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Muslims must move against desecration of al-Aqsa mosque

07/02/2007

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

17/04/2007

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

30/04/2007

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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Supreme Leader expresses condolence on Grand Ayatollah Lankarani's departure

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on Saturday expressed condolence on "great loss" of departure of Grand Ayatollah Mohammad Fazel Lankarani.

"With deep sorrow and grief, I have been informed of the tragic demise of the distinguished religious figure, the late Ayatollah Fazel Lankarani, may God grant his soul eternal peace," read the Supreme Leader's message issued in an hour after the Grand Ayatollah's death.

The Leader said Grand Ayatollah's departure is a "great loss" for seminarians and the noble Iranian nation.

"His eminency's departure left the Iranian nation helpless for losing one of their great scientific and revolutionary personality." The Leader lauded the late Ayatollah's brilliant works and endeavors in the pre- and post-1979 Islamic Revolution era, expressing condolence to religious figures, ulema and Iranian nation and wished them patience.

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Iran: US no more a wall of fear

Sun, 01 Jul 2007 23:19:29

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution says the false façade of the US, which used to intimidate other nations, has dissipated.

He made the comment in his meeting with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez who is in Tehran on a three-day visit.

"Its shaky political structure as well as the ongoing domestic complications it has to deal with has proven the bullying policies of the US government," Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei added.

Referring to the futile efforts of the US to debilitate both Venezuela and Iran, which have independent popular governments, the Leader said, "Therefore, cooperation between the two nations is not only natural but needs to be boosted as well."

"Given the fact that world powers have always tried to weaken independent countries, these nations must beef up cooperation in all sectors," he stated.

He also stressed that the bilateral agreements between the two countries should be implemented.

In the meantime, Chavez pointed to the large number of contracts between the two countries in the fields of oil and gas, petrochemical sectors and said that Caracas is seriously seeking stronger ties with Tehran.

He said the recent developments in Latin America and the emergence of independent anti-American governments indicates that imperialism is declining.

"Independent nations should look forward to the future,” he added.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was also present at the meeting.

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Bush must face trial over Iraq: Khamenei

TEHRAN, Sept 14: Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Friday that US President George Bush had been defeated in his Middle East plans and would one day stand trial for “atrocities” committed in Iraq.

Khamenei’s withering personal attack on the US president in the Friday prayer sermon came one day after Bush once again accused Iran of undermining the Iraqi government.

“I have a firm belief that one day this current US president and the American officials will be tried in a fair international court for the atrocities committed in Iraq,” he said.

“They have to be held accountable. The United States cannot ignore its responsibility,” Khamenei told worshippers, who punctuated his sermon with shouts of “Death to America”.

“The situation will not remain like this. One day it was Hitler, then it was the turn of Saddam,” he said.

Khamenei accused the United States of invading Iraq in 2003 to execute a plan to create a Middle East that would be “based around” Iran’s arch enemy Israel and aimed at weakening the region’s Islamic system. “The Americans were defeated in their aims in the ME and were defeated in their ultimate aim for the Islamic Republic of Iran.

“The Middle East plan was not achieved and they did not touch the Islamic Republic of Iran,” he said.—AFP

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Mughniyeh's blood would double the resistance

14/02/2008

Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei wrote a message Thursday to pass on condolences to Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah over the martyrdom of the assassinated Lebanese warrior Hajj Imad Mughniyeh.

The text of the message in full follows.

Bismillah-e Rahman-e Rahim

Dear brother Hojjat-ol-Islam Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah

The martyrdom of the dedicated and diligent brother Hajj Imad Mughniyeh was a great accomplishment and a prosperous culmination for the man himself as his heart was brimming with the love of diligence in the path of God; at the same time, it was a source of pride for the Lebanese nation which is rearing and offering such great men to the span of freedom seeking and combat against oppression.

Though a heartrending loss for all noble men and all those who knew him, not least his parents, his wife and his dear children, the life and death of the eminent, diligent freeman and his likes is an epic which would awaken the nations, produce examples to youths and show to every one the path to bright horizons.

The bloodthirsty, criminal Zionists must mind that the pure blood of such martyrs as Imad Mughniyeh would generate hundreds of other Imad Mughniyehs and would double the resistance against oppression, corruption and transgression.

Such men as the great martyr sacrifice their lives, well-being and temporal gains in the path of support for the innocent and combat against the oppression and arrogance. This is a sublime merit to which all the fair-minded individuals would pay homage.

May Allah's Consent be on him as well as on all those who are dedicated to the path of truth.

I offer my congratulations and condolences over the great martyrdom to you and his respected family as well as the prideful youths of Hezbollah and resistance and the overall Lebanese nation.

Greetings to him and you and Mercy of Allah

Sayyed Ali Khamenei

Dec 14, 2008

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Iranians determined to grow into a powerful nation

17/02/2008

Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei affirmed Sunday that the Iranian nation was determined to grow into a powerful nation and set example for other nations by marching along its revolutionary platform and taking help of its historical heritage and young talents.

In a speech to a large crowd of people from East Azarbaijan province, Ayatollah Khamenei said the Islamic Revolution could live an increasingly exuberant life owing to its alert people, their standing by the revolutionary values and its national assets.

The IR Leader marked a February 18, 1978 uprising by the people in the provincial city of Tabriz and described the move as a turning point in the history of the 1979 Islamic Revolution and a token of public alertness and braveness.

"These qualities embrace the secret to the freedom of nations from bully and their march towards prosperity and salvation. The Iranian nation thank to the leadership of Imam Khomeini (R.A.) moved from an arrogance- and despotism-wrecked status to a live, alert and powerful nation where it could field its national strength," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

Ayatollah Khamenei said the faith and perseverance of people would help distinguish the Islamic Revolution from other world revolution. He elaborated on the argument by making mention of early last week's nationwide rallies across the I.R. of Iran held to mark the 29th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.

"Even with 29 years on since the victory of the Islamic Revolution, the presence and ebullience of the public in this year's ceremonies were far stronger than the previous years. It proves the Islamic Revolution and the Iranian nation are alive," the IR Leader said.

"Those individuals who on the spur of the moment pronounced the Islamic Revolution and Imam Khomeini as bygone in the public eye a few years ago were wrong as we now see the revolutionary slogans more thriving than past so that the people are placing more interest on those who are more caring for the mottos," Ayatollah Khamenei affirmed.

Ayatollah Khamenei said the Islamic Revolution helped promote the Iranian nation to its present status and boosted confidence in its youth.

"The principal motive behind the enemy's pressure and blackmail is that the enemy is anxious about the resolve of the Iranian nation to keep its confident and fast march towards revolutionary aspirations. In fact, an efficient Islamic Revolution would endanger the position of arrogance among the Islamic countries," Ayatollah khamenei added.

Ayatollah Khamenei then brought up the recent remarks by the US President who had urged for further pressure on the Iranian nation to make it waive nuclear technology, noting that the westerners knew Iran was not after nuclear weapon however they tried to bar the nation from achieving a top-notch technology on its own because such a breakthrough would enliven self-belief among the Muslims.

The Islamic Revolution Leader said that only through setting up a powerful perseverance against America and the rest of arrogant fold a nation would be able to exercise its rights.

"Against the barrage of propagandas and pressures, the Iranian nation unequivocally declares it would protect its rights and would fulfill them knowing that the God would take it to task in case it fails the mission," Ayatollah Khamenei averred.

The Islamic Revolution Leader then recalled the theme of the current Iranian nation named the year of national unity upon his directive, urging for further cohesion in the revolutionary structure.

"The year of the national unity issues call on the house of revolution to consolidate its internal cohesion irrespective of trivial differences or useless wrangles," Ayatollah Khamenei urged.

The IR Leader then recalled the upcoming March 14 parliamentary elections and considered it as a public stage.

"In the past editions of elections, I called for a massive and enthusiastic presence of people because going to ballot runs counter to enemy desire," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

"By a large turnout in the polls, people would make diligence in the path of Allah and they would receive the Almighty's bounties," the IR Leader underlined.

Ayatollah Khamenei also urged for people to vote to the most competent nominees, adding that as a key quality, those voted in must further promote the revolutionary mottoes, regardless of their partisan affiliations.

Ayatollah Khamenei said the problems would be resolved by living up to the mottoes of the Islamic Revolution, adding that only those individuals who have faith in Islam, Islamic evolution's slogans and national abilities should be voted into the decision making bodies.

In the same context, Ayatollah Khamenei urged the people to be wary of double-faced persons.

Ayatollah Khamenei also commemorated the memory of the senior Lebanese warrior Hajj Imad Mughniyeh, adding that the mottoes of the Islamic Revolution provided a source of honor to many Muslim, including the assassinated Hezbollah commander.

"Martyr Hajj Imad Mughniyeh who died a martyr at the hands of the Zionists considered himself as descendant of Imam Khomeini and felt pride because Imam revived him and other Lebanese and Palestinian youths and imbued them with a new spirit," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

Ayatollah Khamenei viewed the disgraceful defeat of the Zionist regime and America against a few faithful, lightly-armed young Lebanese men in the Sumer 2006 war as the fruit of the Islamic Revolution and the movement of Imam Khomeini.

"The Lebanese youths tore apart the myth of invincibility of the Zionist regime and America by reliance on God and renouncing fear of death," the Islamic Revolution Leader affirmed.

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