New release from Ayat Allah ‘Ali Hussayni Khamina’i: “The Islamic Republic Is the Continuation of the Holy Prophet’s Be’that”

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, and peace and greetings be upon our Master and Prophet, Ab-al-Qassem Al-Mustafa Muhammad, and upon his pure, immaculate and chosen household, especially the one remaining with Allah on earth

I would like to congratulate the honorable participants, the foreign guests present at the meeting, the masses of the people of Iran and the great Islamic Ummah on the auspicious Eid al-Mab’ath. I express my congratulations despite the fact that our dear people are going through a difficult time because of the recent flood damages. In some cases, the people are mourning the loss of their dear ones. We have suffered casualties and damages. I hope that by Allah’s favor and grace, the honorable officials can support the people which has thankfully happened until today. I hope that by the blessedness of this dear day, Allah the Exalted will deliver His grace and gladden the hearts of the people.

Thankfully, public efforts were very satisfactory in that regard. And it is not the first time either. In all natural incidents and calamities – these are incidents that may look like a crisis, but they may turn out to be divine blessings and benefits – the people of Iran enter the arena in a courageous manner. We have experienced this time and time again. This spirit of solidarity among the people and their diligence for rendering services to their compatriots is exceptional. And they provide an incentive for executive officials and they come to their aid. The same thing happened in the recent incident. People from all over the country entered the arena and helped, and officials managed to adopt the initial measures with unity, concentration and unanimity.

Of course, many tasks are still left which have to be carried out. I pointed this out to the honorable officials. They themselves know that the main tasks will follow after this stage. The destruction and damages – including damages to farms and homes and other such losses – should and will be compensated for, God willing. Our dear people should continue cooperating with officials. This is an urgent task. The presence of the people on the scene and their cooperation and assistance will truly be helpful.

There is a point regarding the issue of Mab’ath: on several occasions, the Holy Quran refers to the sending down of messengers and prophets – which was for the sake of divine guidance – as “be’that”. It describes it as “baath” [literally “to send”]: “Allah did confer a great favor on the believers when He sent among them an apostle from among themselves” [3: 164], “It is He Who has sent among the unlettered an apostle from among themselves” [62: 2], “For We assuredly sent among every people an apostle” [16: 36]. It is referred to as “baath”. This is an important point. The mission of the prophets is to transform. It is not an ordinary movement simply for the sake of instruction. A prophet who would emerge in society was not only there to teach certain things to people. Of course, we have ayahs like “Who shall rehearse Your signs to them and instruct them in scripture and wisdom” [2: 129], but all these lessons are based on be’that and a great movement.

“Be’that” means to encourage and to stimulate. What is the direction of this encouragement? The Holy Quran has specified the direction: “For We assuredly sent amongst every people an apostle, with the command, ‘serve Allah and shun Evil’” [The Holy Quran 16: 36]. The first goal is to worship God which means defining life on the basis of divine commands and edicts. This is the first goal.

And the second goal is to shun taghut. Who is taghut? Taghut is comprised of all oppressors and evil kings. In the present time, it includes all presidents who exit in countries such as the US and some other countries. These are taghuti individuals. “Shunning evil” does not mean separating oneself from such individuals so much so that we do not become corrupt, rather it means that there exists a line against the line of monotheism and divine monotheism which is the line of taghut. Rejecting taghut is a necessary complement to faith in Allah. This is the direction of prophets’ be’that.

The purpose of the prophets’ be’that was to establish an ideal society. As was pointed out in the meeting, the purpose was to establish a civilization. Well, this civilization has everything. Everything exists in a civilization. There is science, morality, lifestyle and war. War exists in a civilization as well. As you can see in the Holy Quran, there are many ayahs related to war. It is not the case that we say that Islam emerged in order to put an end to war. This is not the case. What matters is the direction of war: war against whom? War for the sake of what? These are the important questions. Global taghuts fight for the sake of selfish desires, for seizing power and for promoting corruption. It is many years now that the Zionists have been fighting, but they fight for the sake of their selfish desires. Believers fight too. Palestinian mujahids, the mujahids of Hezbollah and our dear people fight as well. They fought during the eight-year Sacred Defense Era. However, such wars are not condemned, rather they are praiseworthy as they are jihad in the way of God. “Those who believe fight in the cause of Allah” [The Holy Quran, 3: 76]. This is the important point.

Believers fight and kill, but they do so for divine goals. “And those who reject faith fight in the cause of evil. So fight against the friends of Satan” [The Holy Quran, 3: 76]. Notice that attention to Quranic teachings opens doors to us. Why do they refer to it as be’that? Take the case of a philosopher who emerges in society – for example, Plato or Socrates. They too were individuals who taught certain things to people, but their mission is not classified as be’that. The duty of prophets is not like that. The prophets’ job was related to be’that. And the be’that of the Holy Prophet was the most important one. The be’that of the Holy and Great Prophet of Islam was the best, most comprehensive, most complete and most permanent one.

That be’that exists today as well. Today too, the Holy Prophet is engaged in be’that. When you read the Holy Quran, you learn a lesson and you become motivated to begin a movement. This is the continuation of the Holy Prophet’s be’that.

When the people of Iran stood behind a great personality like our magnanimous Imam, when they passed through different obstacles, endured hardships, crushed various problems and moved forward, when they destroyed the derelict network of satanic taghut in the most important area of the region – Iran – and when they erected an Islamic building, this is the continuation of the Holy Prophet’s taghut. The Revolution was the continuation of the Holy Prophet’s be’that. The Islamic Republic is the continuation of the Holy Prophet’s be’that. This is what we are saying. He who is an enemy of the Islamic Revolution and the Islamic Republic is an enemy of Islamic be’that and the monotheistic movement, just like the enemies who existed in the early Islamic era.

Some people say that we should not create enemies. No, we are not creating enemies. We are merely saying the same things that the Holy Prophet and God said. We are only repeating monotheistic ideas. However, these mere words create a number of enemies. The enemy is showing enmity because of the establishment of a monotheistic movement. He will stop showing enmity when you let go of this movement and return to the state of affairs that they desire, which is worshipping and following taghut. The US expects us to do this. And his servants too – the house of Saud and their regional cohorts – act in the same way. They merely repeat what the Americans say. In fact, they “fight in the cause of taghut”. They are people who fight and act for taghut.

Well, in this confrontation – the confrontation between the truth and evil and the confrontation between monotheism and taghut: this confrontation is inevitable – Allah the Exalted has ordained that the party of the truth will be victorious. In other words, if you people of Iran continue moving in the same fashion, you will definitely achieve victory over your enemies. You will achieve victory over the US: “And We wished to be gracious to those who were being oppressed in the land, to make them leaders and make them heirs” [The Holy Quran, 28: 5]. And “It is He Who has sent His Messenger with guidance and the Religion of Truth, to proclaim it over all religion” [The Holy Quran, 9: 33]. This is how things are. Allah the Exalted has ordained this.

Of course, you and I can change this result. How? By showing negligence and refusing to cooperate, by showing sincerity, by endeavoring and fighting in the way of God. If we do not do these tasks, this front – namely the front of the truth – will not achieve victory. However, the Iranian nation has shown that it is not like that. The more time passes, the clearer this becomes. Today, our youth are more motivated, more knowledgeable and more prepared than those of us who spent our youth serving this cause.

That is why I address these statements to the youth. Today, our youth are prepared to move. They are prepared to move forward in different fronts. The fight and endeavor of the people of Iran does not only mean that they hold guns in their hands. This is not the case. We do not fight against anyone. As long as we are not attacked, we do not usually attack. However, in other fronts, we will advance: we will advance in the area of science, morality and lifestyle, God willing. We will move forward in these areas.

Today, our youth are very motivated. We will make progress step by step. Everyone should be active in the area of economic matters, particularly youth. Everyone should be active in the area of cultural matters, particularly youth. Everyone should be active in the area of consciously political moves, particularly youth. Youth are prepared and they can and will be active, God willing. The future of this country will belong to the pious and motivated youth who can help the country achieve the peak of transcendence with their youthful energy, with clear ideas and with creativeness. This is what we expect. We should have such an interpretation of be’that and Eid al-Mab’ath in our minds so that Eid al-Mab’ath will not be a mere memory and commemoration of the Holy Prophet and so that it will not only be manifested in words. It should be a real source of instruction for us.

The Iranian nation thankfully found this path in the shade of the movement of our magnanimous Imam. They opened up and then treaded this path. All the things that you are witness to – including the virtues and positive characteristics of the Iranian nation – are because of presence on this path. Before the victory of the Revolution, there was no trace of these things and the public movement of the people in cultural, political, economic and popular areas did not exist in their current form. This has been achieved thanks to the Revolution. I hope that by Allah’s favor, it will increase on a daily basis. By the blessedness of the Holy Prophet, we ask Allah the Exalted to associate the immaculate soul of Imam and the pure souls of our dear martyrs, who guided and led us on this path, with the Holy Prophet.

Greetings be upon you and Allah’s mercy and blessings

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Source: http://english.khamenei.ir/news/6591/The-Islamic-republic-is-the-continuation-of-the-holy-Prophet-s

New issue of Ayat Allah ‘Ali Hussayni Khamina’i’s magazine: “Khat Hizb Allah #178”

For prior issues see: #177, #176#175#174#172#171#170#169#168#167#166#165#164#163, and #162.

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New release from Ayat Allah ‘Ali Hussayni Khamina’i: “Europe Has Left the JCPOA in Practice”

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, and peace and greetings be upon our Master and Prophet, Ab-al-Qassem Al-Mustafa Muhammad, and upon his pure, immaculate and chosen household – those who guide the guided, and who are infallible – especially the one remaining with Allah on earth

Allah, bestow as many greetings upon Your representative – Ali ibn Musa ar-Ridha – as Your knowledge encompasses. Bestow Your greeting upon him, one that is as permanent as Your dominions and Your authority. Allah, send as many greetings to Your representative – Ali ibn Musa ar-Ridha – as Your knowledge encompasses. Send Your greeting to him, a greeting that is as permanent as Your glory, Your greatness and Your magnificence

I would like to congratulate you on the birthday anniversary of the Leader of Justice and the eternal Commander of the Faithful throughout history – Hazrat Ali ibn Abi Talib – which is the real Nowruz. Also, I wish to congratulate you on the arrival of the new year and the Nowruz eid. Beautiful Iranian taste has chosen this day as the beginning of the new year and the Iranian solar year – the Iranian hijri year – begins from the outset of spring and from Nowruz.

Also, I would like to congratulate the enlightened hearts of the mutakefin [those who engage in itikaf] on the occasion of the days of itikaf [an Islamic practice during which one retreats a particular number of days to the mosque for prayers and studying the Holy Quran]. I hope that God’s mercy, blessings and attention to the pure souls of our mutakefin will be extended to all the people of Iran and all individuals from different social backgrounds – particularly our youth.

I thank Allah the Exalted for giving me another opportunity to meet with you dear people, residents of this city and pilgrims in the shade of the light of the Holy Shrine of Imam Ridha (as).

I have prepared four issues to discuss with you dear brothers and sisters and I hope that I can discuss them with you dear brothers and sisters in brief. One issue is about the current year – the year 1398. Another matter is about our issues with the west and western governments. The third matter is about the economy and this year’s slogan which is boosting production and the economy. And the fourth and last issue is a word with our dear youth about the issues of the country, future affairs and the affairs of the Revolution.

As for current issues, one witnesses that some spokespeople, writers and pundits have referred to this year as the year of threats. I do not agree with this in any way. I believe that by Allah’s favor, the year 1398 is the year of opportunities: the year of abundant resources and achievements. Of course, those who say otherwise and constantly speak of threats are knowingly or unknowingly under the influence of the bragging expressed by the enemies of this nation. In addition to what they do in reality, the enemies of this nation have also waged a psychological war. They express certain viewpoints and they boast. These boasts and brags should be understood for what they are. Throughout the year 1397, they were making the same boasts and they were trying to make some people lose heart.

One of those first-rate idiots, whom I introduced a while ago [Supreme Leader’s speech in meeting with the people of Qom, delivered on January 9, 2019], said in the beginning or in the middle of the year 1397 that if they- the US- get out of the Bar-Jaam [JCOPA], there will be riots in the streets of Iran and that the people will not even be able to buy bread. Another one of those first-rate idiots said that in the year 2019, these American gentlemen will celebrate Christmas in Tehran. Well, these are the statements they made.

I do not know. There are two viewpoints: one is that their analysis about regional matters and the affairs of the country is so weak and shallow and that they actually say these things seriously. In other words, such statements originate from foolishness. Another viewpoint is that they want to wage a psychological war in a malicious way. They promote these ideas in global media in order to wage a psychological war. It is not clear to me which viewpoint is correct. Both might be correct: both foolishness and malice.

I said that the year 1398 is the year of opportunities. I wish to explain this a little bit. At the moment, the main problem of our country is the economic problem and the issue of the livelihood of underprivileged classes. Part of this problem is related to the sanctions imposed by western powers– the US and Europe. And part of it stems from our internal shortcomings and our own managerial weaknesses. Sanctions can become an opportunity– later on, I will expand on this. And witnessing these shortcomings and weakness can provide us with precious experience for the future and for the management of the country in the future. Both these can be opportunities.

Sanctions can be an opportunity. Why? Because experience has shown that whenever the revenues of countries benefitting from natural resources such as oil decreases, they think of implementing economic reforms and they become motivated to develop these reforms. They become motivated to liberate themselves from dependence and they adopt appropriate measures. This happens when the revenues from natural resources are reduced. Later on, when those resources return to their prior state and when their financial resources increase again, they forget about continuing those reforms. So, the pressure stemming from a decrease in the revenues of natural resources has this great advantage, not only for us but also for all countries similar to us because it will save them from dependence on this natural resource, from being a one-product country and from this oil-based economy.

One of the main problems of our economy is that it is based and dependent on oil. This is really the truth of the matter. In the present time, extensive research is being conducted both at a governmental level and at a research-based and academic level in order to find ways to manage the country with non-oil revenues. This is a very important and good measure. When oil revenues are abundantly available to us, neither government officials nor others will naturally think of doing something else.

We have tangibly and vividly experienced something similar to this in the area of the defense resources of the country. In the Sacred Defense Era, during the war that was imposed on us, the materialistic powers of the east and the west– both capitalist and socialist and communist powers– would give the best weapons and resources to Saddam, while our hands were tied. As everyone knew at that time, they would not even sell us barbed wire. This was of course difficult, but this difficulty made our youth, our thinkers and our talented and creative personalities think of liberating us from our dependence on foreign weapons.

By Allah’s favor, today our condition in the area of defense resources is better than almost all countries in the region. Our enemies too are stressing this. They too are acknowledging this in order to use it as a tool to exert pressure. Of course, it will not be used a tool to exert pressure. Despite their foolish desires, we will continue to strengthen our defense capabilities. At that time, if they had sold us weapons, if they had given us tanks, missiles and ammunitions, we would not have thought of producing them on our own.

Well, if we had had them, we would have continued to be dependent and our need for others would not have been removed, similar to many other countries in our region which you are familiar with. Their countries are a warehouse of weapons, but these weapons belong to others and their use is contingent on the willpower of others. They themselves have neither power nor the scientific and practical capability to use them correctly. We would have become like them.

Today, by Allah’s favor, this is not the case. Therefore, need generates movement and motivation in us. When we cannot access oil revenues in their completely, we will naturally search for alternatives. This is a task that has been initiated and by Allah’s favor, it will produce results. The Iranian nation will taste the fruits of these endeavors later on. They will witness the results in the future.

I stress that we should not keep nagging about the sanctions. We should not have high expectations of those who impose these sanctions – the US and Europe – either. In the section related to the west, I will explain why. We cannot expect anything from them. We should sit and devise the plans for confronting sanctions and we should pursue them seriously. This is our responsibility. This is the responsibility of government organizations, of the research committees in the legislative branch and of our youth, thinkers and intellectual personalities in the country.

They should examine and find the ways to confront sanctions by considering the affairs of the country. There are many ways to confront the oppressive and malicious sanctions imposed by the enemy. Of course, I have received a report showing that high-ranking executive officials are preparing the ways to confront sanctions. They should address it in a more serious, urgent and practical way. The affairs of the country should not be delayed.

Today, everyone agrees that the enemy is waging an economic war against us. Everyone knows this. Of course, I have always repeated that the enemy is at war with us, but some people would not believe it. However, today everyone believes it. All officials have realized and agreed that the enemy is at war with us. War is not only about cannons and guns. Economic wars, security wars, intelligence wars and political wars: these are all different forms of wars and they are sometimes more dangerous than a military war. The enemy is at war with us.

Well, this war manifests itself through economic matters. Today, everyone has accepted this. Of course, we should defeat the enemy at this war and by Allah’s favor, we will defeat him. Yes, we will defeat him, but this is not enough. However, I want to say something else and my demand from all the various activists of the country – including in the government, in universities and among the people – is something else. What I want to say is that as well as defeating the enemy, we should create deterrence. This is what I want to say. Sometimes, you defeat the enemy, but he waits for another opportunity to deliver another blow. This confrontation is of no use.

We should reach a point which has a deterring effect. In other words, the enemy should feel that he cannot damage our dear country from the area of economics and that he cannot pressure the nation. We should reach this point: deterrence. This is possible. I would like to mention the military again as an example. Fortunately, we are in such a condition in the area of the military. One day, the enemy’s planes would bombard our cities at a high altitude while we could not do anything about it. We did not have enough defensive weapons. He used to fire missiles, but we did not have any weapons to respond.

After that, we developed our defense capabilities. Today, our enemies – at least the ones in the region or the ones who have forces in the region – know that the Islamic Republic can confront and strike every enemy in the region with its accurate and active missiles. They have realized this. This is deterrence! This means that the enemies who are sometimes tempted to launch a military attack should realize that it is not possible, that the Islamic Republic has a mighty fist and a strong hand which can retaliate. This is deterrent power. We should reach this point in the area of economic matters. So, this is an opportunity which is available to us because of the sanctions imposed by the enemies. Today, we can work on this. This was the first matter.

I said that we should not pin our hopes on westerners. Now, I want to enter into the second discussion which is about our confrontation with western powers and governments. We have many things to say in this regard. What I want to say is that in order to gain this deterrent economic power, we should completely forget about the help and cooperation of westerners. We should not wait for them. This is because westerners have shown that they cannot be expected to help. We can expect them to hatch plots, to act in a treacherous way and to stab us in the back, but we cannot expect them to help, to show sincerity and to cooperate.

Whenever you see that westerners help a government and a country, they are in fact preparing the ground for their own work. Westerners used to help the taghuti [Pahlavi] regime, but they were not actually offering help to him, rather they were helping themselves to sell their own weapons. They were serving their own unconditional dominance over the country’s oil. They were helping 60,000 military advisors in the country. The day when the Revolution achieved victory, there were about 60,000 American forces in the country –mainly in Tehran. They would feed from the public funds of Muslims and they would work for themselves. If they help somewhere, they are in fact serving their own goals and their own cause. They cannot be expected to help.

This is not particular to us either. It is not the case that westerners behave like this only towards the Islamic Republic or towards Iran. It is not like that. Western countries behave like this towards all countries which they can bully. Notice that three centuries of colonialism – the colonialism of weak countries – crushed hundreds of millions of people. It destroyed their lives and exerted great pressure on them. The Europeans – at that time, the Americans were not there – used to colonize Asia, Africa and Latin America and suck up their resources. They would loot their wealth, would prevent them from making scientific, practical and technological progress and would keep them backward. The phenomenon of colonialism was not particular to us. It happened to all those countries which could be bullied by those powers.

As for Iran, they began to deliver their blows from the mid-Qajar era. In the Iran-Russia wars, the English betrayed Iran. They entered the scene as mediators, but they stabbed us in the back. They acted in the same away on the issue of the tobacco monopoly and on the issue of Amir Kabir and the way they treated him. It was the pressures of the English and European embassies in Tehran which forced the foolish king to shed Amir Kabir’s blood, thus eliminating a man who could have transformed Iran. They behaved in the same way on the issue of bringing the dictatorial regime of Reza Khan to power. The Europeans and the Americans behaved in the same way on the issue of eliminating the government of Mosaddeq. They acted in the same way in different economic, political and security matters, on the issue of the imposed war and after that on the issue of the sanctions. We should not forget these events.

Westerners have always behaved like this towards us. We cannot have any hope for their help. On the recent issue, the issue of the Bar-Jaam, what was the duty of the Europeans? Well, a seven-sided agreement had been signed– six countries on one side and Iran on the other side. One of the parties– the US– got out of the deal. What was the duty of the other parties? Their duty was to stand up against the US and to state that they would be committed to the deal. Their duty was to lift sanctions completely. They should have stood firm, but they did not do so with different excuses. Not only did they not stand up against the US, but they also got out of the deal in practice, despite the fact that they would constantly say to us that we should not get out of the Bar-Jaam. They have even imposed new sanctions on Iran. This is how Europeans behave. What can we expect from them?

Recently, it is constantly being said that they have created a financial channel. Well, it sounds more like a joke! Of course, it is a bitter joke. This financial channel does not make any sense. There is a world of difference between what constitutes their duties and what they are saying in the present time. On our last international issue, the Europeans stabbed us in the back, just like what they did in the past. They betrayed us. They cannot be expected to do anything. We cannot have any expectations of them.

I will tell you that this is how things are, generally speaking. This is the result of extensive study and it is based on our own experiences and those of the others: I will tell you that politics and power in the west and in western countries – mainly the US and European countries – are oppressive, bullying, illogical and greedy. They know nothing about logic. Logic is not in their vocabulary. Deep inside, western politicians are savage individuals in the true sense of the word. You should not be surprised at this. They wear a suit, they wear a tie, they put on perfume and they carry a Samsonite brief case, but they are savages and they act in a bestial manner in practice.

Notice that in the recent incident in New Zealand during which Muslims were killed, an individual enters two mosques and fires many rounds of bullets at tens of individuals, killing and martyring more than 50 people in the process. Well, is this not terrorism? The Europeans– neither their politicians nor their press– were willing to refer to this as a “terrorist act”, rather they referred to it as an “armed attack”. Is that an “armed attack”? What then is terrorism? Whenever a crime is committed against even one single individual who is favored by them, they rally all human rights efforts and label it as a terrorist act in order to confront it, but in such a clear and vivid case, they do not call it a terrorist act. They are like this.

I do not know of a country in the region and perhaps in the world which is as bad as the Saudi government. The Saudi government is despotic, dictatorial, oppressive, dependent and corrupt. They provide nuclear resources for such a government. They have announced that they will build a nuclear power plant for them. They have announced that they will build centers for producing missiles. It is alright there, because that country is dependent on them. It is alright because it belongs to them. Of course, they are only announcing this. Even if they build such things, I personally will not be unhappy because I know that in a not-too-distant future, it will all fall into the hands of Islamic mujahids! [Crowd chants: “Death to America!”]

Therefore, malice and mischief is in the nature of western powers and there is no difference between the US and Europe in this regard. Of course, the US is more malicious. For different reasons, the US is more malicious and it is not particular to the person who holds office in the US administration, rather their whole politics is based on this. They delivered a report to me showing that in recently, the US Congress– these are interesting figures– has either passed or presented 226 bills and drafts against the Islamic Republic in the years 1396 and 1397. Two hundred and twenty six bills in order to show their opposition and malevolence against the Islamic Republic! This is malice.

Of course, I have a complaint about our own Majlis: how many bills and drafts has our own Islamic Consultative Majlis presented or passed against US malice? So, western powers are like this. We cannot have other expectations of them.

Of course, some people inside the country embellish the image of westerns. They justify malicious acts of westerners. They airbrush their image and prevent public opinion from realizing how much malice and malevolence exists in the nature of these apparently decent governments – governments such as France, England and other such governments. There are people from the press and the media among them: the likes of Taqizadeh. During the time of taghut, an individual like Taqizadeh said something like this: that Iran should become westernized from head to toe. He meant that the lifestyle in Iran should be westernized. Today too, new Taqizadehs make such statements. Of course, they do not say it with such naked clarity, but that is what they mean.

Those who keep injecting and promoting western thoughts, western lifestyle, western methods, and western nomenclature in our literature, our thought system, our universities and our schools are the new Taqizadehs. Those who stand behind the 2030 Education Agenda – the 2030 Education Agenda means turning the Islamic lifestyle into the western lifestyle – are today’s Taqizadehs. Of course, by Allah’s favor, our pious youth and our revolutionary people will not allow these Taqizadehs to establish their ideas.

You should pay attention to this point. I am saying this because some people misrepresent my statements. These comments do not at all mean breaking off our relations with western countries. It is alright to establish relations. During the term of different administrations and throughout all these years, I have always encouraged administrations to establish relations with different countries: with our neighboring countries, with Islamic countries, with different movements and orientations and with European countries, all in different ways. In the present time, I still believe this. It is alright to establish relations, but what is problematic is following and trusting others. What I am saying is that we should not trust them.

Many or at least some of our problems originate from trusting westerners. There is nothing wrong with establishing relations. You can establish relations, but you should know the other side. You should not confuse the path and take the wrong direction with their smiles, their deceit and their false statements. This is what I am saying. Otherwise, it is alright to be in contact. Of course, fortunately, our government officials have reached the conclusion today that one cannot take the same path as that of westerners. They have felt this. In the future, our behavior and conduct might differ as a result of this new knowledge, God willing.

Now that we have spoken about the west, I would like to add that there are two opposing orientations about the west, both of which are wrong: one orientation is based on unreasonable bias and prejudice and reluctance to see western positives. Westerners launched a good movement in the area of science. They endeavored hard and they made progress with persistence. The same is true of technology and some behavioral traits. I have spoken about them at length in different speeches. These things should not be denied. We should learn every good thing wherever it is in the world.

I have mentioned frequently that we have no objections to being pupils. We will learn from anyone who knows more than us and this is alright with us. However, we should not be pupils forever. Therefore, having a reactionary attitude towards the west and having an unreasonable bias against the west which makes us reject whatever comes from that region – no matter what it is – is renounced by us.

The opposite point to this is “westoxication”. Westoxication is a grave danger. In the heart of the westoxicated Pahlavi regime, an intellectual who was deep-rooted in religious matters – the late Jalal Al-e Ahmad who was the son of a clergy and who had deep religious connections: he used to be in contact with us and he would express his respect and love for Imam [Khomeini] during his exile – brought up the issue of westoxication. Today, the issue of westoxication is an important issue. We should not forget it. Therefore, both prejudice and bias on the one hand and westoxication on the other hand are wrong. As I said, the west cannot be trusted. We should keep in contact, but we should not rely on them. We should benefit from their science and their positive aspects, but we should not trust them in any way. This is what I wanted to say in this regard. This was the second matter.

Now, let us move to the matter of the economy. Now that we cannot trust the west, what should we do for the economy of the country? The issue of the economy of the country is an important issue. This is what I want to say in this regard: for the blossoming of the country’s economy, we need an endeavor which is both jihadi and scientific. The issues related to the economy of the country will not be resolved with laziness, with lack of energy and with lack of motivation. A jihadi endeavor should be made. Jihadi management should dominate the economic affairs of the country and decision-making. We should make a jihadi endeavor.

Jihadi endeavor means an endeavor accompanied by effort, tirelessness and purity. In other words, we should clearly see that such individuals do not work for the sake of filling their own pockets and that they work for the people and for God.

An endeavor should be like this as well as being scientific. They should sit and find the correct ways with scientific and precise methods. They should be knowledgeable and competent and they should have different resources at their disposal. Such individuals should sit and work. If this happens, the economy of the country will definitely be in full blossom.

I am not an economist, but I study and I ask for their viewpoints. I listen to their viewpoints carefully. Our experts believe that the capacities of the country for developing the economy are very rich and complete capacities. We have no shortcomings. Our human resource capacity is very good, our natural capacities are very good and our geographical capacity is also very good. In the statement on the ‘Second Phase of the Revolution’, I explained some of these capacities. So capacities exist and furthermore, there is money in the country.

Also there is constant complaints about cash liquidity. Of course, this is correct. If liquidity does not receive attention, it will deliver a blow. However, if it is managed efficiently and if it is guided towards investment, it will help the country blossom and it will develop the economy. Therefore, there is an abundance of capacities in the country.

Some executive organizations have performed well. Some people think that no tasks have been carried out. This is not the case. Some executive organizations have performed well in different areas including in the area of agriculture, water, soil and areas related to developing underprivileged regions and infrastructural tasks. Of course, in some areas too, this is not the case. There is lack of energy and negligence in some areas. Sometimes, tasks are carried out with delay.

In a letter which I think was written to me in the year 1393 or 1394, a high-ranking official said that they were preparing a bill related to reforming banking transactions and the banking system in general – one of our economic problems is the problem related to the banking system – and he said that the bill would be examined by the Majlis a few months later. However, they have reported to me that after the passage of four years, that bill has not yet been delivered to the Majlis. Well, this is a long delay and holdup!

The units that have performed well should be rewarded and encouraged and the units that have delayed work should be warned. I myself have issued warnings in this regard. I say these things in public and among the people only when I have already discussed them in private with the gentlemen themselves. These issues should become an inseparable part of public opinion and they should turn into a public demand.

Production should be supported. We named this year, “The Year of Boosting Production”. This year should be the year of boosting production. Last year, when I brought up the issue of supporting Iranian products, a good movement was launched. The people and some producers gave it a good reception. I have been informed that when the people – the majority of the people – go to different stores, they ask for Iranian goods and products. When the salespeople bring their foreign counterparts, they do not accept it. This means progress. However, I cannot claim that the slogan was completely acted on. The reports do not confirm this. Therefore, the slogan of supporting Iranian products continues to be equally important, but the main and the most important issue is to boost production.

If production is boosted, then there will be a huge transformation in different areas. If production is boosted, it influences employment and inflation, it affects the balance of the budget and it helps increase the value of the national currency. Notice that all these are our important economic problems. Experts and those who are well-informed about economic matters confirm that if production is boosted in the country, there will certainly be such advantages and results. This should be accomplished and it should be included in the agenda: both in the agenda of the administration and the Majlis, and in the agenda of those who have the capability to enter the arena of production.

We know certain individuals who had money and resources, who could have put the money in the bank to benefit from the interest without any trouble for many years, but they did not do so. Instead, they invested it into production, saying that they want to help the country move forward. Such people will be rewarded by God! The people who act like this will be rewarded by Allah the Exalted.

Producers, investors and economic activists – honest and sincere economic activists – should be assisted. Those who generate wealth for the country should be assisted. There should be an endeavor to improve the business environment. This should be done with necessary laws, methods and procedures.

Another condition is that we should be wary of those who take advantage of the situation. Some individuals took advantage of the situation and they continue to do so. Opportunists exist and there are different types of them. Just as Iranian creativity and the Iranian innovative mind can be utilized in good ways, it can also do mischief from time to time. One witnesses mind-boggling methods for taking advantage and we see it in the reports. Well, officials should be careful. The executive branch, the judiciary branch and other supervisory organizations should watch over the matter.

I discussed the matter with the honorable President. He said in one of his public speeches that they want to sell such and such a factory. I said to him that they should be careful because some people buy the factory from you not with the purpose of continuing the work and boosting production, rather they buy it in order to sell the machinery, fire the workers and turn the land into a skyscraper! One should be wary of such individuals. One should be wary of such opportunists.

Some people establish banks by benefiting from the law for establishing banks – one of the wrong measures adopted in the country was to allow people to create banks one after another – and then, they collect the people’s money, set up fake companies, give the people’s money to their own companies as debt, loans and banking facilities and thus fill their own pockets. They do such things. We should be careful of such people and we should not ignore them.

If they are prevented from doing these things and if we support honest entrepreneurs instead and boost production, then the problem of unemployment will be solved on the basis of what experts say. The problem of inflation, poverty among underprivileged classes, the banking system and the value of national money and even the issue of the administration’s budget deficit will be resolved through a boost in production. These problems can be solved this way. Therefore, the issue is an important one.

And when I speak about production, I do not only mean industrial production. Industrial and agricultural production, stockbreeding, developing large, medium-sized and small industries and even developing handicrafts, home-made products and animal husbandry – breeding livestock in villages – will greatly help the expansion of public welfare in societies. They should plan for such tasks. Of course, knowledge-based companies play a big part in this regard. They should receive due attention.

Unnecessary imports should be prevented. One of the important areas and articles of the economy of resistance – which I brought up and which is being discussed at length and clarified by others including the officials in the government and other individuals – is the issue of domestic production. And the condition for boosting domestic production is curbing unnecessary imports. They have reported to me that they are doing such and such things for the economy of resistance and that they have prepared such and such plans. Very well, surely these reports are compatible with reality. In other words, they have really done these things, however they have not showed themselves in reality.

The reason is the existence of imports. One witnesses that the market is full of imports. This will lead to the failure of domestic production! They import those goods which are produced inside the country. This will cause domestic production to fail. Officials should prevent this. These are important matters. If this happens, the economy of resistance will be implemented in the true sense of the word.

To sum up, I stress that government organizations should focus on boosting production this year. If there is a need for certain laws, they should ask the Majlis to take action. If there is a need for the presence of the judiciary branch and other supervisory organizations, they should ask them to take action and to cooperate – they gather in the meeting that I mentioned: the meeting between the heads of the three branches of government. Production should be boosted no matter what! This was the third issue.

My last point today is addressed to the youth. It is actually addressed to all the people, but particularly to the youth. First of all, I want to mention that the response to my statement on the Second Phase of the Revolution – the statement on the occasion of the 40th year of the Revolution – given by people from different social backgrounds including academics, the masses of youth, students, seminarians, the clergy and others was a very appropriate and gladdening response. This shows that there is a need for elucidation and that the level of preparedness throughout the country, particularly among youth, is good. The officials of the country should make the most of this preparedness. What I want to say to youth is that they should shoulder both small and big responsibilities. This is the cure to the problems of the country. In the second phase of the Revolution, we should place the country’s progress on the shoulders of the youth.

In the first phase of the Revolution, it was Imam who guided the people, but it was the youth who launched the movement and who turned on the engine of progress. It was they who launched the movement. Today, your efforts are focused on ensuring the independence and dignity of the country. It is you who are paying the price for it today. The price that the Iranian nation and our youth are paying is with the purpose of achieving complete independence – in different areas – national dignity and the dignity of the Islamic community.

Future generations will benefit from your achievements. In the past too, youth accepted to pay the price for fighting against the taghuti regime by going to prison and being beaten until the Revolution thankfully achieved victory and the taghuti regime was destroyed. Or during the imposed war, families paid the price for defending the country and so today, you are living your life with complete security. Today too, you should pay the price for standing up against the enemy so that future generations will benefit from your achievements.

The main point that I want to raise is that what should happen in the second phase of the Revolution is primarily gaining an understanding about our assets and taking them seriously. We should know what assets we have and we should take them seriously. We should know our advantages and capacities and those of the country and we should be serious about them. We should utilize them and benefit from them. The country has extensive capacities. Secondly, we should identify diseases and pests. We should identify the ways that the enemies use to penetrate and we should stand up against them in a serious manner.

Today, the second phase of the Revolution is this: identifying capacities and assets and benefiting from them. Similarly, we should identify maladies, rifts, shortcomings and setbacks and we should roll up our sleeves to solve them.

You should know that the west and the US have reached the conclusion that if the Iranian nation wills something, it will definitely achieve it! They have reached the conclusion that they cannot fight against the national willpower of the people of Iran. If they will something, then creating obstacles and mischief will be of no avail. So, what should they do? They have reached the conclusion that they should do something so that the Iranian nation no longer wills anything, to do something to weaken its willpower. They are thinking of this.

Today, billions of dollars are being spent in the world in order to create a rift in the political and religious beliefs of our youth with the purpose of destroying its determination to move and to rise. They want to destroy our willpower. They want to prevent you from making a decision. Their effort is focused on preventing the willpower of the Iranian nation from being shaped in the direction of progress, confrontation and the establishment of an Islamic society and an Islamic civilization. They know that if this willpower is solidified, it will certainly achieve its goals.

Of course, they did so in the past – many years ago – as well. During the time of the taghuti regime, they used to promote the idea among the youth of the country that if you want to achieve civilization and progress, you should put aside religion. They would say that religion, piety and religious faith is not compatible with science, progress and the like. Today, they should open their blind eyes and see that our best, our greatest and our most advanced industries – we are at the top of the list in these industries and competing with top-tier countries in the world – are being developed by youth who read Dua Kumayl, who say night prayers, who engage in itikaf, who are interested in Dua Nudbah and who are very pious! We are top of the table in advanced industries in today’s world: in nanotechnology, in nuclear technology, in missile-related technologies, in biotechnology and other advanced technologies in the world. We are on the frontline of such technologies.

The main people who do these tasks are pious youth whom I know up close. Youth should increase their efforts in the arena of science, intellectuality, politics and hard work. They should not attend to trivial and unimportant matters. They should not attend to matters which lead to discord. They should pursue unity, focused work and pious and jihadi actions. They should highlight our borders with the enemy in the areas which were discussed today.  They should not create borders with insiders and with domestic forces because of slight differences of opinion.

As Imam said, they should let out all their cries on the enemies and on America! The administration, the Majlis, the judiciary branch and others should help youth as much as they can in order to achieve this progress. And I will tell you – as I have told you many times – that by Allah’s favor and grace, the future of the country will be very much better than our present-day condition!

Dear God, by the blessedness of Muhammad and his household, make what we said and what we do serve You and Your cause and accept it from all of us

Make us the real soldiers of Islam and true mujahids on the path of the truth.

Send our greetings to the Imam of the Age (may our souls be sacrificed for his sake). Help us benefit from the prayers of that noble personality.

Associate the pure souls of the martyrs and the immaculate soul of our magnanimous Imam, with their saints

Greetings be upon you and Allah’s mercy and blessings

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Source: http://english.khamenei.ir/news/6583/Europe-has-left-the-JCPOA-in-practice

New release from Ayat Allah ‘Ali Hussayni Khamina’i: “Regarding the Sanctions Against Iran, the U.S. Will Experience Its Harshest Defeat in History”

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, and peace and greetings be upon our Master and Prophet, Ab-al-Qassem Al-Mustafa Muhammad, and upon his pure, immaculate and chosen household, especially the one remaining with Allah on earth

I am very glad to have had another opportunity to meet again with you gentlemen of the Assembly of Experts and to be among you friends. All of us benefitted from the statements of the gentlemen who delivered speeches. May God help us and gives us the opportunity to act on what we have come to understand.

I deem it necessary to express my regret at the loss of two valuable and truly expert scholars – the late Mr. Shahroudi and the late Mr. Mo’men. Both were indeed pillars for the Qom Islamic Seminary. They were valuable experts. They were experts who really moved on the path of the Revolution’s goals. The loss of these dear personalities was very difficult for us and for Islamic seminaries. Both Mr. Mo’men and Mr. Shahroudi were truly at the service of the goals which they felt were necessary for the country and for the Revolution and they did not expect anything in return.

May God raise their position and may He compensate us for their loss. I hope that our young fuqaha increase their efforts and their precision and strengthen their work in the area of Islamic fiqh so that tasks will be carried out more carefully. The existence of skilled and up-to-date experts, who are familiar with the developments of the country is a necessity.

What I have prepared to discuss with you gentlemen is not a new discussion for you. The reason why I discuss these matters is that each and every one of you have a special position in certain areas – whether among the people or among clergy and Islamic seminaries – and people listen to you. The purpose of discussing these issues is to clarify for the people the point that I will raise with the help of you gentlemen – you who have knowledge, skill and the capability to analyze – so that they turn into a discourse and public understanding. It is very important for the country to help our people gain some public understanding about the issue that I will discuss shortly.

What I want to discuss is the way the country and the influential personalities of the country should confront challenges and incidents. This is what I want to discuss. After all, every country and society is faced with certain incidents. Some of these incidents are good, some are bitter and some arise in the form of pressure – for instance we are under sanctions, we are suffering from cultural invasion and other such matters and some countries are under a hard, military invasion. All countries face certain incidents. And sometimes, there are achievements. The way we should confront these incidents is very important. We should know how we should confront them. This is my point of discussion and what I want to speak about.

I would like to mention some dualities in this regard. In other words, we can think of different ways of confronting incidents: sometimes, we confront incidents in an active way and sometimes, we do so in a passive and inactive manner. “Active confrontation” means that when we face a certain incident, we should see what we should do in order to keep it at bay, eliminate it or sometimes strengthen it. We should do some thinking and enter the arena in an active way. This is active confrontation.

“Passive confrontation” means that when a bitter and difficult incident occurs, we keep complaining and nagging, keep mentioning and repeating it time and time again without making any move to end it. So, we have two ways of confrontation: active and passive confrontation.

From a different perspective, we have creative and reactional confrontation. “Reactional confrontation” means that when we face a certain enemy and when he draws us into a certain arena, we enter the same arena and play them at their own game. This is passive and reactional confrontation. In other words, our moves are a subset and consequence of his moves. On the other hand, “creative confrontation” means that when the enemy strikes from a certain area, we attack him from another area. It means taking the initiative in a different way and choosing a way of confrontation which enables us to deliver a blow to him. These are two different ways of confrontation.

Another duality is desperate versus hopeful confrontation. Sometimes, when we face a certain incident, too much attention to the enemy’s capabilities and moves causes us to become disappointed. We might enter the arena but we enter in a desperate manner. This is one way of confrontation. Another way of confrontation is the opposite of this: entering the arena with hope. These are radically different. If we enter in a desperate way, there will be a certain result and if we enter with hope, there will be a different result. This was another duality.

The next duality is the duality of fear and courage. Sometimes, we enter the arena, but we are afraid of the enemy, of the challenge and of facing dangers. So, we enter the arena with fear. This is one way of reaction and presence in the face of the enemy. And sometimes, we enter the arena with courage. There is a narration which says, “Leap into dangers for the sake of right wherever it may be” [Nahjul Balaghah, Letter 31]. We can enter the arena with courage and bravery. This is another way of confrontation.

Notice that when we look at the conditions of other countries – mainly the countries which we are familiar with – we see both confrontations in their moves. For example, some countries face the pressures of the US. Some of these countries face it in a courageous and bold manner and sometimes, they face it in a fearful manner. Each one is different. Those countries which face it in a fearful way might make a move, but their move is different from that of the countries which face it with hope and courage.

Another duality is that of making a move based on insight and acumen or based on superficial thinking and negligence. For example, you gentlemen touched on the issue of cyberspace and the like. Well, we can face this issue in two ways: we can either act in an intelligent manner or we can act in a superficial manner. Of course, negligence and superficiality are two different things. Superficiality means failure to see the complex and convoluted parts of the work. This is superficiality. Negligence, however, means passing by dangers and perils in an indifferent way. We can act in this way or we can act with acumen and precision and by considering the different angles of the task at hand.

The next duality is looking at events simultaneously as threats and opportunities or taking a one-sided outlook: looking at incidents either as threats or as opportunities. For example, when we face the enmity of the US, we can act in two ways: we can look and see what our opportunities against this apparently powerful enemy are. We can also see what the threats against us are. We can look at both and then reach a conclusion and make a decision. However, we can also decide to mainly look at the threats and ignore the opportunities or on the contrary, only focus on the opportunities and ignore the threats. This one-sided outlook is a mistake. We can take a comprehensive outlook towards this matter. This was another duality.

Notice that all these dualities are important to the people. They are not particular to officials. Of course, officials are the first addressees of these recommendations and statements – political, military and social officials, all in different ways – but the masses of the people should have a voice on such matters. They should deeply understand such matters. When I say that we should help bring about a public understanding, this is what is meant. Later on, I will give more explanations in this regard.

One more duality is understanding the realities of the arena. It is actually understanding or failing to understand the realities of the arena. It means that we should know where we are, where the enemy is and what our position is. This is one of the areas on which the enemy is working very hard. In recent years, the enemy has constantly been trying – with the cooperation of his domestic agents – to portray us as weak and to portray himself as holding a strong position. They want to instill the idea that we are completely ruined and that we cannot do anything to change the situation. This is one of the most fundamental dualities.

We should really know where we are. For example, if we fail to understand that our position in the current shape of the region makes the enemy fear us, we may act in a certain way and if we are fully aware of the fact that the enemy fears us, we may act in a different way. Those who speak and write against our presence in the region with wrong arguments, are in fact helping the enemy’s cause unknowingly – I do not want to accuse anyone of anything. This is another duality: knowing our position and that of the enemy in the arena of confrontation.

Another duality is the issue of expressing one’s feelings and emotions. In different incidents, you might release your feelings, whether positive feelings such as joy resulting from an achievement – which makes you vent your feelings – or negative feelings such as sorrow, grief and unhappiness. This is one behavior. Another behavior is controlling one’s feelings and expressing them to the extent that is necessary. One of the areas where we can really receive a blow – as we have on certain occasions – is lack of control over public feelings.

I have always stressed the role of youth and I believe in them in the true sense of the word. Well, I used to work with youth before the Revolution and after the Revolution too, I have always been with them, but we should pay attention that despite our trust in them, youth’s feelings should not engulf society in a frenzied and unbridled manner. Feelings should be controlled. So, there are two ways of behaving: one is expressing one’s feelings without control and another is expressing our feelings as much as necessary. Of course, these are not easy tasks.

The next duality is that of observing or not observing religious obligations. During the time of revolutionary activities, before the Revolution, we used to see that some people – who were very active in revolutionary fighting – would not attach much significance to many shar’I [related to sharia] issues. They used to say, “we are fighting for the cause.” So, if they did not say daily prayers on time, if they failed to observe such and such an obligation, if they had to slander and talk behind other people’s backs, they would not care much. This is one behavior.

Another behavior is observing piety. According to a narration, the Commander of the Faithful says, “If it were not for piety, I would act the most cunning among Arabs” [Kafi, Vol. 8, page 24]. Is there anyone who is more cunning, clever and intelligent than the Commander of the Faithful? However, piety sometimes prevents you from doing certain things. This is another duality.

Learning from experience or repeating the same mistake twice: this is another matter. Regarding our confrontation with foreign enemies – the west, the US and Europe – we have certain issues with them anyway. We have past issues – since the beginning of the Revolution – and recent issues: the issue of the Bar-Jaam [the JCPOA], their commitments, their violations and their failure to fulfill promises. Well, this is another experience. When it comes to confronting the party that has treated us this way, that has failed to carry out its duties despite their absolute commitments and assurances and that has moved forward with insincere smiles and the like, we should know that our confrontation towards this side, these people, this government and this front should be based on experience. We should know how we should behave towards them.

Another point, another way of moving forward and another duality – the last one – is that we can constantly attack and criticize one another in confronting various incidents. I can blame you and you can blame me. This is one way of confronting incidents. It has unfortunately occurred on various occasions that when certain groups face a difficulty – be that a party, an administration or a nation – they accuse each other. Or we can act otherwise: instead of yelling at one another, we can – as Imam once said – “let out all our cries and shouts at the US.” It is he who is the opponent.

I have frequently said in my public speeches that we should not commit the mistake of failing to know our own enemy. It is clear who our enemy is. There are others who work against us, but what they do is out of ignorance. They are not important. The real enemy is the likes of people who have been described by the Commander of the Faithful like this: “And recount the story of Abi Sufyan’s son.” We should not yell at one another and fight against each other over those insignificant matters. We should know whom we should really be fighting against and whom we should confront. We should act like this.

In my opinion, these dualities are important. We should ask ourselves how we should conduct ourselves in the face of these dualities. Of course, it is easy to give a verbal response to them, but giving a practical response and implementing them is not that easy. In my opinion, the answers to these questions are clearly seen in our Islamic resources. For example, when we achieve victories, the Holy Quran teaches us: “When comes the help of Allah, and victory and you see the people enter Allah’s religion in crowds, celebrate the praises of your Lord, and pray for His forgiveness, for He is oft-returning” [The Holy Quran, 110]. It does not say that we should show our happiness by, for example, chanting slogans in the middle of the street, rather it says, “celebrate the praises of your Lord.” It says that we should praise God as our victories are not a result of our achievements, rather they are a result of God’s help.

It says that we should repent. In the middle of your move, you might have made a mistake. Therefore, you should ask for the forgiveness of Allah the Exalted. We should treat positive incidents like this: we should not become arrogant and we should consider them as divine blessings: “When you threw (a handful of dust), it was not your act, but Allah’s” [The Holy Quran, 8: 17]. It is not correct to be over-confident and assured about God’s assistance: “The righteous should not be too confident about Your mercy” [Sahifa al-Sajjadiyyah, Dua 39].

In one of the prayers of Sahifa al-Sajjadiyyah, it has been mentioned that the righteous too should not be overconfident, saying to themselves, “It is clear what position we have before God.” This is not the case. Allah the Exalted does not stand on ceremony with the righteous either. If they make a mistake, they will receive a blow. We should not think that good accomplishments have been made by us. We should consider them as a blessing by God. This is the truth of the matter.

Well, this year’s 22nd of Bahman enjoyed a higher turnout compared to previous years. Who did this? Which factor and which individual can claim that it was they who were influential in that regard? No matter how hard we look, there was no element other than that of divine power. Everyone said that the participation in different cities was better than previous years. There is no factor other than divine power. This was the hand of God. When Imam (may God bestow paradise on him) was ill, we had made a big achievement. I said that it was God’s work. Then he said to me that from the beginning of the Revolution or from the beginning – he said something like this – he had seen a hand of God moving our affairs forward. When I went out, I wrote the exact quotation, but I do not remember it exactly now. He said that he saw a hand of power. This is the truth of the matter.

There is a hand of power which is carrying out these tasks. However, this hand of divine power signifies that if we correct our behavior, Allah the Exalted will bestow His mercy on us: “Dear God, I ask you to give me the requirements for Your mercy”. The requirements for His mercy depend on us. Imam (may God bestow paradise on him) said that it was God Who liberated Khorramshahr. So many youth fought hard until they were martyred, but Imam said that it was God who liberated it. This is correct. It was Him who liberated Khorramshahr.

We could have ended up offering as many martyrs without any result. During the Operation Ramadan – in the battle that took place at the same time – God did not want us to achieve victory, but this happened in Khorramshahr. It was divine willpower. This is about our conduct in the face of happy and positive incidents.

As for difficult incidents such as sanctions, which is a difficult incident, or a military invasion and move – these are difficult incidents that might be imposed on us by the enemy – Allah the Exalted teaches us what His edict and command is: “When the believers saw the confederate forces, they said: ‘This is what Allah and his Messenger had promised us, and Allah and His Messenger told us what was true.’ And it only added to their faith and their zeal in obedience” [The Holy Quran, 33: 22].

We did not expect the Islamic government to be established in the era of the domination of materialism and materialistic governments and after its establishment, we did not expect the materialists in the world – who have all worldly powers at their disposal – to sit silent and watch. It was clear that they would confront us. It is clear that they impose sanctions if they can. It is clear that they wage a military war if they can. We should do something to prevent them from thinking of doing these things and if they do think of doing these things, we should crush them. Otherwise, if we expect the enemy not to attack us, this is not a reasonable expectation. Therefore, this is a divine command as well.

We should not harbor any fear and worry when confronting different incidents: “Behold, verily on the friends of Allah there is no fear, nor shall they grieve” [The Holy Quran, 10: 62]. This is an ayah from Sura Yunus. I looked this up and found out that there are four, five more ayahs in Sura al-Baqara which repeat “Verily on the friends of Allah there is no fear, nor shall they grieve” regarding believers. Well, this is because of faith, of one’s relationship with God and of accepting divine wilayat. Fear and other such feelings should not exist.

Imam (may God bestow paradise on him) would not really show any fear. Once, I went to visit him in the beginning of the Revolution, during the time when we used to have those arguments with that poor person [Abol-Hassan Bani Sadr] over the issue of the Armed Forces and the like. I said to him, “The reason why you mentioned that about such and such a person is that you are afraid…” I wanted to say, “You are afraid that the Armed Forces will not like it,” however, when I said, “You are afraid…” he interrupted me and said, “I am not afraid of anything”! He did not allow me to mention the object to that “fear”. As soon as I said, “You are afraid…” he retorted, “I am not afraid of anything”. And that was really the case! He was not afraid of anything: “Behold, verily on the friends of Allah there is no fear, nor shall they grieve” means this. Why should he have been afraid? A great personality like him really had no fear.

Regarding the duality of hope and despair, we should not be hopeless: “And never give up hope of Allah’s soothing mercy: truly no one despairs of Allah’s soothing mercy, except those who have no faith” [The Holy Quran, 12: 87]. This is an ayah from Sura Yusuf. This is related to worldly affairs. “And never give up hope of Allah’s soothing mercy” is not related to spiritual affairs. It is about finding Yusuf: “Oh my sons, go and enquire about Yusuf and his brother and never give up hope of Allah’s soothing mercy.” “And never give up hope of Allah’s soothing mercy” is about finding Yusuf. This is a worldly affair. So, “And never give up hope of Allah’s soothing mercy” is a general rule about worldly affairs. Of course, the same is true of spiritual affairs as well, but this ayah is about worldly affairs: “And never give up hope.”

Why should individuals be hopeless? We are not hopeless and we hope we can bring these arrogant powers to their knees and subjugate them. We can do so, hopefully. If we endeavor hard, show determination, have the desire to do so and rely on God, it will be possible.

We should not act in a hasty manner and be critical of one another either. One of the matters towards which the attention of the people should be drawn to – this should be done by all of us including you and me: in cities, in Friday prayer sermons, among the clergy and in Islamic seminaries – is that one of our shortcomings is acting in a hasty and impatient manner. It is pointless to keep stamping our foot saying, “Why did not that happen? Why?” Well, there is a time for everything. There is a finishing point for every affair and action. Not everything can be done in haste.

Once, someone went to Imam and complained about the condition of the administration – at that time, I was president. He said something and in response, Imam said something which I will never forget. He said, “Mister, it is difficult to manage the country.” I, who was president, confirmed this when Imam mentioned that. Many tasks should definitely be carried out and we should be prepared for that and work in a determined way, but until we reach that point, we need some patience. Acting in a hasty manner, stamping one’s foot and feeling that it is getting late are not good feelings.

I have written down a holy ayah which is about Hazrat Musa. When he returned from his journey, receiving the commandments, he witnessed that something had happened – the story of the calf: “Oh my people, did not your Lord make a beautiful promise to you?” God has promised that He will improve your living conditions: “Did then the promise seem to you long in coming?” Has it taken too long? Has the divine promise taken too long to be fulfilled that you are showing such impatience? Well, you should be patient because Allah the Exalted will fulfil his promise. Having trust in Allah the Exalted – I have said this before in the same meeting – is a necessity and distrusting divine promises – if we keep saying, “Why did it not happen?” – is seriously renounced in Quranic ayahs: “’Did then the promise seem to you long in coming? Or did you desire that wrath should descend from your Lord on you, and so you broke your promise to me?’” [The Holy Quran, 20: 86].

I think that “Oh you who believe, be not like those who vexed and insulted Musa, but Allah cleared him of the slanders they had uttered: and he was honorable in Allah’s sight” [The Holy Quran, 33: 69] is a reference to “And remember, Musa said to his people: ‘Oh my people, why do you vex and insult me, though you know that I am the apostle of Allah sent to you?” [The Holy Quran, 61: 5]. It is probably reference to their pressures on Musa. They kept saying, “Why did this not happen?”

Of course, these incidents occurred after their escape from the Pharaoh, but the situation was the same even before their escape from the Pharaoh: “They said, ‘We have had nothing but trouble, both before and after you came to us’” [The Holy Quran, 7: 129]. They used to complain to Hazrat Musa that the same troubles continued to exist for them even after his arrival. When they speak about “Bani Israeli criticisms and complaints”, it was really the case. We should be careful not to let the same situation arise for us.

Well, another matter that I would like to discuss is establishing our borders with the enemy in order to be immune from his soft attack. One of the most necessary tasks would be to prevent our borders with the enemy from being undermined. If we do not establish our borders with the enemy in a distinct manner, then crossing these borders – from this to that side or the other way around – will be quite possible, just like geographical borders. If there are no distinct geographical borders, then someone from the other side will penetrate into our country. Smugglers, thieves and spies will find their way into our country and from this side too, a negligent and careless individual might go there and become stuck.

The same is true of ideological and political borders. When there are no clear borders, the enemy can penetrate, act in a deceitful manner and dominate cyberspace. However, if our borders with the enemy are clear-cut, his dominance over cyberspace and the cultural environment will not be that easy. This is another issue which has been mentioned in the holy ayah, “Take not my enemies and yours as friends or protectors, offering them your love.” It goes on until it reaches this part, “Holding secret converse of love and friendship with them, for I know full well all that you conceal and all that you reveal” [The Holy Quran, 60: 1]. Allah the Exalted has forbidden us from behaving towards the enemy like this. This was another point.

Regarding the issue of establishing borders with the enemy, there is an additional point which is very important in my opinion. This point is that we should not consider everyone as enemies. This is another important matter. Sometimes, because of our zeal and commitment against the enemy – which is a good and legitimate commitment – we tend to accuse others of enmity as soon as they say something which is different from our outlook towards the enemy. This is not appropriate. For example, there is a discussion inside the country about such and such a convention and international matter. Some people are for it and some people are against it. There is no reason for those who advocate it to accuse those who are against it or for those who oppose it to level accusations against those who favor it.

Well, there are two viewpoints and perspectives. The former do not agree with the latter’s viewpoint and the other way around. Refusal to accuse and blast one another is an issue that I have raised before as well. In other words, we should not fail to establish our borders with the enemy. The issue of establishing borders with the enemy is very important, but this should not cause us to swiftly label others as enemies as soon as we witness that their viewpoints are slightly different from ours. We should not say that they are the enemy’s agents. In my opinion, this is not appropriate.

At the end of my statements, I would like to raise two additional points: first, the enemy’s maximum attack requires the maximum deployment of our forces. Today, the enemy’s invasion exists in full force. They are utilizing all resources and tools. Primarily, the Americans, secondly, the Zionists – the Zionist regime who are below them – and behind or alongside them, there stand westerners and all Europeans. In the present time, for some European countries, the ban to buy oil has been lifted by the US, but they are not buying. Well, this is enmity. There is no other interpretation to it, but this is a specific kind of enmity. They have deployed their forces to a maximum level.

The Americans have repeatedly said that their sanctions against Iran are the harshest and most severe in history. They are right. I too once said in one of my speeches that the defeat that the US will suffer in this regard will be the harshest in history, God willing. This will happen if we show determination and move in the right direction, God willing. Therefore, it is necessary to deploy all forces and resources. In the face of a maximum invasion, a maximum deployment of forces is necessary. This is one point.

The second point is that the basis of our work is divine dhikr [remembrance of God]: “Slacken not, either of you, in keeping Me in remembrance” [The Holy Quran, 20: 42]. Allah the Exalted said to Musa and to Harun – while they were in a delicate situation: they were two individuals who were going to face a strong and dominant power like the Pharaoh who had many resources at his disposal: “Slacken not, either of you, in keeping Me in remembrance.” He said many times, “Fear not, for I am with you: I hear and see everything” [The Holy Quran, 20: 46]. He promised that He would help and support them, but He also mentioned that “Slacken not, either of you, in keeping Me in remembrance.”

Divine dhikr is the main ingredient for all the capabilities that I enumerated. I mentioned that those capabilities should be utilized and divine dhikr is the main ingredient for all of them.

I hope that Allah the Exalted will bestow on you and me the blessing to engage in dhikr and to pay attention to Him, God willing. I hope that He will shortly fulfill the promise that He made to this nation and this Ummah, God willing.

I wish to add that I have heard some people say, “When he speaks about benefitting from youth, this means getting rid of the elderly.” I deny this claim. I did not mean that we should get rid of the elderly. Benefitting from youth is a concept which should be contemplated and thought about deeply. We have a clear definition of utilizing youth, but it does not mean getting rid of the elderly.

Greetings be upon you and Allah’s mercy and blessings

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Source: http://english.khamenei.ir/news/6532/Regarding-the-sanctions-against-Iran-the-U-S-will-experience

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