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IR Leader honors martyrs


Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei in a statement Thursday commemorated the memory of the martyrs and sacrificing veterans of the Sacred Defense era two decades ago.

In his statement, Ayatollah Khamenei underlined that the martyrs' sacrificing in time of revolution and military defense safeguarded national independence and the geographical boundaries and donated security to the country, saying the martyrs shine as radiant points in the illuminant page which show the path like guiding stars.

The text of the statement is as follows.

Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim

This day of the Sacred Defense Week which is named after the martyrs must be dedicated in large part to deliberations on the tremendous debt the country, the nation and the Iranian history owe to those valiant men. It was their sacrifice in time of revolution and military defense that safeguarded national independence and geographical boundaries and donated security to the country.

Enemies of Islam, minded to haul down the hoisted flag of the Islamic Government and whisk the hopeful sign away from the eyes of the Islamic nations, resorted to military invasion card and sent the corrupt and deviated Baathist regime to battle against the devout and brave Iranian nation with all-out supply.

The prowess of this great nation, mainly as their diligent defense of Islam and the Islamic Republic which brought pride and honor to Islam and the Islamic Umma, was a tribute to the faith in martyrdom and position of martyrs.

The bright view helped the desire to sacrifice to emerge in the hearts of the combatants and their families.

Some of them ascended to the lofty position and some risked their body and soul in waiting for them. "Some of them fulfilled their vows, and some still wait" (Al-Ahzab, 23). And it was then that the unprecedented prowess of the Iranian nation set an example for the whole Islamic Umma and laid bare the secret of dignity, independence and happiness to wit the sacrificial jihad.

The martyrs constitute the radiant points in this illuminant page which like guiding stars show the path to all. May God's blessing and prayer rest on them.

Sayed Ali Khamenei

Mehr 6, 1385 (September 28, 2006)


IR Leader donates to needy prisoners


Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei donated a sum of 200 million rials (close to 21800 dollars) to a fund dedicated to release prisoners who are jailed for involuntarily offences but cannot secure their release due to financial problems.

Every year, the Iranian benevolent people stage a festival in which they collect aid to release those people who are sentenced to financial redemptions but are still behind bars for not affording the sums.

Called 'Flower showering celebration,' the festival is held annually under the auspices of the foundation in charge of indemnification affairs.


Supreme Leader: Students should be prepared as men of science to advance nation's goals

Tehran, Sept 23, IRNA

Supreme Leader-Students

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said on Saturday that the beautiful rhythm of progress and national dignity is being heard in the country and young students are expected to shoulder responsibility in this respect.

In his message to a conference of European-based university students, the Supreme Leader said that young students are expected to be well prepared as men of science and knowledge to advance the goals of the nation in the domain of their expertise.

"I honor your conference and I pray to God for your success and progress in acquiring science and technology. You are passing the spring season of your life. Thanks God, this is a fresh and beautiful period owing to your hard work to learn science and knowledge," the Supreme Leader said.

"Fortunately, your nation and country are endeavoring to attain bright prospects thanks to rich history and national resolve to do so," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

"We have achieved our lofty goals thanks to blessings of Islam," he said.

The Supreme Leader advised the students to pin hope on the assistance and guidance of the Almighty God and get involved in hard work for attaining the national goals of progress, welfare and prosperity.


Iran Supreme Leader visits a marine industry exhibition

ISNA - Tehran

TEHRAN, Sep. 22 (ISNA)-Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei visited Iran's navy research and marine industry exhibition in Noushahr.

In this exhibition held at the college of Marine Science of Imam Khomeini, various research and scientific achievements of Iranian researchers and scientists in the fields of defense industries and navy forces and subfields like various modern military equipments such as missiles, laser rocket systems, tracking devices and anti missile radar systems were demonstrated.

While appreciating the developments and achievements of the Navy force, the General Commander of Iran Military forces, Ayatollah Khamenei emphasized on the importance of order and endeavor.

"The universities of military are of significance due to the presence of young, talented and hopeful students and we must consider elevating the educational status and level." he emphasized.

While asserting the necessity of empowering the military forces, Iran's Supreme Islamic Revolutionary Leader stated that due to the domination seeking and oppressing powers of the world today and the avidity to seek their benefits in other countries, the military forces and equipments should be empowered.

The General Commander of Iran's Military forces declared that the claim of world peace by some western countries was an obvious lie and while emphasizing that the Islamic Republic of Iran would never attempt any aggression against any country, asserted that the Military forces of Iran were ready to answer any kind of practical or assaulting threats by the enemy.


Supreme Leader dismisses claims to peace of some Western states as hypocrisy

Tehran, Sept 21, IRNA

Iran-Supreme Leader-Navy

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said on Thursday morning that claims by some Western states to peace is an obvious hypocrisy and lie.

Ayatollah Khamenei made the remark at a gathering of commanders of the Armed Forces after touring an exhibition on the achievements of Iran's Navy at Imam Khomeini Navy Academy in Noshahr.

The Supreme Leader said that given the hegemony of bullying powers over the world countries and their intention to lay hands on the resources of these states, the armed forces should be fully prepared to defend their homeland.

Ayatollah Khamenei referred to the potentials of the cadets of the Armed Forces academies and said that if they are provided with proper momentum, they will be capable of wonderful achievements.

Underlining that Iran is against aggression on other countries, the Supreme Leader said, "The Armed Forces are now fully prepared to respond to any threat or aggression and have the ability to defeat them."

Ayatollah Khamenei arrived in Noshahr on Wednesday and attended graduation ceremony for cadets of Imam Khomeini Navy Academy.


IR Leader honors army graduates


Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei traveled to Nowshahr north of country Wednesday to partake the fourth army cadetship graduation ceremony.

Honoring the aspirations of the Iranian nation in terms of scientific, spiritual, economic and cultural progress, Ayatollah Khamenei told the military ceremony, held in the campus of the city's Imam Khomeini University of maritime sciences, that experience proves that a peace-loving nation that moves towards self-purification, prosperity, dignity and humanistic causes must be capable of defending itself in the face of international a ggressors and bullies, hence military sovereignty a lead goal for the Iranian nation and country.

The Commander-in-Chief emphatically described work in the armed forces as a duty, adding during the past 27 years, the brave Iranian nation, especially its devout and robust youths, never let enemies pose a practical threat, but the armed forces must be on full alert for standing against any enemy threat.

The IR Leader described the invaluable experience of the armed forces as a precious asset and urged all army cadets to utilize the experience and take example from the eminent martyrs.

Ayatollah Khamenei called future of the country very prospective and lauded the nation's vigilance, ebullience and exuberance as well as firm belief of the officials in serving people, adding, now foes and friends of the Iranian nation concedes to the country's national dignity and under the situation military service and joining the armed forces stands as a sacred practice.

Early in the ceremony, the Commander-in-Chief attended the university's martyr memorial and recited the Opening sura in honor of the lofty position of the martyrs of the 8 year Sacred Defense. Ayatollah Khamenei then reviewed an honor guard staged by the military units.

Later in the day, the university's cadets carried out drills and reviewed their professional trainings.


IR Leader highlights prayers role


Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei described prayers as the lead base of individual religious practice and general religious performance of nations as well as the vital element of every religious community.

Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks in an address to authorities in charge of the Foundation for Performing Prayers.

Ayatollah Khamenei invoked Quranic verses and the words of the Fourteen Infallibles in arguing that prayers help keep paying attention to the Almighty and that no effort in promotion of the quality performance of prayers in any amount whatsoever would be adequate.

The IR Leader said that inner soul motivation and continued adoption of sound approach are two main keys to set up monotheistic community and administer the right and justice, adding the two key factors to wit moving for the sake of God and always seeking His consent are enshrined in prayers.

Ayatollah Khamenei described the Foundation's major duties as promotion of prayers, making public propagation about the significance of the Devine mandatory practice and promotion of the culture of heartfelt presence in prayers.

Ayatollah Khamenei urged other bodies to aid the foundation in this respect, adding materialization of these goals will consolidate the platform of a great global movement whose main pillar is the Iranian Islamic System.

Ayatollah Khamenei cordially thanked head of the foundation Hojjatoleslam Qara'ati as well as the revered ulema and relevant bodies that help promote prayers and called on them to continue the efforts.

"In promotion of prayers, all useful propagative tools must be applied," Ayatollah Khamenei urged.

The Islamic Revolution Leader, in other parts of his remakrs, expressed deep sorrow over the Pope's recent remarks on Islam and praised Islamic world's due response.

"The remarks in one look are allegations leveled at Islam but the other side is more significant that is the assistance of such remarks to world imperialist which are intended to create religious conflict between Muslims and Christians," Ayatollah Khamenei warned.

"Charges that Islam ignores rationality are the same as denial of sunlight, because no other Devine book puts emphasis on wisdom and prudence as Quran does; moreover, the Islamic umma's shining scientific civilization took shape based on Islam's recommendations about wisdom, science and prudence," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

Concerning the Pope's remarks on jihad in Islam, Ayatollah Khamenei said it is the ultimate unfairness from an individual to misinterpret Islam's views about jihad while having failed to comprehend the issue.

"Islamic jihad is not (a tool) to impose opinion on others, but the nations' liberation movement against those powers which put shackles of slavery on human," Ayatollah Khamenei added.

Ayatollah Khamenei touched on some Quranic verses and words of the Fourteen Infallibles that urge Muslims to treat people of other faiths with magnanimity, adding in Islam's view mankind for being mankind deserves magnanimity. "How come Islam is accused of violence despite the existence of those numerous definite verses?" the IR Leader asked.

"More significant in the unfortunate remarks is the behind the scene imperialist policies that are aiding to create religious crisis, make followers of different religions confront and halt their cooperation," Ayatollah Khamenei cautioned.

Ayatollah Khamenei warned about America's attempts to incite rancor and pessimism between Muslims and Christians and mar the image of the Muslim minorities in the West to repress Islamic community under the pretext of perceived support for terrorism.

"Global bullies consider their continued life as dependent on religious conflict within international community. The Pope practically helped such policies through his remarks," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

Ayatollah Khamenei added however that it was likely that the Pope had been deceived and so ignored particular goals sought by such remarks.

The IR Leader then recalled a meeting years ago with a European official in which he was surprised at the European's touching on Crusades. "However, when the New York towers incident took place and consequently the American President spoke about Crusades and then the American-Zionist project was launched, the intention of the European official, who had a direct role in the attack on Iraq, was made clear and it was realized that heads of arrogance had previously drew up the phases of the American-Zionist plot," Ayatollah Khamenei continued.

The IR Leader denounced the insulting cartoons and insulting remarks by certain politicians and press in America and Europe about Islam as different links of a ploy to incite crusades, adding "the Pope's remarks are the latest link."

"We do not expect Bush, because he is working for the global powers and pillager companies, but the remarks from a senior clerical Christian authority are regrettable and surprising," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

The Leader of the world Muslims cautioned Muslims about the policies lying behind the Pope's remarks, adding in this story as well the Big Satan (American Government) is busy paying role so every one must beware that protests must be pointed at those who benefit from the Pope's unfair remarks and pursue their imperialist policies through them.

Leader: Shahriar never bowed to the powerful


TEHRAN, Sept. 17--Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei hailed Mohammad Hossein Behjat-Tabrizi, aka Shahriar, as one of the most distinguished poets of Persian language, noting that Shahriar never compromised his poetry for the sake of those in power, IRNA reported.

Addressing the members of scientific and executive boards and participants in the International Congress on Shahriar which was held concurrently in Tehran and Tabriz on Sept. 16, the leader pointed out that in spite of being a Turkish-language speaker, Shahriar wrote many poems in Persian which were highly appreciated by the public.

Referring to mystical concepts and wisdom in Shahriar poems, Ayatollah Khamenei said there are many wise aspects in his masterpiece Heydar Babaya Salam, which deserve attention.

“Shahriar never compromised his poetry for the sake of those in power,“ he said.

“Shahriar’s poems during his youth about Imam Ali (AS) and Imam Hossein (AS) reflect his attention and affection toward Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and his infallible household,“ he said, adding that Shahriar has also written poems about the 1979 Islamic Revolution and Basijis (volunteer forces).

Pointing to truthfulness, trustworthiness and friendliness as Shahriar’s characteristics, Ayatollah Khamenei called on scholars and participants in the congress, which was held to commemorate the birth centenary of Shahriar, to bring different aspects of his life and works into the limelight.

Shahriar was born in Khoshkenab, East Azarbaijan province, in 1906 and his tomb is in the Cemetery of Poets in Tabriz.


IR Leader receives young elites


Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei on Saturday received young elites ranking high in national and international scientific examinations and olympiads.

The guests offered their views on various scientific, social, cultural and academic issues.

Ayatollah khamenei called scientific progress as an strategic objective for the country and stressed that the non-stop and speedy effort of the scientists and students particularly young elites is the main factor for materializing this objective.

He described this gathering as a symbolic meeting to glorify and respect science/knowledge and scientists and added, "The Iranian nation has suffered much damage from scientific backwardness and the Westerners' abuse of science for political, economic and cultural hegemony."

"Therefore it (the Iranian nation) has decided to compensate for its historical backwardness and to make inefficient the threats of rivals or enemies with a great speed in scientific progress."

Stressing that good and bad characteristics of countries and societies have to be studied together, the Islamic Revolution Leader said, "A part of the developments in the West is because of their risking character."

Ayatollah Khamenei named religion and ethics as complemens to science and called on the elites to pay attention to spiritualities parallel to their steady scientific efforts.

"The most scientifically-developed country which is America has a great distance from human ideals such as justice, security, peace and prosperity. This is because of the big gap which exists between science and morality/spirituality in the West."

The Leader assessed the speed of Iran's scientific progress very good compared to the other countries.

Referring to the achievements of Iranian scientists in the fields of nuclear energy, producing stem cells, and military achievements, Ayatollah Khamenei said, "The current scientific movement in the country is going on with a high speed."

"However, we have to keep on the speed for two more decades to fill in the deep gap between Iran and the world caravan of scientific progress created by the political, economic and cultural hegemony of America during Qajar and Pahlavid regimes," he said, adding that young elites and the leaders of the countries must shoulder this great responsibility.

Referring to the coming month of Ramadan, Ayatollah Khamenei advised all people especially the youth to take advantage of this great opportunity adding, "In the holy Month of Ramadan, fast in a way that would make you feel more light has entered your pure hearts and you have got closer to Allah."


Faith, resolve, jihad, Islam eternal lessons


Islamic Revolution Leader, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei in a message on Thursday to the 7th annual meeting of the nationwide universities' Independent Students Islamic Association said that faith, resolve and Jihad are the three elements required to materialize any goal and ideal.

The IR Leader pointed to the three elements as Islam's eternal lessons, which elevated Muslims to the climax of history, adding that today they will serve to rescue them from captivity.

"There is no doubt that the youth are most capable concerning these three basic elements," added Ayatollah Khamenei.

He said that a community in which justice, spirituality and dignity are set on top of its goals is obliged to be faithful, determined and pursue Jihad.

"This is the same eternal lesson of Islam to its followers and the entire humanity," added Ayatollah Khamenei.

The IR Leader called on the independent students to trust divine promises, which are to be materialized in light of the vigilance of world nations.

Ayatollah Khamenei further called on them to attach value to their potentials and make optimum use of their capacities in scientific fields, adding, "The future belongs to you."


IR Leader shares benevolent move


Marking an annual charity ceremony that sees the Iranian noble nation aiding underpriviliged school students, Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei granted 200 million rls in aid to share the nationwide benevolent move.


IR Leader receives Iraqi Premier


"Prosperity and progress of the Iraqi people is the same as the Iranian and regional people's own prosperity and progress," Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei told visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maleki Wednesday, adding the Islamic Republic of Iran feels obliged to support by deed the Iraqi people and government.

Ayatollah Khamenei expressed pleasure with the formation of an independent and stable government in Iraq and hope that the day comes in which the Iraqi nation restores its deserved position and which its material and human resources serve the Iraqi nation, with the hand of aliens just severed.

The IR Leader said he was sorrowful about daily pain and hardship facing the Iraqi people, adding that pain and grief was incurred partly from the former evil regime and partly by the presence of occupiers in Iraq.

"Provided the occupiers exit, many problems of Iraq will be resolved and based on the same argument we long for the occupiers' withdrawal," Ayatollah Khamenei asserted.

During the meeting, also attended by First Vice President, Parviz Davoodi, the Iraqi Prime Minister expressed pleasure with his visit to Iran. Maleki praised I.R. of Iran for its stance to back the Iraqi nation and government.

Maleki termed his trip successful, adding the expansion of relations with friendly and neighbor countries is a major priority of Iraq's foreign policy.

Maleki then elaborated on the Iraqi situation and the measures adopted by his government to tackle the existing problems in the country, mainly efforts to promote unity and integrity among different Iraqi tribes, sects and denominations, adding the main problem facing Iraq is insecurity notably blamed on Bathists and Takfiris (Muslim excommunicators).

The Iraqi Premier expressed hope that the two countries would experience broadened ties by enforcing previously concluded bilateral agreements.

IR Leader receives Djibouti President

2006/09/05 IRIB

Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei told visiting Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh and his accompanying delegation Tuesday that Muslims and the Islamic countries enjoy ample capabilities the proper use of which could greatly help promote the Islamic umma as well as the mankind happiness.

Ayatollah Khamenei moreover reaffirmed IRI position in serious terms that cooperation among the Islamic countries must be broadened.

"Colonialist and warmongers have always blocked opportunities of the Islamic umma to utilize its capabilities," the IR Leader said, adding following the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran which brought about the spirit of self-confidence in the youths, many advances were achieved in science and technology, an example of which the access to nuclear energy technology.

Ayatollah Khamenei called colonial powers' policy of warmongering in the sensitive Middle East region their artifice to sell their weapons, adding Western countries give weapons to the regional countries in exchange for oil so that grounds are always prepared for war and conflict in the region.

"These (Western) countries carry dark pages of fomenting war and bloodshed in their file of the past 150 years," the IR Leader said.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran stands against war and bloodshed," Ayatollah Khamenei said, adding Iran is ready to make its experience and achievements in science and technology available to the Islamic umma.

Ayatollah Khamenei urged the Islamic countries to trust one another, identify their position in the Islamic front and avoid mistaking the Islamic front for the enemies of Islam's. Ayatollah Khamenei expressed hope the agreements concluded during the Djibouti President's trip to Iran are finalized through follow-up efforts.

During the meeting, with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on attendance, Ismail Omar Guelleh expressed pleasure with his second visit to Iran, adding the two sides enjoy common views on regional and international matters.

"At present, the Islamic Republic of Iran bears the flag of true Islam and stands as the only country to resist against enemies of Islam," Guelleh said.

Guelleh said he and President Ahmadinejad had chalked solutions in their talks to further expand mutual cooperation.

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