Ayatollah al-Udhma Khamenei: We are armed with the
weapon of the people's will and faith
The following are excerpts from the speech on November 2, 2003:
In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate.
. . . Piety must be demonstrated in our lives. It must show itself. One of
the cases in which we, the state and our state officials, must demonstrate their
piety is to observe legal limits in all sectors. There should be no violations
or infringement of the law. Our constitution or enforceable laws have clarified
what various sectors and institutions must do. No-one must violate them.
Infringement in such cases has caused economic corruption. Breaking the law and
going beyond the defined limits causes this.
Moreover, such things may also cause conflict between various institutions
and create rifts. They cause deleterious arguments that cause corruption. That
is one of those things that we must observe when talk about divine piety.
There are one or two other points which I must mention. One is the issue
which our dear and committed president, the honorable Mr. Khatami, discussed in
detail. First, I would like to say that such incidents in the country shouldn't,
in any way, become an issue which result in the emergence of differences and
disputes between the country's officials, people or parties. Refrain from such
The president said that there is nothing wrong with criticism. Yes, he is
right. There is nothing wrong with criticism. The concern and unease which we
see is shown by students, people and some press in that regard, is a good
phenomenon. It shows that society is sensitive towards its national dignity and
independence. However, non of this should lead to disputes. This is an important
The elites, officials and especially those who have a platform, whether it be
the Majlis, press, Friday prayers or any other place, play an important role.
They must all know that when the country is faced with such an issue, which is
similar to many other hundreds of issues which the country is faced with, the
worst thing is for it to become an issue which causes arguments inside the
country. This is very bad.
At the beginning of holy defense (reference to the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war)
everyone's duty was clear and it was clear what they had to do. The monafeqin, (reference
to members of the Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization) were active in Tehran and
other places and were freely holding meetings and speeches. However, they said
they had no freedom.
They constantly said that we did not have freedom. Right now, the same thing
is happening. There are those who are saying everything they like and they do
everything they like. One of their slogans is that we do not have any freedom.
They don't know that what they are saying would lead others to sneer at them.
The same thing happened back then. They constantly talked about freedom. They
used to stand on at crossroads and carried their placards. They raised doubts in
the minds of the people and distressed them about the very principle of defense.
Briefly, what has happened is that the Zionists and the American ruling
establishment, the American regime, whose hatred and jealousy of Iran, Iranians
and the Islamic Republic know no bounds, are prepared to resort to any
malevolent method to further their aim. That is what the current American ruling
establishment is like. The Zionists who are cooperating with them in the U.S.
and other Zionists who have usurped Palestinian land are the same.
They have concocted a slogan and they are chanting it in the world, saying
that Iran is trying to acquire nuclear weapons. They have started a commotion
and sensitized public opinion and many governments as well.
They had come close to forming an international consensus against the Islamic
Republic on the issue of nuclear weapons and that was their aim. That was
something that the people of the world were scared of. They nearly succeeded.
They said, yes, their scientific endeavors in the field of nuclear energy and
technology is aimed at achieving that objective. Well, what should one have done
under the circumstances? Should one allow the Zionists and the Americans to
launch a propaganda campaign and repeatedly say such things? Or, no, should one
demonstrate and clarify that this is not the case at all?
The Islamic Republic and the honorable state officials decided to act
adroitly and take such measures. They wanted to clarify the situation and say,
no, that is not the case and come and see for yourselves and see what's going
on. That is the situation. That is what the Islamic Republic has accepted so
far. Come and see for yourselves and see that the enrichment processes going on
in a certain location are like this. They have come and looked at what was
happening and they saw it for themselves. They were told to go and see any other
area in which they thought enrichment operations were taking place. In this way,
you would know that Zionist propaganda is nothing but a lie.
That was a peaceful way of preserving our nuclear technology. That is because
we do not have the right to give up such technological prowess at any price.
No-one has the right to give it up. There are others who are conducting their
own propaganda campaigns, saying, oh, no, not much was achieved. That is not
right. You must know that. What was achieved was very valuable indeed. A lot was
achieved. If it was not much, our enemies would not be sensitive. That's a lot.
Experts, specialists and informed people have judged it correctly. We have
attained technological prowess and the technology has been nativized in our
country. That is what's important.
Today, even if our enemies manage to destroy, of course, they will not be
able to do so, all the institutions that are at the disposal of the Islamic
Republic, still the technology will not be destroyed. It is there. That is
because we have got it ourselves and we have not borrowed it from anyone. We
have not loaned it from anyone. Our own intelligent specialists have managed to
do that. They have achieved this goal.
Of course, if it was up to Westerners or powerful world power centers, they
would not have wanted or allowed the Islamic Republic to achieve something like
that for another 100 years. However, this happened despite what they did.
Sanctions and other things were in place. They could not do it. Therefore, what
has been achieved is valuable. The government, officials and the Atomic Energy
Organization, nor anyone else in this country for that matter, have the right to
give up this valuable thing and make deals over it. Certainly, no deals have
been made over this issue. We have been decisive and this will not happen in the
Of course, if those who held talks with our government and officials, make
too many demands and if they persist in their demands, then everything will fall
apart. (Audience chants: Allahu Akbar)
I mean, if anyone wants to challenge the Islamic Republic over this issue,
then they will definitely be smacked in the mouth by the Islamic Republic.
Undoubtedly, the Islamic Republic will not, and does not, make any concessions
on this matter. That is something to which everyone must pay attention. We must
preserve our technological prowess.
That is not the only technological prowess we have. Alhamdulillah, we can see
technological and research advancements in various fields in our country. There
have been considerable advancements in various fields. Of course, we are still a
long way from reaching the cutting edge of technology and science. The reason is
that we started from below zero. One cannot even say zero.
They had done something to this country to block its scientific or
technological progress. They wanted to make sure that it would not even be
hopeful about it. That means below zero. We did not start with nothing. We
started from nothing plus hopelessness.
That is how the revolution entered the arena. Alhamdulillah, today, the
Islamic state is advanced. Our young people are active. Perhaps in 20 or 30
largest universities, the level of scientific work and research is comparable to
the good and advanced universities of the world. I mean from the point of view
of the talents involved, the work done and they efforts and diligence of
academics. Alhamdulillah, they have made good progress.
What happened is what I just told you. That is to say, a wise measure without
surrender, without accepting bullying, in order to break a conspiracy by the
Americans and the Zionists against the Islamic Republic. This is what the
gentlemen did. It was the correct thing to do. Of course, this is the start of
the matter. Let this point be clear too. It is not as if something was done and
it is finished. No. If this matter continues in the same way that has been
foreseen and designed and that has been the case so far, there is nothing wrong
with it at all. If, on the other hand, it is going to be the case that the
enemies or power centers wish to be avaricious, to keep moving forward trench by
trench - with us retreating - no, never. This would amount to surrender. This is
not right by any means and such a thing will not be allowed.
One way of thinking is to imagine that - our pious and brave people think
like this - that, yes, the government has surrendered. No, not at all. There is
no surrender of any kind. This is a political move, a diplomatic act, talks, an
agreement. There is no surrender in it, so far.
At the opposite end, that some people should think: Gentlemen, do not waste
any time. Give them whatever they want. Do not leave any room for them to find
pretexts. Do not leave room for this or that. This is not correct either; on the
other side. Panicking.
That some of the enemies of the Islamic Republic, abroad, should think, for
their part, that the Islamic Republic has now swallowed the hook and that it is
stuck, no, this, too, is wishful thinking, naivety. This is not true at all.
Anywhere, any move we have made, reaches a point where the interests and
values of the Islamic Republic are questioned or harmed, we will undoubtedly
stop that move from that very spot. (The audiences chants Allahu Akbar).
Therefore, we will take peaceful courses to protect this achievement and to
protect the country. The conditions and red lines are the following: If
foreigners decided to interfere in our internal affairs, we will slap them in
the mouth. If they have excessive demands and want to impose anything on us, we
will refuse to accept. If they say they want to be assured, then we have no
objection, they can be assured by doing what they have been doing so far.
This can happen from now on too. Of course, according to the law, the final
decision will be made by the Majlis. So far the government has not made any
decision. And it cannot make a decision. This is something preliminary which has
been done by the officials. Otherwise, according to the law, the final decision
about any agreement will be made by the Majlis. No one can disrupt this trend.
And then Guardian Council will make sure that it is not against the constitution
What has been accepted by the officials and our respectful and hard-working
friends, Dr. Rowhani and his other friends, Mr. President and government
officials has been done in a way to make sure that nothing has been done against
the principles. I am aware of the matters. I look at things and whenever I feel
that something is being done against the criteria, against our objectives and
national dignity and the orientation of the Islamic system, I will certainly
stop it. There has been nothing like this so far. And I hope they can further it
in the future thanks to God's blessing.
What is important is that the foreign side in this matter, and other matters
in which the Islamic Republic deals with foreign sides, the foreign side
understands that the Islamic Republic is not a place where they can continue
what they had been doing in the past in the colonial Iran. But this is not the
case. Everybody should understand this. Today the Islamic Republic is armed with
a weapon which is over and above the atomic weapon. That is the weapon of the
people's will and faith. We are armed with this weapon.
Of course they try to make us believe that we are not armed with this weapon
and that the people are disillusioned about Islam, the revolution and the
political system. They want to say this. But this is not true. We know that.
Today the Islamic Republic system is armed with this very effective weapon. The
weapon of the people's faith, presence and their accord with the government and
the system of the Islamic Republic.
Europeans often have colonial objectives in their mind, though from the past.
They should know that the Islamic Republic does not accept force and imposition
and intervention in its transactions and contracts. They should not think that a
number of people inside Iran whose impact in the country's general situation is
nearly zero will sometimes give them good news. They should not be proud about
The people are devoted to the Islamic Republic and support it and are its
soldiers. Those who deal with the Islamic Republic should come to believe this.
The people like Islam, their independence and safeguard this independence.
However, there are a number of political bankrupts who have been isolated by
Imam [Khomeini] and the revolution. They will be happy by assuming that there
has been a crisis for the Islamic Republic. They become happy with the
possibility of anything bad happening to the Islamic Republic. And they show
Those who are indebted to the Islamic Republic and this revolutionary and
Muslim people. The Islamic Republic gave them the opportunity and freedom. But
they were ungrateful to the Imam and the revolution and the people. They were
They were disloyal despite all the advantages they had. Now, all they do is
to get together that America is threatening Iran. Every time, America threatens
Iran, they become happy. Every time, the Americans or the Zionists find fault
they become happy even before such things are actually said. Now, for example,
the issue of human rights might be raised to criticize the Islamic Republic
tomorrow. They become happy. They should not be too proud and deceive world
political institutions, particularly those in Europe. They are nobodies and they
are nothing. They are bankrupt and they are guilty as far as the Islamic
republican state is concerned. They are people who have turned their backs on
the people. The people have turned their backs on them as well. The people don't
trust them either.
Of course, the Islamic republican state does not have anything to do with
them as long as they are not perpetrating evil deeds. Let them be there. That is
contrary to what they say in their propaganda campaigns. They claim that they
are being confronted because their line of thinking is different. They have
created respectable label for themselves, those who think in a different way.
Once upon a time, I said that to call them people who have different idea is
wrong. Well, in our Islamic society, there are so many people who think in
different ways. Thinking in a different way does not mean that they are our
enemies. The Islamic Republic has never confronted people who think in a
A group of you is graciously sitting here. There are non-Shi'i brothers and
there are non-Muslims here as well. Thinking in a different way does not mean
that they are enemies. All of them are members of the Islamic state and all of
them are working for the Islamic state. The point at issue is hostility and evil
deeds. That is what the Islamic Republic is confronting. Of course, if someone
has hostile intentions or has perpetrated evil deeds, then the Islamic Republic
will not take into consideration anyone's desire before dealing a blow to them.
It will not have any doubts about doing so either. [Audience chants: Allahu
One of the things said in these international negotiations, and we should
mention it so that our friends can take it into consideration. They said that
they did not oppose the existence of atomic energy in Iran. Iran can have access
to peaceful atomic energy and we will come and build power stations and reactors
ourselves and we will supply the fuel as well. Some of those gentlemen
graciously said that as well. The Europeans and others said that. No, this is
not acceptable and the kind of reactors that Westerners and Europeans want to
build for us and supply its fuel is not good for Iran. That means allowing Iran
and Iranians to be taken hostage. The supply of fuel will depend on fulfilling
hundreds of conditions. In fact, I said the same thing about oil once upon a
If the oil that is under the control of the countries in the region, were
under the control of the Europeans and if you the people of Iran and other
oil-producing countries were to buy oil from them, then they would take your
life in return for every cup of that oil. I mean, for every cup of oil that they
wanted to give you. Now, they are taking away millions of barrels of oil just
like that and at prices that are really very cheap. They are really very cheap.
The money they are spending on oil is very little and it is just like paying
nothing at all. That is what they would have done and they would have forced you
to give up your life for every cup of oil, if they had it.
Now, they want to come here and construct power stations for us and supply
the fuel as well. They say, we will give you the fuel provided that you meet
these conditions. They say, why did you say this or that? So we will not give it
to you. Why did you not say this or that? So we will not give it to you. The
Islamic Republic will not accept such things. Our nuclear power station is being
constructed. Well, we had a contract and it has been completed. We are producing
the fuel for the reactor ourselves. This is permissible under international law.
That is what is being done in the field of nuclear energy in this country. The
high technology is used in this part of the operation.
It is very important to acquire the fuel for the power plant. It's an
important, complicated and very sensitive process. It will have a great impact
on the country's scientific and technology sector. This is what the Islamic
republic is laying emphasis on. Some say that they are prepared to construct
power plants for us. However, the Islamic republic does not want this. . .
Ayatollah al-Udhma Khamenei: The Magnificent Voice of
Imam Khomeini Is Still Alive
The following are excerpts of Ayatollah al-Udhma Khamenei's address on
September 24, 2003:
In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.
I would like to extent my felicitous greetings on this happy occasion of
Mab'ath to the Muslim Ummah, to our dear nation and the honorable guests who are
here today. To commemorate Mab'ath is more than just celebrating a cherished
historical event. It is about discussing the great lessons of the holy prophet (PBUH).
The whole of humanity needs all those lessons, specially the Islamic society.
Humanity is suffering at the hands of despotic powers. It is plagued with
discrimination, injustice and corruption. It suffers at the hands of those
groups with special interest and desires. The humanity has fallen victim to
those who lack any traces of spirituality - Those who are controlled by their
desires. Humanity needs the prophet's messages more than any other time.
The first and foremost message of Bi'thah is prophet's invitation to
monotheism. Monotheism is not simply an intellectual and philosophical concept.
It is a way of life for human beings. Placing one's fate in God's hands and
releasing the humanity's life from the grips of various powers. There is no god
but Allah, is the main message of our holy prophet as well as the all prophets.
It means that despotic and Satanic powers should not interfere in the people's
lives and their choices. Such powers should not manipulate the people's lives
according to their own desires and wishes. Humanity can achieve true bliss
through the realization of monotheism - The true meaning of which has been
explained in Islam and by all prophets.
Islamic view of the world
Islam views the material world as the start of the world after - It is a
passage through which we reach the other world. Islam does not negate the
material world. It does not abhor the earthly needs. It requires human beings to
actively engage in all aspects of life through their potentials and instincts.
But all these activities should serve to spiritually and morally elevate human
beings. In this way, life would become sweet even in this world. We are speaking
of a world devoid of oppression, ignorance and violence. It is, of course,
difficult to create such a world, it needs resolve and perseverance.
The holy prophet of Islam (PBUH) initiated work toward creating such a world.
What the holy prophet (PBUH) taught was that which the humanity has needed all
thorough time. He urged humanity to acquire knowledge. The first Quranic verses
praise knowledge. "Read in the name of your Lord and Cherisher, Who created
- Created man from a clot. Read and your Lord is Most Bountiful. He Who taught (the
use of) the pen, - Taught man that which he knew not." [The Holy Quran
Knowledge rescues and enlightens human beings. This is a timeless teaching
not meant for a specific time or place. It applies to humanity through the ages.
Prophet (PBUH) invited humanity to rise up and initiate movements. In the
Quranic verses "Arise and warn" [The Holy Quran 74:2] that Allah sent
to the holy prophet, it is stated that uprising, initiating movement, breaking
through inactivity and idleness and accepting responsibility have been useful to
humanity under every circumstances. "Say: I exhort you only to one thing,
that rise up for Allah's sake in twos and singly." [The Holy Quran 34:46]
No great goals can be achieved without uprising and movement.
Science as a tool
The holy prophet of Islam (PBUH) invited people to cleanse, purify and
discipline themselves. "Allah did confer a great favor on the believers
when He sent among them a messenger from among themselves, rehearsing unto them
the Signs of Allah, purifying them, and instructing them in Scripture and Wisdom,
while, before that, they had been in manifest error." [The Holy Quran
3:164] Cleansing is a prerequisite. Without purification, knowledge can be used
as a tool for the deception, corruption and eventual downfall of human beings.
As can be see in today's world where science has been used to chain nations.
Science has been used to distort the truth. Science has been used to keep people
hungry. So many people have been deprived of the vital resources that are
rightfully theirs. They live in poverty, misery and deprivation. They have been
subjugated by those despotic powers who have used science to control them.
Today is the same. The world arrogance a new form of colonization - has
used science to bring misery to the people. It chains people. It brings death
and annihilation to human beings. This is science without purification.
On being pious
Islam promotes brotherhood among human beings. Everyone is equal in Islam.
Islam does not discriminate against human beings. It does not use race as a mean
to create divisions among people. Islam does not believe a nation is by nature
superior to another.
Islam elevates the pious. Being devout, pious, taking careful steps and
building your life around the bounders set by God are ideas not bound to a
particular time or place. People need these teaching in today's world. No matter
how much our science and civilization progress, they cannot change those
fundamental principles that lay the foundation for the spiritual elevation of
human beings. Islamic nations must desire these goals and work towards achieving
them. Islamic nations and their leaders must demonstrate resolve and unbending
will to achieve these goals. . .
On enemies of Islam
We have taken successful steps in the Islamic Republic whenever we have
relied on resolves and placed our faith in God; wherever we have used our
potentials; whenever we have abandoned our whims, whenever we have given
importance to our objectives.
It is obvious that building societies, which is one of the greatest aims of
Islam, cannot happen without hostilities. There was hostility at the beginning
of Islam toward the establishment of an Islamic system and society. And the same
applies to today.
Today, in the Islamic world, Islamic nations are finding their spirits
touched by Islam. They feel proud because of Islam. Islamic awakening is a fact
which has come to existence, whether or not the enemies of the Islamic ummah
like it. A firm resolve by the country's officials is needed to advance on this
path. We have been the first to highlight this. We, ourselves, have heavy
responsibilities. The holy Prophet (PBUH) said once that the masses in a country
cannot be reformed unless the experts and elite of that country or society are
first reformed. When asked who the elite were, he said the elite of a society
are the ulama, the scientists, and the intellectuals. The enlightened and the
wise constitute society's elite.
If in the Islamic republic, the elite, officials, experts - be they from
among the ulama or not - pay attention to these facts, practice self-restraint,
not become slave to whims and avarice; if they do not become mesmerized by
deceptive attractions of the world; if they do not leave the scene in fear of
the enemies and do not lose their resolve, then no power would be able to make
the slightest dent in the enormous national resolve and determination found in
On Palestinian resistance
Enemies exist. That is a fact. It would be wrong not to expect enemies. It
would be wrong not to expect any hostility from the enemies. Enemies exist and
they perpetrate hostile acts. They seek to get their hands on any areas that
could be profitable to them. And they use all means at their disposal. The enemy
is despaired whenever the Islamic ummah is aware of its worth, merit and
capability; whenever it understands its greatness thanks to unity.
Islamic ummah should be grateful for the power of resistance granted to it by
the Almighty God. Today, the Palestinian nation, despite their oppression, pose
a threat to oppressive and tyrannical Zionists, who are backed by America. They
have made them powerless. Today, Israel feels that it has no logical and right
paths ahead in respect of the Palestinians. That is owing to that nation's
resistance. Because that nation has put up a resistance. There was a time when
their enemy was weaker than it is today, yet it succeeded in exerting its
hegemony over the Palestinian nation. That is because there was no resistance.
Today, their enemy is a hundred times more powerful, yet it finds itself
powerless in the face of the Palestinian nation, because that nation has
resisted and staged an uprising.
This is the meaning of the resistance of the Islamic ummah wherever they may
be in the world. Today the oppressed Palestinian people are facing daily
atrocities and acts of barbarism of the Zionist regime. However, they have
managed to shake the foundations of that suppressive and illegitimate regime.
Thanks to the resistance of the Muslim people of Palestine, many Arab states
and neighbors of Palestine are immune from Israel's aggression. The entire
Islamic ummah, and the Arab nations - neighbors of Palestine in particular - are
heavily indebted to the people of Palestine.
Today, the enemy blatantly declares its objectives. They say that they are
opposed to the Islamic re-awakening. They say that they intend to crush this
re-awakening. They say that they plan to alter the geographical map of the
Middle East. What does this mean? It means that they intend to make the
tyrannical Zionists, these agents of global arrogance the overall
decision-makers of this region. That is, they wish to see that no nation and no
state is free from the claws of the Zionists' exploitation. This is the
objective of our enemies. The Islamic ummah must stand up to these objectives.
The enemies are opposed to the Islamic Republic. Their hostility against us
is the strongest because the Islamic Republic is awake, because we are steadfast,
because our nation is united with the Islamic ummah and because the flag of
Islam is hoisted in this country.
On preserving the Islamic identity
Of course you and I must take care. We must take care not to stumble. We must
take care not to be deceived by worldly attractions. We must pay heed not to be
influenced by the enemy's psychological warfare. We must strengthen our unity
more and more. We must refrain from becoming preoccupied with peripheral issues.
Today the most important thing is to preserve the Islamic Republic and Islamic
identity. And that is what the Islamic world and ummah is concerned about.
You have succeeded in introducing a role model to the world. The enemy is
trying to demolish that role model. The purpose of the enemies is not to defeat
Iran, but to defeat the Islamic world. And today, the Iranian nation is standing
firm, thanks to the blessings of the Almighty. We have sacrificed hundreds of
thousands of martyrs on this path. Many thousands of our youth have entered the
scene of self-sacrifice and resistance. Our families, wives, husbands have made
sacrifices to that cause. This has not been accomplished easily. There is no
doubt that this nation will do its utmost to safeguard what it has not
accomplished easily. (Audience chant in support: Allahu Akbar)
The magnificent voice of His Eminence the Imam Khomeini (RA) is still alive.
His words continue to echo in our ears; we are following in his path. We know
what to do. We know what decisions to make. We will, insha Allah, advance firmly
on the road to glory and prosperity, which is the Islamic path, by putting our
trust in the Almighty God and by relying on this great nation; and we know our
friends all over the Islamic world, whose number is not small, will be pleased
at heart and their eyes will sparkle with joy.
We beseech to Almighty God to grant highest status to our martyrs. May God
grants the honor to benefit from the noble Prophet's Bi'thah. May this feast be
blessed to all Muslims. May you all benefit from the prayers of the Lord of the
Age (AJ). May God's peace and mercy be upon you all.
Islam Does Not Allow Muslim Nations to Give
in to Coercion and Domination
Excerpts from the Speech of Ayatollah al-Udhma Khamenei on September
17, 2003, addressing secondary school students:
In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate. Alhamdulillah,
the enthusiasm of youths and students is prevalent in this sincere
gathering. This session is an example of what is prevalent throughout
our dear nation.
The main point in the analysis of the enemies of this nation is to
cripple, by different means, this young, fervent and destiny-making
generation which is building a prosperous, free, pious country. Despite
the endeavors of the enemy, the reality is different. I will never
accept the word and analysis which occasionally appear in some sections
of the press and media and which speak of deviation among the young
generation. If occasionally a mistake is committed by a young person, it
can be completely compensated in view of his pure heart. Why cannot they
see the usefulness, the piety and honesty of the young people? Why donâ€™t
they see the enthusiasm and conscience of the young people? They see a
few mistakes from the young people and write exactly about issues that
the enemies want and desire.
Today, most of the young people, who are working in very sensitive scientific
fields, are from the era of sacred defense. They are working with the same
spirit and motives. Today, one example of their amazing work is the enrichment
of nuclear material. This is the most secret component of world knowledge and
technology. The world powers have exclusively claimed this to be theirs, yet our
young people, relying on their talent, knowledge and skills, have achieved this
great task. You have witnessed the reaction of the world arrogant powers. The
hue and cry that has been raised in the world is reaction against your talents,
abilities and achievements.
One example was the production and propagation of stem cells that I mentioned
last month; and recently they themselves came and explained. International
experts and scholars were forced to admit this and our young people, relying on
faith and hard work, showed their bubbling hidden talents and traversed this
great path. We have many such examples.
Islam does not allow Muslim nations to give in to coercion and domination,
and to be trampled upon. The integrity and character of a Muslim person should
be safeguarded under all circumstances. These are profound concepts in Islam,
which allow this religion to be put forward as a blueprint for life.
Alhamdulillah, our society is blessed with the presence of you young people,
millions of you, young men and women. This is a source of pride for this nation.
This nation must be proud of all these young people, all these talents and all
these pure hearts. In return, the young people too must be proud of their
country, their revolution, Islamic political system and the hoisted flag of
Islam, and they should endeavor to build the future. However, one cannot build
the future by mere words. The future is built by conscious and pious work.
My dear young people, you should work hard. Today, the enemies do not want us
to have committed universities, teachers, schools or other places of learning
and education. Our enemies do not want our millions of young people to be able
to build a magnificent future for a strong Iran in this region, through their
studies, and through their endeavors to preserve their faith, piety and purity.
The enemies are aware that if this great force is allowed to do its work, then
in a not too distant future, a very powerful entity is going to rise from this
region, and the enemies will not be able to dictate their will to it. They want
to prevent this outcome. Therefore, I insist and emphasize that you should move
in the opposite direction to this aspiration of colonialism and arrogance. You
should preserve your faith and piety and you should study well. . .