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Supreme Leader assigns interior minister as dy commander-in-chief of Armed Forces

Tehran, Dec 29, IRNA

Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on Monday accepted a request by Interior Minister Sadeq Mahsouli to entrust the responsibilities of the

commander-in-chief of armed forces' for police affairs to the minister.

The Supreme Leader's letter to the Minister reads as follows:

"With regard to the points you mentioned, I assign you the job of deputy commander-in-chief of the armed forces for police affairs.

Details and outlines of the responsibility and its framework will be communicated in the letter of the General Command Headquarters. God willing you will be successful."

Mahsouli's letter to the Supreme Leader says: "It is to notify that the the Interior Ministry shoulders a crucial responsibility in safeguarding order, security and public peace and the law envisages close cooperation between the Interior Ministry and Police to materialize these objective."


IR Leader declares day of mourning

12/28/2008 3:23:49 PM

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.

Bismillah-e Rahman-e Rahim

"We belong to Allah, 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 Islamic umma.

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 Allah (S.A.)? 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 and Alims of the Arab world and the chiefs of the Egyptian al-Azhar center "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 umma 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 Mujahid and other faithful of the world of Islam are supposed to defend the defenseless people of Gaza. Anyone who is killed in the legitimate and holy defense is a martyr and is hoped to be among the ranks of the martyrs of Badr and Ohud battles in the presence of the Messenger of Allah (S.A.).

The Organization of the Islamic Conference must fulfill 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, Alims 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 he overturned"

Sayyed Ali Khamenei

December 28, 2008


Leader warns against efforts to create discord between Shia, Sunni Muslims

Tehran, Dec 17, IRNA

Supreme Leader-Remarks

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said the world arrogant powers which have sustained a loss due to the unity of all Muslims and their interest in the Islamic Revolution, are trying to aggravate religious dogmatism to create disunity between the Shia and Sunni Muslims.

Ayatollah Khamenei was addressing thousands of people who met the supreme leader on the occasion of Eid-al Ghadir (Ghadir Feast).

The day marks a historical event in which the Grand Prophet of Islam (PBUH), in a place near Mecca called 'Ghadirkhum' declared his cousin and son-in-law, Imam Ali, (AS) as his successor.

Expounding on the importance of the issue of 'government' in Islam, Ayatollah Khamenei said the big lesson and message of 'Ghadir' is showing a model of Islamic government, adding the Shia Muslims, while keeping their 'logical and brilliant beliefs' on the Ghadir event, won't let these beliefs be a 'cause for difference and discord' in the Muslim world.

Referring to the incessant efforts of the founder of the Islamic Revolution Imam Khomeini and the Islamic Republic for preventing difference among the world Muslims, Ayatollah Khamenei said everyone should be aware of the dangerous plot of the arrogant powers for creating disunity.

Congratulating the Iranian nation and all Muslims of the world, Ayatollah Khamenei said," Understanding the message of 'Ghadir' well, gets the Islamic Ummah to move in the right way."

"The important issue of announcing Imam Ali as his successor by the Grand Prophet of Islam, in fact, shows the importance of the issue of government and the unity of religion and politics in Islam and this big lesson is the great need of all Muslims today."

"Introducing a personality like Imam Ali (AS) as the successor of the Grand Prophet of Islam shows that Ghadir is not just a historical event but a way to express the required criteria for running the Islamic societies and all human beings."

"Ghadir teaches us that the Islamic societies should be run by those who consider Imam Ali as a model and this important issue is among the new messages of Islam and the Islamic Republic to the world," the Ayatollah said.

Stressing the necessity of being vigilant against the plots of making disunity between the Shia and Sunni Muslims, Ayatollah Khamenei said, "Deep belief in the leadership of Imam Ali after the Grand Prophet of Islam is the basic principle of Shia and the Shia Muslims will keep this belief but they won't let it be a source of difference in the Muslim world."

Referring to what the enemies of Islam do to make disunity among Muslims, Ayatollah Khamenei said, "We have known for a long time that a center affiliated with the world arrogance has been paying the money for publication of books containing false accusations and abusive language against Shia and Sunni Muslims. Is this not a dangerous and warning fact?"

Ayatollah Khamenei said publication of such books is helping the realization of US and Israel objectives.

He urged the authors to write books containing solid and logical reasons, such as those written by the Shia scholars in the course of history.

Ayatollah Khamenei referred to the efforts made by certain forces to make some Arab leaders confront the nuclear rights of Iran and some other demands of Iranian nation and said this is the most that the enemy can do but these Arab states have their own 'reservations' and are not ready to be fully in the service of US and the Zionists to confront Iran.

Ayatollah Khamenei concluded the world arrogant powers may hatch any kind of plot, but if the Iranian nation and other Muslim nations are aware, the hegemonic powers won't be able to materialize their hostile objectives in weakening the Islamic Ummah.


Supreme Leader: Students play vital role in society

Tehran, Dec 14, IRNA

Iran-Supreme Leader-Students

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said on Sunday that "If the nation and officials observe a correct criteria to preserve their Islamic identity, the enemies will not be able to harm the country." The Supreme Leader made the remark in a meeting with a group of university students during his visit to the University of Science and Technology (Elm-o San'at) in east Tehran on Sunday.

University is a place for acquiring science, conducting research and promoting national aspiration, said Ayatollah Khamenei.

University students are among the country's invaluable assets who play a vital role in the society at present and in the future, pointed out the Supreme Leader.

Ayatollah Khamenei urged university students to constantly augment their scientific knowledge in order to make good on the country's scientific backwardness.

Recent scientific achievements in various fields namely in nano- technology, medicine and nuclear energy indicate the high talent of the Iranian youth and their ability to turn the country into a model in the world, said Ayatollah Khamenei.

University students have always stood up against global hegemony, oppression, dictatorship and despotism and spared no efforts to administer justice in the society, the Supreme Leader said.

Three university students attained martyrdom in an anti-US demonstration on December 7, 1953 which proved that the students were against global hegemony, Ayatollah Khamenei said, adding that the then students movement joined another movement led by religious leaders in 1963 and this led to the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979.

University students played a key role in formation of IRGC and Construction Jihad in the early stages of Islamic Revolution in Iran which proves their importance to this effect, said Ayatollah Khamenei.

University students also played an active role in various fields such as campaign against terrorist groups, seizure of the US Embassy which had been turned into a den of espionage, formation of University Jihad, and participation in the eight years of Sacred Defense (1980-1988 war with Iraq), said the Supreme Leader.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that university students are against tyranny and seek to promote the aspirations of the Islamic Revolution and are seriously opposed to those violating the rights of others in Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere in the world.

Political groups and wings seek to seize power but university students only seek to promote their national aspirations; therefore it is not fair for political groups try to misuse university students to attain their goals, underlined the Supreme Leader.

University establishments should help other students not to be deceived by political ploys and instead help them maintain their national unity and play an active role in the campaign against foreign aggressors, said Ayatollah Khamenei.

"There is no doubt that only an Islamic and religious movement could topple the monarchical system in Iran which was backed by the United States of America," said the Supreme Leader.

The late Imam Khomeini was the only leader who could lead the Islamic Revolution to victory, Ayatollah Khamenei said.

The Supreme Leader said that the Islamic Revolution has its own principles and redlines and this explains why it has been the target of hostile actions.

The Islamic Revolution is against colonialism, hegemony, humiliation of nations by big powers, political dependency, interferences in the affairs of others, secularism and laxity, Ayatollah Khamenei said.

The Islamic Revolution backs principles such as national and Iranian identity, Islamic values, defense of the rights of the oppressed people and efforts to acquire scientific progress, pointed out the Supreme Leader.

Ayatollah Khamenei said, "If we ignore some of these principles, hostilities towards us will not be lessened and the fact is that they tell the Islamic Revolution of Iran to change its behavior which means that we should give up our beliefs."

The Islamic Revolution has never backed down from its principles in the past 30 years, said Ayatollah Khamenei.

Comparing the current status of the US in the region with its status 15 years ago, the Supreme Leader said they have become more hated, humiliated and suffered more defeats in carrying out their plots in the Middle East particularly in Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Islamic Revolution became victorious to materialize such ideals as justice, human dignity, values, brotherhood, ethics and resistance to enemies, said Ayatollah Khamenei.


Iran Will Not Give Up Its Rights


The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Khamenei met today with Ecuador's President Rafael Correa and his accompanying delegation. In this meeting, Ayatollah Khamenei described resistance as the only to make progress and stated: "Mounting resistance requires brave leaders, and such leaders can be found in the Latin American region."

Referring to the hatred of Latin American countries and the other countries of the world towards the United States, Ayatollah Khamenei said that the nations of the world are tired of the pressure and domination of the arrogant powers. His Eminence further said that only brave leaders can free their nations from the domination of the arrogant powers.

Ayatollah Khamenei also referred to the insatiable desires of the world's domineering powers and said: "Resistance is the only way for the world's nations to defend their rights, but some of world's leaders continually retreat before the bullying powers instead of defending the rights of their nations."

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution also referred to the resistance of the Iranian nation during the past thirty years, especially during the Sacred Defence Era and stated: "Imam Khomeini (r.a.) taught us to put up resistance against the enemies, and the Iranian nation has gained a lot of benefits due to such resistance."

His Eminence further added: "The current achievements of the Islamic Republic are by no means comparable to those of the pre-Revolution era."

Ayatollah Khamenei said: "The nations of the world have to pay the costs for mounting resistance against the domineering powers, but the benefits which are gained due to resistance are much more valuable."

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution further added that the Islamic Republic does not support aggressive policies but will not give up its rights either.

In this meeting which was also attended by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Mr. Correa expressed his delight at his meeting with Ayatollah Khamenei and referred to the Iranian nation as a brave and determined nation. He said: "The Islamic Republic has made great progress during the past thirty years despite all the sanctions and the 8-year Iraqi imposed war."

Mr. Correa also appreciated Imam Khomeini and his resistance against the world's arrogant powers and said that the people of Ecuador have chosen to tread the same path.

The President of Ecuador also referred to his meeting with the Iranian President and said that Ecuador intends to improve its relations with Iran and will try to make use of Iran's experience in different fields.


Mideast, Asia, Africa witnessing victories: Leader

Arafat Desert, Saudi Arabia, Dec 7, IRNA


The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said on Sunday that over the past thirty years, the Middle East and Muslim countries in Asia and Africa have been witnessing victories in campaign for freedom.

The Supreme Leader made the remarks in his message to the Hajj pilgrims, which was read by his representative for Hajj affairs, Hojjatoleslam Mohammad Mohammadi Reyshahri during the disavowal of pagans ceremony held in Arafat Desert, near holy Mecca.

Palestine and the Islamic Intifada and the emergence of a Muslim Palestinian government; Lebanon and the historic victory of Hizbollah and the Islamic resistance to 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 are clear indications of the triumph of Islam in its struggle against its enemies in this century.

The Supreme Leader reiterated that failure of all plots hatched by arrogant America to dominate the Middle East; the incurable problems and chaos inside the usurper Zionist regime; prevalence of the Islam-seeking masses in all or most of the neighboring countries and especially among the youth and intellectuals; the amazing scientific and technological progress in the Islamic Iran achieved under severe economic sanctions and embargoes; defeat of warmongers in America in political and economic arenas and Muslim minorities' regaining their true identity and dignity in most of the Western countries are among other indications of advancement of Islam in its fight against its enemies in the 15th century of Lunar Hegira.

Imam Khamene'is Hajj-Message 1429 [pdf]


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