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People's Massive Turnout on 22nd Bahman A Blow to Enemies' Plots (18.2.1995)

TEHRAN (Iran News 02/18/95) - Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, yesterday said the huge turnout of Iranian people in support of the Revolution and the Islamic system is a unique phenomenon.
In his Friday Prayer Sermon at the Tehran University campus, The Leader said Americans are stunned by the millions-strong turnout of Iranians celebrating the 16th anniversary of the triumph of the Islamic Revolution. He added that the United States is again trying to make the Iranian government surrender by putting pressure on the Iranian people.
Ayatollah Khamenei called the grand rallies held in support of the Revolution on February 11, "a decisive blow to the conspiracies of global arrogance and the Zionists."
The Leader told the congregation: "I state here in the presence of multitudes of worshippers, on behalf of every individual of the nation, that the enemies of Islam could never bring the Iranian nation to its knees," adding that the massive turnout of the people for the annual rallies last Saturday, foiled the propaganda campaign of the enemies who had claimed that the people have become disillusioned with Islam and the Revolution.
Ayatollah Khamnei also said that since the Islamic Revolution in Iran, relies upon the people, this source of strength is a great privilege for the Islamic system. He said the inability of the enemies of Islam to mar the image of the Islamic Revolution was because of the active support of the people on all fronts.
Over two million people converged on the sprawling Azadi (Liberty) Square in western Tehran on February 11 to show solidarity with the Islamic system and their determination to counter the plots of global arrogance. The massive turnout, which has become a regular event every year despite the massive propaganda of the western media, once again nullified the plots of the enemies of the Islamic Revolution.
In his first sermon, Ayatollah Khamenei discussed the philosophy of prayer and supplication in Islam, and repeated the famous tradition that "supplication is the armor of the faithful." He said, supplications establish a firm bridge between the Almighty creator and the creatures, and lifts man above the material trappings of the mundane world.

Leader Pardons Prisoners (12.2.1995)

IRAN NEWS NATIONAL DESK TEHRAN - Celebrating the victory of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, the Leader of the Revolution, commuted the sentence of prisoners convicted in revolutionary, genera and military courts. The pardon came at the suggestion of the Judiciary Chief, Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi, who requested leniency in a letter to the Leader. Replying to the judiciary chief's request, the Leader wrote: After greetings, I agree with your suggestion and the persons described will be pardoned or their sentences commuted.

Leader's Note on Fatwa (12.2.1995)

IRAN NEWS NATIONAL DESK TEHRAN - There was a religious inquiry from the Leader of the Revolution, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei regarding drinking foreign beverages and the possibility that this would enhance the pillars of the arrogant system. The Leader stated in reply: "Any act which strengthens the pillars of the arrogance and Zionist centers is by itself haram (religiously forbidden)." Since several questions were received by the office of the Supreme Leader about different cases to which the Fatwa applies, by obtaining the Leader's viewpoint, the following explanation was provided: "What has been said in reply to the religious inquiry is a general ruling which applies to every act which according to the norms may lead to enhancement of the arrogant system and Zionist centers. Therefore, the specified example in the question is not intended and the reply does not indicate that (the case mentioned in the inquiry) is religiously forbidden in particular..."

Leader Calls Air Force a Unique Entity (9.2.1995)

IRAN NEWS NATIONAL DESK TEHRAN - The Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, says the Iranian Air Force is a "unique entity" and every member of the Force has a share in its honor. He also says the "deep devotion" to the cause of truth demonstrated by the rank and file of the Air Force, who marched to the residence of the late Imam Khomeini after his return from exile in 1979, was a symbolic gesture displaying their readiness for self-sacrifice. Speaking in a special ceremony marking the anniversary of allegiance of the personnel of the Air Force to the late Imam Khomeini under the former regime, the Leader said that the glory of Iranian nation was indebted to millions of outstanding sacrifices made in different arenas to save the nation. Today, each personnel of the Air Force is responsible to promote this force as a great asset of the state and the Revolution, he said, according to IRNA.
The Leader emphasized the need for putting evolutionary spirit into the task of reconstruction, innovation and initiation to promote the Air Force. He recommended that the moral standards of the Air Force should be further strengthened through education, revolutionary spirit, sense of obligation and determination to make progress. Before the Leader's speech, the new Commander of the Air Force, Brigadier General, Habib Baqaei, offered felicitation to the Leader on the occasion of the Ten-Day Dawn.

Leader Urges Reading Qoran (8.2.1995)

IRAN NEWS NATIONAL DESK TEHRAN - The Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei yesterday underlined the need for the public to memorize the holy Qoran, and for the youth to thoroughly familiarize themselves with it. Addressing a group of Qoran reciters, the Leader further stated that "our rich, vast and powerful country is known, in the community of nations, for its love of Islam and the Qoran." The Supreme Leader stated: "Our foes of are hostile to us because of their enmity with Islam and the Qoran. Likewise, Iran's friends share with our nation the love of Islam and the Qoran." He said the former despotic regime tried to cut the people's link with the holy book, and urged all Iranians to get further acquainted with the Qoran so that "we could make up for our lagging behind in this respect."

Leader Terms Islamic Revolution Unique (4.2.1995)

IRAN NEWS NATIONAL DESK TEHRAN (Iran News 02/04/95) - Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, Leader of the Islamic Revolution, here yesterday referred to the alien publicity campaign to adversely affect the message of the Islamic Revolution by disseminating false news against Iran. Addressing multitudes of Friday prayer worshippers at Tehran University campus on the first Friday of the holy month of Ramazan, the Leader elaborated on various dimensions of the Islamic Revolution, saying that it is unique in terms of popularity and also in the way it gained victory, IRNA reported. The Leader pointed to the Iranian nation's belief in religion and trust in the Ulema, noting that this feature sparked the people's protests against the shah's regime. The Ayatollah said the people's participation in anti-shah demonstrations was because the Ulema were leading the movement. The Iranian nation followed the Ulema and the cleric in the struggle and still follow them after the culmination of the Islamic Revolution, the Leader said adding that the revolution is thus unique due to the people's involvement and their faith in Islam. Those engaged in partisan warfare against the shah's regime admitted that the revolution's victory was due to the Imam's leadership, the Leader stated.
Elsewhere, elaborating on the features of Ramazan, the Ayatollah underlined the need for the believers to embark upon self-purification during this holy month. Marking that Ramazan is the month of Allah, fasting, Islam and purity, the Leader termed fasting a most effective way to refine the soul and to struggle against minor and major sins. The Leader then called the people the true owners of the revolution, saying that the Islamic Revolution became victorious with the will of the people.
On the imperialistic roles played by the U.S. and Britain in plundering Iran's oil resources, he said that the Americans wanted to exploit Iran's oil, to exercise influence in the Iranian Armed Forces especially the Air Force and to keep their espionage network active in Iran, but the revolution put an end to all such aspirations. Terming Iran-Britain relationship shaky and unstable, the Ayatollah said, "In my opinion, the British government should be more cautious in dealing with Iran, and because of its grim and terrible record in Iran, it should not utter statements that are reminiscent of its past evil intentions (towards Iran)". He said the Islamic Revolution of Iran returned the dignity of the Muslims to them. ``The Muslims considered the victory of the Iranian people as a great victory for themselves," the Leader said, ``It was based on this belief that the Muslim leaders, Islamic personalities, intellectuals, poets, artists, politicians and religious scholars in the Islamic world would have tears of joy in their eyes when they came to Iran."
He said that developments in Africa and Asia were rooted in this new sense of dignity among the Muslims. ``The events that are caused by Muslims in Africa and Asia have caused the Americans and the arrogant powers of the world to be preoccupied and anxious. Therefore, they refer to Iran as dangerous and opposed to their own interests. They have found out that the Muslims in Algeria, Egypt, Palestine and Bosnia-Herzegovina are rising, motivated by the same feeling created in them by the Islamic Revolution of Iran," added the Leader.
Ayatollah Khamenei then said that the pride and dignity of the Muslims today was one of the results of the Islamic Revolution of Iran. ``Today the Muslim nations in Asia, Europe, and Africa are speaking and shouting slogans in support of the Islamic Revolution. They will uphold the Imam's fatwa till their last breath and this represents the depth of the strategy of the Islamic Revolution," he asserted.
The Leader then referred to the rumors as propaganda tools that are created in order to weaken the Islamic Revolution, saying that against no other event has such an intense propaganda campaign been launched. ``Since the Islamic Revolution of Iran, the powers that are against the Islamic Revolution and Islam, such as the governments of the U.S., Britain and the usurper Zionists who are pawns of the U.S., have launched a massive and mighty propaganda campaign against Islamic Iran," said Ayatollah Khamenei.
He then lambasted those who are the proponents of human rights and said that they were involved in fraudulent exercises. ``The enemies of Islam brand the execution of professional drug traffickers in Iran as violation of human rights while they call the defense by their country of the people of Palestine terrorism inspired by Iran," said the Leader.
Elsewhere in his sermon, Ayatollah Khamenei attacked what he called ``dependent news agencies" for not reporting the truth. He said: ``The dependent news agencies in their propaganda against Iran use false and incorrect information. They want to take revenge by the imperialistic regimes such as the U.S. and Britain on the Iranian nation. They are the enemies of the people of Iran and think that they have every right to take their revenge," because the interests of the Imperialists are not respected any longer.

Leader Pays Tribute to the Founder of Islamic Iran (1.2.1995)

Iran News, IRAN NEWS POLITICAL DESK TEHRAN - Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, yesterday visited the mausoleum of Imam Khomeini, founder of the Islamic Republic, and praised the late immam's achievements. Ayatollah Khamenei later paid homage to the Martyrs who laid their lives down in their country's sacred defense. He attended the Behesht-e-Zahra cemetery where the heroes of the Islamic Revolution and the 8-year imposed war, as well as those killed on the 7th of Tir explosion at the Islamic Republic Party headquarters are laid to rest.

Leader's Message Handed to Bosnina President (1.2.1995)

IRAN NEWS POLITICAL DESK TEHRAN - The Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei sent a message to the Bosnian President, Alija Izebegovic, expressing sympathy with the brave people of Bosnia-Herzegovina. The message was handed to Begovic by the Leader's representative in Bosnia-Herzegovina affaris, Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, in Sarajevo Monday. According to an IRNA despatch, the two sides discussed the current developments in that country. Ayatollah Jannati lauded the brave resistance of Bosnian people. Izetbegovic thanked Iran for its support for the Bosnian Muslims and expressed hope that the existing cooperation between the two countries would continue in the future. Ayatollah Jannati arrived in Sarajevo on Sunday night for a three-day visit.

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