leader pardons, commutes prison terms of 1,954 inmates (30.6.1999)

tehran, june 30, irna -- on the occasion of the auspicious birth anniversary of the seal of the divine prophets hadhrat muhammad (sawa) and birth anniversary of his rightful successors, the sixth imam hadhrat ja'far as-sadeq (as) the leader of the islamic revolution ayatollah seyyed ali khamenei pardoned or commuted the prison terms of 1,954 inmates. the inmates were sentenced by the islamic revolution courts, public courts and military courts. the amnesty was proposed by the judiciary chief ayatollah mohammad yazdi and endorsed by the leader. according to the sunnite school of thought the birth of the divine prophet muhammad (sawa) took place on 12 of the lunar month of rabi-ul-awal whereas the shiite school of thought holds that it was on 17 rabi-ul awal. the father of the islamic revolution and founder of the islamic republic of iran the late imam khomeini initiated `the week of unity' (rabi-ul awal 12-17), which is observed by followers of the major islamic schools of thoughts. the sixth imam and rightful successor of prophet muhammad (sawa), imam ja'far as-sadeq born on rabi-ul awal 17, 83 hegira (lunar calendar).

leader: people's confidence in judiciary indicates successful justice system (28.6.1999)

tehran, june 28, irna -- leader of the islamic revolution ayatollah seyed ali khamenei said on monday the confidence the people have placed in the judiciary indicated the extent the justice system has succeeded in carrying out its duties. the leader's meeting with judicial officials coincided with the judiciary day, which marks the day on which the then iranian chief justice ayatollah mohammad beheshti along with about 70 ranking officials were martyred in a bomb blast at the headquarters of the islamic republic party (irp) in 1981.
the leader honored the memory of ayatollah beheshti and the martyrs of the 7th of tir and that of then president mohammad ali rajaei and prime minister mohammad javad bahonar who were martyred in another bomb blast on august 30, 1981. on the conflict between the supporters of the islamic revolution and the counterrevolutionaries, the leader said those opposing the divine sovereignty of iran were lobbying against interference of religious leaders in social affairs, because they well knew that establishment of a government on the basis of islam and the islamic teachings would make the interference of arrogant and foreign powers in iran impossible.
the supreme leader said the islamic and quranic teachings do not allow the arrogant and alien powers to interfere in the country, instead, it is capable of mobilizing the people to stand against the enemy. this is separate from the partisan and political attitude. the leader said in the early days of the islamic revolution, the late imam khomeini and the revolutionary people who had logic strongly stood against the hue and cry of the opposition currents.
"in the confrontation any individual who resisted the counterrevolutionaries was subject to various kinds of conspiracy. at last, they (counterrevolutionary forces) resorted to terrorism. therefore, what is important today is that the insiders should be aware of the enemy's plots and the goals it is pursuing," the leader said. the leader said every individual in the county should have the feeling that the judiciary is working to protect their rights and bring to justice those who tramples upon the people's rights. the leader said the judiciary is working on the basis of sharia law and any part of the judiciary which does no observe the islamic codes is not acceptable. prior to the leader's speech, head of the judiciary ayatollah mohammad yazdi gave a report on the performance of the judiciary and head of the headquarters in charge of commemoration of martyrs of 7th of tir hojatoleslam ferdowsi-pour outlined the programs to be implemented on the occasion.

Leader urged the west to correct its stances towards iran (21.6.1999)

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tehran, june 21, irna -- the supreme leader ayatollah seyed ali khamenei said monday that the most common ground in relations between iran and sudan was the islamic rule and the two countries' efforts to spread the islamic faith. "all the hostilities of the global arrogance towards iran and sudan is because the two states practice islam," the leader stated. he also urged the west to correct its stances towards iran. ayatollah khamenei made the remarks here on monday while receiving president of the sudanese national assembly hassan at-turabi. he said showing leniency and trying to draw the temporary consent of the arrogant powers would not remove these hostilities. "the arrogant powers would not be happy with anything less than full dominance and this is something that the islamic republic of iran will never accept will never show flexibility towards the arrogance," the leader emphasized. citing materialization of the islamic rule and opposition with the objectives of the arrogance as two features of islamic sovereignty, the leader added: "we are proud of islam and we do our best to materialize the true sovereignty of islam." in its relations with other countries, the leader stressed, the islamic republic of iran would consider mutual interests and encounter all arrogant tendencies. he added that iran would never try to justify its islamic stands and principles in dealing with the west, adding that it is the westerners who must correct their wrong stances. prior to the leader's remarks, hassan at-turabi presented a report on the situation in sudan, citing different plots hatched by the enemies of islam and underlining the necessity of further unity between the islamic states.

Resistance Only Way to Eradicate Cancerous Israel (20.6.1999)

TEHRAN TIMES POLITICAL DESK TEHRAN - Israel is a cancerous gland, the only way to remove this dangerous gland is resistance and struggle, the Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said Saturday Iran deem it its duty to support the resistance in Lebanon, the Leader made the remark in a meeting with the Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri. The flames of struggle in Lebanon must not be extinguished, he said, adding, those who succeeded in defeating the Zionist regime are the heroic children of Islamic resistance in Lebanon. The enemy is trying to create rifts in the ranks of the resistance, he said and expressed satisfaction over the coordination among Lebanese groups specially the Shiites.

Leader meeting with president of lebanese assembly (20.6.1999)

tehran, june 20, irna -- supreme leader of the islamic revolution ayatollah ali khamenei in a meeting with president of lebanese national assembly, nabih berri, here saturday termed lebanon's islamic resistance as a source of glory for the entire muslim world. pointing to the late imam khomeini's remarks on israel being like a cancerous tumor, the leader said the only way to get rid of this dangerous and cancerous tumor is to fight and resist it.

OIP-INAUGURATION (16.6.1999)

Tehran (IRIB) - The founding session of the Organization of the Islamic Parliaments was inaugurated here on Tuesday. The gathering began with playing of Islamic Republic of Iran's National Anthem and recitation of some verses from the Holy Quran. The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has sent a message to the founding session of the OIP which was read by the former Iranian Foreign Minister Dr. Ali Akbar Velayati.

The full text of the message of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution is as follows: In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful Honorable speakers and deputies of legislative and consultative assemblies of the Islamic countries, I begin by expressing my most sincere welcome to the distinguished guests who have gathered here at the invitation of the Islamic Consultative Assembly to hold the first official and independent meeting of Islamic Inter-Parliamentary Union and I wish this meeting every success. Formation of legislative assemblies in Islamic countries in present form during the current century has become prevalent, but in principle, Islam is the harbinger and pioneer of establishing popular consultative governments within the context of divine revelations and commands, based on divine instructions of "consult with them in the affairs", the beloved Prophet of Islam sought consultations on important affairs of the Islamic Government, and if the majority votes went against his views, in some cases he chose to abide by his companions' vote. It can be said that this was one of the secrets of rapid and unprecedented progress of Muslims at the dawn of the history of Islam. The idea of establishing an Islamic Inter-Parliamentary Union is a valuable initiative by Islamic countries and we should appreciate its sponsors. However what would guarantee its efficiency, durability and progress, is the reconsideration of the problems of Islamic World and finding practical solutions to be presented to the governments of the Islamic countries on one hand and to the Organization of Islamic Conference on the other, because resolution of complicated problems of the Islamic World would not be possible except through active participation of every single Islamic country and collective international efforts within the context of Islamic institutions such as the Organization of Islamic Conference. Muslims' role as the standard bearer of world culture and civilization of a thousand years is a vivid illustration of Islam's capacity for the development and prosperity of Islamic societies. Frustration with the alien culture and inclination to return to Islam have become rampant in the Islamic World in an accelerated manner. In a country such as Iran, Islamic system of government under the leadership of Imam Khomeini and vigilance, perseverance and bravery of Iranian Muslim people has been shaped and today Islam is the form and the content of the country's system of government. In the other Islamic countries the growing tendency towards Islam and supremacy of the Islamic values is amazing, but the enemies of Islam are not remaining idle and have risen to confront Islam, and you honorable representatives of the parliaments of the Islamic countries should continue your consultations to find ways and means of strengthening and institutionalizing these tendencies. In view of the relative free nature of legislative assemblies, away from bilateral and international diplomatic considerations you can review sufferings and problems of Muslims and voice your concerns about them. Unfortunately lack of coordination and international cooperation are among the weaknesses of Muslims. Today the Islamic World is faced with numerous disasters that emanate from the pressures and atrocities of its united enemies, and the weakness of its divided friends. Having not relieved from the pain and plight of Bosnian people, we face yet another tragedy in Kosovo, where Muslim people, under the multiple pressures of both NATO and Serb forces have been struggling with the horror of displacements, famine, diseases and annihilation of their Islamic Identity. Unfortunately, the Islamic World has not carried out its duties towards this grave problem. The dear Palestine continues to be under the captivity of the oppressive Zionist Regime and its supporters, particularly the United States. The South Lebanon and Golan Heights are still under the occupation of the aggressors. Afghanistan is plagued with division and hostility leading the country into further destruction. The people of Kashmir are living under difficult conditions. Another scourge that is threatening the Islamic societies, particularly the youths, is the Western Cultural Onslaught. Audio and visual waves which are worse than warships and warplanes are being used to disseminate a rogue culture aimed at reassuring the domination of the enemies of Islam, paving the way for the imposition of unethical values and westernized ideas to captivate and humiliate Muslims. It is the responsibility of this meeting to find practical ways to fight against these destructive campaigns, and at the same time adopt appropriate policies for the promotion of Islamic rich culture, values and beliefs. Conveying the Divine Message of Islam to the Non-Islamic World especially to the Western societies who are frustrated with the defeated materialistic ideas, and are rigorously in search of spirituality, is also part of the duties of the International Islamic forums. Marxism has now been placed in the museums of history, and Capitalism has failed to address the increasing spiritual needs of people in Western societies. Today the power of Islam in meeting human spiritual demands is far greater than those of other faiths or schools of thought. These are a few examples of the problems and needs of Muslims at the contemporary time, and the distinguished representatives of Islamic countries' legislative assemblies should find solutions to overcome these complexities. It will be appropriate to institutionalize the principle of consultation, coordination and Islamic cooperation at an international level. Our international intricacies would not be resolved without collective cooperation of Islamic countries. Hopefully, the Islamic World will witness the day when a common assembly comprising representatives of the whole Muslim Ummah is formed in order to make important decisions towards the utilization of Islamic tremendous resources to the best interests of Muslims. I pray to the Almighty God to bestow upon all of you every success in serving the Islamic nations and the Muslim Ummah.

condolences over the death of dr. seifollah vahid dastjerdi (16.6.1999)

tehran, june 16, irna -- the leader of the islamic revolution, ayatollah seyed ali khamenei, expressed condolences over the death of dr. seifollah vahid dastjerdi, head of the red crescent society of iran. in his letter to dastjerdi's family, the leader lauded his sacrifices and services.
the leader further expressed sympathy with his family and wished them patience. dastjerdi sunday died of cancer at the age of 73.

meeting with the heads of the delegations: organization islamic parliaments (16.6.1999)

tehran, june 16, irna -- leader of the islamic revolution ayatollah seyyed ali khamenei here wednesday in a meeting with the heads of the delegations participating in the founding conference of organization of islamic parliaments while lauding the holding of the conference
recalled the problems and deficiencies facing islamic countries. the leader told the gathering that the only way of remedying the present problems is for all muslims to cling to the divine rope of unity and try not to sow seeds of discord among the ummah. ''this is taken as strengthening and expanding faith among islamic nations particularly among the youth. based on the rich human and natural resources available in islamic countries, muslims around the world should have faith in the divine promise and strength and the power of islamic world,'' the leader pointed out. he stressed that islam places great importance to the ideals of consultations among the ummah and that the consultative assemblies of islamic nations are the strong and reliable pillars of the peoples' upport for the governments and therefore should be considered very vital. he believed that if the newly-born islamic conference parliamentary union carries out its duties thoroughly and continues to provide firm decisions then it can defend the rights of muslim nations, those of muslim minorities in other non-islamic countries and help resolve most of the problems of the islamic nations. ''enemy cultural encroachment as a means of gradual decadence of basic forces of the nation is more dangerous than economic sanctions or military siege,'' the grand ayatollah told his audience. the supreme religious jurisprudent said that all ends and means such as freedom, reconstruction and defense in islam are considered as national dignity of a country. ''the only way of combatting the phenomena of cultural encroachment would be to properly recognize islam in all its dimensions and our return to the observance of the rich islamic culture,'' stated the leader of the islamic revolution. the leader advised the muslim nations to follow the teachings of the holy quran and the ideals of islamic values adding that the islamic republic of iran benefitted from such practices during the past twenty years and has a bright horizon. prior to the leader's speech, majlis speaker ali akbar nateq nouri thanked the leader for his inaugural address to the founding conference of the islamic parliamentary union. he present the audience with a brief report on the conference proceedings.

leader urges muslim mps to find practical ways to islamic world problems (15.6.1999)

tehran, june 15, irna -- the leader of the islamic revolution ayatollah seyed ali khamenei said here tuesday that today the islamic world is faced with numerous disasters that "emanate from the pressures and atrocities of its united enemies, and the weakness of its divided friends." in a message to the founding conference of the organization of the islamic parliaments which started here this morning, the leader said: "having not relieved from the pain and plight of bosnian people, we face yet another tragedy in kosovo, where muslim people, under the multiple pressures of both nato and serb forces have been struggling with the horror of displacements, famine, diseases and annihilation of their islamic idenitty." unfortunately, the leader regretted, the islamic world has not carried out its duties towards this grave problem. "the dear palstine continues to be under the captivity of the oppressive zionist regime and its supporters, particularly the united states. the south lebanon and golan heights are still under the occupation of the aggressors. afghanistan is plagued with division and hostility leading the country into further destruction. the people of kashmir are living under difficult conditions.
"another scourge that is threatening the islamic societies, particularly the youths, is the western cultural onslaught. Audio and visual waves which are worse than warships and warplanes are being used to disseminate a rogue culture aimed at reasserting the domination of the enemies of islam, paving the way for the imposition of unethical values and westernized ideas to capitvate and humiliate muslims." the leader urged the muslim parliamentarians to find practical ways to fight against "these destructive campaigns and adopt appropriate policies for promotion of the rich islamic culture, values and beliefs."
senior parliamentarians from some 40 islamic states are attending the tehran conference of oip. the following is the full text of the supreme leader ayatollah seyed ali khamenei's message to the founding conference of the organization of the islamic parliaments which opened here this morning in the presence of parliamentarians from 40 islamic states: ''i begin by expressing my most sincere welcome to the distinguished guests who have gathered here at the invitation of the islamic consultative assembly to hold the first official and independent meeting of islamic inter-parliamentary union and i wish this meeting every success. ''formation of legislative assemblies in islamic countries in present form during the current century has become prevalent, but in principle, islam is the harbinger and pioneer of establishing popular consultative governments within the context of divine revelations and commands. based on divine instructions of "consult with them in the affairs", the beloved prophet of islam sought consultations on important affairs of the islamic government, and if the majority votes went against his views, in some cases he chose to abide by his companions' vote. it can be said that this was one of the secrets of rapid and unprecedented progress of muslims at the dawn of the history of islam. ''the idea of establishing an islamic inter-parliamentary union is a valuable initiative by islamic countries and we should appreciate its sponsors. however, what would guarantee its efficiency, durability and progress is the reconsideration of the problems of islamic world and finding practical solutions to be presented to the governments of the islamic countries on one hand and to the organization of islamic conference on the other, because resolution of complicated problems of the islamic world would not be possible except through active participation of every single islamic country and collective international efforts within the context of islamic institutions such as the organization of the islamic conference.
''muslims' role as the standard bearer of world culture and civilization for a thousand years is a vivid illustration of islam's capacity for the development and prosperity of islamic societies. ''frustration with the alien culture and inclination to return to islam have become rampant in the islamic world in an accelerated manner. in a country such as iran, islamic system of government under the leadership of imam khomeini and vigilance, perseverance and bravery of iranian muslim people has been shaped and today islam is the form and the content of the country's system of governance. in the other islamic countries the growing tendency towards islam and supremacy of the islamic values is amazing, but the enemies of islam are not remaining idle and have risen to confront islam, and you honorable representatives of the parliaments of the islamic countries should continue your consultations to find ways and means of strengthening and institutionalizing these tendencies.
''in view of the relative free nature of legislative assemblies, away from bilateral and international diplomatic considerations you can review sufferings and problems of muslims and voice your concerns about them. unfortunately lack of coordination and international cooperation are among the weaknesses of muslims. ''today the islamic world is faced with numerous disasters that emanate from the pressures and atrocities of its united enemies, and the weakness of its divided friends. having not relieved from the pain and plight of bosnian people, we face yet another tragedy in kosovo, where muslim people, under the multiple pressures of both nato and serb forces have been struggling with the horror of displacements, famine, diseases and annihilation of their islamic idenitty. unfortunately, the islamic world has not carried out its duties towards this grave problem.
''the dear palestine continues to be under the captivity of the oppressive zionist regime and its supporters, particularly the united states. the south lebanon and golan heights are still under the occupation of the aggressors. afghanistan is plagued with division and hostility leading the country into further destruction. the people of kashmir are living under difficult conditions. ''another scourge that is threatening the islamic societies, particularly the youths, is the western cultural onslaught. audio and visual waves which are worse than warships and warplanes are being used to disseminate a rogue culture aimed at reasserting the domination of the enemies of islam, paving the way for the imposition of unethical values and westernized ideas to capitvate and humiliate muslims. ''it is the responsibility of this meeting to find practical ways to fight against theses destructive campaigns and at the same time adopt appropriate policies for the promotion of islamic rich culture, values and beliefes. conveying the divine message of islam to the non-islamic world especially to the western societies who are frustrated with the defeated materialistic ideas, and are rigourously in search of spirituality, is also part of the duties of the international islamic forums. ''marxism has now been placed in the museums of history, and capitalism has failed to address the increasing spiritual needs of people in western societies. today the power of islam in meeting human spiritual demands is far greater than those of other faiths of schools of thought. ''these are a few examples of the problems and needs of muslims at the contemporary time, and the distinguished representatives of islamic coutnries' legislative assemblies should find solutions to overcome these complexities. it will be appropriate to institutionalize the principle of consultation, coordination and islamic cooperation at an international level.
''our international intricacies would not be resolved without collective cooperation of islamic countries. hopefully, the islamic world will witness the day when a common assembly comprising represetnatives of the whole muslim ummah is formed in order to make important decisions towards the utilization of islamic tremendous resources to the best interests of muslims. i pray to the almighty god to bestow upon all of you every success in serving the islamic nations and the muslim ummah.''
:irna 15/06/99 11:14

leader commutes sentences of a group of prisoners (10.6.1999)

tehran, june 10, irna -- the leader of the islamic revolution, ayatollah seyed ali khamenei, here thursday accepted a request made by the judiciary chief to commute the prison terms of a group of prisoners sentenced by military courts. judiciary chief ayatollah mohammad yazdi in a letter to the leader requested commutation of penalties on the occasion of the liberation anniversary of khorramshahr on may 24. the letter also referred to the clause 11 of article 110 of the constitution of the islamic republic regarding commutation of sentences.

friday prayers: don't preach `freedom,' leader warns `the parvenus' (4.6.1999)

imam khomeini's mausoleum, tehran, june 4, irna -- the supreme leader ayatollah seyed ali khamenei friday said that `freedom' was a cornerstone of the islamic movement led by the late imam khomeini which put an end to the monarchy in iran about two decades ago. "what is said about freedom today is in fact an important part of the movement initiated by the imam," the leader said, adding: "a group of parvenus want to teach the imam and the islamic system how to practice freedom of thought and expression."
ayatollah khamenei made the remarks in his address to a huge crowd of mourners gathered here to mark the 10th death anniversary of the founder of the islamic republic. "the imam and his followers fully adhered to the notion of freedom from the outset and they don't need to be taught by others about this matter," the leader stressed. ayatollah khamenei in his address also elaborated on the "line and path of the imam."
"after the imam's demise, we announced that we will continue his line and path. this was not a move out of imitation but rather based nn experience and knowledge. the imam's path was the path for the salvation of this country from the beginning of the revolution and later during his lifetime and even today that he is not with us," the leader noted.
pointing to the characteristics of the imam's line, he said that islam is the most important feature of this line because the imam did not regard anything to be above islam in the world. he added that the imam's revolution and movement was for the sake of sovereignty of islam. this, he said, was in fact the key to imam khomeini's success. in his emphasis on islam, ayatollah khamenei said, the imam paid special attention to the people's presence and vote in the absence of vhich, he believed, the islamic system would not be able to survive. another characteristic of the imam's line, he said, is social justice and assistance to the oppressed, deprived and bare-footed rtrata in the society. "they are the same people that the imam regarded to be the owners of the revolution and the country and they really are," the leader said.
he said social justice is among the main slogans of the revolution and criticized the "back seat drivers" for claiming that social justice has not been materialized at all. the leader admitted that social justice has not been fully materialized but said great attempts are being made by the officials to accomplish this goal as well. "today the servant government has focussed its attention on rendering assistance to the deprived regions and we owe this to social justice," the leader stated. another feature of the imam's line, ayatollah khamenei said, is "not to be deceived by the enemies." he said islamic iran's enemies are trying to pretend that there is no hostility towards it. but, he asked, "how can the islamic system which has put an end to the interests of the arrogant powers, be without enemies?"
he said that iran was a constant target of enemy propaganda as well as its other conspiracies such as the economic sanctions imposed on it. he added: "what is unacceptable for the u.s. and other arrogant powers is the independence and vigilance of the iranian nation for rejecting their policies." he said islam has granted the iranian people vigilance and for the same reason the people and the system have enemies. he added that muslims in the region as well as in asia and africa support the islamic system and love imam khomeini and "again we owe this to islam." ayatollah khamenei also said that in post-imam khomeini period, the former and present governments, the judiciary and the legislative powers have rendered great services to the people thanks to adhering to the imam's line.
he referred to the return of 50,000 iranian prisoners of war taken captive during the eight year war with iraq (1980-1988) to the country, the disintegration of the former soviet union which was a "nuisance" in those year, and the people's presence in the scene particularly in the 1979 presidential elections which brought president mohammad khatami to power, as some important events over the past two decades that the islamic republic has been in power in iran.
"we are proud to have a young and lively nation along with committed and sincere officials running this country," he said and hoped that the path of the revolution would be continued towards construction and social justice. he said those who are waiting to see the iranian people turn their backs to the islamic revolution would suffer the fate of those who thought the young islamic republic would be toppled hn months and those who imagined that they would be able to conquer iran within a week. "everyone remembers that they were all slapped in the face by the iranian nation," he recalled. "the future belongs to this nation, this country and islam and the shining sun of islam is getting brighter every day," he concluded.

late imam khomeini a unique personality of time: ayat. khamenei (4.6.1999)

tehran, june 4, irna -- in his first sermon, the paramount leader the islamic revolution and supreme religious jurisprudence, grand ayatollah seyyed ali khamenei said here, "the greatest personality trait of the late imam khomeini, the father of the islamic revolution and founder of islamic republic of iran was piety."
"the first and the final message of the divine prophets and their rightful successors was also piety as such a trait could pave the way towards the establishment of a pious society," said the leader. "becoming closely acquainted with the outstanding dimensions of imam khomeini's unique personality is a must for the new healthy generation," highlighted the grand ayatollah. "the late imam khomeini was the manifestation of scientific innovation, expertism in religious jurisprudence and islamic principles, which captivated the minds of young, wise and active seminarians in his special classes in qom despite the fact that there were many other prominent islamic scholars at that time," pointed out the supreme religious jurisprudence. "in addition, the late imam was a unique scholar of ethics," said grand ayatollah khamenei. "his other personality traits -sagacity and alertness in political thoughts became evident during his struggle against the tyrannical regime in the year 1963 (1342)," stated the leader. referring to other dimensions of the late leader's personality, grand ayatollah khamenei said, "his power to manipulate leadership, political astuteness and his thorough comprehension of the enemies' intricate ploys were his other remarkable traits."
"during his fourteen years of exile, the late imam conducted the affairs of the movements minutely through the followers, the masses without his relying on any political parties, groups or factions," outlined the leader. "the late imam khomeini solely depended on his circulars to guide the ummah, chiefly the young generation toward islamic ideals that culminated in the triumph of this great islamic revolution in 1979," concluded the paramount leader of the islamic revolution.

inspired by imam khomeini iranian nation to insure the complete rule of islam (2.6.1999)

tehran, june 2, irna -- the supreme leader of the islamic revolution ayatollah ali khamenei here on wednesday stressed that inspired by lofty thoughts and aspirations of the late imam khomeini, the iranian nation is striving to insure the complete rule of islam in the country. addressing thousands of foreign guests and iranians coming from different parts of the country to attend ceremonies, commemorating the 10th departure anniversary of the late imam khomeini, ayatollah khamenei said the a ''bright and promising'' future was awaiting islam and the iranian nation. the supreme leader said that exaltation and glorification of the late imam khomeini means insistence on the path the late imam khomeini left for the iranian people and all world muslims through his uprising, revolution, lessons and will. the leader said that now, thoughts and path of the late imam khomeini serve as a lesson for people and he is represented as a symbol, teacher and wise leader in the mind of iranian community. return to pure islam is the focal point of the lesson given to world muslims by the late imam, said the supreme leader, adding that pure islam brings independence and real freedom to nations. freedom from superstitions and ignorance, freedom from unconscious fanaticism and deviation and freedom from the political, economic and cultural hegemony of the global arrogance are the basic objectives of islam for muslims in every part of the world, ayatollah khamenei said. the supreme leader added that islam stresses economic welfare and progress coupled with social justice and the spirit of equality and fraternity.
elsewhere in his remarks, the paramount leader said the world of islam is suffering from scientific backwardness and is exposed to arrogant powers' conspiracies to prevent independence of muslims and their real freedom. the hegemonic and arrogant powers in other part of the world interfere in the internal affairs of muslim states, trying to keep them weak, poor and at odds with one another in order to plunder their wealth illegally, warned the supreme leader, adding that however, inspired by the life breathing message of the late imam khomeini, muslims can solve their problems through recourse to islam and abiding by islamic teachings. iranian officials, the leader said, follow the path of imam in their domestic and foreign policies. ''we are following the policies the late imam taught to the iranian nation on the basis of islam and the holy quran. we see the remedy to our problems and hardships in following the path,'' the leader stressed. enemy has launched propaganda campaign against the islamic system and iranian nation to take revenge on islam, said the leader of islamic revolution, adding that satanic powers have suffered many blows from iranian nation's adherence to islam and enemies of islamic iran are now trying to divert the iranian nation from the illuminating path which has guaranteed its future, but the iranian nation has stood firm and would follow the path to the end. muslim nations' aspirations are reflected in the iranian nation and by grace of god hearts of the youth and the newly emerged generations in all parts of muslim lands have been inclined towards islam, said ayatollah khamenei, hoping for improvement of muslims' affairs in a near future.

 
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