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Leader Grieves Khomeini's Demise (18.3.1995)

IRAN NEWS NATIONAL DESK TEHRAN (03/18/95) - The Leader of the Islamic Revolution Grand Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, in a message to the bereaved family of the late Imam Khomeini, the Iranian people and all Muslims throughout the world extends his condolences on the sad passing away of Hojjatoleslam Seyed Ahmad Khomeini yesterday. He recalled that during the events of the Islamic Revolution, Hojjatoleslam Ahmad Khomeini was one of the key figures, and consistently rendered valuable service, not confined to the post-Islamic Revolution period. Offering his condolences to the Imam of the age, Hazrat Mahdi (may Allah hasten his reappearance), the Leader said that after almost a week of concern and anxiety, the heavy load of grief, which struck yesterday, has saddened the hearts of all Muslim people. Commemorating the selfless service of Seyed Ahmad, Khamenei said Khomeini's role throughout the struggles of the Iranian nation was remarkable, and would remain alive eternally.
Concluding his message, the Leader offered condolences to the mother of the Hojjatoleslam Khomeini, and the wife of the late Imam, as well as to Hojjatoleslam Seyed Hassan Khomeini the eldest son of Seyed Ahmad and Ayatollah Seyed Morteza Pasandideh, the paternal uncle of the deceased and elder brother of the late Imam, who is a centenarian.

IRI is Politicized, IRIB Should Enhance This National Characteristic (15.3.1995)

Iran News, IRAN NEWS NATIONAL DESK TEHRAN - Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei yesterday praised the "noticeable" improvements in Iranian TV and radio programs. He told IRIB chief and senior managers from various cities that "programs of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) represent innovation and creativity of (IRIB) managers and program directors."
The Leader said paying tribute to the martyrs, the war disabled and the heroes of the 8-year Iraqi-imposed war as well as the Hizbollah forces is a policy pursued by the IRIB, "this is because those people who wholeheartedly defended the frontiers of Islamic Iran against the enemy's aggression and drove the aggressors from the country are considered national heroes and our nation is proud of each and every one of them." Ayatollah Khamenei said that today religious values have been given special importance in the nation's radio and television programs, and added that issues pertaining to hijab and prayers as well as gnostic programs are being broadcast in a proper fashion. However, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution called on the IRIB to broadcast more comic and entertaining programs to cheer up and exhilarate people.
Hailing the qualitative and quantitative improvement of political and news programs on Iranian radio and television, the Leader said "Iranian society is a political society and the IRIB should enhance people's political analysis capability through its news and political programming." Ayatollah Khamenei also called on Iranian actors to draw inspiration from the Iranian culture not to imitate the behavior of Western actors. He further urged Majlis (parliament) and the government to allocate appropriate funding for the IRIB.
Prior to his speech, the Leader was briefed by IRIB chief Ali Larijan on the activities of the organization this year.

Chador Best Hijab but not Mandatory for Women (14.3.1995)

IRAN NEWS NATIONAL DESK TEHRAN - The Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei says chador (full Islamic cover) is the best hijab for the Muslim woman but it is "not mandatory." Responding to a religious inquiry posed by the Minister of Education, Mohammad Ali Najafi, the Leader said: "There is no doubt that chador is a desirable cover and among Iranian costumes is considered the best hijab, but religiously no specific dress has been designated as necessary cover for women, and making the chador mandatory has no ground." The Minister said in his inquiry: "For some years the Education Ministry specified the minimum hijab for schoolgirls according to the religious norms and the fatwa by His Eminence the Imam in a circular. Recently the use of chador has been made mandatory for schoolgirls in some parts of the country, and local officials are putting schoolgirls under pressure to wear chador. You are requested to kindly state your viewpoint." The text of the question and answer were published in yesterday's issue of Abrar.

Leader Lauds Assembly of Experts (06.03.1995)

Iran News, IRAN NEWS POLITICAL DESK TEHRAN - Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei yesterday praised the Assembly of Experts calling them "an important, well-organized and responsible group linked with Muslim Ulema." He met with the Assembly's members and declared his support for their position on various problems facing the Muslim world. The Leader said Iranian clergymen nominate the Assembly members as a group of selected ulema whose stance represents that of the nation's ulema.
"The ulema have always provided shelter for the poor and the deprived people, and are considered the representatives of the downtrodden. Therefore, this is the policy being naturally pursued by the Assembly of Experts," the Leader said.The Leader stated that it is also the policy of the government to solve the problems of the poor. "The Islamic government has been working for the deprived, the needy and the oppressed since the culmination of the Islamic Revolution and I have personally followed up the issue of helping the needy and deprived people and tackling their problems," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

Leader Warns Against Schism in Muslims World (4.3.1995)

IRAN NEWS NATIONAL DESK TEHRAN - Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei says the time is ripe for Muslim heads of state to capitalize on their peoples' Islamic sentiments, vigilance, and faith to settle problems with the big powers on an equal basis, instead of dealing with them submissively and granting them concessions. "The bitter developments gripping the Muslim Ummah `re saddening and frievous to `ny Muslim. Today, the hardships faced by the oppressed Muslims of Palestine, Chechnya, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and elsewhere in Asia and Africa, though painful, are not so grievous as the more basic problem of division and schism in the Muslim world," he said. The Leader made the remarks on Thursday when he received a group of senior government officials, among them the president, the ministers, the Majlis speaker, the Judiciary head, members of the Guardians Council, ranking Army officers, as well as Muslim ambassadors in Tehran, on the occasion of the Eid-al Fetr, marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadhan. He cautioned against discord and division: "To try to create ethnic and nationalistic feelings among Persian, Turkish, Arab, and other Muslims would be to disrupt the consolidation and unity of the Muslim Ummah." "Despite all bitter and saddening developments in the Muslim world, however, there are also glimmers of hope, since Muslims now approach Islam and their own problems with a more serious concern and deeper feelings and manifest their Islamic faith through daily-increasing efforts and a grand movement. This appalls the U.S., the global Zionist circles, and the big capitalist institutions," the Leader marked. "The Zionists are headstrong, hostile, mammonishly secular, cruel and racist. The Zionist regime's hostility with Muslim governments and peoples is deep-rooted...," the Leader stressed, adding, "In the Islamic world, I now notice that Muslims are gradually shaking off their former passivity and submission." "The U.S. presence in the Persian Gulf is against the best interests of the region's Muslims. The peoples of the region demand to deal with the U.S. and any powerful European country on an equal basis. They also demand that their cultural dealings and exchanges with those powers be made on the basis of the same principle..."
The Leader then referred to the example of the Islamic Republic of Iran which has been able to thwart different plots hatched by the enemies of Islam because of the solid and unshakable bonds between the masses and the officials. "The massive presence of the people in the February 11 rallies (16th anniversary of the triumph of Revolution), the international Qods Day (24 February), and the funeral ceremonies of the innocent martyrs of the imposed war (February 19) serve as evidence of the people's high spirit and involvement in the affairs," he emphasized. "The Iranian people are involved in the national affairs and devoted to their (government) administrators; moreover, they have faith in the country's policies. That is a valuable quality which no honest person can afford to overlook," the Leader stated. "The harmony between the administration and the people, and the compassionate concern and the spirit of self-sacrifice, as shown by our government administrators, is simply a divine blessing, and the administrators must be thankful to Almighty Allah for that blessing and make the best use of it," he stressed.
Meanwhile, in a brief felicitation to the Leader, President Hashemi Rafsanjani expressed hope that Muslims worldwide would soon uproot their ethnic and divisive differences and attain their deserved status and dignity.

Ayatollah Khamenei Leads Eid Prayer (4.3.1995)

IRAN NEWS NATIONAL DESK TEHRAN The Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei says the dignity and prestige of Muslims depended on consolidation of their ranks. Leading the massive Eid al-Fetr prayer here Thursday, Ayatollah Khamenei warned of the vicious intentions of the enemies of Islam to create differences and sow discord among Muslims. The festival marked the end of the holy month of Ramadhan and the beginning of the month of Shawwal in Iran. "By masterminding organized plots, the enemies are attempting to pit Muslims against each other because they have realized that Islam has inspired new hopes in the hearts of people," said the Leader, quoted by IRNA. He said the Islamic Revolution has dealt heavy blows on arrogant powers, led by the U.S. and for that reason they are trying to create rifts among Muslims. "The strong and heroic Iranian nation and government, while adhering to Islamic teachings, are extending friendly hands to offer assistance to all Muslim nations," the Leader noted. He regretted that the present situation in Chechnya, Bosnia, Lebanon and Kashmir was a result of lack of unity among Muslims. The Leader said the people's presence in all social and political scenes would help settlement of the problems and bring prosperity to the nation.

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