Supreme Leader’s Speech in Meeting with Outstanding Women (2014/04/19)

The following is the full text of the speech delivered on April 19, 2014 by Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, in a meeting with outstanding women. The meeting was held on the occasion of the auspicious birthday anniversary of Hazrat Fatima Zahra (God’s greetings be upon her).

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In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

First of all, I would like to welcome the ladies in this meeting and I congratulate you on the occasion of the auspicious birthday anniversary of Fatima Zahra (God’s greetings be upon her) and Women’s Day and Mother’s Day. As was pointed out in this meeting, the coincidence of this important social occasion of the country with the birthday anniversary of Fatima Zahra (God’s greetings be upon her) – particularly this year when our people remembered that great personality and held ceremonies for her two times in the beginning and at the end of the year – is an oppor tunity for understanding and learning lessons from the life of that great person.

First, the spiritual positions of Fatima Zahra (God’s greetings be upon her) are among the best spiritual positions which belong only to a few individuals. She was infallible. Infallibility is particular to a few individuals who are chosen by God and that great Hazrat – Fatima Zahra (God’s greetings be upon her) – is one of these few individuals. We should consider the fact that that Muslim woman and that mujahide in the way of God lived only to the age of 20. Of course, different narrations say that her age was from 18 to 25 years at the time of her martyrdom.

She was a young woman who enjoyed such a lofty position of spirituality which was equal to saints, prophets and the like and she was called the mistress of all women by divine messengers. Besides this spiritual position, each outstanding characteristic and each important role in the personal life of this great lady is a lesson.

Her piety, her modesty and purity, her jihad, her care for her husband, her way of raising children, her understanding of politics and her presence in the most important arenas of the life of an individual of those times – whether during her childhood and teenage years or after her marriage – are each a lesson. They are a lesson not only for you ladies but also for the entire humanity.

Therefore, this coincidence is a lesson for us. We should pay careful attention to the life of Fatima Zahra (s.a.), we should understand her life with a new outlook and we should make it a model for ourselves in the real sense of the word.

As for the issue of women in the Islamic Republic and in our country and society, first I would tell you that whenever I meet with Muslim, religious and educated women on such occasions, I deeply thank God. The fact that there are so many knowledgeable, educated, broad-minded and outstanding women – in intellectual and practical areas – in our socie ty is really one of the greatest glories of the Islamic Republic. This is a very great blessing and a source of honor.

Today, only one honorable lady delivered a speech, but we have had numerous meetings with ladies in which many of them delivered a speech. When each of them made certain statements, this opened the door in our minds to new outlooks and new thoughts. Building such a large number of lofty, outstanding and broad-minded individuals is one of the greatest glories of the Islamic Republic. Today, when we take a look, we see that the name of our women have been written on many books including scientific, research-based, historical, literature, political and artistic books. The writings of our women – whether articles or books – are among the best writings in the Islamic Republic today. This is really a source of honor and it is unprecedented in our history.

We have witnessed previous eras and we have been familiar with the cultural environment of the country. We had never had such a large number of outstanding individuals in different areas, whether in seminary or academic areas. Besides, the emergence of the completely outstanding identity and the independent character of Iranian women in the arena of jihadi activities – such as the Sacred Defense Era and its aftermath until today – makes everyone humble. We have had so many wives of martyrs and disabled war veterans, so many mothers of martyrs and so many relatives of those people who laid down their lives in the way of God.

The strong willpower, firm determination and patience of these women make everyone humble. I really have a sense of humility whenever I meet with these outstanding women. I have many meetings with the mothers and wives of martyrs and disabled war veterans. When a self-sacrificing lady spends her entire life managing and improving the life of a disabled war veteran for the sake of God, this is not a minor achievement.

It is easy to say this, but it is very difficult to do it. A mother who has offered two, three, four martyrs in the way of God and who has stood firm despite this, advises us to stand firm as well. One really feels humility in the face of such greatness. These are the realities about the women of our society which are very glorious and important realities. Well, this is thankfully the bright and shining part of the issue of women in our country.

As for the issue of women in today’s world and in our country, this is one of the issues which requires follow-up, deliberation and deep thinking because of different reasons. First, women form half the population of countries. How can countries – including ours – benefit from this capacity and this great resource in a healthy way? Second, how can the issue of gender – which is one of the most sensitive and delicate issues in creation – be at the service of the transcendence of humanity, not at the service of its moral decadence? Third, considering the natural diffe rences between women and men, how can we establish and institute an unchanging pattern of behavior – whether in social environments or inside the family – through which women cannot be oppressed? These are very important issues.

If we make these two, three issues the pivot of thought, discussion and research, this will bring about a set of research-based and practical efforts. No one should think that the issue of oppressing women is particular to backward or, say, savage societies. This is not the case. If today’s so-called civilized societies do not oppress women more than other societies, they do not definitely oppress them less. Well, these are important issues which should be attended to and worked on.

There were good points in the statements of the lady who delivered a speech. She pointed out the main issues that exist in our minds about this matter. Quoting from what I said before, she said that the country needs a supreme supra-governmental center for discussin g and working on this important issue. These issues are our main issues.

The issue of women and the issue of family are our main issues. Of course, the issue of women is not separable from the issue of family. I would like to add that if someone wants to discuss the issue of women by separating it from the issue of family, they will face certain problems in understanding and finding the cure. These two issues should be studied together although they are two single issues.

Well, such a center is necessary. Of course, it has not been formed until now although we brought it up. We do not have a center which can study, follow up and implement a proper and comprehensive plan about the issue of women – all those issues which were pointed out in this meeting and a number of other issues. This center should be formed. Of course, this has certain requirements.

What I would like to discuss with you today is two, three points. One is that if we want to think and act in th e right way about the issue of women – whether in the center which was pointed out or in any other center and organization – and if we do not want to make a mistake in this regard, we should completely clear our minds of the clichés of western products.

Westerners misunderstood the issue of women. They acted in the wrong way and they promoted this misunderstanding and these wrong, deviant and deadly actions throughout the world like common currency in a country. Besides, their propaganda apparatus, which is very broad in scope, does not allow those individuals who have different opinions from theirs to express them. If you want to find a correct solution on the issue of women and accompany it with its major requirements and if you want to move forward and achieve results in the long run, you should clear your minds of western thoughts about the issue of women.

I am not saying that we should be uninformed about their ideas. This is not what I am saying. We are not advocates of ignorance. I myself am an advocate of knowledge and familiarity, but we should completely reject the authority of these thoughts and ideas. Western thoughts and opinions on the issue of women cannot be a source of happiness and guidance for human societies at all.

First, their thoughts are based on materialistic and non-divine epistemology. Well, this is wrong. Any knowledge-based and intellectual school of thought which is based on materialistic understanding and belief is naturally wrong. The outlook towards the truths of creation should be known, understood and followed up together with the outlook towards divine epistemology, belief in the existence and power of God and divine presence and authority. Therefore, because the basis and root of western thoughts are materialistic, they are wrong. This is the first reason.

The second reason is that a businesslike, profit-based and economic view has influenced the western outlook on the issue of women. This can clearly be seen in the history of the industrial revolution. In Europe, women did not have the right to own something. Women’s property belonged to men and their husbands. They did not have the right to possess something in their name. And when democracy was promoted in the west, women did not have suffrage.

In such a world, investors suddenly thought of the issue of the industrial revolution, factories and the efficient presence of women in factories with low costs. Then, they granted women suffrage so that they could draw them to factories and give them lower wages. Naturally, the entrance of women to the arena of employment had its own requirements and results which have continued until today. Therefore, besides the fact that the western outlook towards women is a non-divine and materialistic outlook, the policies which have brought about the current conditions in the western world – particularly in Europe – have been accompanied by a businesslike, profit-based and economic outlook.

Another reason why we should avoid the western outlook on the issue of women is that in this outlook, women are a means for satisfying lust. This is undeniable. If someone makes this claim, some people may create uproar. They may say, “No, this is not the case”. However, when one takes a look at their lives, one sees that this is the dominant outlook. In social environments, the more women appear in an immodest way, the more appropriate it will be.

They do not have the same opinion about men. In official meetings, men should dress up. They should wear ties and suits. They should dress formally on such occasions. But in these formal meetings, women should appear in a different way. This has no other philosophy and reason except that women should entertain men’s lustful eyes. Today, the western world is like this. It is practically the greatest oppression which the western world shows towards women.

I am not after finding newspaper clippin gs. But it was yesterday or the day before yesterday that I found something in a newspaper. I found it to be a very important writing. I have brought it to this meeting to read it for you. A book written by Jimmy Carter – the former president of America – has been published which is named “A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, And Power”. Jimmy Carter says in this book, “Every year, 100,000 girls are sold as slaves in America where the owner of a brothel can buy girls – who are usually Latin American or African – at only 1000 dollars”.

He also refers to the rapes which occur in colleges where only one case out of 25 cases is reported. He goes on to say that only one percent of rapists are put to trial in the army. One cries when one reads such things. We can see many such writings in newspapers. I see such writings as well, but I never base my opinions on them. However, these are realities.

Jimmy Carter is a well-known personality after all and this is his book. What kind of situation is this? What kind of respect – towards women – is this? A well-known and famous western writer writes a novel for dignifying prostitution. This novel has been translated in Persian as well. This book points out how sex dealers go to Latin-American countries and take girls with them to sell them in such centers. They do this by giving the girls empty promises. Of course, this is related to Europe, not America. This book and this novel tries to pretend that prostitution is a dignified job. This is the western culture towards women. This is their respect towards women.

If we want our outlook towards the issue of women to be healthy, reasonable and precise, the first condition is that we should completely clear our minds of the statements that westerners make about women – about their employment, management and sexual equality.

One of the greatest mistakes of western thoughts about the issues of women is this sexual equality. Justice is a legitima te concept, but equality is sometimes legitimate and sometimes illegitimate. Why should we separate an individual who has been built for a particular domain – in terms of one’s natural make up, whether physical or emotional – from that particular domain and drag her towards another domain which Allah the Exalted has built for another make-up? Why should we do this? What reason do we have for doing so? What kind of sympathy is this? Why should women be entrusted with carrying out male tasks? What kind of honor is to have women carry out male tasks?

I am sorry that sometimes women and ladies themselves show sensitivity over this issue. They ask, “What is our difference with men?” Well, there is no difference between men and women on many issues. Islam looks at men and women as human beings. There is no difference between men and women on the issue of humanity, spiritual positions and the many intellectual and scientific talents that they have. But they have two different mo lds. Each of these molds is shaped for a particular task. Of course, there are certain common tasks among them. Is it a service if we separate either of these two molds from their domain and put it in another domain? This is what westerners are doing. Many of their international conventions result from this outlook.

They have destroyed their own lives because of this wrong thought. They want to destroy other people’s lives as well. Thankfully, you ladies are knowledgeable, well-informed and outstanding and I respect you. Whenever ladies deliver a speech in our meetings, I benefit from what they say. There was a meeting of strategic thoughts about the issue of women in this place. In that meeting, a number of ladies delivered a speech and I tell you honestly that I really benefitted from what they said.

In my opinion, if you want to think about the major issues and problems that the community of women everywhere in the world – including our country – is faced with, th e first condition is that you should free yourselves and your minds of western thoughts which are a set of clichéd, wrong, fossilized and pseudo-progressive thoughts. On the face of it, these thoughts are new, but they are fossilized in actuality. On the face of it, they are helpful, but they are treacherous in actuality. You should think independently of western thoughts.

The second requirement is that you should refer to Islamic texts. You should derive the main principles and bases from the Holy Quran, the Sunnah, hadith, duas, Islamic texts and the words and behavior of the Imams (a.s.). This is revelation and revelation belongs to God. God is the Creator of you and me.

I am not saying that we should accept whatever people say in the name of religion. This is not what I want to say. Rather, we should benefit from proper religion. This can be done by employing proper methods of deduction and this is a task which can only be carried out by experts in this area. We should really benefit from God’s book, the Holy Prophet’s (s.w.a.) Sunnah and the infallible Imam’s (a.s.) methods and words so that we can see what outlook we should adopt on the issue of women. We should derive the main guidelines from these sources.

In my opinion, these are the two main tasks. There is a third task as well which is: we should really attend to the main issues, not those issues which are of secondary importance, when working on the issues of women. Paying attention to the issue of family – particularly the issue of women’s health, security, tranquility and respect in the family environment – is one of the main issues. We have a number of main issues. This is one of them.

You should see what factors take away women’s tranquility and peace of mind inside the family. You should try to remove these factors with legal ways and with promotional and different other methods. This is the basis of the issue. Women are a source of tranquility at home. The y are a source of tranquility for men and children including girls and boys. If women themselves do not enjoy psychological tranquility, they cannot share their tranquility with their family. A woman who is humiliated, insulted and pressured because of her job cannot be the lady of the house. She cannot be the manager of the family. This is while women are, in fact, managers of the family. This is the main issue. This is one of the main issues which has not received enough attention in our living environments – whether in the past or in the present time. This issue should receive enough attention.

The typical image of women at home is the image of a creature of secondary importance who is responsible for rendering services to others. This image is shared by many people. Some people openly express it and some people do not, although they believe it in their hearts. This is the exact opposite of what Islam has mentioned.

I have repeatedly quoted this well-known hadith: “W omen are like flowers. They are not servants” [Nahjul Balaghah, Letter 31]. The Arabic word “ghahraman” means one’s employee or servant. One example is: “He said to his ghahraman to do such and such a task” [Speaking in Arabic]. Another example is that a person who has many properties and lands orders his ghahraman to carry out such and such a task. This is the meaning of ghahraman. This hadith says that we should not think women are the servants of the house and that they should only do household chores. This is not the case.

Well, notice that this is one of the several chapters about women: the issue of respecting women’s work at home. They are not obligated to do household chores and their work can be bought. That is to say, they can receive money for the work that they do at home. These are the things which exist in Islam and Islamic fiqh. As the lady who delivered a speech in this meeting pointed out, our fiqh is really advanced and outstanding. Some people highlight s ome aspects of it and forget about the rest. Besides, they completely distort certain aspects of it in order to make it compatible with western deceitful and fallacious thoughts. We have witnessed this as well.

Some people distort a number of Islamic obligations and truths so that westerners do not become annoyed. The Holy Quran says, “And if you obey most of those in the earth, they will lead you astray from Allah’s way. They follow nothing but conjecture. They do nothing but lie” [The Holy Quran, 6: 116]. We should not be the followers of common thoughts in the world of ignorance and superstition. Rather, we should find and follow Islamic thoughts although some people speak ill of us. This is another issue.

Therefore, we should find the main issue. In my opinion, the main issue – or let us say, one of the main issues – is the issue of home and family. The basis of the issue is women’s security and opportunities in the family environment and their home-making is fo r cultivating their talents. Nothing should prevent them from studying, reading, learning and writing. Of course, this is related to those women who are interested in such things. The ground should be prepared for them to carry out these tasks.

The issue of women’s employment is not among the main issues. Of course, we are not at all opposed to women’s employment. I myself am not at all opposed to their employment and their management as long as it does not clash with these main issues. If there is a clash, then the main issues have a priority. Naturally, one of the tasks that should be carried out in this third area is that we should see what jobs are suitable for women’s characteristics. There are some jobs which are not suitable for women’s make-up. Therefore, women should not pursue such jobs.

One of the tasks is that we should not impose on women those fields of study which lead to these jobs. Some people want to create uproar by saying that there is discrimi nation against women over the issue of universities, education and other such issues. Well, such discrimination is not bad in some areas. Discrimination is bad when it is against justice. Imagine that in a football team, you tell one player to play in attack, you tell another to play in defense and another to keep goal. Well, this is discrimination. If the player whose duty is to defend plays in attack, the team will naturally lose. If the forward is entrusted with goalkeeping – which is a task he does not know how to carry out – then, the team will naturally lose.

This is discrimination, but it is justice-based. In such discrimination, you entrust different tasks to individuals. Therefore, we should see what fields of study are suitable for women by paying attention to the lofty goals that have been specified for them. We should prepare the ground for women to study such fields. We should not force them to study certain fields just because of their performance and their grad e in the entrance exam. Such fields may neither be compatible with their womanly nature nor with their lofty goals. Besides, the job that is given to them with respect to their field of study may not be compatible with their make-up. In my opinion, these things should receive attention when it comes to the issue of women’s employment.

In sum, the fact that women cannot do all the jobs which men do should not be considered to be a disgrace or a flaw because this is not the case. Only those things which are not compatible with the divine nature are bad. This was what I wanted to discuss. Of course, I have written down some other points as well, but I think that this is enough.

The issue of women is an important issue. The best people who can follow up and solve this issue are women themselves. We do not suffer from a lack of educated, broad-minded, talented, literary and artistic women. Thankfully today, there are many such women in our country. As I mentioned before, we had never had such a large number of educated, knowledgeable and outstanding women in the history of our country, neither in seminary nor in academic environments. We had never had so many woman writers, poets and researchers in different fields of study.

Fortunately today, we have such women thanks to the Islamic Republic. These things have been achieved in the shade of Islam, the Islamic Republic and Imam’s (r.a.) enlightening outlook towards the issue of women. This was pointed out in the statements of the lady who delivered a speech as well. We had never enjoyed such a condition in our country.

We should thank God for His blessings and we should ask Him to increase these blessings. We should thank Him for these blessings and the way to thank Him is what I pointed out in this meeting. We should look at the divine guidance and forget about the materialistic views which are promoted today by westerners and the Americans. They are very vile and they make extravagant claims. Besides, they have a propagandist outlook. If someone speaks against them, they launch a propagandist attack. But you should not pay attention to their propaganda and, by Allah’s favor, you should move forward.

Greetings be upon you and Allah’s mercy and blessings

Source: leader.ir

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Demand for pending scholarship: ALSAJ

Jammu

22-Apr-2014

Today around 100 students from Ladakh gathered under the banner of All Ladakh Student Association Jammu (ALSAJ) in front of Directorate of Tribal Affair in Jammu.

Students protesting for pending scholarship
Students protesting for pending scholarship

Protesting against the long pending and indecorous distribution of post metric scholarship the students raised slogans. The students pursuing courses in different schools, colleges and university including the private institutions joined the protest with great zeal. The students claimed that many of them haven’t received scholarship from 2010 to till date. The agitated students said that the STUDENT ASSOCIATIONS are running after this issues form long time but the above (administrative) level are not taking the issue seriously.
Despite of a prolong protest by the students in front of the office, the concerned authorities did not pay attention towards the grievances of the protesters, lastly students entered into the office and protested against them.
Finally, the concerned authorities ensured the students in a written form that all the pending scholarships will be cleared by the end of May.

Protest at Kargil House in Jammu

500 Kargili travelers protested for consistent cancelling of airbus from Jammu to Kargil.

The travelers hailing from Kargil district made a protest at Kargil House, in Jammu today Morning. It’s said that the airbus is consistently cancelling since last two weeks. More than 500 passengers are stuck in Jammu.  

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The road way to Kargil remains block for five months every year due to heavy snowfall. Few days before the administration tried to clean the snow but due to falling of snow it block again. Beware that two Kargili youths were also lost their life before some days at Zojila road.

The Kargilities are demanding for Zojila tunnel since a long time. But the central administration is not putting ear on their rational demand.

Raza embarked campaigning

Leh: 20-Apr-2014

Just after the nomination of Mr. Raza for contesting MP election, IKMT embarked campaigns. Now a day Mr. Raza is in Leh for campaigning, along with renowned journalist Mr. Sajjad Hussain. He is expecting to win the election, because of IKMT support. IKMT had gained 26000 votes without the support of any other, in 2009 Lok Sabha election.

 

Mr. Raza in Leh
Mr. Raza in Leh

Remember that District Congress Committee (DCC) former President Mr. Raza had resigned from congress just for the welfare of society. While announcing the candidates for MP mandate Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi neglected Kargil in both previous (2009) and current elections.

ISK nominated Syed Kazim Sabri

Neglecting all the suggestions for coalition MP, Islamiyah School Kargil (ISK) nominated Syed Kazim Sabiri to contest the upcoming MP election.

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After a long wait for the decision of IKMT, ISK broke the patience and declared the nomination. Now the whole region is keen to know the IKMT response. A high official of IKMT told to our reporter that they were waited for ISK’s decision so that they can take decision accordingly. “We are waiting for the decision of other (ISK) side; we will not appoint candidate if they choose the right person. Otherwise we will choose our own candidate.” The official said without revealing his name.

Beware that the students from Chandigarh and Delhi and many other well-wishers requested many times and wrote letters to both the schools for nominating a joint candidate. Now it seems that their surreal is dumped with their letters.

 

Coalition MP; the demand of youths

Emphasizing on the integration of both the religious schools, Imam Khomeini Memorial Trust (IKMT) and Islamiyah School Kargil (ISK), All Kargil (Ladakh) Students Union Delhi has written a letter to the chairman of both the organisations. In the letter they had requested the organisations to join hands for a better Ladakh; and to elect a young and tactful leader.

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Whole Ladakh is waiting for the decision of both the organisations. It’s considered by analyzers that the decision can change the whole scenario of Ladakh politics.

This is the first time that the youths are taking part in decision making. Remember that the students from Chandigarh had also forwarded a letter, before; emphasizing on choosing a young and energetic candidate for MP.

Every month ₹4.75 Crore transferring from Ladakh

Recently I conducted a media survey on “Educational migration of Ladakhi youths (opportunities and challenges)”. Leaving behind all the other alternatives I enthusiastically choose this topic. The things that I missed during my five year of migrated life pushed me to choose the above topic. Mothers love, papas’ wisdom, brother’s jokes, homemade foods, all I missed despite of the hectic schedule.

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Ladakhi students in Delhi; facing camera

During the survey I came to know many issues regarding these migrated students. Including both the districts Leh and Kargil there are about 9500 students studying outside Ladakh. There are many challenges facing the students which I think necessary to share because this is the time for migrating fresh students. Hope that it will be of your interest.

The first problem facing just after the migration is carrier counselling. Most of the students are pessimistic about their carrier. They are shifting from one stream to another after pursuing 1-2 years in another stream; just because of the lack of counselling. Language is the second foremost problem after settling the admission issue. In cities like Kashmir the Lecturers are using Kashmiri in their class lectures, while in Delhi, Jammu, Dehradun etc. they are using English or tipical Hindi for which the students are not habitual. Some of the students are not smart enough to find their class venues in the beginning few days.

Another major issue is financial problem. The income from rural areas of Ladakh is not enough to spend in metro cities like Delhi, Chandigarh and Mumbai. In the survey I found that only 10% of the students are receiving scholarship from any source, whereas as per my estimate ₹ 4.75 crore are transferring from Ladakh every month for these migrants. Here I want to share a real case of a student without revealing his name. While leaving home Mr. A decided to pursue BA in pol. Science but after reaching in Delhi he changed his mind for BA in Persian, just because of financial problem. Pursuing Pol science in Delhi University or Jamia Millia Islamia University is unaffordable for him that’s the reason for shifting to BA Persian, which is offering in JNU at a very nominal fee.

Accommodation problem is another important issue. In most of the universities the students are not familiar for the north-Indian spicy foods. Only in Srinagar the hostel facility is providing by the administration. In every annual function the student authorities are presenting the hostel demand in front of the MPs and MLAs but the surreal lies on paper only.

It seems that now female students are doing well in educational fields. But to carry it to apex level they are hesitating because of many reasons. The insecurity of harassment and fear of polluting the ideology has averted most of the students who were passionate for further studies. Due to the cases of sexual harassments facing in cities like Delhi, the parents are very scared to pull forward their beloved ones.

After having this much of problems and departing them from the parents love; how we can expect a good result from these students. And returning from studying in different regions can polarize our future society. Every Ladakhi has to consider that these students are our future and their problems are future problem.

Keeping all these issues in consideration and after analyzing all the views of the contributors in my survey, in a nutshell we can say that the only panacea is a separate university campus for Ladakh. It will fill most of the loopholes like Language problem, financial problem, accommodation problem, female migration etc. We can save ₹ 4.75 crore per month as well. During the protest of New Ladakh Movement (NLM) for “Ladakh connectivity service” at India Gate a media person suggested a Ladakhi student to demand for a University campus. “Most of the Ladakhi students are migrating to Jammu, Delhi and Dehradun so you have to demand for a University campus.” The media person said. Here I want to make a point that the media person who doesn’t have any link with Ladakh can understand the major problems but our politicians are not able to see what are our needs? This election time is the best mean to solve these problems. All the conscious minds should come together and use their votes for the better Ladakh.

(The writer is a journalism student at Indian Institute of Mass Communication)

Supreme Leader Meets with Director, Managers and Experts of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (2014/04/09)

Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, met Wednesday morning with the director, managers and experts of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran. The meeting was held on the occasion of the National Day of Nuclear Technology. Speaking at the meeting, His Eminence described the most important achievement ofnuclear technology in the country as raising national self-confidence and preparing the ground for other scientific achievements. Referring to the negotiations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and P5+1, he said: “The purpose of agreeing with these negotiations was to change the atmosphere of hostility that the camp of arrogance has created against Iran. These negotiations should continue, but everyone should know that despite this, the activities of the Islamic Republic in the area of nuclear research and development will not stop in any way. None of the nuclear achievements of the country can be given up . Besides, the relations of the International Atomic Energy Agency with Iran should be normal and ordinary relations.”

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The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution pointed to the most important methods used by arrogance – including old and modern arrogance – for promoting the idea that being trampled upon and humiliated is an unchangeable fate for colonized peoples, further adding: “Any element that can foil this plot of the enemy will be the main element for the national growth and great movements of a people.”

Ayatollah Khamenei mentioned that since the early years of the Islamic Revolution, the camp of arrogance has made many efforts to prevent the progress of the Islamic Republic and to introduce Iran as a backward and weak country. He stressed: “Another plot that global arrogance has tried very hard to implement against the Islamic Revolution is to influence the major policies of Iran and to shatter the willpower of the political management of the country. Bu t the camp of arrogance has failed to do this until today and by Allah’s favor, it will continue to fail in the future.”

His Eminence said that another plot the camp of arrogance has used against the Islamic Republic is to create an international environment against the Islamic Republic by presenting reasons that have a crass appeal, further stating: “The nuclear issue is an example of this, through which they tried to create an environment against the Islamic Republic and to spread lies.”

He reiterated: “Even now that reason – including religious and political reason – has made it clear that the Islamic Republic is not after nuclear weapons, American officials bring up the issue of nuclear weapons whenever they address the nuclear issue. This is while they themselves know that not having nuclear weapons is the definite policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution added: “Their goal is to preserve the international envir onment against Iran with this excuse. This was why there was an agreement with the new plan of the administration for the nuclear issue. The purpose of this agreement was to remove the international environment against Iran, to seize the initiative from the other side and to reveal the truth for public opinion in the world. Of course, these negotiations do not mean that the Islamic Republic will compromise its scientific-nuclear movement.”

Ayatollah Khamenei stated: “The nuclear achievements that have been made so far are, in fact, a message to the people of Iran that they can take the paths which lead to the lofty peaks of science and technology. Therefore, this scientific-nuclear movement should not be stopped in any way or slowed down.”

His Eminence stressed that the Iranian negotiators should persist in asserting the right of the people of Iran to continue their nuclear research and development, saying: “None of the nuclear achievements of the country can be given up. No one has the right to trade these achievements and no one will do this.”

He highlighted the possibility of making progress in different technologies by referring to the young talents of the country, adding: “The young scientists of the country can accomplish amazing and astonishing feats in any area if there are the necessary infrastructures.”

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution pointed to the negotiations that were conducted a few years ago between Iran and two other countries with the purpose of providing the fuel for the Tehran research reactor, reiterating: “At that time, a formula was devised for producing fuel. But the Americans created obstacles in the way of this process. This was contrary to what they had said to their friends in the regions and to a South American country – and these people believed what the Americans said. The Americans foolishly thought that they had put Iran in dire straits.”

His Eminence added: “At that time, I said that America does not want to solve this issue. Later on, everyone saw that when a nuclear agreement was in its final stages, the Americans did not allow it to be finalized.”

He referred to the determination and high morale of the young nuclear scientists of the country, stating: “At that time, westerners began to ridicule our experts who had announced that they have the capability to produce fuel plates for the Tehran research reactor. But our youth accomplished this feat in less than the arranged time and as a result, the enemies were astonished.”

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution stated that some people inside the country think that the nuclear achievements have resulted in sanctions and pressures, saying: “Such an outlook towards the nuclear issue is a simple-minded and naïve outlook. If some people think that the price of nuclear achievements has been sanctions and pressures, we should remind them that even before the nuclear excuse, sanctions and pr essures existed against Iran.”

Ayatollah Khamenei added: “During the time when there was no nuclear excuse, a western court put Iran on a trial in absentia. Of course, in the present time, they do not have the courage to do this because of the national power of the country. Sanctions and pressures do not exist because of the nuclear issue. Rather, they are opposed to the independent identity – which originates from Islamic faith and belief – and the future prospects of the people of Iran and the Islamic Republic and to their refusal to be bullied by anyone.”

His Eminence stressed: “Therefore, if it is said that sanctions and pressures are the price that we have paid for our nuclear achievements, this is not true because even if sanctions did not exist, they would make another excuse, as the Americans bring up the issue of human rights in today’s negotiations.”

He said: “Even if the issue of human rights is resolved, they will find another excuse. Therefore, the o nly way is to continue our path of progress with complete power and to stand up against their bullying.”

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution highlighted the necessity of continuing the negotiations within the framework of the nuclear issue, adding: “The negotiators of the country should not give in to any bullying of the other side. Besides, the relations of the International Atomic Energy Agency with Iran should be normal and ordinary relations.”

Ayatollah Khamenei described the achievements of nuclear scientists and experts as the result of observing religious obligations and having faith in God and the righteousness of the path, stressing: “The result of this faith is divine assistance and guidance and the leaps that we have witnessed in these years.”

Observing the martyrdom anniversary of Lady Zehra (s.a)

“Sustain and success of Islam in the 21st century is because of the contribution of two pious women, Lady Zehra (s.a) and Lady Zainab (s.a)”, Maulana Feroz Rabbani said in his speech on the eve of observing the martyrdom anniversary of Sayeda Zehra (s.a).

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Maulana Rabbani addressing the Majlis gathering.

 

The students of Jamia Ahlulbait Public School organised a program to pay homage to the sole of Prophet Mohammad’s beloved daughter,  Lady Fatima Zehra (s.a). On this occasion, renowned cleric, Maulana Feroz Rabbani delivered a Majlis. While emphasising on the gender equality and female education he condemned the statements given against Islam. He said, “Some antagonists are criticizing that Islamic law has no clause for “status of women” which is not true. By giving a daughter to his most nearest creation, Muhammad (saww), who will continue his lineage, God proved the status of women in Islam.”

“But unfortunately the same lady was oppressed by the oppressors. She was not allowed to weep in the sorrow of her father; even the tree under which she used to weep was chopped down by the tyrants” Rabbani added.    

 All the students from Jamia Ahlulbait Public School who attended the majlis said that they were greatly moved by the character of Lady Fatima Zehra (s.a.). Remember that most of the students in Jamia Ahlulbait Public School are Kargilities. The students are benefiting from both the religious and contemporary studies.