khamenei’s friday sermon – in full

… Remember God. Iran has gone through a lot of crises since the revolution. Any of them could have put us in turmoil, even from our neighbors. Our youth are in a materialistic world, in a time of turmoil. They don’t know what to do. They need to understand spirituality, they need to get back to spirituality, but they don’t know how. It’s been two centuries since the west has destroyed cultures, but our nation wants to regain that spirituality back, so that the revolution can be regained. I swear to the holy Imams, I ask you, O God, give us more faith. O God, I ask you to give us a calm and peaceful heart. O God, these oppressed people, give triumph over the enemy. Protect them. O God, we do everything for you and only for you. O God, take our Salaams and greetings to Mahdi.

I would like to say to our dear brothers and sisters, I would like to speak about the issue of the election which is the important issue in our country. I have three issues to talk about, in three different parts. I do have some things to tell the people. One issue will be for the political members, the politicians. I would like to also talk to the western countries,  their leaders and their media.

First issue is for the people, I will only thank you, I don’t like to talk too much, I don’t like to use nice arguments only. Even if I do exaggerate, it won’t be enough to say what I have to say. The election of June 12 was a fulfillment of the nation’s responsibility. It was a proof of participation of the people that was a show of the love towards their system. It is similar but better than the democracies in other countries, but those countries don’t have a democracy as good as ours. The constitution of 1988 – this is the largest number of people that have taken part in an election in Iran since the founding of the republic, and the passing of the constitution. I would like to deeply thank you. The youngsters in our country showed especially, that they are partaking in the political process since the beginning of the revolution. Now we’ll see the same responsibilities from them that we saw during the Iraqi Aggression War. As for the election, some people wanted one person, others wanted someone else. This is natural. We saw everyone, men, women, the young and the old, people participating from all over the country to make this a success. This election is a political defeat for your enemies, for your friends all over the world a celebration, a historic one. People are showing love and loyalty for their Imam and martyrs, and for the system. This election was a religious democratic event. Everyone saw it. It was a showing against the dictators and oppressive regimes, and a show of support for our religion and our system. We can see the results.

Also, another point about the election: the election of June 12 showed that people with beliefs and hopes and joys are living in this country. The enemies are using it. If our young didn’t have any hope, they wouldn’t partake in the election. If they didn’t feel freedom, they wouldn’t vote. Faith in the system has been shown by the massive participation. The enemies target the belief and trust of people in that system. This trust is the biggest investment of the Islamic republic. They wanted to take it from us. They wanted to shake our trust in this system. The enemies of the people of Iran will succeed when people won’t participate. The system will be questioned only when no one partakes in it. We couldn’t compare that to anything that happened. The enemy wants to make people believe that they have been fooled. It started 3 months ago. I have been hearing enemies saying repeatedly that the elections will be fraudulent. They had been preparing months in advance. This 30-year-old system has not come about without sacrifices and hard work, and people have a firm belief in it, but the enemies want to shake that belief.

The third point is, these rivalries between different candidates were transparent, they were clean and clear-cut and transparent. The enemies are trying through their media – which is controlled by dirty Zionists – the Zionist, US and UK radio are all trying to say that there was a competition between those who supported and those who didn’t support the state. Everyone supported the state. I know everything about these candidates. I have worked with them. I know all of them. I don’t believe in everything that they say; some of their views and practices can be criticized; I believe that some of them are better in serving the country; but the people have to make the choice. It’s not my will; my choice wasn’t told to people, and they were not asked to follow my views either. They decided on their own who to follow. So this is a competition within the state. It is not acceptable to change the appearance of the issue. It is evil if someone does that. There is no fight between people and state, no revolutionaries and anti-revolutionaries, this is between the state parties. People voted for these people with belief in the state, they came to their own understanding of what would be better for the state, then voted.

These competitions and debates were very interesting. It was very transparent. It was a blow in the face of those who say that this competition is just a formality, forgetting that the candidates actually sat and talked. A positive aspect of the debates was that during the debate and TV conversation everyone spoke explicitly and openly, saying what they believed, then some criticized the candidates, they had to respond to the criticism, they had to defend themselves. The positions and stances taken by people and groups were presented without any ambiguity, so people could hear what every candidate had to say, so that people could see all of this, so people could judge them all accordingly. People felt that in the Islamic state, they are not strangers, we don’t have us and them. Everything was open and transparent before the people, everything was presented clearly. It was made clear that people’s votes would be based on their own judgments. People wanted to make their choices willingly and according to their own tastes. Thus, the number of votes increased. People were able to have a better understanding of the views of the candidates, they were able to decide better, the debates were even extended to the streets and homes, so this added to the power of choice of the people.

Such debates will strengthen the minds to help make better choices, but they shouldn’t get to a point where they lead to major differences, otherwise adverse effects follow. It would be good to be kept to the extent to which it existed during the campaign. If it leads further, it will cause problems. It will be better to have such debates at the administrative level; we should carry these debates to the administrative level; they should describe their policies, defend themselves against criticism. People will have a chance to do that, but we should try to overcome the negative aspects. Criticisms will be heard during the four years of a president’s term. We should try to address the negative aspects. We could see that people became irrational and emotional sometimes. They tried to destroy the other side sometimes. Even we saw that the practice of the past was being questioned. Rumors were mentioned, accusations were levelled, some statements made were not fair, the present government and governments of the past were criticized in an unfair manner, the entire 30 years were criticized unfairly, people became emotional, they said some unpleasant and unacceptable things. I watched the debates on TV. I enjoyed the freedom of speech. I was happy that the Islamic republic was there to help people make this choice, yet the negative aspects made me unhappy. For their supporters this was also not good, and they were disturbed by the unfair criticism. We saw this on both sides.

In this Friday prayer sermon, I should mention the realities of both sides. Both sides can be criticized for such negative aspects of behavior. On the one side, the president was insulted, even before the debates, 2, 3 months ago, I used to see insulting statements against him, accusations were leveled against the president, against the legal president, he was wrongly accused, the president who is trusted by people was accused of lying. Is this good? Fake records were made and then distributed around the country. We were aware of the situation; we knew what was published was not true. They insulted the president, said he was superstitious; they falsely accused the president by such words, so they trampled over ethics and fairness.

On the other hand, similar things were done against the outstanding record of the Islamic Republic. Some important figures of the state were mentioned, people who have spent their lives for the state. I have never have mentioned names during prayers on Friday before, but I have to now: Rafsanjani and Nateq Noori’s names have been mentioned; these gentlemen have been accused of financial misdoings, and their relatives. If you have anything against them, prove it legally through the courts. Unless it is proven, no one can be accused. I have known Rafsanjani for a long time. He is one of the most prominent members of this revolution. He was one of the major fighters before the revolution. After the victory, he was one the most influential members of the Islamic state, he still is. He walked with the Imam, he still walks with him. He was almost martyred several times. He spent all his money on the revolution. The young people should know this fact. He has had many responsibilities now: president, leader of parliament; he has not made money out of the revolution for himself. Same with Nateq Noori: he has also served this revolution, he has rendered great services, there is no doubt about it.

The live TV debates are good, but these shortcomings should be removed. After the debates I talked to the president and warned him. He said he will listen to me. The administration has a clear stance on corruption. It should be fought anywhere it is found. Yes, there is corruption within our system. Yes, there are people who are corrupt. But at the same time, it is one of the one of the healthiest systems in the world as well. So accusing the government of corruption because of Zionist reports is not the right thing. Questioning the credibility of the government is not correct either. Everyone is obliged to fight corruption. If it is not brought under control, it will spread like it has in some western countries. They are up to their ears in this corruption. This is part of their scandal. It goes way beyond what is publicized.

Let me talk to people. To make this absolute victory a failure is some people’s goal; to not let you enjoy, to not let the world register the highest rate of turn-out, but it has been registered, the highest rate of turn-out has been registered in your name. The race has ended. Whoever has voted for these candidates will receive divine reward. They all belong to the state. They have got closer to God by voting, they have. There were 40 million votes for the revolution, not just 24 million for the winner. The people have trust that they did not vote in vain. The legal mechanism in our country won’t allow any cheating. Those are involved in the election process are aware of this fact. Especially if there is an 11 million votes difference; if it were less than that, we would say there’s doubts, but how can 11 million votes be replaced or changed? At the same time, the guardian council believes that whoever has doubts can present proof to the legal channels. I will not accept any illegal initiative. If the laws are broken today, no election will be immune in the future. In every election, there are losers and winners. No other election will ever be trusted if you take other avenues. Thus, all legal procedures should be observed. If there are any doubts, the issue should be followed by legal procedures. We have laws; the candidates’ representatives had the right to inspect the ballot stations, and to make complaints through the legal procedure. If they have doubt, it should be recounted – the individual ballot boxes.

Today is a very sensitive moment in our country. Look at the Middle East, look at the economic situation in the world, look at Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan – very sensitive juncture in history, we are in. We should be careful to not make mistakes. The voters’ duty was to take part in the elections in the best possible manner, but we have a bigger responsibility. Political party leaders should be very careful about what they say and do. If they do anything extremist, their radical moves will take them to where it won’t be solvable. We’ve seen this happen before. When extremism is forced upon a society, it leads to more extremism. If the political elite want to fix one thing at the cost of another thing, to break the law, they would be responsible for the bloodshed, and any form of unrest. I would like to advise all these gentlemen, all my brothers and friends, just observe the hands of the enemy. They are hungry wolves, ambushing and removing the diplomacy cover from their faces. Don’t underestimate them. I will tell you, diplomats of other countries in the past few days have taken away their masks and are showing their true image. The most evil of them all is the British Government. I should tell these brothers, you are responsible before God, you will be asked questions.

Remember the last will and testament of the late Imam. The law determines what should be done. Elections are held so that any difference should be settled at the ballot box. It should become clear there what people want and what they don’t want, not on the streets. If after every election those who haven’t got votes start to have street camps and invite their followers to come to the streets, and the winners’ followers take their followers to the streets, then why did we hold elections to begin with? What have the people done wrong? They live on these streets. That we want to show them we can do such things. For terrorists it is different. Infiltrating terrorists will hide behind these people. If you provide cover for them, then who’s responsible? People have been killed, ordinary people and the Baseej. Who’s responsible? The issue is that some people have killed Baseeji forces and killed other people, who should address this issue? Who should react? Attack at universities, good students were beaten up, not the ones who were involved in riots. Then they chant slogans of supporting the leader. Then you become unhappy and your heart is hurt to see all this.

Street fighting is not acceptable after the election. This is challenging democracy and the election. I want both sides to put an end to this, then the responsibility of the consequences should be shouldered by those who aren’t putting an end to it. Thinking that by turning out onto the streets you can pressure the officials to meet your demands is wrong. First of all, it will not be acceptable to submit to illegal demands, this would be the start of dictatorship. This is a miscalculation. If there are any consequences, they would directly affect the leaders behind the scene, the people would know them in due time as well. I call on all these dear friends, brothers and sisters, to observe the law, to follow the legal code, the law welcomes you, legal channels are there for you. I hope that almighty God will help us all to follow the legal channels. Don’t allow the enemies to destroy and ruin the celebration of our election. If there are people who choose other paths, I will come and talk to people even more exclusively.

Now, third, I want to talk to the media and foreign leaders. I have witnessed the statements of US and EU countries’ leaders and listened to them. I have monitored their actions and reactions in the past few weeks. Before and after the election, their behavior was different. First, before the elections, their media orientation and their statements showed that they wanted to cast into the hearts of the people a feeling that the election was useless, to cut the turn-out. They could guess at the results, but they never expected 85%. 40 million voted. They never expected this. After they witnessed this, they were shocked. They learned what a great development in Iran has taken place. They found out they had to adjust themselves to this new situation in the Middle East, Iran and the world, they learned that a new chapter has opened in relation to the Islamic Republic. This great turn-out was observed, they reported it time and again, they were all surprised since Friday morning. Some of the reactions and feedback to these correspondents were also noticed: when they saw objections by some candidates, they saw an opportunity. They used it from Saturday to Sunday, their tone changed, they slowly saw these protests, which were held by the invitation of the candidate, they became hopeful, their masks were removed, they saw a way, they revealed their true nature. A number of heads of state and other leaders of the EU and the US made statements that clarified the true nature of those leaders. It was said on behalf of the US president that he was waiting for a day that people came out onto the streets.

Inside the country their agents started their action, they started to cause riots in the streets, they caused destruction, burned houses, theft and insecurity prevailed. The people felt unsafe and insecure. This has nothing to do with supporters of the candidates. This is the servants of the westerners, Zionist agents and their servants. What was clumsily done inside Iran by some, made them greedy, they thought that Iran is Georgia. An American Zionist capitalist some time ago claimed that he had spent ten million dollars and created a velvet revolution in Georgia. They are comparing the Islamic Republic with GEORGIA!? What do you think we are? You don’t understand us. What are you talking about? What is the worst thing to me in all this are comments made in the name of human rights and freedom and liberty made by US officials. They said, we are worried about the Iranian nation. WHAT? Are you serious? Do you know what human rights are?! Who did that in Afghanistan? The wars and bloodshed – who is crushing Iraq under its soldiers’ boots? In Palestine,who supported the Zionists? Even inside America, during the time of the democrats, the time of Clinton, 80 people were burned alive in Waco! Now you are talking about human rights? Well, I believe that the officials of the US and EU should feel some embarrassment, shouldn’t say anything like that. The Islamic republic supports the oppressed people of Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine. We support all those who are oppressed. We are supporting the flag of human rights. The flag of human rights is raised in this country by Islam. We don’t need advice about human rights.

My speech about the election is over.


  1. Xenophile
    Posted June 19, 2009 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

    Nice find, Rowan. Interesting that he traces the West destroying cultures to the French Revolution, and not to Colonialism. This implies that traditional European cultures are as much victims of the revolutionary spirit.

    Would you have a link for this sermon?

  2. niqnaq
    Posted June 19, 2009 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

  3. Xenophile
    Posted June 19, 2009 at 8:58 pm | Permalink


  4. moonkoon
    Posted June 20, 2009 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    “…Our youth are in a materialistic world, in a time of turmoil. They don’t know what to do. They need to understand spirituality, they need to get back to spirituality…”

    Yes well you don’t have that on your own, join the club.
    Welcome to the perilous world of the one-dimensional man.

    It is not really a joking matter though, it is a tragedy.
    Spiritual matters are more often than not portrayed by the media as something associated with evil or misfortune.
    If it is not material, it is spooky and to be avoided.
    But be that as it may, it seems to be true that immersion in an overtly materialistic culture dulls our spiritual sensibilities.

  5. niqnaq
    Posted June 20, 2009 at 10:11 am | Permalink

    Quite true, moonkoon.

    Tell me, do you have any thoughts on the general idea of invisible giants with supernatural powers? I’m not being sarcastic, I genuinely want to know.

  6. moonkoon
    Posted June 20, 2009 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know what to make of giant tales.
    But there are plenty of them so there is probably some truth in the stories. (But caution, I believe in myths and spirits and fairy tales. 🙂 )

    Many mega-fauna fossils are found in Australia. Animals like giant wombats which are more or less larger versions of what we have now roamed in olden days.

    e.g. Warrendja wakefieldi, a large wombat from Naracoorte and Zaglossus hacketti, a sheep-sized echidna.

    “The cause of the extinction is an active and contentious field of research. It is hypothesised that with the arrival of humans (around 48,000-60,000 years ago),… may have contributed to the extinction of the megafauna

    I have been thinking lately that the GFC could be compared to the biblical story of how the progeny of the union between the angels and man produced a race of giants who consumed and wrecked everything they could lay their hands on.
    The overindulged MBA giants have had a similar effect. 🙂

  7. moonkoon
    Posted June 20, 2009 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    One place I used to live had an unusual version of the giant story.
    Their giant lives in the mountains but can stretch out his arms into the to the villages, grab his victims and pull them back into his lair, never to be seen again.
    It is a spirit/giant hybrid I guess.
    I lived for years with people whose every moment was shared with spirits.
    They were afraid of the power of sorcery etc., but also very receptive to proselytizing as the spiritual world was taken for granted and they were interested in the spirits who could hold sway over the wreckers and troublemakers that they had to contend with.
    As far as they are concerned, everything has a spirit.

  8. niqnaq
    Posted June 20, 2009 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    The ancient British giants (see my post today, Midsummer Madness) would presumably have been spirits of the forest — maybe of particular giant oaks.

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