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Islamic system needs progress and justice for 4th decade (2008/03/20 - 22:09)

Islamic Revolution Leader, Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei in the Imam Reza (as) holy shrine elaborated the Islamic System's achievements during the past thirty years and said "The country needs two important platforms including progress and justice to enter the Islamic Revolution's fourth decade."

"The prerequisite for progress alongside justice is that all officials should consider themselves duty bound in using innovation and carry out all projects and which have started since last years or recent years in 1387," the IR Leader said.

"The victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran break the false division of hegemonic and subduable countries and the Islamic system announced clearly that was against hegemonic attitudes," he added.

Pointing that the Islamic system has resisted against hegemonic powers during the last 30 years which have changed the equations in the Middle East in favor of the Islamic system, Ayatollah Khamenei said "The Middle East which was an arena for American administration's show of power, now it has changed into a scene for America's defeats."

"The enemy during the last 30 years posed different plots including the imposed war, economic sanctions and psycological war but the Islamic system sttod firmly against them and increased its power more than before and nowadays the Islamic Revolution's message have been deep-rooted."

Pointing to the regional and world nations' love of the Islamic Revolution, the IR Leader said "IRI's progress in scientific, technologic and socials fiels has lead to expansion of the Islamic Revolution's message."

"The Islamic system on the thershold of entering the fourth decade should move with an speed more than normal and make up for backwardness."

"Justice without progress would result in poverty and progress without justice would not be in favor of the country because the class gap must be reduced and all people should gain equal opportunities for work and production," he said.

"The people demand should be lead to progress, increase in productivity, national unity, scientific achievements, spirituality, reducingthe calss gap, public welfare, political improvement and national self-confidence. These issue would just be gained through justice.

Pointing to some view over impossibility of economic progress alongside reducing the class gap, Ayatollah Khemenei said "The western versions should not be considered as the only method and we should rely on innovation in this path."

IR Leader said that investment by rich people in production sections is a worship which should be boosted in the society.

"The enemies of the Iranian nation are the Zionist satanic network and the oppressor American regime which have been defeated and isolated among the world public opinion."

"While the American government have interrogated over 32 million people during the last 6 years, have done earsdropping and its president has blocked the anti-torture bill how it can support the human rights."

Pointing to the America's 200 secret prisons around the world specially in Europe, Ayatollah Khamenei said "The Europeans who speak about the human permanently why they were silent before these illegal prisons."

"The Europeans who make hue and cry against any question over holocaust why they do not object to the insult to the Islam's great prophet but support it."

IR Leader advised some European countries to take lessons from public hatred of the Zionist regime and America and added "Today the human rights order all governments and nations to be united against America and Zionists' oppressions and the Iranian nation is braver in this path."

"The Amerca and European countries' claim about democracy is a lie because whenever in the world the people had opinion against their views, they (America and Europe) would oppose them such as the popular Hamas government in Palestine.

Ayatollah Khamenei rejected some allegations againts the religious democracy of the Islamic system and said "The Islamic system in Iran which enjoy a great and unique religious democracy in the world is threatend by sanctions while these issues are not new."

"The Iranian nation is not afraid of the threats and have had many achievemnts through its capabilities."

"The Islamic system have gained achievements more than before and we hope that the last days of 1387 would be better than the first days of the year," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

He termes the Noblest Messenger of Allah as the symbol of purity and honesty and added "The motives behind insult to him are like those in the pre-Islamic period."

"Oppressors are frightened at the Islam so they insulted to the Noblest Messenger of Allah but their plot would be foiled."

Pointing to the Imam Sadeq's (as) great role in expansion of the teachings of Hazrate Mohammad' (pbuh) household, IR Leader said "The Islamic world is in need to unity more than past."

Pointing to the unity week he added "The message of the unity week is distiguishing the communalities of the Islamic sects."

Pointing to the enmity of America and Zionists' with the Muslims including Shiis and Sunnis, Ayatollah Khamenei reiterated "The obvious cases of this enmity is the Imperialism's opposition to Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Islamic Jihad and Hamas in Palestine so the Islamic Ummah specially elites should consider the issue and make efforts in the path of more unity."

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Supreme Leader Meets with Iranian Army Commanders (2008/04/16 - 20:52)

On the eve of the Army Day, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution received a group of high-ranking army commanders on Wednesday, April 16.

In this meeting, which was attended by Major General Salehi, His Eminence congratulated all army members and their families on this occasion. Ayatollah Khamenei referred to the Army's spirit of religiousness, faith and reliance on Allah and said that the duty of the Armed Forces is to defend the country in all conditions and that the army must always be in a state of constant readiness.

The Commander-in-Chief of the Iranian Armed Forces described the innovative capacity of the Army as high and said that it could be increased. His Eminence reiterated that the army has been able to meet many of its requirements by relying on its scientific capabilities and that these capabilities are now praised by those who witness them.

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Ceaseless endeavor essential to materialize revolutionary goals (2008/05/03 - 20:06)

Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei recommended Saturday that in order to set up an accurate and precise judgment about the performance of the Islamic Revolution, one must consider the goals, the internal and external impediments and the accomplishments of the revolution through a large-scale approach.

Speaking to a gathering of over 20 thousand university professors or students in Fars province south of Iran, the IR Leader said that a united and ceaseless endeavor along with relentless combat against the sources of encumbrances would indeed help fulfill all the aspirations sought by the Islamic Revolution.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that it is essential to take account of trivial matters when one is engaged in developing specific plans or programs, however when making judgment about a massive event like the Islamic Revolution, taking account of trivial matters might lead to confusion or ignorance.

The IR Leader elaborated that a first stage to achieve a precise and accurate judgment about the revolution is to deliberate on the goals of the enormous movement.

"By the revolution, the people were seeking to build an independent Iran, free from despotic rules, and brimful with prosperity, security, spirituality and scientific accomplishments so that other nations learn there is also a viable model of Islamic community there," Ayatollah Khamenei added.

In the same regard, Ayatollah Khamenei reminded the audience that contrary to a false interpretation of Islam, all the material and spiritual goals of the revolution are inspired by its Islamic nature, adding that Islam is capable of fulfilling all spiritual or material needs of the mankind.

Concerning the requirement of taking into account the internal and external impediments facing the revolution before making any judgment about its performance, Ayatollah Khamenei said that according to Devine Providence any endeavor would inevitably face some sort of encumbrance so as to help such notions as Jihad (selflessness) and perseverance take a concrete form.

Ayatollah Khamenei added that should man makes selfless efforts, the Divine Providence would bring victory to him.

Ayatollah Khamenei outlined the internal obstacles facing the revolution as intellectual weakness, indolence, excessive tolerance, simple-mindedness, self-denial, and some misperceptions about Islamic views, especially regarding Mahdaviat (belief in eventual savior of the world).

"Many of these hurdles have been lifted by the help of people and authorities however some others are out there," the IR Leader added.

Ayatollah Khamenei added that the society suffers from such shortfalls as consumerism and pursuit of luxury life, adding that the pitfalls must be removed through a joint effort by people, authorities and the media.

Concerning the external impediments facing the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Khamenei pointed to the eight-year imposed war (1980-88) as well as riots and unrests incited early in the revolution by rebels, counter-revolutionary elements and eventually those who had incurred some losses due to the Islamic Revolution.

"Even though the Iranian nation could effectively transforme the immense threats into a large opportunity for further progress, the protracted war inflicted heavy losses and damages on the Iranian nation," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

The IR Leader said another external impediment to the revolution was the US mobilization of all its capacities to deal blows to the Iranian nation, adding that the nation and revolution had really struck a brilliant performance in light of the massive existing encumbrances in home and abroad.

Ayatollah Khamenei attributed the US full-blown deployment of forces against the Islamic Revolution to both the US policy of creating phony external enemies in a bid to cover up its domestic failures and the reality on the ground that the Iranian nation has seriously jeopardized the US domineering policies by hoisting the flag of resistance and global awakening.

The Islamic Revolution Leader noted that the Islamic System had made huge accomplishments as it currently possesses a larger wealth of experiences, more efficient management, more advanced scientific know-how, and more stable economic status than what were available early in the Islamic Revolution era.

"Moreover, the people have realized that it is wrong to copy other economic models and that it is essential to formulate an Islamic-Iranian model of development," Ayatollah Khamenei added.

"These are a range of strong points which would help the Iranian nation overcome all the existing hurdles provided these advantages are encapsulated with certain qualities," the IR Leader added.

Ayatollah Khamenei urged the academic circles to study the above argument and provide effective solutions for any shortfalls, adding that the eventual imperative strategy would be the collective endeavor of people and authorities.

Ayatollah Khamenei urged the students to avoid enemy decoy in academic circles and enhance their moral character.

"Spirituality and taking company with Koran and Sahife Sajjadiyeh would prove instrumental to your scientific quests and would thwart any projects which have targeted your religious and revolutionary spirit," the IR Leader said.

Ayatollah Khamenei also urged for unity in the student associations, adding that the students must not allow their different tastes to lead to brawling over trivial matters.

Ayatollah Khamenei also urged the students to pave the ground for the national decision-making process by creating an atmosphere of reserach and debate in universities.

Ayatollah Khamenei also called on the young students to pursue social justice demands.

The Islamic Revolution Leader encouraged the students that after the Almighty God, he considers the faithful, ebulient students as his mainstay and that of the Islamic System.

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Ayatollah Khamenei told a committee to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the sad departure of Imam Khomeini (2008/05/21 - 18:21)

Imam Khomeini demarked the main diplomatic and ideological boundaries of the Islamic Republic by pen and tongue and was sedulous to protect those boundaries," the Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei said Wednesday.

Ayatollah Khamenei told a committee to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the sad departure of Imam Khomeini that the perfect personality of the departed was an inspirational model for treading the path of the Islamic Revolution.

"The honorable Imam tried in different revolutionary stages to protect the premises of the Islamic Revolution from diversion or infiltration of alien agents," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

"His attitude teaches us a great lesson," the IR Leader added.

The IR Leader noted that the departed Imam even banned any use of borrowed words like 'democratic republic' and instead coined new words through an Islamic, revolutionary prism.

"The departed Imam coined the terms 'Islamic Republic' and 'Welayah' (custodianship) in place of 'democratic republic' and 'government or monarchy' respectively in an innovative measure to demark the boundaries of the Islamic Republic System," the IR Leader added.

Contrasting Welayah and its equivalences in the current international politics (government, monarchy), Ayatollah Khamenei said that Welayah stood for a combination of sovereignty and intimacy.

"The coinage connotes that the Islamic System pursues sovereignty under Islamic beliefs. It points to Imam's foresight and sedulity to demark the Islamic System's boundaries with other political systems," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

"Political and ideological boundaries function in the same manner as geographical boundaries," the IR Leader noted.

"Unfortunately the IR boundaries were not preserved at some point to the extent that even some individuals who had love for the Revolution and Imam Khomeini moved to cross the boundaries in negligence," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

"The Islamic Republic System is fed by a spontaneous source of energy like the Sun," Ayatollah Khamenei said, adding that a clear sign of the reality was its endurance against all sorts of conspiracies hatched by the enemies.

"A similar and substantive example of the endurance took place early in Islam, during the ten-year government of the Messenger (S.A.)," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

Ayatollah Khamenei said even the alien bloc had acknowledged the progressive trend of the Islamic Republic, adding that the status quo had come by through use of a part of revolutionary capacities and that the nation had yet to exhaust all revolutionary deposits.

In another regard, Ayatollah Khamenei attached high significance to the annual commemoration ceremonies of Imam Khomeini's departure. The IR Leader said the interest of people worldwide in the departed leader was exceptional.

"Notable in the ceremonies is the presence of the young generation which could not see the time of Imam. This shows that the youths keep an abudant source of affection for Imam in their hearts," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

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Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei described Basij (2008/05/03)

Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei described Basij (collective name for voluntary public forces) as a blessed tree which was planted and grown under an initiative by Imam Khomeini the Departed.

Speaking to a large gathering of Basij forces as well as soldiers of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) in Fars province south of Iran Saturday, the IR Leader affirmed that Basij or "the collective association of faithful and motivated youths" would always remain essential for the Islamic Revolution in different defensive, cultural and social fields.

Ayatollah Khamenei said the Islamic Revolution was the outcome of the positive response of the ocean of nation to the call of the revered Imam.

"The great response again took place during the Sacred Defense (1980-88) where people with motivation, ebullience and faith rushed to the battleground under the flag of Basij. The great national association has extended roots across the vast Iranian land," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that Basij could be defined as a combination of commitment, faith and motivation, adding that the smart and brilliant innovation of Imam Khomeini was that he managed to mould the sacred national motivation and commitment into an organizational entity.

"Thank to Basij, the revolution never faltered even in the early awesome years of war. Actually the enthusiastic representation of Basij-inspired youths helped brim the hearts with hope and pride," the IR Leader appreciated.

Ayatollah Khamenei recommended Basij forces to study the lifestyle of the senior martyred Basij commanders and their braveries in the Sacred Defense so that they could better realize the merits of Basij.

Ayatollah Khamenei then pointed to the peace-time, civilian capability of the Basij organization to absorb elites in various social fields, adding that the capacity attests to the fact that the significance of Basij is not confined to the task of defending the country against political or military threats and rather the Basij is present wherever Islam or revolution needs a motivated and effective public assistance.

Ayatollah Khamenei said the global monopolist superpowers are holding an inner hostility towards the mottos of independence and justice championed by the Iranian nation, adding that the aliens are expanding their anti-Islamic and Anti-Iranian propaganda under different pretexts whereas the aware Iranian people would remain impenetrable and invincible against the enemies.

The Islamic Revolution Leader noted that by enhanced moralities and religious knowledge, Basij could sustain its progress and expand into the future generations of the dear Iran.

Iranian nation can withstand embargos (2008/05/04)

Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei Sunday instructed the authorities to formulate more effective plans for utilizing the enormous natural and human resources of the country and helping expand business activities.

"The people and authorities must advance the country to the points where foreign sanctions or embargo threats are no longer harmful. They must do the job as a national undertaking through a joint, diligent effort and upon a clear-cut timetable," Ayatollah Khamenei said in a speech to a very large assembly of nomads and other people of the southern Fars provincial city of Nourabad Mamasani.

Ayatollah Khamenei then touched on different bungled conspiracies of the enemies to break the resolution of the Iranian nation, adding, "The enemies of the Islamic Republic of Iran assume now that threats of sanctions could put a damper in our national resolve. Nonetheless, the great Iranian nation will withstand the conspiracies and even will take large strides as it did in the past 30 years under different sorts of sanctions or embargos.

"Haven't you already tested the Iranian nation? We will keep our path decisively and will not allow the arrogant to tread on the right of the nation," the IR Leader said, alluding to the superpowers' recent threats to impose further embargos on the Iranian nation.

Ayatollah Khamenei affirmed that the Iranian nation would not back down in the face of threats, making it clear that the nation had opted for perfection, dignity, independence and full implementation of Islamic views in the country.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that the only path to salvation and prosperity of the Iranian nation and other Muslim nations lied in the instructions of Islam.

"In the post-revolutionary era, wherever we have lived up to the Islamic orders we could score better performances. The stand-by, ebullient, brave, aware and smart Iranian nation is familiar both with its duties and rights," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

In another regard, Ayatollah Khamenei viewed the nomads as source of dignity for the country, elaborating that in Iran, in contrast with some other countries, the diversity of ethnicities is considered as a privilege.

"The country's nomads have always safeguarded their nationality and religion and showed interest in the Islamic platform as well as their indigenous traditions," the IR Leader added.

Ayatollah Khamenei urged nomad youths to spend more time reading books and consult Alims to enhance their religious bonds.

The IR Leader then reviewed the problems facing the Nourabad Mamasani city and urged the authorities to accord further attention to the underprivileged area.

In this regard, the IR Leader appreciated President Ahmadinejad Administration for making first hand assessments of the situation in different corners of the country in their routine provincial visits.

In the Fars provincial city of Kazeron (2008/05/05)

Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei Monday urged the people and authorities to keep engaged in their concerted effort to build Iran and present an Islamic model of development to the world.

Delivering a landmark speech to a large assembly of people in a stadium in the Fars provincial city of Kazeron south Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei appreciated that the country restored its Iranian-Islamic identity thanks to the Islamic Revolution and launched a long-scale initiative to achieve a specific range of goals set by the same identity.

"30 years on after the Islamic Revolution was triumphed, the Iranian nation, especially the youths are advancing towards the goals more speedily than before. This has triggered frustration among the enemies of the nation," Ayatollah Khamenei praised.

Ayatollah Khamenei elaborated that the global network of arrogance is scared because the progressive move of the Iranian nation has been helping boost Islamic awakening, adding that the nation however must keep alert and identify the enemies' stratagems regardless of the fact that they have yet to see any of its plots bearing results.

Ayatollah Khamenei noted that the Iranian nation is privileged by the existence of intellectual scholars in Howzeh (schools of Islamic jurisprudence) and university and the presence of enthusiastic, selfless youths in the vanguard of scientific and technological spheres.

Ayatollah Khamenei alerted that the enemy tries to incite differences between the country's political affiliations or various sects and distract the youths from the revolutionary path through frivolous entertainments.

"The Iranian nation could rise above the enemy by God's Assistance and through unity and selfless effort," the IR Leader vowed.

Ayatollah Khamenei noted that God Has assisted the Iranian nation, adding, "At the present juncture, God's Assistance has emerged in the reality that the American government as the incarnate of arrogance suffers a host of problems including its failed projects in Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan and Lebanon."

Ayatollah Khamenei then touched on the growing US domestic discontent regarding the protracted presence of the US occupying soldiers in Iraq.

"They have grown so discontent that even the US Republican candidate for presidential elections, though as a publicity stunt, acknowledges what we asserted earlier that the US was primarily pursuing oil by invasion of Iraq. This is another proof that the American government has ended up in failure," the IR Leader said.

Ayatollah Khamenei reckoned that the superpowers by nature try to intimidate their rival even if they find their projects already in tatters.

"The Iranian nation realized the hidden reality and thereby did not feel anxious about the intimidations of America or any other power. It will also keep unperturbed to the extent the enemy would fail to realize its yearning to see the Islamic Republic defunct," Ayatollah Khamenei affirmed.

In this regard, Ayatollah Khamenei urged people and authorities to strive to sustain their cordial relationship, adding that any one who beats drum of schism and tries to drive a wedge between the nation and the authorities moves against the national interests.

In another regard, Ayatollah Khamenei touched on the history of the Kazeroon city, saying that the Kazeroon population must take pride in the fact that the prominent early Islam figure Salman the Persian came from the city.

"Salman the Persian belongs to all Iranians. The Iranian people feel pride in a personality as Salman whom the Holy Messenger (S.A.) considered as being among his revered household," Ayatollah Khamenei added.

"Salman is primarily appreciated for his faith and Mujahidat (selfless effort) in the path of God as well as his pursuit of spring of truth. He constitutes a model for all the Iranian youths," the Islamic Revolution Leader said.

Ayatollah Khamenei inspects research expo in Fars province (2008/05/06)

Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei, Leader of Islamic Revolution who is currently on a provincial visit to Fars province south Iran, inspected a provincial exposition Monday dedicated to latest inventions by the local researchers and specialists.

On show in the fair were the latest accomplishments by the researchers and specialists from Shiraz University, Shiraz School of Medical Science, as well as local researchers in agriculture, electricity, transportation, mine, industry and defense.

A section of the expo was dedicated to nanotech sciences where Shiraz University researchers had put on show an array of inventions on nano-electronics, nano-biotechnology, nano-chemistry, nano-physics, nano-material, and nano-calculations.

Also on show in the section were the latest co-findings of Tabesh Research Center, affiliated to Shiraz University, and IRI's Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO).

Other research centers represented in the fair were Biotech Research Center, Center of Chemical, Oil and Gas Engineering Researches, Center of Aerial Researches, and Center of Meteorological and Oceanic Researches.

The show also ran mocks-up of an upgraded hydroelastic dam valves, a full-automatic fueling system as well as a rainfall levels forecast system.

A special chamber of the fair devoted to the achievements of Shiraz School of Medical Science ran the state-of-the-art findings of the physicians and surgical researchers of the Fras province on kidney transplant, liver transplant, pancreas transplant, bone marrow transplant, and corneal transplant.

Also on display was indigenous inventions like a first-ever software to monitor and control ward infections, a first-ever pattern of food security and nourishment in the Fars province, a special-features concrete for shielding nuclear reactors and radiotherapy wards as well as a large-scale screening design for certain widespread diseases.

In the industry and mine pavilion, Ayatollah Khamenei inspected the latest innovations of local professionals in the fields of petrochemistry, telecommunications, and water-piping.

These include an smart engine system, a mobile relay system, an electromagnetic counter, different kinds of neural and muscular electrodes, advanced plastic composites, GRP water pipes for urban sewage collection, hybrid electrofilters for pollution reduction in cement factories, and finally refinery monitor systems and boards.

Also on show were an anti-pest biological program, a portable digital physiotherapy device, bone surgery and treatment devices, different kinds of transformers, a all-automatic fruit picker, an oxygen-improved fish breading plan, laser-controlled land leveling equipments, and a super harvest machine.

Ayatollah Khamenei also inspected a chamber in the exposition dedicated to the latest innovations of the Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics where military equipments and electronic devices were on display.

These include high-frequency radar waves boosters, aerial and marine navigational systems, different parachutes, advanced military telecommunications systems, assimilators, land surveillance radars, as well as latest research projects on marine air, electroacoustics, and marine physics.

Iranian nation will revive Islamic civilization (2008/05/06)

Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei told an assembly of top figures in the Fars province south Iran that the legacy of the Iranian nation encompases precious talents, national motivation, faith, and historical heritage.

"Considering these factors, the prospect of the Iranian nation is very bright. The great nation by God's favor will revive Islamic civilization at this very juncture," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

The IR Leader described innovation as an essentiality for the country, defining the notion as a means to pave the way for talents to emerge and for thoughts to flourish and to review the past to expedite pace of progress and build a brilliant future.

"This is the great responsibility of the nation, the elites and the authorities," he added.

Ayatollah Khamenei said the Islamic Republic could be distinguished from any previous systems dominating Iran in the past in that it converted individual authority into a system of national resolution.

"In God's favor, the national resolve led by Islam is helping materialize the aspirations of the nation. This chapter of the history of Iran must be treasured," Ayatollah Khamenei added.

The IR Leader described the Iranian nation as abundant in talents, adding that the nation could make up for the backward pages of its history, triggered by the past puppet regime's 200-year ruling, through further efforts and innovation.

Ayatollah Khamenei noted that different constructs of the society, including universities, Howzeh (schools of Islamic studies) and research centers must share the responsibility to accelerate the pace of progress in the country.

The IR Leader urged the elites to promote hope among the people, especially the youths adding that the elites must combat against a killer poison the enemy tries to spread in the society by blackening and frustration projects.

"Hope that before a next generation comes to being, our youths would witness an Iran which reposes atop in civilization and grandeur so that all nations and world scientists and intellectuals feel a need to its science and culture. The situation could materialize indeed," the IR Leader added.

Fars province, home to a wealth of privileges (2008/05/07)

Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei instructed the authorities in charge of Fars provincial affairs Wednesday to set up a center in the province whose major aim is to grow up talented artists and promote a dedicated art which embodies religious teachings.

"Art stands as an aesthetic aspect of creation per se but could become a very significant phenomenon once embodying a religious essence," Ayatollah Khamenei told an assembly of executive officials in Fars province south Iran.

Ayatollah Khamenei described the people of Fras as talented and virtuous and appreciated them for offering many literary and historical personalities to the world. The IR Leader said the population unlike these great moral and historical traits shuns publicity but these must not cause the authorities to fail their undertaking of living up to the wealth of talents and utilizing it in the progress of the country.

Ayatollah Khamenei said the province is highly privileged for being place to the holy shrines of Ahmad ibn Moussa (S.A.) and several other descendants of the holy messenger of Allah, Hazrat Muhammad (S.A).

"Shiraz, after Mashhad and Qom ranks third among the shrine cities in Iran," Ayatollah Khamenei considered, adding that the national budget makers must earmark a special tranche of credits for the province with the aim of raising awareness about the sanctity of the area in home and abroad.

Ayatollah Khamenei also directed the relevant authorities to broaden their plans to boost tourism in the scenic, ancient province especially considering its tourism attractions including the holy shrines, the tombs of globally renowned men of letter like Sa'adi and Hafiz and other historical sites scattered in the province.

Ayatollah Khamenei said the pre-Islamic sites in the province could be treated from two distinctive different approaches.

"In one view, these sites belong to tyrants and despots of Iran's history and therefore they would lose luster in the eyes of the faithful. However, one must not write off the point that the historical sites either way are built by the dexterous hands, creative minds and magnanimous spirits of the Iranians. The realities cause one to take honor in Takht-e Jamshid (Throne of Jamshid) and other historical sites in Iran," Ayatollah Khamenei reckoned.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that at time when some countries were trying to fabricate historical heritage of their own, the authentic heritage of the Iranian nation was a source of confidence.

Ayatollah Khamenei noted that while the nation takes pride in its pre-Islamic heritage, the imagination of the Iranian nation actually flourished in the post-Islamic era.

"Researches show that the civilization, art and culture of the Iranian people four or five centuries after Islam was never comparable to those of the pre-Islamic era. The rise took place under the auspice of Islam," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

Ayatollah khamenei appreciated the people of the province for the hospitable welcome the accorded to him and expressed hope the local officials would procure and implement several ratifications made during the visit in a short time.

The IR Leader reminded the authorities that the opportunity to serve the people was a God's blessing which could be cherished by offering genuine and tireless efforts to the people and respecting them.

Delivered a speech tens of thousands of faithful revolutionary people of Larestan (2008/05/08)

On the last day of his trip to Fars province, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Khamenei delivered a speech on Thursday to tens of thousands of faithful revolutionary people of Larestan County who had gathered in Takhti Stadium and the nearby streets. Ayatollah Khamenei referred to the presence of the American troops in Iraq and in the region as the reason behind the current insecurity and unrest, further reiterating: "Relying on Islam, the great Iranian nation will defend their interests, identity, and reputation as a unified front. Benefiting from the efforts and talents of our enthusiastic youth, our nation will achieve a high position in the world."

On the last day of his trip to Fars province, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Khamenei delivered a speech on Thursday to tens of thousands of faithful revolutionary people of Larestan County who had gathered in Takhti Stadium and the nearby streets. Ayatollah Khamenei referred to the presence of the American troops in Iraq and in the region as the reason behind the current insecurity and unrest, further reiterating: "Relying on Islam, the great Iranian nation will defend their interests, identity, and reputation as a unified front. Benefiting from the efforts and talents of our enthusiastic youth, our nation will achieve a high position in the world."

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution said that knowledge about the past paves the way for better understanding of the current issues and helps find appropriate ways in the future. His Eminence also touched upon the Islamic and anti-colonialist uprising of the people of Larestan, under the great Ayatollah Sayyid Abdul Hossein Lari, that took place more than 100 years ago. He added: "Under the leadership of the mujahid and knowledgeable clergy, the people of Larestan proved that one can triumph over the greatest and the most obstinate enemies through knowledge, courage, and insight. The Iranian nation put this effective lesson into practice during the Islamic Revolution."

Explaining the positive outcomes of the Revolution, the Supreme Leader stated: "At that time, the global powers thought that they had uprooted religion and religiousness in the world, especially in the Islamic countries. But having learned lessons from the past Islamic revolts and activities, the Iranian nation hoisted the flag of Islam and adherence to the Quran and Islamic principles. To the surprise of the world's bullying powers, the Iranian nation restored religiousness to human life."

Ayatollah Khamenei touched upon the increasing inclination of people towards religion and spirituality even in non-Islamic countries, further adding: "This reality is one of the outcomes of the great miracle that the Iranian nation performed through the Islamic Revolution and through presenting the world with a model for religion-based rule."

Referring to the prerequisites of the Iranian nation's powerful continuation of its movement, His Eminence described reliance on Islam as being of paramount importance. "Islam embodies freedom, independence, grandeur, general welfare, progress, and all blessings and goodness in this world and the hereafter. Therefore, reliance on Islam is the unique way of realizing the ideals of the nation," he said.

Ayatollah Khamenei described the unity of the Iranian nation, unanimity of Muslim nations, and cooperation among Islamic countries as absolute necessities. Referring to the efforts of the domineering powers to make the Persian Gulf states fear the Islamic Revolution, he said: "As it has declared since the beginning, the Islamic Republic believes in the Islamic unity from the bottom of its heart. Just like the past, the Islamic Republic extends the hand of friendship towards its neighbors."

His Eminence said that the Islamic Republic's insistence on unity in the Islamic world is not because it needs the neighbors. "Rather, it is all based on its deep Islamic beliefs," he said. He also added: "Unfortunately, the enemies sometimes succeed in their plots to foment schism in the Islamic world. However, in spite of all these machinations and the efforts of American and Zionist espionage systems, the Islamic Republic has good and friendly relations with the Arab and non-Arab states in the region and these relations are being boosted on a daily basis."

His Eminence described the spirit of brotherhood and cooperation among the Shia and Sunni Muslims of Larestan County as an exemplary model of unity among Muslims, further reiterating: "Different opinions, interpretations, and tastes should not undermine the unity and collective efforts of Shia and Sunni Muslims which are aimed at promoting monotheism, and actualizing the principles set by Islam and the Holy Prophet (s.w.a.)."

Ayatollah Khamenei described preventing Muslims nations from following the Islamic Republic model as the basic reason behind the enemies' threats and their political and economic propaganda - including the shameful writings of some of their mercenaries in the Arab media - and added: "The Iranian nation is the heart of the Islamic Ummah and the center of the great Islamic awakening and progress, and global bullying powers are worried about this increasing attention of the Islamic Ummah to this practical model."

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution said the only way to oppose the different plots of arrogant powers is increasing unity and nonstop efforts to make progress on all fronts in the country and added: "Of course the true nature of the policies of those who oppose Islam has been revealed to the people of the region, and the falsity of their claims has been proven."

His Eminence described the presence of the American forces in the Persian Gulf as a source of insecurity and further stated: "Security in the Persian Gulf should be provided by the governments of this region, and everyone should know that the period of the bullying powers' domination over other countries, canals and strategic regions is over."

Ayatollah Khamenei described the Americans' claims about providing security in Iraq as a blatant lie and stated: "As some of these Americans confessed they invaded the country for its oil reserves, and they are the greatest source of insecurity in the country due to their disregard of the Iraqi people's lives, principles, and pride."

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution later referred to the false accusations of the US regarding the role of Iran and other countries in the Iraqi insecurities, and reiterated: "The very presence of the American invaders would suffice to provoke to the Iraqi people. Therefore, the Americans are the main culprits in this issue."

His Eminence said the American's interference in the issue of Palestine and their support of the Zionist regime has made the Palestinian issue more complex and added: "The vigilant, noble, and broad-minded people of Palestine have elected their government and this elected government is now in charge, but the Americans are a barrier to peace in the country due to their unwarranted interference in Palestine and their support of the Zionists."

At the end of this part of the speech, Ayatollah Khamenei stressed: "Undoubtedly, the issues of Palestine and Iraq will be solved and will result in the disgrace of the Americans and the network of arrogance."

His Eminence referred to the final days of his trip to Fars province, and extending his sincere thanks to the people of this province, he said: "During this 9-day trip, the honorable people of Fars province treated me with utmost kindness and sincerity."

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution added: "During yesterday's meeting with the cabinet members in Shiraz, different problems and issues of Fars province were discussed and some good and important decisions were made. I hope the officials can render great services to the kind people of Fars province."

At the beginning of this meeting, Ayatollah Ayatollahi welcomed the Supreme Leader to Larestan County on behalf of himself and the Sunni and Shia residents of this County.

IR Leader inspects Tehran Book Fair (2008/05/11)

Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei, Leader of Islamic Revolution on Sunday inspected Tehran International Book Fair.

During the three-hour visit to the fair, its 26th edition, the IR Leader inspected various pavilions and talked with publishers and book sellers.

Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohammad-Hossein Saffar-Harandi accompanied the IR Leader during the visit and briefed him on the number and content of the publications presented.

Arrogance club has climbed down (2008/05/20)

Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayyed Ali khamenei told a visiting Eritrean President Tuesday that the global relations have changed with the arrogant club having climbed down from its position.

"Nowadays conditions of the world have changed compared to twenty years ago as America and other domineering countries have had to back down in the face of self-assured nations and heads of some governments,"

The Islamic Revolution Leader denounced the dichotomy of docile-domineering in the international relations as irrational and unfair, adding that the Asian, African and Latin American countries could modify the current international relations through expansion of bilateral or multi-lateral ties.

Ayatollah Khamenei said the nations and governments at present need to boost self-assurance in their inner side, adding that America and Israel run against proximity between independent countries and for the same reason they had already played a key part in inciting tragic conflict in Africa.

Ayatollah Khamenei praised Eritrean people for their historical struggle against arrogance and said that the Iranian people always keep solidarity with them.

"Iran looks up to the African countries," Ayatollah Khamenei affirmed, adding that the IRI was ready to expand mutual relations with African and Asian countries, with neighbors top on agenda.

In the meeting where IRI President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was also present, President Afwerki thanked the Iranian nation for its support to the Eritrean nation.

President Afwerki called the Islamic Revolution a political watershed in freeing regional nations from arrogance.

"Following the revolution, the arrogance lost ground," he said.

The Eritrean President touched on common stance of Iran and Eritrea towards regional and international affairs and called for expansion of ties with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

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Islamic Ummah should materialize message of Mab'ath (2008/07/30 - 21:14)

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei called perseverance in all circumstances as the great lesson of the glorious Prophet's Mab'ath (the appointment of Prophet Mohammad as messenger by Allah).

"The great Iranian people by relying on this decisive lesson and by powerful attendance in the fields and arenas of confrontation or cooperation and dialog continue their bright way," stressed Ayatollah Khamenei in a meeting with the system's officials, different groups of people and the ambassadors of Islamic countries Wednesday morning.

Ayatollah Khamenei felicitated the Iranian people, the great Islamic Ummah and all seekers of right and freedom on the occasion of Mab'ath calling necessary the learning of lessons by the Islamic Ummah from Mab'ath as a glory memory of human history.

"Islam's great Prophet in the petrified and stone-like atmosphere of Jahilia (period of ignorance before the emergence of Islam) turned a society empty of science, justice and ethics into an exemplary society and government based on monotheism, science, justice, logic and ethics," added Ayatollah Khamenei.

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution called resistance and firmness, deep knowledge and the Holy Prophet's adherence to Islam's path and goal as the most important factor for this strange and history-making change.

"The Prophet's perseverance, not fearing, not being greedy and not being deceived by the enemy's concessions caused the roots of perseverance, calm and confidence to strengthen in the hearts of the limited number of Muslims and that small number with their resistance against toughest circumstances including the very hard period of siege in Abi Talib Valley (near Mecca) to overcome the enemies and form an exemplary society," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

He termed adopting true stance toward progress as necessary but inefficient and said: "according to the divine tradition, trueness prevails when its followers show strength and resistance in all circumstances and situations."

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution called the true meaning of the Holy Quran's verse"Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and those with him are firm of heart against the unbelievers, compassionate among themselves..." as strength and steadfastness in all fields, pointing to the incidents of the Holy Prophet's life and said: "the Prophet of Islam was the symbol of strength in the battlefield and in time of dialog with the enemies was also full of strength and resistance."

He strongly advised people especially the youth to precisely study the all-lessons life of the Holy Prophet of Islam, adding: "Imam Khomeini by making use of this generous spring and following the Prophet's faith and resistance started the great Islamic Revolution and movement and Iran's great people in the light of his (Imam Khomeini's) perseverance entered the field and with God's help toppled one of the most dependent governments of the world and raised the flag of Islamic awareness in the very sensitive region of Middle East, and with their resistance spread the waves of Islamic awareness among nations."

Pointing to arrogant powers' enormous but failed effort to weaken the resistance of the Iranian people and the Islamic system, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution said: "Iran's great people, against the will of all bullying powers of the world still support the oppressed people of Palestine and strongly condemn the shameful and scandalous silence of the pretenders of freedom and human rights in front of the Zionists' injustice and daily crimes."

The IR Leader also said the American President George W. Bush's support for the murderer and terrorist Zionists is in brazen contradiction with his claim of support for freedom adding that "Iranian nation is awake and fully understands the facts."

Recalling bullying and ambitious nature of the world arrogance, Ayatollah Khamenei said, "Backing down one step in the face of the arrogance will encourage it to come one step forward. The idea, that retreatment and giving up right stances and words will make the arrogance change its policy, is totally wrong and baseless."

Ayatollah Khamenei called the word of monotheism and unity as the main message of the Iranian people's resistance, adding: "the Iranian people is only God's servant, not the servant of America, the arrogant powers and the Abu Jahls of the time."

Terming nuclear bomb producers and the ones threatening mankind's security and calm as "Abujahl" (ignorant persons) in today's world, Ayatollah Khamenei said, "The present time Abujahls (ignorant persons), who only look at their arms and roar like foolish hooligans, do know that Iranian nation pursues nuclear energy for electricity generation.

"They (the west) however claim that since such a work gives you power, we will not allow you to pursue it," IR Leader added.

Ayatollah Khamenei said Iranian nation's present capability, and regional influence and strength cannot be compared with the past.

"A bright horizon is ahead of dear Iran; we do know what we do and where we will get. We think that reaching to the point needs movement and perseverance and not standing idle or moving backward."

Ayatollah Khamenei said that today, Muslims should be wise enough and upgrade their knowledge standards and try to fully materialize the message of Mab'ath.

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Sole way of salvation of Islamic Ummah goes through Koran (2008/08/06 - 20:06)

"The sole way of salvation of the Islamic Ummah goes through the Holy Koran," Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei told the participants and organizers of the 25th international Koran competitions Wednesday night.

Ayatollah Khamenei said such competitions could help urge the Iranian society and the Islamic Ummah as a whole to make more deliberations on Koran and keep company with the Divine Book.

The IR Leader also noted that such events prove helpful in informing the Muslims about different cultures and thoughts related to Islamic countries, especially at time when the enemies are seriously pursuing to divide Muslims and defeat them.

Ayatollah Khamenei recommended the foreign participants of the competitions carry and convey a message of friendship and affection from the Iranian nation to their compatriots.

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Imam of Age will reappear to rescue human community (2008/08/17 - 20:19)

Mid-Shabaan, the birthday of Hazrat Mahdi, the hidden Shii Imam and the eventual savior of the world, truly constitutes a day of hope in a bright and rosy future, Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei said Sunday.

Speaking to cultural counsellors, directors of Education Ministryand ordinary people, Ayatollah Khamenei congratulated the auspicious birth anniversary to all the faithful and free men in the world.

The twelfth Shii Imam currently lives in a state of occultation since 874 A.D. upon a Divine command and would reappear some day when God deems appropriate to administer justice throughout the world.

Ayatollah Khamenei said by the concept of Intizar-e Faraj (to wait for the Savior to reappear and tackle global problems) it was meant to preserve individual preparedness in every respect and advance the cause of justice.

The IR Leader noted that all religions, Divine or else, have carried the sort of glad tidings for justice-hungry human namely that an administrator of justice would come to rescue.

"The sort of glad tidings embodies the fact that the battle of truth and falsehood will culminate in favor of the forces of truth after Promised Mahdi reappears. That time, the human being would experience his favorable life," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that the notion of Intizar in Shiism is a reality instead of a false dream or a purely conceptual notion, adding that there are many evidence to prove that the deputy of God (Imam Mahdi) is a genuine man who has been living a Divinely-protracted life among other people and shares their grievances and woes.

"Intizar in true terms means to denounce the present bully status quo in the world and wait for a turnabout in the living conditions of the humanity at large."

"The Imam of Age will reappear to rescue human community and transform the present, whimsically-driven global unfair system into a fair system," Ayatollah Khamenei added.

Ayatollah Khamenei touched on the existence of over two billion starved people across the globe as well as the relentless pressures on the nations, adding that the Iranian nation which has hoisted the flag of justice endures pressures of superpowers. "The reality bears testimony to the fact that the bully-weary world has thirst for the breeze of justice."

"Intizar never connotes to sit idle-by and pin hope in the date of reappearance. Rather, an awaiting individual espouses the cause of justice like a warrior and prepares the ground for the emergence of the powerful, heavenly arm of the Imam of Age," the Islamic Revolution Leader said.

Ayatollah Khamenei described the emergence of the Islamic Republic as a prelude to the landmark, global movement, adding that the Iranian nation created an authentic ambience of Intizar by establishing the system and proved it was a standby follower for the awaited Imam.

Ayatollah Khamenei however alerted people to beware against those profiteers who abuse the notion of Intizar and fake connection with the Imam in quest of profits.

"It is likely that some pure-hearted individuals find the capacity to visit His Holiness. However, these individuals never relate their experience," Ayatollah Khamenei noted.

Ayatollah Khamenei also noted the audience that the tenets of Shiism were among the most rational ones, adding that the cultural associations in home and abroad must try to acquire a fine understanding of the tenets and duly convey them to other people.

The IR Leader also instructed the educationalists to train the heart and soul of the youth through shrewd, well-thought methods.

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Bright prospect ahead of Muslims (2008/10/01 - 17:39)

Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei told an official audience Wednesday that the prospect of the world of Islam was brighter and more hopeful than past and that the Islamic umma would advance to the point of dignity.

Ayatollah khamenei said a fruit of the blessed month of Ramadan was spiritual immaculacy and company with God to which the Islamic umma had need more than past.

Ayatollah Khamenei touched on the difficult time of Muslims in the past which was rife with negligence and hopelessness, adding that despite heavy pressures from world domineering powers, the prospect of the Muslims has turned bright at present thank to Islamic awakening.

"The prospect of Muslims is brighter than ever. Even the enemies of Islam admit to their feebleness and defeat," the IR Leader said, adding that in order to materialize the prospective dignity, the Muslims must engage in a diligent campaign in political, intellectual, scientific and moral spheres.

Ayatollah Khamenei said the current situation in Middle East bore testimony to the feeble status of the international arrogance.

"The regime of the United States of America which in the wake of the collapse of the former Soviet considered itself unchallenged and reeve of global village has now faced dead ends and blind knots in Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq and Afghanistan. They themselves look frustrated about their projects," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

Concerning the recent US encroachments on Pakistan, Ayatollah Khamenei said that the Americans would end up in failure also in their encroachments on Pakistan "because Muslims are awakened and beam with spirit of perseverance."

Ayatollah Khamenei said the Muslims are in need of divine assistance in order to keep progress, adding that the Muslim Iranian nation in the past 30 years have stood against the arrogant superpowers by relying on God and makes progress day by day.

"We must cherish the divine blessings and solidify our resolve and hope in future," the IR Leader urged.

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Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei: Hajj, a precious spiritual opportunity (2008/11/05 - 16:54)

Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei in a meeting with Hajj organizers termed the ceremony a precious opportunity for pilgrims, the great Islamic Ummah and the Islamic Republic system.

"Hajj is the best opportunity for removing any differences among Muslims and harmonizing the intentions and wills in the Islamic world."

The IR Leader urged the Iranian Hajj organizers to remove any issue which may prevent the pilgrims from using the precious opportunity, adding that Hajj was a spiritual journey which must be made with both soul and body.

"Having enjoyed multiple ethnicities, races, cultures and tastes, the Islamic Ummah is exposed to potential divide. Hajj is a great opportunity for Muslims to reduce the gap," Ayatollah Khamenei added.

Ayatollah Khamenei termed the Islamic Republic a sovereign but oppressed system, adding that the Hajj was an appropriate opportunity for explaining the realities of the Islamic Republic to Muslims.

Ayatollah Khamenei noted that Shii and Sunni people were living together inside Iran under the rule of Koran and Islamic statute, adding that in Islamic countries and other corners of the world where Muslims reside, many feel affection for the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini and the great Iranian nation.

"The enemies however accuse the Islamic system of enmity with different denominations of Islam. The distortion must be laid bare for Muslims," the IR Leader urged.

The Islamic Revolution Leader said many Muslims never find the chance to express their hatred to the arrogance, especially America for its interventions in Muslims' internal affairs. "The Islamic Republic of Iran however has provided a free, globally-reaching pulpit to make the Muslim sentiments heard. Hence America's enmity towards the system," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

In another regard, Ayatollah Khamenei denounced the efforts of some individuals and circles inside the country to blacken the situation and incite mental disturbances within members of the society, noting that the Iranian nation is that nation which helped the great revolution to win and has defended the Islamic System for thirty years.

Ayatollah Khamenei warned that the achievements of the system had not been readily realized that some target the principle of the system on grounds of personal motives or enmity with the administration.

The IR Leader expressed deep regret for the current anti-administration propaganda situation in the country adding that God would not ignore the issue.

Ayatollah Khamenei urged all individuals and groups to be wary about their words and deeds, adding that certain acts had potential to set off seditions which would ignite both innocents and tyrants.

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meeting with participants in the 17th Nationwide Prayers Conference (2008/11/19 - 18:36)

Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei highlighted the role of worship to God in cleansing individual souls and society, saying that once the appearance and content of praying were attended to as taught by Islam it would prove a key element of training for individuals and the society as a whole.

Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks to an audience of officials in charge of prayers affairs and promotion of worship in society Wednesday morning.

The IR Leader called the practice of 'namaz' (Persian term for the Islam-taught method of worship to God) as a distinctive feature of Islam "which must be accentuated in different sectors of the Islamic community."

He said the salvation of mankind lied in pursuing sharia-based orders and avoiding whatever sharia forbids, adding that namaz stood out as the mainstay of sharia teachings by helping rein the rowdy side of human ego.

The Islamic Revolution Leader said whether human being may achieve salvation or run an otherwise destructive path depends on how he or she handles his or her ego, adding that human being may ascend to ultimate perfection once his or her rowdy ego is contained by means of 'zekr' or remembrance of God in a way that helps an individual to avoid any situation which may harm his or her soul.

"But if the rowdy ego is left unbridled nothing would come about but tyranny, vice, poverty or arrogance," Ayatollah Khamenei added.

Ayatollah Khamenei noted that the practice of namaz once intertwined with God remembrance could help human being avoid sins as the special Islamic practice, which must be conducted on several occasions every 24 hours, helps an individual to maintain the memory of God inside his or her soul.

Ayatollah Khamenei then urged the relevant bodies to help promote the practice within the society in true terms, adding that a whole-body namaz could improve mental being of society and enhance security.

Ayatollah Khamenei also termed the youth time as a rewarding period to train soul to conduct whole-body prayers.

The IR Leader then regretted that the number of mosques in populous areas of the country was inadequate and said that as a principle imperative, any large architectural project should also embed a mosque in its architectural plan. Ayatollah Khamenei urged the government to pursue his directive seriously.

Ayatollah Khamenei also urged relevant bodies to set aside a special area to build mosques in subway stations, train stations, inter-city bus stops, airports and large townships, adding that any internal and external air flights must be scheduled in a way that people have enough time to conduct their prayers.

"In flights where there is no such possibility, some space inside the airliners must be dedicated to the practice," the IR Leader directed.

Ayatollah Khamenei also promoted the case of congregational prayers in his speech, saying, "in such mega cities as Tehran, mosques must bloom with congregational prayers. 'Azan' (call to prayers) must reverberate in cities of the Islamic country (Iran)."

Ayatollah Khamenei also directed that mass construction projects must have adequate room in their plans to build mosques and that the Municipality must not issue permit to plans which fail to observe the issue.

"Features of Islam must be present in society specially in architectural and constructional projects," the IR Leader added.

In the beginning of the meeting, Mohsen Qara'ati, a prominent Iranian Alim renowned for his efforts to promote prayers in the country, delivered a report on the latest schemes to promote namaz, adding that the appeal of prayers was improved within society.

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The message of His Eminence Ayatollah Khamenei to the Hajj pilgrims from the whole world

December 7, 2008

In the Name of God the Beneficent the Merciful

Once again the Land of Revelation has gathered legions of true-believers for its annual banquet. In the birthplace of Islam and the Holy Quran, eager hearts from throughout the world are now engaged in such rites which indeed show a sign of the eternal lesson of Islam and the Holy Quran to mankind: symbolic steps for implementing and applying such a lesson.

The aim of this great lesson is to ensure the eternal salvation and dignity of mankind by training righteous people and establishing a righteous society; people who worship the One and Only God in their hearts and in practice and cleanse themselves from polytheism, moral impurities and deviant desires, and a society built out of justice, freedom, faith, vitality and all the other signs of life and progress.

The main elements for such personal and social training are incorporated in the Hajj. Going into ihram and leaving individual distinctions behind, abstaining from many carnal joys and desires, circumambulating around the symbol of monotheism and praying in the Place of Ibrahim the Idol-breaker and the Self-Sacrificing, the hurrying between the two hills, finding tranquility in Arafat among the great numbers of monotheists from every colour and ethnic background to passing the night in prayer and supplication in al-Masha’ar al-Haram with a fondness for God in one’s heart, devoting one’s heart and soul to God the Almighty in such a congested crowd, being present in Mina and stoning the satanic symbols, the meaningful concretization of sacrificing and feeding the poor and the wayfarer are all aimed at training, practicing and reminding us of it.

In this perfect ritual, sincerity, purity of heart and disentanglement from materialistic engagements, endeavour, resilience, intimacy and seclusion with God, unity, concordance, homogeneity, adorning the soul and heart, committing the heart to solidarity with the great body of the Muslim Ummah, humility before the Ultimate Truth, firmness against falsehood, soaring in the desire for the hereafter and the firm resolution to adorn the world are all interwoven and constantly practiced:

“And among them there are those who say, ‘Our Lord, give us good in this world and good in the Hereafter, and save us from the punishment of the Fire.’”

This way, the Honoured Ka’bah and the Hajj rituals contribute to the resilience and the uprising of human societies and are filled with benefit and enjoyment for all mankind:

Allah has made the Ka’bah, the Sacred House, a means of sustenance for mankind…”

That they may witness the benefits for them, and mention Allah’s Name during the known days.

Today, Muslims from all countries and races should appreciate the value of this great ritual more than before and benefit from it, for the horizon is brighter than ever in the eyes of the Muslim Ummah and the hope for reaching the goals Islam has envisaged for individuals and societies is greater than ever. If, in the last two centuries the Muslim Ummah got disintegrated and was defeated in the confrontation with the Western materialistic civilization and the atheist schools of thought of both the right and the left, today, in the 15th century of the Lunar Hejrah, it is the economic and political theories of the West that are paralyzed and fading away. Today, as a result of the Muslims’ reawakening and the retrieval of their identity and with the resurgence of monotheistic ideas and the logic of justice and divinity, a new dawn of prosperity and glory has begun for Muslims.

Those who, in the not-so-distant past, were singing the tune of despair and believed that not only Islam and Muslims but also the foundations of spirituality and religiosity had been lost in the invasion of the Western civilization, are now today witnessing the resurgence of Islam and the revival of the Holy Quran as well as the gradual debilitation and collapse of those invaders, confirming all this with their tongues and hearts.

I say with full confidence that this is only the beginning and the complete fulfillment of the divine promise of the victory of truth over falsehood, the reconstruction of the Ummah of the Quran and the new Islamic civilization are on the way:

Allah has promised those of you who have faith and do righteous deeds that He will surely make them successors in the earth, just as He made those who were before them successors, and He will surely establish for them their religion which He has approved for them, and that He will surely change their state to security after their fear, while they worship Me, not ascribing any partners to Me. And whoever is ungrateful after that it is they who are the transgressors.”

The first and foremost sign of this inescapable promise was the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran and the establishment of the glorious Islamic system which turned Iran into a strong fortress for the idea of Islamic rule and civilization. The birth of this miraculous phenomenon amidst the height of the materialism and Islamophobia of rightist and leftist politicians and thinkers, and then its resistance against political, military, economic and propaganda strikes coming from all directions, gave rise to the creation of new hope and passion in the hearts of Muslims. With the passage of time and by the grace of God the Almighty, the strength and capabilities of the Islamic Revolution have increased and the hope it created is now more deeply rooted than ever. Over the last thirty years, the Middle East and Muslim countries in Asia and Africa have been the arenas where this victorious struggle is taking place: Palestine and the Islamic Intefadhah and the emergence of a Muslim Palestinian government; Lebanon and the historic victory of Hezbollah and the Islamic resistance against the arrogant bloodthirsty Zionist regime; Iraq and the establishment of a Muslim and populist government on the ruins of the atheist regime and the dictator Saddam; Afghanistan and the humiliating defeat of the Communist occupiers and their puppet government; the defeat and failure of all the plots hatched by arrogant America to dominate the Middle East; the incurable problems and chaos inside the usurper Zionist regime; the prevalence of the Islam-seeking masses in all or most of the neighbouring countries and especially among the youth and intellectuals; the amazing scientific and technological progress in Islamic Iran achieved under severe economic sanctions and embargoes; the defeat of warmongers in America in the political and economic arenas and Muslim minorities’ regaining their true identity and dignity in most of the Western countries. These are all clear indications of the triumph and advancements of Islam in its struggle against its enemies in this century that is the 15th century of Lunar Hejrah.

Brothers and sisters! These victories are all the fruits of jihad and sincerity. When the voice of God was heard from the lips of His servants, and the resoluteness and strength of the fighters of the true path were deployed and when the Muslims fulfilled their promise to God the Exalted and the Almighty fulfilled His promise in response, the path of history was changed:

“Fulfill My covenant that I may fulfill your covenant, and be in awe of Me alone. If you help Allah, He will help you and make your feet steady. Allah will surely help those who help Him. Indeed Allah is all-Strong, all-Mighty. Indeed We shall help Our apostles and those who have faith in the life of the world and on the day when the witnesses rise up.”

But this is still the beginning. Muslim nations still face treacherous roads ahead. One can never survive them unless one is equipped with the power of faith, sincerity, hope and jihad as well as insight and patience. This path cannot be taken with despair and pessimism, apathy and lack of spirit, impatience, lethargy and disbelief in the fulfillment of the divine promise.

The wounded enemy is now resorting to anything and will spare no effort to strike back. We need to be resourceful, wise and to take advantage of opportunities. This way all the efforts of the enemy will fail. In the last thirty years, the enemies, mostly the US and Zionism, have been utilizing all their capacities but have failed miserably. The same thing will happen in the future, too, Insha-Allah.

The severity and intensity of the enemy’s actions usually show just how weak and imprudent he is. Look at Palestine and especially Gaza. The cruel and ruthless acts of the enemy, which are unprecedented in the history of human atrocities, are indicative of his weakness in overcoming the firm resolve of men, women and children who, with their empty hands, are standing against the Occupant Regime and its supporter, the superpower called America; they have spurned its demand which is to reject the Hamas government. May God the Almighty’s blessings be showered upon this resolute and great nation. The people of Gaza and the Hamas government have given meaning to the following everlasting verses of the Holy Quran which says:

“We will surely test you with a measure of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth, lives, and fruits; and give good news to the patient. Those who, when an affliction visits them, say, ‘Indeed we belong to Allah, and to Him do we indeed return.’ It is they who receive the blessings of their Lord and His mercy, and it is they who are the rightly guided. You will surely be tested in your possessions and your souls, and you will surely hear from those who were given the Book before you and from the polytheists much affront; but if you are patient and God wary, that is indeed the steadiest of courses.”

Truth will emerge triumphant in its battle with falsehood and it is the oppressed and steadfast nation of Palestine that will ultimately be victorious over the enemy.

“And Allah is all-Strong, all-Mighty.”

Even today, the enemy has failed to break the resistance of the Palestinians. The claims of freedom and democracy and the slogans of human rights have turned out to be nothing but lies. This has greatly disgraced the US and most European regimes; disgraces from which they will not be able to recover soon. The infamous Zionist regime is more notorious than before and some Arab regimes have lost their honour and reputation which they did not have in this test.

“They who act unjustly shall know to what final place of turning they shall turn back.”

Peace on the righteous slaves of Allah,

Sayyed Ali Husayni Khamenei

4 Dhul-Hejjah 1429/3 December 2008


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Islamic Revolution Leader issued a statement Sunday on the horrendous tragedy of Gaza bloodbath in the hand of the Zionists

December 28, 2008

Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei issued a statement Sunday on the horrendous tragedy of Gaza bloodbath in the hand of the Zionists, strongly condemning the heinous complicity of the criminal Bush’s regime with the Zionists, adding that the silence of some international bodies and some Arab states provided for the crimes.

Ayatollah Khamenei declared Monday as day of general mourning and called on all Muslim people and free men of the world to render their duty towards the tragic issue. The text of the statement is as follows.

In the Name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful

“We belong to God, and to Him we return”

The horrific atrocity of the Zionist regime in Gaza in which hundreds of innocent men, women and children were massacred pushed the curtain of deception from the blood thirsty face of the Zionist wolves and noted the negligent about the presence of this hostile disbeliever in the heart of the lands of the Islamic nation.

The horrendous ordeal is very heavy and moving for any Muslim not to say for any free and noble human being in any corner of the world. However, the larger ordeal is the encouraging silence of some Arab governments which claim to be Muslims. Which ordeal could be larger than the fact that Muslim governments, otherwise expected to support the innocent Gaza people against the usurping and hostile regime, adopted a mood which encouraged the criminal Zionist authorities to impertinently consider them as in harmony with the large tragedy?

Which answer the heads of those countries have prepared to give to the Messenger of God (pbuh)? Which answer they have prepared to give to their own nations which are indeed mourning the tragedy? Indeed today the heart of the Egyptian, Jordanian and the people of other Islamic countries is overwhelmed with sorrow about the bloodshed as well as the protracted food and medicine embargos.

By his complicity in the large crime, the criminal Bush’s administration in the last days of his shameful rule more darkened the face of the American regime than ever and added to its dossier of war crimes. The European governments with their indifference and sometimes their complicity in the large tragedy once more proved that their claims of advocacy for human rights are false and also showed they are present in the front against Islam and Muslims. Now, I ask the scholars of the Arab world and the chiefs of the Egyptian al-Azhar centre “isn’t it the time to feel the threat facing Islam and Muslims?” “Isn’t it the time to fulfill the mandatory act of standing against any bullying ruler?” Is an additional, more divulging scene of complicity between the hostile disbelievers and the hypocrites of the ummah in repressing the Muslims than the current Gaza and Palestine developments is needed to prompt you to feel responsibility?

I have also a question to ask the media and the intellectuals of the world of Islam and especially the Arab world. For how long you have decided to remain indifferent regarding your media and intellectual responsibility?

Has there remained any more face for the scandal-hit human rights bodies of the west and the so-called ‘security’ council of the United Nations to lose?

All the Palestinian warriors and other faithful of the world of Islam are supposed to defend the defenceless people of Gaza. Anyone who is killed in the legitimate and holy defence is a martyr and is hoped to be among the ranks of the martyrs of Badr and Uhud battles in the presence of the Messenger of God (pbuh).

The Organization of the Islamic Conference must fulfil its historical responsibility in the sensitive conditions and form a solid front, bereft of inaction and preservations, against the Zionist regime. The Zionist regime must be punished by the Muslim governments. The heads of the usurping regime must be tried and punished in person for their crimes and the protracted siege.

The Muslim nations are able to materialize the demands through firm resolve. The duty of politicians, scholars and intellectuals in this juncture is much heavier than others.

I declare Monday a day of general mourning in commemoration of the Gaza tragedy and instruct the country’s authorities to fulfill their duties regarding the sad incident.

“And those who do wrong shall surely know by what overturning they will be overturned”

Sayyed Ali Khamenei

December 28, 2008


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Ayatollah Sayyed ‘Ali Khamenei: IRI will do whatever needed to help Gaza

January 8, 2009

Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayyed ‘Ali Khamenei said Thursday that Israel and America by their gut-wrenching atrocities in Gaza actually seek to annihilate the foundation of resistance in the significant Middle East region and subsequently take rein of its riches and benefits.

Ayatollah Khamenei described the massacre of children, women and the innocent people in Gaza at the hands of the Zionists as a rare tragedy, adding however that the developments will definitely lead to victory of truth over falsehood thanks to God’s assistance, the firm resolve of the Palestinian combatants and the presence of nations in the scene.

Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks in a public meeting coincided with the ‘Ashoura anniversary when the third Shi’i Imam, Hadhrat Husayn ibn ‘Ali (as) was martyred in a battle against the bullying rulers of his time, 13 centuries ago.

The IR Leader said the message of the unforgettable ‘Ashoura epic event was that the Islamic ummah must keep vigilant adding that Imam Husayn taught the nations to bear their responsibility of keeping vigilance towards any sort of hidden conspiracies and adopt a timely and brave action to counter them, albeit incurring some necessary price to foil the conspiracies.

Ayatollah Khamenei said the Zionist bloodshed in Gaza also has a covert side which enshrouds some conspiracy to annihilate the foundation of resistance in the region and consequently take rein of the riches in the Middle East. Ayatollah Khamenei urged the Muslim nations and government to heed the point and adopt an appropriate action to counter the conspiracy.

Ayatollah Khamenei said the Big Satan and the Usurper Israel also sought an identical objective in their 33-day war against Lebanon in summer 2006 but to no avail.

“They sought to produce a kowtow Middle East. Their hodgepodge of dreams failed to realize as brave, sacrificing and faithful Lebanese youths delivered a hard slap in the mouth of America, Israel and all their cronies,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.

Ayatollah Khamenei then touched on an official acknowledgment in the West that the Islamic Republic of Iran had stood model for regional resistance.

“They have admitted too that the Islamic Iran thanks to its people’s vigilance is viewed by the regional nations as a spectacular paradigm of resistance and victory. The domineering powers have now targeted the innocent, democratic government of Hamas as a stage of their conspiracy to annihilate the resistance,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.

The IR Leader then warned against the indifferent governments in the region that if the enemies of Islam got success at the stage for sure they would not leave alone other parts of the Middle East. “The Islamic states which have refused to help Palestine should understand the dangerous consequences of their mistakes.”

Ayatollah Khamenei said the awakening of nations and their presence in the scene was an important factor in boosting the Palestinian resistance.

“I especially thank the faithful youths who gathered in airports and other places and announced their wish to go to Gaza. But I must note that our hands are bound in this regard,” the IR Leader added.

“Nevertheless, everybody should know that the Islamic Republic will do whatever needed to help innocent Palestinian people as it has already done in the past,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.

The Islamic Revolution Leader called the efforts of some Islamic governments in support of the people of Gaza as good but insufficient. “By constant political and public pressures, we should force the enemy to withdraw,” Ayatollah Khamenei urged.

Ayatollah Khamenei said the tragedy of Gaza shed the reputation of the world’s fake human rights advocates.

“The shelterless children and the oppressed women of Gaza fall on the ground every day like autumn leaves while no utterance is heard from the United Nations, or other organizations who claims are advocating human rights or Western governments including the European governments. The bitter reality shows the insincerity and deceit of the organizations and governments who claim they are defending human rights.”

Ayatollah Khamenei Expressed deep regret that some intellectuals, press and media within the Islamic world had directed their attacks at Palestine’s legal government or had justified the Zionist crimes.

“These people will for sure be responsible in front of God for their complicity with the criminals. Fortunately in the Islamic Iran, the solid unanimity of people and government has led to a laudable support for the oppressed Palestinians.”

Ayatollah Khamenei said that the Gaza developments will definitely lead to victory of truth over falsehood, adding that even if the enemy, God forbid, got success to kill all resistance fighters and Palestinian strugglers, the Palestinian cause would not vanish.

“No doubt, Palestine thanks to its experiences would rise up in front of the enemy very much stronger than before and would finally overcome them,” the IR Leader added.

“God willing, all Muslim nations will celebrate their victory in a near future,” the IR Leader promised.


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A message to Isma’il Haniyeh from Ayatollah Khamenei

January 17, 2009

Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayyed ‘Ali Khamenei wrote a message Friday to Isma’il Haniyeh, the Premier of the Gaza-based legitimate Palestinian government about the defeat and disgrace of the equipped army of the Zionist regime in the face of the “patience, bravery and sacrifice” of the valiant combatants and the innocent people of Gaza.

Ayatollah Khamenei in the message praised that the dignified perseverance of the Gaza people against one of the most atrocious war crimes in history helped discredit America, the supporters of the Zionist regime and the traitors and hypocrites in the Islamic Ummah.

Ayatollah Khamenei also noted that the perseverance of the Gaza people will hoist the dignity flag of the Islamic Ummah and will growingly deal humiliation to the anti-human enemies.

The text of the message follows.

Bismillah ar-Rahman ar-Rahim

Dear Isma’il Haniyeh, the Mujahid brother,

“Peace be upon you, for that you were patient” (The Thunder: 24)

Twenty days of perseverance by you, by the valiant and martyrdom-ready combatants and by the people of Gaza from all walks of life in the face of one of the most atrocious war crimes in history and world has helped hoist the flag of dignity over the Islamic Ummah.

You proved that a Muslim heart full of faith in God and in the Day of Resurrection and a solemn and dignified Muslim soul which never bears the humiliation of submission towards bully and oppression would generate such strength against which tyrant and arrogant governments or equipped armies would feel feeble and would suffer indignity.

An army already held stuck for the past twenty days behind the gates of Gaza thank to the strength of your sacrifice and your welcome to martyrdom is that same army which took rein of large tracts of three Arab countries in six days. Take honour in your faith, in your reliance on God and in your honest belief in the Divine Promises and know that all Muslims do too. Your Jihad to date has discredited America, the Zionist regime, their supporters, the United Nations and the hypocrites in the Islamic Ummah.

Today, not only the Muslim nations, but many of the European and American nations have accepted without qualifications that your have been rightful. You are already the victors and through keeping the dignified perseverance, you can push further the abject and anti-humane enemy to humiliation and defeat, God willing. Indeed “Your Lord has neither forsaken you nor hates you” (The Forenoon: 3) and indeed “Your Lord shall give you, and you shall be satisfied” (The Forenoon: 5), God willing.

Nonetheless, the bloody and tragic incidents befallen on the Palestinian civilians, especially the innocent children have rent our hearts. The scenes of crimes of the usurpers of Palestine, broadcast several times a day through all our television channels have made our nation sad and bereaved. May God multiply your award and hasten your victory. Indeed the promise of God is true Who said “Assuredly God will help him who helps Him” (The Hajj: 40) and “Whosoever struggles, struggles only to his own gain” (The Spider: 6).

The Arab traitors would rather realize that their fate would not go better than that of the Jews in the war of confederates (early in Islam) for whom the Almighty said “And He brought down those of the People of the Book who supported them from their fortresses” (The Confederates: 26). The nations have sided with the people and the Mujahids of Gaza. Any government which defies the practice would more distance from its nation and the fate of such governments is definite. If they care their life and dignity they must take note of the word of the Commander of the Faithful, ‘Ali (as) who said: “If you are downtrodden, you life will be but death and if you are dominant, your death will be but life.”

I send my praise to you, to the combatants of Gaza and all your innocent and resistant people and in the company of all the efforts the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran have made as a duty, I pray for you day and night and ask the All-Mighty, All-Powerful God to confer patience and victory on you.

And Allah’s peace, mercy and blessings be on you and on the devout servants of Allah.

Sayyed ‘Ali Husayni Khamenei

Muharram 18, 1430

Dey 26, 1387

January 16, 2009


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Gaza war helped distinguish between truth and falsehood

February 11, 2009


The Secretary General of the Palestinian Islamic Jehad Movement, Ramadhan Abdullah and his accompanying delegation met with the Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei. In the meeting he delivered a report about the Gaza war and its developments.

Ayatollah Khamenei congratulated the Palestinian delegation on the victory of Gaza people and Islamic Resistance in the 22-day war against the Zionist regime and underlined that what was happened in the Gaza Strip was a miracle.

The IR Leader said that the victory in Gaza was got through God’s favour and assistance, adding,” The Gaza developments took place occurred under the auspices of God’s power. They were materialized by the belief, firm resolve and Jehad of the resistance forces.”

Ayatollah Khamenei said the people of Gaza got through the test successfully and their authorities produced a good performance by their united and firm stances.

Ayatollah Khamenei highlighted the role of the world public opinion over the Gaza developments and said, “One of the great victories of the Islamic resistance was that it attracted the world public opinion in a way that the enemy failed to remove the name of Palestine from the scene or present Palestinian as aggressor.”

The IR Leader urged the delegation to keep continuous relations with the Gaza public opinion, adding, “Since the end of Gaza war the enemy has been trying to affect the public opinion in Gaza through psychological and propaganda war and present the Islamic resistance as responsible for the sufferings of people. You should foil this plot.”

Ayatollah Khamenei said the Zionist regime was declining, adding that America and Europe created the Zionist regime as a means for them to dominate the Middle East however, 60 years after its creation, it has reached such a degenerated position that the West has to deploy warships off its coasts to protect the regime.

The IR Leader named religion and Islam as the main factors behind the victories and successes of the Palestinian people. “The Gaza war and the related developments acted as a separator and helped distinguish truth and falsehood,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.

Ayatollah Khamenei underlined that by adopting a firm stance in the diplomatic arena, the military victory of Gaza would be consolidated, adding the Palestinians must rely on their own power and make the enemy to surrender in the diplomatic scene as they did in the military scene.

The IR Leader hoped for full liberation of Palestine and said, “Now the signs of the Divine promise have been revealed. Our definite belief is that if the path is kept the final victory would be at hand in the near future.”

Ramadhan Abdullah for his part thanked the Islamic Revolution Leader and the Iranian nation on behalf of the Palestinian nation and the resistance forces, adding that the victory in the Gaza war was indeed the victory of the Palestinian nation as well.

“The Zionist enemy could not reach its goals despite making all considerations it made about its weak points during the 33-day Lebanese war,” Abdullah noted, adding the only accomplishment of the regime in the war was bloodshed of women and children.

“The victory in the Gaza war proved that the Zionist regime is no longer the regime which defeated Arab armies in the six-day war. The era of decline of the Zionist regime has begun,” he added.

“The Zionist enemy and its supporters perceived the Gaza as the weakest loop of the Islamic resistance in the region however the defeat of the regime in the war was a strategic change which heralds final victory in Palestine,” Abdullah added.

The Islamic Jehad’s Secretary General said faith and Jehad was the main source of ability for the resistance forces, adding that the resistance groups in a united stance will try to make the enemy to backtrack from its position in the diplomatic scene.


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