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Iran: Supreme Leader says bright horizon is ahead of world of Islam

Tehran, Oct 1, IRNA - Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said here Wednesday that a bright horizon is ahead of the world of Islam.

"A very bright horizon awaits the world of Islam. Muslim Ummah's progress is an undeniable reality. There will be more progress and bright future God willing and the world of Islam will witness Islamic grandeur and dignity," said Ayatollah Khamenei in an address to the state officials and a group of people on the occasion of `Eid-ul- Fitr' (the Feast of Fast Breaking) in Tehran on Wednesday.

Ayatollah Khamenei said Muslim Ummah today is more than ever in need of piety and link with God Almighty.

The Paramount Leader said, "Despite heavy pressures of the fresh domineering powers and colonialists on Muslims those eras, thanks to Islamic Ummah's awakening today, a very bright horizon more than ever awaits Muslims and enemies of Islam and world mongers have acknowledged to their helplessness and weaknesses."

The Ayatollah said denial of the reality is denial of the obvious and divine promises.

"These are not exaggerated optimism; rather, (they are) the realities for whose survival Muslims need to initiate a big Jihad Holy War) in political, ideological, scientific, social and moral dimensions. Muslim nations too have gradually become familiar with various dimensions of the Jihad and will become more familiar with them in the future," said Ayatollah Khamenei.

Touching on the highly sensitive conditions in the Middle East, the Supreme Leader said having considered itself unchallenged and lord of global village after former Soviet's collapse, the US is now facing deadlock and Gordian knots in Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq and Afghanistan and Americans themselves are now voicing hopelessness and sorrow over failure to meet their goals.

Also referring to the US' recent ambitions in Pakistan, Ayatollah Khamenei said, "Americans will fail in this case too because Muslims are awake and have the spirit of resistance, being familiar with their Islamic rights."

The Supreme Leader said more attention to God Almighty is the key to progress and dignity of Muslims.

"Muslim Iranian nation has over the past 30 years, relying on God and through their efforts and endeavors, been capable of resisting the arrogant powers forcefully and is attaining growing progress day by day," said Ayatollah Khamenei, adding, "While appreciating divine blessings and injunctions, we should further consolidate our unity, determination and endeavor and pin more hopes on the future." Prior to the Supreme Leader's speech, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad congratulated the audience on the auspicious occasion and said the fasting month of Ramadhan provided Muslims, especially the Iranian nation, with the opportunity to strengthen their piety, while fasting and performing due rituals.

President Ahmadinejad said that undoubtedly, future belongs to the oppressed, the righteous and the innocent regarding nations' growing awakening and the Satanic powers' soaring problems.

Muslim world unity to foil enemies' offensives

Khamenei called for unity in the world of Islam, saying it is the only way to confront enemies' all-out offensives.

"Unity in the world of Islam is the only way to counter enemies' all-out offensives. Since they feel helpless in the face of huge movement of Islamic awakening, enemies resort to discord through lies and deception," said Ayatollah Khamenei in his `Eid-ul-Fitr' (Feast of Fast Breaking) sermons at Tehran's Musalla (Grand Prayers Ground) on Wednesday.

Congratulating Iranian and other Muslims worldwide on the auspicious occasion of `Eid-ul-Fitr,' the Supreme Leader thanked the audience and Muslims at large for massive turnout in the International Quds Day rallies on the last Friday (September 26) of the fasting month of Ramadhan.

Calling International Quds Day "the manifestation of true unity in the world of Islam", Ayatollah Khamenei said, "This year, from East to the West, in the world of Islam and even in Europe, which is dominated by governments' prejudice, (and) anywhere Muslims seized the chance voiced their support for the oppressed Palestinian nation." The Supreme Leader said this year's International Quds Day showed failure of the 60-year efforts of Palestine's usurpers and their supporters in removing name and memory of Palestine.

"Thanks to Islamic awakening, the world of Islam has today become more sensitive towards and more anxious over the Palestine issue...

Had such a vigilance existed upon Palestine occupation, it would never have been occupied by the Zionists," declared Ayatollah Khamenei.


Elsewhere in his remarks, Ayatollah Khamenei praised braveries and resistance of the Palestinian nation and said Palestinians' resistance and campaign are the main reason for other Muslim nations' support for the issue of Quds.

Addressing Palestinian nation, the legal Palestinian government and Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, Ayatollah Khamenei said, "Iranian nation has not left you alone and will not do so in the future either."

Referring to certain Zionist figures' acknowledgement to growing defeat of the Zionist Regime, Ayatollah Khamenei said Zionists' failure and defeat is absolute.

The Ayatollah hoped that God willing, the present Palestinian generation will witness such a "big day."

Ayatollah Khamenei said nations, especially the elite, intellectuals, Ulima and distinguished political figures in the world of Islam, shoulder a heavy duty.

"Having found themselves helpless in the face of huge Islamic awakening movement, enemies have launched diversified psychological warfare and resorted to various political and propaganda ploys, using such labels as Arab and Ajam (non-Arab) and Shiite or Sunni, to divide people through lies and deception and to make Muslim states terrified of the Islamic Republic of Iran. However, the Islamic system and Iranian nation -- as they have repeatedly announced -- consider all their achievements and progress belonging to whole Muslim Ummah and vigilantly stress unity in the world of Islam," reiterated the Paramount Leader.

Ayatollah Khamenei, highlighting extreme significance of internal unity, called on all inside the country to give preference to national rather than factional interests.

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