even the Iranian nation ended up like this. What can you do?"

They need negotiations in order to suppress countries which have just gained power, in which the breeze of Islamic Awakening has blown, countries which feel they have dignity because of Islam. They want to make these countries hopeless. Since the beginning of the Revolution, this was one of their goals. Since the beginning of the Revolution, one of their goals was to drag Iran to the negotiating table and make it deal with it. One of their goals was to gain the opportunity to say, "Did you see that finally Iran - which claimed to be independent and courageous and which claimed that it has stood up against us - was forced to come and sit at the negotiating table?" Today, they pursue the same goal. This is an important issue. When the purpose of negotiations is not resolving the main issues and when the purpose of negotiations is creating hype, it is clear that the opposing side, the Islamic Republic, is not naïve and it has not closed its eyes. It understands what your goal is. Therefore, it responds on the basis of your intentions.

The third point is that in the eyes of the Americans and powers which seek domination, the true meaning of negotiations is accepting what they say at the negotiating table. This is their goal of negotiations. They say, "Let us sit and talk so that you come to the conclusion that you should accept what you would not accept before." They say in their propaganda about negotiations - you may have heard about it - that they should directly negotiate with Iran and they cause a stir and create hype about it. Even the statements they made today clearly conveyed the message that they want to convince Iran to stop enriching uranium and producing nuclear energy. This is their goal. They do not say, "Let us sit and negotiate so that Iran can give its own reasons and so that we stop pressuring them, imposing sanctions on them and interfering in political and security issues." Rather, they say, "We should negotiate so that Iran accepts what we say."

This kind of negotiation does not serve any purpose. It will not reach any results. Even if Iran accepts to negotiate and even if our officials sit and negotiate with the Americans, what kind of negotiations is it when their goal is this [making Iran surrender]? It is obvious that Iran will not give up its rights. During negotiations, whenever they see that the opposing side speaks reasonably and they have nothing to say against Iran, they break off negotiations. Then, they say that Iran does not want to negotiate. Political networks as well as news networks are under their control and they broadcast propaganda. We have experienced this.

During the past 15 years, two or three times the Americans sent a message about a specific issue. They insisted that there is a very important and a very critical issue and that we should sit and talk with them. Well, executive officials - usually one or two people - went to a certain place and spoke to them. As soon as these officials made their rational statements and the Americans found out that they have no response, the negotiations were broken off unilaterally. Of course, they achieved their propaganda purposes. This is our experience. Well, it is wrong to test something which has been already tested.

The fourth point is that they pretend in their propaganda that if Iran sits at the negotiating table and negotiates with America, sanctions will be lifted. This is a lie too. Their goal is to make the people of Iran become eager to negotiate with America by promising to lift sanctions. They think that the people of Iran are exhausted by the sanctions and are frustrated. They think that everything is in a mess and that they can tell us, "Well, come and negotiate with us so that we lift the sanctions." They think this will cause the entire Iranian nation to ask them to negotiate.

This is also one of their irrational and deceptive statements and it is a tool for bullying. First, as I said, when they ask us to negotiate with them, they do not really mean fair and rational negotiations. Negotiations mean that we should accept what they say and surrender so that they lift the sanctions. If the Iranian nation wanted to surrender, they would not have carried out a revolution. America was dominant over the issues of Iran and it did what it liked. The Iranian people carried out a revolution in order to free themselves from the yoke of America. Now should they surrender to you again? This is the first problem with their offer of negotiations.

Another problem is that the sanctions will not be lifted with negotiations. I would tell you that the purpose of sanctions is something else. The purpose of sanctions is exhausting the people of Iran and separating them from the Islamic Republic. Even if negotiations are conducted but our people stay present on the scene and stand up for their rights, sanctions will continue. What will the Iranian nation do to counter this wrong idea that the enemies have?

There is an idea in the minds of the opposing sides. Let us elaborate and analyze this idea. They say, "The Islamic Republic relies on the people. If we manage to separate the people from the Islamic Republic, the power to resist will be taken away from the Islamic Republic." This is how the opposing side thinks. Well, this idea has two parts. The first part, that the Islamic Republic relies on the people, is accurate. There is no source of support for the Islamic Republic except the people. The people are the fortifications that protect the country and the Islamic Revolution. The second part, that they thought they can bring the people to their knees by imposing sanctions and bullying them on international, commercial and other such issues, is false. If they think that they can take away this source of support from the Islamic Republic, they are wrong.

The Iranian nation will think of some ways to counter what the enemy wants to do. The Iranian nation is looking for economic blossoming, economic progress and complete prosperity. But it does not want to achieve this goal by being humiliated before the enemy. It wants to achieve this goal with its own capabilities, courage, advancements and with the capabilities of the youth. It does not want to achieve this with anything else. There is no doubt that sanctions exert pressures on the people and bother them. But there are two ways to approach these pressures. Weak nations surrender to the enemy when he exerts pressures and they bow and show regret before him. But a brave nation, like the Iranian nation, tries to use its own capabilities as soon as it sees that the enemy is exerting pressures and it tries to pass through the danger zone. And our nation will definitely do this. We have 30 years of experience in this regard.

There are certain countries in the region which have been under the domination of America for more than 30 years. The governments in these countries have been servants of America. They have been obedient to America and they have been taking orders from it. What is their position? The Iranian nation has been putting up a resistance against America for more than 30 years. What is the position of the Iranian nation? In the face of 30 years of pressures by America, the Iranian nation has reached such a position - in terms of scientific, economic and cultural progress and in terms of international dignity, political influence and political power - that the people and government officials during the time of Pahlavi and Qajar regimes could not even dream of.

We have experienced this. We have tested this. We have stood up against the pressures of America for 30 years. We have such a position. But there are nations which have been under the domination of America for 30 years and they are behind other countries to a great extent. We did not suffer a loss as a result of resisting. Resistance revives the inner strength of a nation. It makes it active. The sanctions which they impose will be helpful to the Iranian nation. By Allah's favor and grace, sanctions will help the Iranian nation achieve growth and blossoming. This is an important point.

Well, you saw what the people did in the rallies. We cannot say that the people have no complaints about the high prices and the existing problems. Prices are high and there are certain economic problems and the people, particularly underprivileged people, feel them. But this did not make the people separate themselves from the Islamic Republic. The people know that the Islamic Republic, dear and powerful Islam and the officials who are committed to Islam, are the powerful hands which can solve the problems. They can solve the problems. Surrendering to the enemies will not solve any problems.

The last point is that unlike American politicians, we are reasonable. Our officials are reasonable. Our people are reasonable. We accept rational statements and rational actions. If the Americans show that they will not bully us any more, if they show that they will not commit evil deeds, if they show that they will not say and do irrational things, if they show that they will respect the rights of the Iranian nation, if they show that they will not fuel the fire of discord in the country, if they show that they will not interfere in the internal affairs of Iran - like the interference by supporting those who started the fitna in 1388 - then they will see that the Islamic Republic is benevolent and the people are reasonable.

In the fitna of the year 1388, they supported those who started the fitna and they put social networks at the service of these people. In those days, a social network wanted to close down in order to fix some technical problems. They asked the network not to close down so that they could exert influence over the fitna. If they stop doing these things, then they will see that the Islamic Republic is well-wishing. The only way to establish relations with the Islamic Republic is this and there is no other way. They can establish relations with the Islamic Republic in such a way. The Americans should prove that they have good will. They should prove that they are not after bullying. If they prove this, then they will see that the Iranian nation will make an appropriate response. If they do not commit evil deeds, if they do not interfere, if they do not bully and if they acknowledge the rights of the Iranian nation, then an appropriate response will be given by the Iranian nation.

I would like to say a few things about the internal issues of our country. This is an important issue. An event took place in the Majlis. It was a bad and inappropriate event. It made both the people and our elites unhappy. I became upset for two reasons. The first is the fact that the event itself happened and the second is the fact that the people are unhappy about this issue. In this event, the head of a certain branch made an accusation against the other two branches on the basis of an unproven allegation which had not even been considered by a court of law. This course of action was bad and inappropriate. These acts are against sharia and the law and they are immoral. They violate the basic rights of the people. One of the basic rights of the people is living in peace and in psychological and moral security.

If a person is accused of corruption, one cannot accuse other people on the basis of this accusation. Even if he is found guilty - let alone the current case in which the accused has not been found guilty, he has not been summoned by the court and he has not come to trial - one should not accuse others. Accusing other people, the Majlis and the judiciary branch on the basis of an accusation that has been leveled against another person is an appropriate course of action. It is a wrong course of action. For the time being, I offer a piece of advice. This behavior is not appropriate for the Islamic Republic.

On the other hand, the questioning [of the minister] in the Majlis was a wrong course of action. Questioning should serve a certain purpose. What is the purpose of questioning a minister - a few months before the end of this administration's term - over an issue which is not related to the minister? Why did they do this?

I have heard that inside the Majlis, a number of people said inappropriate things. This course of action was also wrong. All these events are inappropriate for the Islamic Republic. Neither that accusation, nor that behavior, nor that questioning was appropriate. The things which the honorable Speaker of the Majlis said in his own defense were excessive. It was not necessary to do that.

We are all brothers. When there is a common enemy in front of us and when we see plots, what should we do? Until today, the officials have always stayed by one another's side. Now, too, they should act like this. They should always act like this.

I have always supported the officials of the three branches and the officials of the country. I will continue to support each person who has a responsibility. I will help him. But I do not like these acts. This kind of behavior is not in line with the oaths they take and with the promises they make. Take a look at the greatness of the people. These people deserve to be treated in a different way. Today, the officials should focus all their efforts on solving economic problems. Three or four years ago, during a speech which I delivered in the beginning of the year, I explicitly said to the people and the officials that the plot of the enemies of the Iranian nation would be to focus - more than everything else - on our economic issues.

Well, you see that the enemies did this. Both the executive branch and the Majlis should focus all their efforts and all their attention on pursuing accurate economic policies. A few years ago, I wrote a letter to the heads of the three branches of government about combating economic corruption. You should combat economic corruption. This problem is not solved by speaking about it. You should combat economic corruption in practice. You repeatedly speak about economic corruption. When did you combat economic corruption? What was done in practice? What did you do in practice? These issues make one distressed.

Now that the enemies have increased their hostility, I expect the officials to strengthen their friendship. Piety, piety, piety! We expect the officials to focus all their efforts on solving the problems of the people by exercising patience, by suppressing unrestrained emotions and by taking the issues of the country into consideration. By Allah's favor, this benevolent piece of advice will draw the attention of the officials, particularly high-ranking officials. They should be committed to this issue.

I should add another point. The things that I said today and the complaints I made against a number of officials should not make some people shout slogans against such and such people. I am against this course of action. Some people label a certain person as anti-wilayat, anti-insight and anti-whatever. Then they shout slogans against him and create disruption in the Majlis. I am against these moves. I would like to speak openly about these issues. I am against the kind of events which happened in Qom. I am against the kind of events which happened at Imam Khomeini's (r.a.) holy shrine. I asked the officials many times to prevent these things. Those who do such things - if they are really hezbollahi and religious - should stop doing them. You can see that we consider these moves as harmful to the country. We do not benefit from them.

It is not helpful to set out to shout slogans against such and such people by releasing emotions. These slogans will not solve any problems. Keep this anger and these emotions for the time when it is necessary to express them. During the Sacred Defense Era, if basijis had decided to act at will, then the country would have been destroyed. Discipline and social order are necessary and it is necessary to take certain things into consideration. If these people do not pay any attention to these principles, then they should be treated in a different way. But those who pay attention to these principles and who believe they should not move against sharia, should take care not to make such moves.

Thankfully the people of Iran have insight. I would tell you dear youth that the day when we are gone and you are in charge, the situation of the Iranian nation will be much better in terms of material and spiritual prosperity. The Iranian nation is moving towards light. There are bright prospects for us. We should watch our behavior.

We should ask Allah the Exalted to help us. We should ask the immaculate souls of our martyrs and the immaculate soul of our magnanimous Imam (r.a.) to help us. By Allah's favor, you and I will benefit from the prayers of the Imam of the Age (may our souls be sacrificed for his sake).

Greetings be upon you and Allah's mercy and blessings

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Mashallah, that was a very good speech. His analysis on the negotiating tactics by the Americans is spot on. His advice at the end about not shouting slogans against officials and people because of minor disagreements is very much needed and hopefully the people heed his advice.

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These are some speeches from 2012 that took some time to translate and were not posted.

Supreme Leader’s Friday Prayer Address

February 03, 2012

http://english.khame...d=1583&Itemid=4

Supreme Leader’s Speech to Families of Martyrs and War Veterans

February 29, 2012

http://english.khame...d=1600&Itemid=4

Interview with Supreme Leader after Voting in 9th Parliamentary Elections

March 02, 2012

http://english.khame...d=1597&Itemid=4

Supreme Leader’s Speech at Imam Ridha’s (a.s.) Shrine

March 20, 2012

http://english.khame...d=1620&Itemid=4

Supreme Leader’s Speech to Army Commanders

April 22, 2012

http://english.khame...d=1629&Itemid=4

Supreme Leader’s Speech to Teachers

May 02, 2012

http://english.khame...d=1643&Itemid=4

Supreme Leader’s Speech to Panegyrists

May 12, 2012

http://english.khame...d=1642&Itemid=4

Supreme Leader’s Speech at Imam Khomeini’s (r.a.) Shrine

June 03, 2012

http://english.khame...d=1640&Itemid=4

Supreme Leader’s Speech to MPs of 9th Majlis

June 13, 2012

http://english.khame...d=1648&Itemid=4

Supreme Leader’s Speech to Participants of 29th International Quran Competitions

June 24, 2012

http://english.khame...d=1651&Itemid=4

Supreme Leader’s Speech to Judiciary Officials

June 27, 2012

http://english.khame...d=1653&Itemid=4

Supreme Leader’s Speech at Quranic Meeting

July 21, 2012

http://english.khame...d=1712&Itemid=4

Supreme Leader’s Speech to Researchers and Managers of Knowledge-Based Companies

July 29, 2012

http://english.khame...d=1695&Itemid=4

Supreme Leader’s Speech to Former Iranian Prisoners of War

August 15, 2012

http://english.khame...d=1665&Itemid=4

Supreme Leader’s Sermons during Eid ul-Fitr Prayers

August 19, 2012

http://english.khame...d=1664&Itemid=4

Supreme Leader’s Speech to Government Officials and Ambassadors of Islamic Countries [Eid ul-Fitr]

August 19, 2012

http://english.khame...d=1666&Itemid=4

Supreme Leader's Speech to President Ahmadinejad and Cabinet Members

August 23, 2012

http://english.khame...d=1691&Itemid=4

Supreme Leader’s Speech to Members of Armed Forces and Their Families in Noshahr

September 18, 2012

http://english.khame...d=1694&Itemid=4

Supreme Leader's Speech at Imam Khomeini Naval Academy in Noshahr

September 18, 2012

http://english.khame...d=1692&Itemid=4

Supreme Leader's Speech to Officials of Mirza Kuchak Khan Jangali Commemoration Congress

November 19, 2012

http://english.khame...d=1732&Itemid=4

Supreme Leader's Speech to Basijis

November 21, 2012

http://english.khame...d=1727&Itemid=4

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Supreme Leader's Speech to People of Qom

January 09, 2013

The following is the full text of the speech delivered on January 9, 2013 by Ayatollah Khamenei the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution in a meeting with the people of Qom on the occasion of the 19th of Dey.

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

I welcome all the brothers and sisters, the dear youth of Qom, the honorable clerics and the esteemed religious scholars. You have, once again, filled our Hussayniyyah with enthusiasm, feelings and thinking on this important occasion. You have revived the memory of that unforgettable event- the 19th of Dey- which will go down in history forever. I express my gratitude for the performance that was delivered. It was a meaningful song which was performed by the dear brothers and sisters.

Keeping alive the memory of the 19th of Dey is not a matter of routine and it is not done out of habit. It is a basic and fundamental issue. All our great historical occasions are like this.

First, today's young generation who have been entrusted with the responsibilities of the youth of the early revolutionary era, will be familiar with the historical background of their movement and they will feel it through these commemorations.

Second, they will appreciate the value of the efforts which were made so that the Iranian nation reaches its current position. They will know about the sufferings which the people endured and the dangers which they faced. It will become clear that what the Iranian nation has is not an easily-achieved blessing and that it has not been achieved by accident.

The Iranian people took a big risk, made great efforts, laid down their lives and resisted against the oppressive police and the taghuti regime, and many of them were martyred or injured. They did all these things until they managed to make this great and determined caravan move forward and reach its current position. This was the second point.

The third point is about the lesson that we learn today. Our dear youth have not seen that day and do not know what happened on that day. Those who saw that day, know what happened. It was not easy to resist against the power of the pretentious Pahlavi regime. If many of the self-interested people had been told that the Iranian people - represented by the people of Qom - want to stand up against the taghuti Pahlavi regime, they would have smirked and said, "Is this possible?" But it was done. What seemed impossible to do became possible, and it was translated into action and it became permanent. This is a lesson.

Today, the Iranian nation has certain ideals, claims and big ideas for its own country, for the world of Islam and for humanity. Hungry wolves, unbridled savages, oppressive companies and materialistic groups have lined up against the Iranian nation. They build and export weapons, wage wars, control the United Nations the way they want, send their troops wherever they like, commit crimes, support oppression and support the usurping Zionists. They carry out oppressive actions against the human community - such as the one which we saw during the time of taghut in Iran - with their pretentious power and false arrogance. Today, there are also a number of people who question whether it is possible to stand up against and move forward in the face of the enemies who have formed a unified front against our country and who are equipped with money, media, a strong economy, a strong political system and everything. Today, they say the same things. This is what experience shows us.

Yes, it is possible. This is not what we say. This is what the Holy Quran says. If you step in the arena for the sake of God and if you resist, victory will be definite. "And if those who disbelieve fight with you, they would certainly turn (their) backs, then they would not find any protector or a helper. Such has been the sunnat of Allah that has indeed run before, and you shall not find a change in Allah's sunnat" [The Holy Quran, 48: 22-23]. This is not just true about the war that happened during the early Islamic era. The ayah "And if those who disbelieve fight with you, they would certainly turn (their) backs" is the sunnat of Allah.

When we do not know what our slogans are or how to express them, when we do not stand by our slogans and when we get cold feet in the middle of the way with satanic temptations or inner temptations, then our efforts will come to nothing. It is obvious. The argument is that "Surely Allah will help him who helps His cause" [The Holy Quran, 22: 40]. There is nothing that could be emphasized stronger than this.

If we help Allah - by thinking, producing brilliant ideas, presenting them to the world in the right way, standing by them, thinking how to promote them and preparing ourselves to bravely face the dangers - Allah the Exalted will certainly help us. This is the meaning of "Surely Allah will help him". Allah will definitely help. "And whose word can be truer than Allah's?" [The Holy Quran, 4: 122].

The Iranian nation has experienced these things in practice. If you dear people of Iran and you spirited, strong and determined youth put up a resistance on the path that you are following you should have no doubts that all dreams, claims and slogans of the Iranian nation - not only for itself, but also for the world of Islam, the Islamic Ummah and the human community - will be realized at the right time. Each piece of work should be done at a specific time. At the right time, these dreams will come true. The Iranian nation will reach the point that it wants to reach, that it has moved towards and made efforts for. The way to reach this point is to put up a resistance.

What will happen then? The course of history will be changed. Today, the course of history is the course of oppression. It is the course of oppressors and the oppressed. One group of people are oppressors and another group of people are the oppressed. If you the Iranian people can put your message across, if you can achieve a victory and reach the specified point, then the course of history will be changed, the ground will be prepared for the re-appearance of the Imam of the Age (may our souls be sacrificed for his sake) and the world will enter a new stage. This depends on our determination and understanding in the present time.

In order to make people sure that divine promises will be fulfilled in the future, Allah the Exalted fulfills some of these promises in the present time. Allah the Exalted said through a revelation to the mother of Prophet Moses (a.s.), "Cast him into the river" and then He said, "Surely We will bring him back to you and make him one of the messengers" [The Holy Quran, 28: 7].

He made two promises when He told her to cast him in the river. He told her not to worry because He will bring him back to her and make him one of the prophets. This prophethood was the one that the children of Israel were waiting for, for many years or maybe several centuries. Later on, when Prophet Moses (a.s.) was reunited with his mother, Allah the Exalted said, "Thus did We restore him to his mother, that her eye might be comforted, that she might not grieve and that she might know that the promise of Allah is true" [The Holy Quran, 28: 13]. It is as if Allah the Exalted said, "We fulfilled the first promise and We brought him back so that she knows that the promise of Allah is true. The second promise will be fulfilled too".

Allah the Exalted has treated the Iranian nation in this way. He has fulfilled many promises. Great things have been carried out in our country. Dear youth, you should know that during the time of taghut nobody would have believed that it would be possible to shake the foundations of the taghuti regime let alone destroy it. Today, you see that taghuti regimes are the most hated political systems in the world of Islam. The one in Iran was destroyed and - as they say - it was thrown into the garbage bin of history. At that time if it had been said that it would be possible for Iran to free itself from the domination of America, those who knew about the issues of our country would have decisively said that such a thing would not be possible.

All the affairs of the country and all macro policies were in the hands of the Americans. Sometimes they interfered even in details such as who should be and should not be the minister of a certain ministry and how much the price of oil should go up or down. Considering the domination that the Americans and the rest of global thugs had over our country, our nation, our resources and our dignity, who would have believed that this domination would come to an end? Today whenever they want to give an example of a nation which is independent of the arrogant policies of America and countries like America, they mention the name of Iran. Other nations look at Iran and they become excited at the steadfastness, the outspokenness, the courage and the resistance that the Iranian nation showed.

All global powers and arrogant governments have joined hands to impose sanctions on the Iranian people and exhaust them with these sanctions. They themselves say that they wanted to make the Iranian people stand up against the Islamic Republic, thereby forcing the officials of the Islamic Republic to revise their calculations. Now they openly say this. In the beginning - we were analyzing their moves - they did not use to say this openly, but now they do. But the result is that the God-given dignity and the orientation of the Iranian people towards the principles of Islam and the Revolution and towards resistance are developing on a daily basis. This is exactly the opposite of what the enemies want.

These are great lessons which Allah the Exalted taught us. One of these lessons is the 19th of Dey. The 19th of Dey is an honor which belongs to you people of Qom. Of course, this is not the only honor that Qom has achieved. There are many glories in the history of Qom. Over the past 90, 100 years, many fresh springs have flowed from Qom.

It was the people of Qom who welcomed Hajj Sheikh [Haeri Yazdi] (may God bestow paradise on him) with open arms. They brought him to Qom and this great seminary was formed. It was due to the efforts of the people of Qom that divine and extraordinary lessons were taught in this seminary. This seminary is one that built a person like Imam [Khomeini] (r.a.), and gave rise to this great event in the world [the victory of the Islamic Republic]. It should not be said this is a great event only in our country. In the events of 1341 and 1342, in the events of the Revolution and in the events of the imposed war, Qom had an outstanding role. We hope that it will always remain like this.

Regarding this movement, an important point - I am addressing you dear youth of Qom - is that we should keep the moves of the enemy under observation and find out what his goals are. This is very important. If you can predict the moves of your opponent in a fight - when you have to defend yourself against your opponent - you will not receive any blows. If your attention wanders and if you are negligent, if you lose your concentration, become busy with something else and fail to predict what he is going to do, you will definitely receive blows.

The enemy has not fallen asleep. He is awake. "Whoever is careless about his cause, his enemy will not sleep over this advantage" [Nahjul Balaghah, Letter 62]. If your attention wanders, if you are not careful about your situation, it does not mean that your enemy's attention wanders too. He may be careful and he may strike. Therefore, we should pay careful attention. This is why I have been strongly recommending and stressing that both the officials and the people should not make themselves busy with trivial issues. This is why I have been constantly recommending that the press, the media, newspapers and websites - which have become popular today - should avoid instilling wrong ideas into the minds of the people because these ideas preoccupy them.

A nation should pay careful attention. It should know where it is going. This is the meaning of communal piety. It should know what it wants to do. It should try to predict in which ways it will be harmed. Regarding individual actions, if we have piety, we will be careful about our actions and we will be careful about ourselves. One does not set foot where one may slip. One is careful when there is the danger of falling down. This is what is necessary.

Today, what I have noticed - by analyzing the moves of the enemy - is that although we are 5 months away from the elections, the enemy has focused his attention on our elections. The upcoming elections in Khordad are important from our viewpoint, but they are also important from the viewpoint of the enemies. They have focused their attention on these elections. If they could do something to prevent our elections from being held, they would do it.

Well, this is not easy for them to do. It is not possible. They have no hopes of doing this. Once, some people tried to delay a parliamentary election. They even told us to postpone it for 2 weeks if it is possible. We answered that it is not possible. The election should be held on its due date. It should not be delayed even for one single day. They failed and they could not do anything. They have experienced this. They know that our elections cannot be delayed. Therefore, they are looking for other ways.

One of their goals is to do something so that the elections will be held without the enthusiastic and massive presence of the people. From now on, everybody should know this: those who may offer general pieces of advice about the elections out of compassion - the elections should be like this or that - should take care not to further the goal of the enemy. They should take care not to make the people disappointed about the elections. They should not constantly say that there should be free elections. Well, it is obvious that there should be free elections. We have had more than thirty elections from the beginning of the Revolution until now. Which one was not free? In which country are the elections freer than in Iran? Which country has no vetting? They highlight these issues over and over again and they constantly repeat them so that they slowly create the idea in the minds of the people - they wrongly believe they can do this - that these elections are pointless. This is one of the things that the enemy wants. Those people inside the country who say these things may make careless mistakes. I say that you should not make careless mistakes. You should take care not to complete the enemy's puzzle and further his goal. This is one of the ways to take enthusiasm away from the elections.

Another issue is telling the people and instilling the idea into their minds that the elections are not healthy enough. Of course, I also stress that there should be healthy elections, but there is a specific way to do this. There are very good and legal guidelines - which have been specified in our laws - that ensure the health of elections. Of course, if certain people want to commit illegal actions, they will harm the country as some people committed illegal actions in 1388. They harmed our country, created trouble for the people and brought disgrace and humiliation on themselves on earth and in the next world.

There are good and legal ways to do this. I also stress that elections should be held in a completely healthy environment. Executive and non-executive officials - who are responsible for the elections - should act with strict observance of the law, complete vigilance and absolute piety and honesty so that there will be healthy elections and it will be definitely like this.

One of the ways [to create obstacles in the way of the elections] is to make the people busy with something else. They may create uproar regarding particular political, economic or security issues. This is one of the plots of the enemy, but I am sure that the Iranian people are wise and clever enough not to be deceived by such hostile plots hatched by the enemies or their agents. By Allah's favor and grace, there will be good and exciting elections.

Of course, I have a lot to say about elections. If I live long enough, I will talk again about elections in the future. There are certain recommendations and points that I would like to make, but I think it is enough for today. You should pay attention to the fact that participating in elections is a right and a responsibility. Each of us, as a member of society, has both a right and a responsibility to participate in elections. Those who believe in the Islamic Republic and the Constitution want to exercise their right and carry out their duties. Everybody should carry out their duty regarding elections.

There are also a number of people whose duty is to demonstrate their qualifications to the people so that they can win their votes. Everybody who feels they have the necessary qualifications and who knows executive work will run in the elections. Managing the country and doing executive work are not small tasks. There are heavy loads which lie on the shoulder of high-ranking executive officials. It is possible that those who work at other areas do not know how heavy this load is. Those who enter the arena should be the people who see in themselves the ability to carry this load. These people should see in themselves the qualifications which are specified in the Constitution - the decision of the esteemed members of the Guardian Council is based on these qualifications. They should be really attached to the Islamic Republic and the Constitution and they should sincerely act according to the Constitution because the president swears an oath to implement the Constitution and his oath cannot be a lie. Those who do not want to enter this arena, will participate in the elections to choose a candidate and help it become enthusiastic.

I would tell you that considering the trust that we have in divine promises - divine promises are absolutely right - Allah the Exalted will definitely ensure the victory of the Iranian nation over its enemies both at this stage and at other stages in the future. We thank Allah the Exalted who helped us avoid having doubts about His promises. He helped us avoid being one of those people who "imagine an evil opinion of Allah" [The Holy Quran, 48: 6]. We believe in divine promises. We have trust in divine promises. On the one hand we see that Allah the Exalted has promised to ensure our victory and on the other hand we see the presence, the enthusiasm and the determination of these people and the purity of these youth. We see faithful and enthusiastic parents from all different groups throughout the country. We see that, thankfully, our nation is a nation which is present on the scene.

I ask Allah the Exalted to bestow His mercy, grace and blessings on you dear people of Qom and on the great Qom Islamic Seminary. I ask Him to associate the pure soul of our magnanimous Imam (r.a.) - who opened this path for us - with His saints. I ask Allah the Exalted to bestow His mercy, grace and blessings on the pure souls of our dear martyrs - who made sacrifices on this path - and also on all mujahids of Allah's cause and I ask Him to make our steps steady on this path.

Greetings be upon you and Allah's mercy and blessings

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Supreme Leader's Message on Demise of Ayatollah Khoshvaght

February 20, 2013

Innaa lillahi Wa Innaa Ilayhi Raaji'oon. (fatiha)

The following is the full text of the message issued on February 20, 2013 by Ayatollah Khamenei the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution on the demise of Ayatollah Khoshvaght (may God bestow paradise on him) in a meeting at the house of the late Ayatollah.

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Supreme Leader Meets with Participants of Ammar Film Festival

February 20, 2013

http://english.khame...d=1745&Itemid=2

Supreme Leader's Message to Wrestlers

February 20, 2013

http://english.khame...=1747&Itemid=16

Supreme Leader Meets with President of Pakistan

February 27, 2013

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Supreme Leader Issues Message to Congress "7,000 Martyred Iranian Women"

March 06, 2013

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Supreme Leader Meets with Chairman and Members of Assembly of Experts

March 07, 2013

http://english.khame...d=1751&Itemid=2

Supreme Leader Meets with Officials in Charge of Developing Islamic-Iranian Paradigm of Progress

March 07, 2013

http://english.khame...d=1752&Itemid=2

Supreme Leader's Speech to Officials in Charge of Commemorating Allamah Sayyid Nematollah Jazayeri

February 25, 2013

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Supreme Leader Meets with Veteran Athletes, Coaches and Medalists [international, Olympic and Paralympic]

March 11, 2013

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The English section of Khamenei.IR http://khamenei.ir/

The English section of Leader.IR http://www.leader.ir/

The English section of AhlulBayt News Agency, ABNA. http://www.abna.ir/

The Iran news section at Press TV. http://www.presstv.i...on/3510201.html

The major speeches are very long and sometimes take 2-4 weeks to translate to English.

You can check those first three websites for other languages, too.

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Anyone can help keep this Sayyid Ali Khamenei topic going. InshaAllah

Check these ^ Islamic websites for the speeches, messages, and news about Ayatollah Khamenei HA.

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