Supreme Leader's Meeting
with Outstanding Youth
October 19, 2016
The meeting was held on the occasion of the 10th Elite Youth Conference held in
Tehran on October 18 and 19.
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 Muhammad and upon his immaculate household
The dear youth sometimes write certain things – like the pieces of papers that
they show or the tiny things that they write on the palm of their hands. I thank
them very much, but unfortunately, I cannot see them. I really cannot read them
right now. It will be very good if you give me the things that you have raised
so that I take a look at them up close. But I cannot figure out what you have
written from a distance.
These are important days. These are Muharram days. Muharram is not only confined
to the ten days culminating on Ashura. A great event in history has occurred in
the days of Muharram which never comes to an end. The reason why it does not
come to an end is not that similar events to Ashura will continue to exist in
history. Of course, this is correct in its own right – this is a different
discussion – but the event of Ashura itself is like a sun which does not set.
Sometimes, a great event occurs. It occurs one day and it comes to an end the
following day. Such events are not like Ashura.
This event is like a sun that never sets. It has existed until today and it will
continue to exist from now on too. It is a living and real image and reflection
of the struggle between light and dark, between truth and evil, and between
honor, and degradation and despicability. Of course, the peak of it occurred on
the day of Ashura, but the prerequisites for that were provided on the early
days of Muharram before the day of Ashura. After the day of Ashura– on days like
this – the event of Ashura was completed with the leadership of Zaynab al-Kubra
and Imam Sajjad (greetings be upon them).
Therefore, these days are very important days. I have found the opportunity and
the blessing – I really consider this to be an opportunity and a blessing – to
meet with you dear youth on these days. For me, this is an exceptional
opportunity and I consider this as a good sign.
Well, I am very pleased to meet you dear outstanding youth. The comments that we
hear and we make throughout the year about the issues discussed in this meeting
are continuously repeated in the country. I listen to and I read similar
comments to the ones discussed by the dear youth in this meeting in the various
reports that I receive throughout the year and if I can do something about it, I
certainly do it. And the statements that I am going to make are statements that
I make in different meetings throughout the year, whether in meeting with
academic personalities or other personalities in various other meetings.
However, the essence of this meeting and this gathering is a very beautiful and
pleasant thing for me. Our outstanding youth – I will say a few things in
describing you youth – have gathered here and we are speaking to them.
First of all, outstanding personalities and youth – particularly, outstanding
youth – are valuable divine gifts for a people and a country. Not all countries
have such gifts in such a size, with such extensiveness and in such large
numbers. One of the characteristics of our country is that there are numerous
human talents with good quality and quantity. This is one of the unique
characteristics of our country. This is a divine gift, a very valuable and
The result is that the officials of the country should appreciate the value of
these trusts and they should preserve them. This is because these gifts are a
trust in officials’ hands– officials ranging from the Elite Foundation and Dr.
Sattari and the Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution to Ministry of Science,
Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and other government organizations
that are in contact with manpower and the youth force of the country. These
gifts are a trust in their hands. Your precious trust should be attended to in a
very careful way so that you can preserve it. And when that trust is able to
grow and to duplicate, you should have a great sense of responsibility for
growing and duplicating it.
On the other hand, humans are creatures with free will. God has allowed humans
to do this or that of their own volition. The requirement for free will is
responsibility. If we do not have the power to make decisions in a task, we do
not have any responsibility. When we have free will, we are naturally
responsible. Allah the Exalted has created you outstanding personalities with
free will. You can choose to use this gift and this blessing that God has given
you – which is having good and outstanding talent – and not to use it. You can
use it on the correct path and you can use it on the wrong path. Both are
possible. Therefore, you are responsible as well.
So, having a responsibility is not only confined to trust holders. The main and
the first trust holder is you. You have a responsibility as well. The first and
the greatest responsibility is thanking Allah the Exalted for bestowing on you
the blessing of having talent. What does “thanking” mean? It means that first
you should know that this is a blessing and second, you should know that it
comes from God and that you have a responsibility towards it. That
responsibility is using that blessing in the right place. These are the pillars
which form thanking God. This is thanking God. Thanking God is not confined to
words, rather it is a combination of all these things that we spoke about.
I will tell you this: why do we attach so much significance to youth, to
knowledge, to outstanding personalities and to outstanding talents? Why do we
become pleased to meet them? Why do we make time for them – you should know that
we really make time for them – and why do we make so much time for diligence and
the like? Why do we do these things?
We do this because we have a bitter history in this regard. For a long time,
they injected into us the gene of incapability, the gene of “we cannot” and the
gene of dependence on others. In a long era – the era from Qajar to Pahlavi –
that inner feeling of lack of capability and lack of power was generated in our
people – these talented people. And they institutionalized that feeling into us,
into Iranian society. We have this history.
The result was that the identity of us as a nation, was defined under the
category of the west. There are many points to raise in this regard –
historical, social and analytical points – but this is not the time and the
place to discuss such matters, nor have we gathered here for this reason.
Westerners and Europeans adopted such an outlook towards other nations because
of the science that they achieved sooner than others and because they managed to
pull themselves up. One of the nations towards whom they adopted such an outlook
was our nation. They humiliated nations with rich and deep cultures and with
brilliant histories in a way that they were defined under the category of the
I have spoken about the phrase “the Middle East” once, twice in my public
speeches [Supreme Leader’s speech delivered on August 12, 2012, in meeting with
university professors]. This West Asian region – which is the owner, the
birthplace and the creator of the greatest and most ancient human civilizations
and which has given rise to many ancient human races – and Asia, with such
magnificence, have been divided into three parts. It has turned into three
easts: one is the Far East. But far from where, from Europe! Another is the
Middle East – the “middle” means not far and not near. Not far from and not near
to which place? From Europe. And the third one is the Near East. Near to where?
Notice that this culture and this literature have many interpretations, one
being that the entire human history is defined under the category of the west.
All these civilizations, races and cultures, all the sciences that have been
produced in West Asia, India, China, Iran, Mesopotamia, ancient Babylonia and
the like: all in different ways – and all those ancient civilizations have
turned into regions whose naming has been determined according to their distance
from Europe. And they have continued to refer to our region as “the Middle East”
until today. Our region is “the Middle East”.
There is another region which is referred to as “the Far East”. Why is it far?
It is because it is far from Europe. Notice that westerners have defined Asia
like this. Western nations are like a person who has risen from rags to riches
and who becomes arrogant afterwards. They became wealthy, but this wealth was
not financial wealth, rather it was scientific wealth. After all, knowledge is
transferred to everyone. Something happened and they achieved science. And after
that, they constantly improved it and they piled it up. And this way, they
managed to improve. As soon as they improved, they looked down on the entire
humanity – even on those nations from whom they had received that science. Our
country was one of those countries. Unfortunately in our country, our rulers and
politicians helped create this humiliating situation. Both Qajar and Pahlavi –
both the father and the son – defined us under their category. This was a very
dangerous, big and important thing.
When a country is defined under the category of another power, all its resources
actually belong to that power, whether it likes it or not. He comes and uses its
resources, its oil, its supplies, and its geographical and strategic location.
In world wars, global powers fought against each other and it had nothing to do
with us. However, because Russia in one part of our country and England in
another part of our country had certain resources and bases, they turned Iran
into a tool for moving weapons from one place to another and they did so of
their own volition and without asking for anyone’s permission.
The Trans-Iranian Railway – it was referred to as “Trans-Iranian”, but it did
not cover the entire country – was built to serve the goals of westerners. From
one side, it was linked to the Persian Gulf and from another side, it was linked
to the north which belonged to Soviet Union. England and the Soviet Union should
have been connected to each other – there are many things to say about these
events – so that they could possess the resources and the market of the country.
A country sat idle so that they would come and take away its copper, its iron,
its various resources, its oil and its gas at a cheap price. And they sent
whatever they built to our country because those products should have been sold
anyway and they should have given those countries a yield. And they turned our
country into a profitable market for their products without any tariffs, any
customs and any obstacle and barrier. This is what happened in pre-revolutionary
The Revolution brought about a transformation. The Islamic Revolution brought
about a great transformation. I would like to put it this way: during the
Revolution, self-belief and self-confidence waged a war against dependence and
God helped. War is a bitter thing. The eight-year war was really bitter and
damaging and it put us through a lot of trouble. I was present in the middle of
the arena. It was very bitter, it was very difficult, and it was very tragic. It
used to bring tears to our eyes many times and it used to make us very tired,
but despite all those difficulties, it had this great advantage that it showed
the Iranian youth that they are powerful, that “they can” and they have the
power to overcome their rival and opponent if they wish so and if they enter the
And we really managed to overcome them. The Iranian youth entered the arena of
war. If it had not been for the war, this event would not have taken place in
such a manner. War is like a fire that breaks out somewhere. When there is a
fire, everyone leaves aside other tasks and they go to put it out. At that time,
everyone’ attention switched to the war. Talents began to show themselves and it
was proven that the Iranian youth have power. This presence in the war, the
presence of youth, and our victory over the enemy – not an enemy who is
comprised of a single country, rather an enemy who is backed up by all powers in
the world – resulted in self-belief. So, the Revolution led to the rise and
resistance of self-belief against the former spirit of dependence and
bankruptcy. This is what happened.
Well, there is one point here that should not be ignored. Unlike military wars,
in deep wars, which are referred to as soft wars today – for example, cultural
wars are among deep wars – short-term results are not determining. Such wars
last long. In a military war, one side finally defeats the other side. It
overcomes the other side and the issue will come to an end. During eight years
of resistance, we managed to throw out the Saddami transgressing force and the
issue ended. However, this is not the case in a soft war, in a deep war and in a
cultural war. You achieve victory in one phase, but this does not mean an
eternal victory. You should expect the other side to prepare, to collect itself
and to attack again. And this happened.
The same malady of dependence was reproduced in the country in different forms.
This is because the enemies have some agents. Well, this is not a deniable
thing. Our people are a great people. They are a good people, but inside our
nation – just like other nations – there are some west-worshipping, some
weak-willed, materialistic and gullible individuals. Such individuals began to
reproduce the same culture of dependence, but with a sophisticated, colored and
molded discourse that is packed with different names and descriptions such as
“becoming global” and “entering the global family”.
Today, these are the words of advice that westerners and the Americans offer to
us in meetings: Iran “should join the global family”, it should “be part of the
global family” and it should “become international”. What they mean is
dependence. This is the same as dependence and you should not misunderstand
their purpose. I do not have any objections to relations with others. I was
president, once. Since that time, one of the most fundamental tasks that I have
carried out in the area of foreign policy was the issue of establishing
relations, whether bilateral relations with all countries – including Europe and
others and others, except one, two exceptions – or relations in the form of
collective gatherings and meetings. But these are two different matters.
“Becoming global” has a different meaning in their eyes.
From their perspective, becoming global means giving in to the culture that has
been imposed on the economy, politics and security of the world by a few big
powers. It means giving in to this policy, and casting oneself in this mold.
This is the meaning of becoming global from their point of view. When they say
that we should become global and when they say that we should enter the global
family, it means this. This is the same as dependence without any difference!
What makes the adoption of an outlook towards outstanding personalities
necessary for all officials – as a responsibility, as an unavoidable wajib – is
a great goal. There is one great goal here. According to this goal, our outlook
towards outstanding personalities should be a serious, practical, sympathetic
and persistent one. What is that goal? That goal is turning Iran into an
advanced, powerful and honorable – honorable versus depraved and mean, which
holds true in the case of some powers – country with new ideas in the area of
human and international issues. Iran should become a country which has new ideas
in the area of human issues and issues related to human life. It should present
This is because humanity is not in a good condition. Today, which thinker in the
world is satisfied with the condition of humanity? And the east and the west are
not different from each other in this regard. You should take a look at the
statements that intellectuals throughout the world make. All of them are nagging
and complaining about the grief-stricken life of humans in the present time.
Well, certain ideas and thoughts are necessary. A path should be opened in this
dead end. Islamic Iran should have these new ideas.
And our country should be esteemed as well. Another task is turning the country
into a country that has esteem and that feels esteemed. Sometimes you are dear
and valuable, but you do not have a feeling of esteem. One of the matters that I
have been seriously following in the recent years is that we should have a
feeling of esteem. We should feel the esteem that Allah the Exalted has given
us. We should feel esteemed. The feeling of esteem in itself is one of the
elements that forms real esteem.
And our country should be imbued with spirituality and faith. We said that it
should be advanced, powerful and the like, but there should be spirituality and
faith alongside these characteristics. The great malady of today’s powerful
world is that in those places where power exists, faith does not exist. Take a
look at the condition of U.S. presidential elections. They have narrowed it down
to two individuals. Look at their debates. Notice what they are doing and saying
to one another. One of these two individuals will become president. In which
place? In a large, densely populated and rich country that is the peak of human
science. One of these two individuals will become the president of this country.
It has the largest number of atomic weapons and the most wealth at its disposal.
And it also has the biggest media in the world in its fist. The head of this
country will be one of these two individuals and you can see what and who they
are. This is because of lack of spirituality. This is because of lack of faith.
Our country should raise the flag of the new Islamic civilization. We want such
a country. This is the goal. Notice that I referred to nine criteria. We want to
turn the country into a country with such characteristics. Of course, our
country has not had a bad performance on this path. We have made some
achievements, but these are all half measures. We should move forward and reach
peaks. And this is not possible without a young and outstanding generation.
There should be a generation that achieves this goal. No one can have doubts
about the necessity of this goal. No one can have doubts that we are responsible
to help the country reach this point as humans, as responsible individuals, as
Muslims and as Iranians – in the case of those who do not believe in Islam, they
are Iranians anyway and being an Iranian entrusts one with certain
What is the way to do so? The way to do so is to educate a generation with
characteristics like the following: a generation should appear that is
courageous, educated, pious, innovative, pioneering, self-confident and zealous.
Of course, many of these characteristics already exist in today’s young
generation, but they should increase. So, we need such a generation. This
generation should have faith, it should be educated, it should have zeal,
courage, and self-belief, it should have enough motivation and physical and
intellectual power in order to move forward, it should keep its goal within
sight, it should pay attention to long-term goals and as the Commander of the
Faithful (a.s.) said – “Lend to Allah your head” [Nahjul Balaghah, Sermon 11]-
it should dedicate its life and its existence to this goal and it should move in
a serious way. To put it briefly, it should be a revolutionary entity. This is
the meaning of being revolutionary.
Some people define “revolutionary” in a bad way out of their enmity. They define
“revolutionary” as illiterate, careless, and disorderly. But this is not the
case. It is the exact opposite of this. “Revolutionary” means educated, orderly,
pious, dynamic, wise and intelligent. We need such a generation. This generation
is our young generation. The main capital for this movement is this generation
and its engine is outstanding youth. Outstanding personalities are like this.
You serve as the engine of this movement. If you work well, this young
generation will move in the same direction that I spoke about. These are the
reasons why I attach so much significance to outstanding youth and why I
appreciate their value so much. Outstanding personalities are valuable.
Well, this movement has begun. By understanding this issue – that is to say, by
understanding that the country needs such a system and movement – I have brought
up the issue of the scientific revolution, the software movement and the great
scientific movement since 15 years ago or sometime before that. Well,
scientists, youth, university professors, universities and many of the divisions
in the different administrations that have held office welcomed this movement
and thus, it went ahead. However, this movement is not like movement on an
asphalt road. It is not like movement on a freeway. This movement is one that is
faced with certain obstacles. These obstacles should be identified and cured.
This movement has an enemy. Who is the enemy? Now, some people will say, “It is
clear. As soon as he mentions the word ‘the enemy’, it is clear that he means
America, the Zionists and the like. He has a conspiracy illusion.” But this is
not a conspiracy illusion, rather it is seeing and having full knowledge of
conspiracy. When I see conspiracy and when I am witness to it, I cannot hide it
from you. So, I should discuss it with you. As soon as I speak about the enemy,
some people say, “How many times he speaks about the enemy!” Well, should we not
speak about the enemy? In the Holy Quran, God has mentioned Satan’s name so many
times. Well, from that perspective, if He once mentions Satan’s name, it will do
and it should be over. But why does He repeat his name so many times? The reason
is that we do not forget this enemy. The enemy should be kept within our sight
in a continuous manner. This is because he does not sit idle. He is constantly
If they can, they will stop this scientific movement. If they see that they
cannot stop it, they will divert it. We might help this diversion out of our
naivety. The reason why I have repeated many times [for example Supreme Leader’s
speech delivered on November 11, 2015 in a meeting with heads of universities,
research centers and science and technology parks] – some of our dear youth in
the meeting pointed this out as well – that research works, articles, theses and
the like should be at the service of the country’s needs and that they should be
produced with this goal, with this intention and with this orientation is to
prevent the scientific movement from being diverted.
If they cannot stop or divert it, they will try to damage and stain its
reputation. Someone comes to our country as a guest scientist and then goes to
the street where a university is located and takes photos of signboards which
are related to theses sale and then he publishes them in the world. This is
staining and corrupting the scientific movement. Who invites such individuals to
Iran? Are they scientists? Why do we not understand this? Why do we make such
In recent years, the youth of the country and the officials in charge of such
tasks have managed to do something to help the rate of the scientific growth of
the country set a record in the well-known databases in the world. When I said
that the rate of the scientific progress of the country in such and such a year
was 13 times faster than the global average, this was not what I said because I
do not have access to such information. It was well-known databases in the world
– which you are familiar with – that said and testified to this. Is it a minor
achievement to see that the rate of the movement of our country is 13 times
faster than the global average?
I say that you should not allow this rate to go down. The reason is that we are
behind to a great extent. Our rate of progress should increase so rapidly that
we can reach the front lines. I have said this many times. Now, the honorable
officials of the country explain to me that our scientific rank has not gone
down. But what is supposed to go down? It was supposed to go up in a speedy
manner! This is the problem. We should not allow this scientific movement to be
This scientific movement has certain enemies. If this scientific movement
becomes subject to enmities and if we do not notice and protect it, this will
produce a very heavy and bitter result. Do you know what that result is? That
result is the generation of hopelessness in the young forces of the country. If
this feeling of hopelessness is generated, then fixing and stitching it up will
not be very easy. A feeling of hope has emerged in the young, scholarly and
studious society of the country in recent years. Well, it is many years now that
I have been meeting with youth in this place. They come and speak and when I
make a comparison, I see that the discussions that they held today have
dramatically changed compared to the ones that I listened to a few years ago.
Our youth have grown, they have moved forward, they have become experienced and
deep and the scope of their outlook has widened. These things are very precious.
So, if these youth become disappointed and hopeless, it will not be very easy to
help them go back to prior condition.
Well, when some people become disappointed with their country, they go to other
countries. And there are many traps laid out there for them. I will tell you
that we have meetings and exhibitions for displaying our scientific achievements
and the like. This is a very good issue. However, you should take care not to
allow this to become a center for introducing our talents to foreigners. You
introduce them and they will identify and take them away. This should not be the
case. Before they identify them, our own organizations should do so. Of course,
they cannot be concealed behind curtains. They will finally show themselves, but
our own organizations should identify them before others do so. They should
attract them and give them jobs.
There is no youth who does not prefer his own living environment and family to a
feeling of loneliness in a foreign country. Of course, they will give them
certain advantages in return for this feeling. However, you can give them things
worth less than those advantages in order to employ them for their country and
for yourselves. I will tell you that in defending outstanding personalities and
the scientific movement of the country, I will not show the slightest idleness
as long as I breathe! And I know that this movement is a blessed movement and
that by Allah’s favor, it will have a good fate. I hope that we will move
forward, God willing. Now, I would like to raise a few points:
One of the things that can really move the cycle of science, technology and
support for outstanding personalities in the country is knowledge-based
companies which Dr. Sattari and some other friends in the meeting referred to.
These companies have fortunately increased in number. My first advice is that
this increase in their number should continue. Second, as one of the dear youth
in the meeting pointed out, such companies should be established in the
important and main areas of the country and the country’s industry. These
companies should link with those areas whose significance has been specified in
general policies. Third, the quality of these companies should receive attention
as well. Of course, it is good and important to have many of these companies,
but you should pay attention that you must define certain criteria and standards
for quality and for priorities and then on the basis of these criteria, you
should react to these knowledge-based companies.
If such companies are developed, if they have a high quality and if they work,
we will undoubtedly not have any problems in giving governmental funds to
outstanding personalities. This is because these companies will help outstanding
personalities in a way that they will no longer need governmental funds. One
day, the administration says, “I do have money to help” and one day, it says, “I
do not have any money to help.” This is one point which is very important.
One of the tasks that can promote knowledge-based companies is advertising their
products. I have said many things about the issue of imports and about importing
those products whose counterparts are produced inside the country and other such
issues. And they are carrying out certain tasks, but I want to emphasize that
those products which are manufactured by our knowledge-based companies should be
promoted. One of the main ways to promote them is to avoid using, consuming and
purchasing any product other than the products of such companies. What I am
saying is that these companies should be benefitted from because the
administration itself is the greatest consumer. The most important consumer is
Another point is about the formation of elite nuclei inside universities. I have
recommended before that sometimes inside universities, one, two professors
gather a group of youth, thus forming an elite nucleus. This can be duplicated
and developed because it is a very blessed thing. However, no report has been
delivered to me saying that such a thing has occurred before. Last year, I said
this once, twice in different meetings [including Supreme Leader’s speech
delivered on October 14, 2015 in meeting with outstanding youth and heads of
knowledge-based companies]. This should happen, but this does not fall on the
administration and the like. This is the duty of academic groups themselves.
Another point is that I am concerned about the issue of SAMPAD [the national
organization for the development of exceptional talents]. The honorable Minister
of Education is not present in the meeting, but this should be delivered to him.
The reports that I receive are not satisfactory reports. The issue of SAMPAD is
very important. This is a very important task. It was pointed out in the meeting
that a large number of schools have been founded on the basis of this project,
but this depends on the good performance and management of this organization.
The reports that I receive in this regard are not satisfactory reports.
Another concern that I have – I discussed this in brief with Mr. Sattari – is
about the Elite Foundation itself. The Elite Foundation is very important. It is
necessary for this foundation to be lively and dynamic. Of course, I really
trust Dr. Sattari. I really trust his intellectual and scientific capabilities
and his sincerity. Mr. Sattari, if you really see that the scientific deputy and
the Elite Foundation do not get along with each other – that is to say, if the
responsibilities of the Elite Foundation are not compatible with the extensive
activities of the scientific deputy – you should think of something to resolve
You should either separate them from each other or at least appoint a strong
manager for the Elite Foundation within the framework of the scientific deputy.
You should not entrust the Elite Foundation to universities. If universities had
been good for this task and if they could carry out this duty, we would not have
formed the Elite Foundation at all.
Another point is that I receive reports showing that some of the major projects
on important research matters – such as aerospace, satellite and the like – are
either idle or half-finished. This makes me concerned. I want to say in this
meeting that this should become a public request. I seriously ask the officials
in charge to attend to these matters. These projects are very important
projects. Even some research projects related to nuclear energy are in the same
condition. Such projects should not stop in any way! They should not be closed
or half-closed. They say that some of them are half-closed and some are on the
verge of being closed down. In my opinion, the scientific deputy can play its
part in this area as well. This is very important. These are scientific losses
and damages for us.
Moreover, when young scientists – who are working in a hopeful way in the area
of the nuclear energy, aerospace, nanotechnology and biotechnology – see that
such areas are ignored and closed down, they become hopeless. I have said before
that the despair and hopelessness of our youth is a very grave danger. I have
written down that these projects should either be given to the scientific deputy
or at least they should be supervised by it in a very serious manner. Talents
should be attracted to such areas.
Another point that I would like to raise is that they have fortunately
established a cultural deputy inside the scientific deputy. This is a good task,
but they should try to help this cultural activity to have an advanced level.
Fortunately today, the level of religious thoughts among the youth of the
country has improved. I would like to use this opportunity to thank the
organizations who managed mourning groups during Ashura days, some of which I
was informed about and reported on. The level of mourning groups has gone up to
a great extent. They have very good speakers and they present very good points.
I even asked some of those individuals who went to these occasions about the
issues discussed in mourning groups – well, this is among my duties because I am
an expert on such matters – and I saw that they are really good. Their level was
very good, they presented good discussions and good thoughts and there were a
large number of youth present. We too held such ceremonies here. Perhaps, 90
percent – or even more – of the participants were comprised of youth. Good
discussions were held here. In some places, such ten-day occasions – in some
cases, 10, 15 nights or 10, 15 days – had very good speakers and they sometimes
performed very good and meaningful nohas. These are very valuable. The level of
youth’s thinking in the area of religious matters has gone up. Cultural work too
should grow with the same ratio.
One of the things that can be very beneficial is organizing jihadi camps for
outstanding personalities. These jihadi camps are very valuable phenomena. First
of all, the presence of outstanding youth in such places will familiarize you
with the conditions of your country, with people from different social
backgrounds, with the difficult responsibilities that fall on all of us and with
our insufficient work in the course of the years after the Revolution – we did
not really work enough on some areas. Such jihadi camps move us ahead. Blood
will flow in our veins with presence in such places.
I will summarize my statements. I will only say a few things at the end of my
statements: we want a society and a country to rise in the scientific
environment of the world which can save the world from the ignorance and
deviation that is suffering from. Dear youth, this is possible! If you can make
your country advanced in terms of science, self-confidence, innovation and
diligence in this world which is full of ignorance and deviation, a country will
emerge that is at an advanced level on the basis of criteria which are accepted
by the whole world – the criteria of science, technological progress, wealth,
welfare and human values.
Besides, this country benefits from spirituality, honorability, attention to
God, faith and trust in God. If this happens, it will be the most efficient and
influential factor in attracting the people’s faith and hearts. You can save
humanity. If we go and sit beside individuals to explain things for each and
every one of them with the purpose of attracting their minds to faith in God and
in Islam, the effect of this compared to this movement will be like the
difference between decimals such as one hundredth, one thousandth and one
millionth, and a whole number. The difference is like a drop of water compared
to a sea. We want such an incident to occur. The people in the world– humanity–
should be liberated from this deviation and ignorance. It is you who can do
Today, the satanic apparatuses and powers of the world are pushing people into
this quagmire of ignorance and deviation on a daily basis and they confront
everything that is opposed to their satanic movement. Now, the American
gentlemen who meet with our officials complain about this humble person’s
pessimism about them. Well, should I be optimistic? With the condition that you
are in, can one be optimistic about you? A few days ago, when there was talk of
sanctions against Iran, one of their “excellencies” said in a program that was
broadcast on our television as well, that as long as the Islamic Republic of
Iran advocates and helps the resistance in the region, it will not be clear
whether sanctions will be lifted or not.
Notice that this is the same thing that I used to say time and time again. I
said this to officials both in private and in public meetings! I said to them,
“Do you think that your issue with America will be over once you retreat on the
issue of the nuclear issue?” Certainly not! Even if we do that, the issue of
missiles comes up. They will say to us, “Why do you have missiles?” If they
become disappointed with the issue of missiles, the issue of the resistance will
come up. Again, they will say, “Why do you support Hezbollah, Hamas and
Palestine?” If you resolve this matter and if you retreat again, another issue
will come up.
For example, the issue of human rights will come up. If you resolve the issue of
human rights as well and if you say that you will act according to their
standards on the issue of human rights, the issue of religion’s interference in
the affairs of the government comes up. Do you think that they will leave you
alone? They cannot tolerate the presence of a system in a country with such
expansion, population and resources because they are exceptional resources.
I will tell you that the vastness of our country, our population, our human
resources and our underground resources are among the most prominent ones in the
world. I do not want to boast. In the declaration that the Europeans published
recently – we had access to it as well – when it comes to establishing relations
with Iran and when it comes to analyzing our country, all the things that I said
about the resources of the country – and I only referred to a small fraction of
these resources – have been mentioned there. This declaration says that Iran is
such and such a country with such and such resources, market, people, talents,
underground resources, and extraordinary strategic location. This is what others
Well, it is difficult for them to see that a country with such characteristics
and with such significance stands up to their bullying. It is intolerable for
them to be witness to the formation of an Islamic and religious government which
is based on faith and on Islamic principles and thoughts. That is why they show
enmity and oppose and confront us. Our youth and our outstanding personalities
should know this. I am not saying that you should constantly chant the slogan of
“death to such and such a person”, “may such and such a person live long” and
“may such and such a person die.” I am not saying this. I do not expect any of
our youth to do so – of course, I expect them to do this in the right place –
but you should be familiar with the political issues of the region and the
county and you should be able to analyze them.
Therefore, I ask Allah the Exalted to bestow success on you and to preserve you
for the country. You are the children of the people of Iran and you are the
apple of their eye. I hope that God will preserve you for these people and that
He guides all of you towards everything that He likes, God willing.
Greetings be upon you and Allah’s mercy and blessings