Ayatollah Khamenei Invites Young generation of EU and US to Directly Read Quran

Nasim–  Iran Supreme Leader, Ayatollah KhameneiIn a letter issued on Wednesday, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has addressed the youth in Europe and North America, regarding the recent events in France.

 

In the name of God, the Beneficent the Merciful

To the Youth in Europe and North America,

 

The recent events in France and similar ones in some other Western countries have convinced me to directly talk to you about them. I am addressing you, [the youth], not because I overlook your parents, rather it is because the future of your nations and countries will be in your hands; and also I find that the sense of quest for truth is more vigorous and attentive in your hearts.

 

I don’t address your politicians and statesmen either in this writing because I believe that they have consciously separated the route of politics from the path of righteousness and truth.

 

I would like to talk to you about Islam, particularly the image that is presented to you as Islam. Many attempts have been made over the past two decades, almost since the disintegration of the Soviet Union, to place this great religion in the seat of a horrifying enemy. The provocation of a feeling of horror and hatred and its utilization has unfortunately a long record in the political history of the West.

 

Here, I don’t want to deal with the different phobias with which the Western nations have thus far been indoctrinated. A cursory review of recent critical studies of history would bring home to you the fact that the Western governments’ insincere and hypocritical treatment of other nations and cultures has been censured in new historiographies.

 

The histories of the United States and Europe are ashamed of slavery, embarrassed by the colonial period and chagrined at the oppression of people of color and non-Christians. Your researchers and historians are deeply ashamed of the bloodsheds wrought in the name of religion between the Catholics and Protestants or in the name of nationality and ethnicity during the First and Second World Wars. This approach is admirable.

 

By mentioning a fraction of this long list, I don’t want to reproach history; rather I would like you to ask your intellectuals as to why the public conscience in the West awakens and comes to its senses after a delay of several decades or centuries. Why should the revision of collective conscience apply to the distant past and not to the current problems? Why is it that attempts are made to prevent public awareness regarding an important issue such as the treatment of Islamic culture and thought?

 

You know well that humiliation and spreading hatred and illusionary fear of the “other” have been the common base of all those oppressive profiteers. Now, I would like you to ask yourself why the old policy of spreading “phobia” and hatred has targeted Islam and Muslims with an unprecedented intensity. Why does the power structure in the world want Islamic thought to be marginalized and remain latent? What concepts and values in Islam disturb the programs of the super powers and what interests are safeguarded in the shadow of distorting the image of Islam? Hence, my first request is: Study and research the incentives behind this widespread tarnishing of the image of Islam.

 

 

My second request is that in reaction to the flood of prejudgments and disinformation campaigns, try to gain a direct and firsthand knowledge of this religion. The right logic requires that you understand the nature and essence of what they are frightening you about and want you to keep away from.

 

I don’t insist that you accept my reading or any other reading of Islam. What I want to say is: Don’t allow this dynamic and effective reality in today’s world to be introduced to you through resentments and prejudices. Don’t allow them to hypocritically introduce their own recruited terrorists as representatives of Islam.

 

Receive knowledge of Islam from its primary and original sources. Gain information about Islam through the Qur’an and the life of its great Prophet. I would like to ask you whether you have directly read the Qur’an of the Muslims. Have you studied the teachings of the Prophet of Islam and his humane, ethical doctrines? Have you ever received the message of Islam from any sources other than the media?

 

Have you ever asked yourself how and on the basis of which values has Islam established the greatest scientific and intellectual civilization of the world and raised the most distinguished scientists and intellectuals throughout several centuries?

 

I would like you not to allow the derogatory and offensive image-buildings to create an emotional gulf between you and the reality, taking away the possibility of an impartial judgment from you. Today, the communication media have removed the geographical borders. Hence, don’t allow them to besiege you within fabricated and mental borders.

 

Although no one can individually fill the created gaps, each one of you can construct a bridge of thought and fairness over the gaps to illuminate yourself and your surrounding environment. While this preplanned challenge between Islam and you, the youth, is undesirable, it can raise new questions in your curious and inquiring minds. Attempts to find answers to these questions will provide you with an appropriate opportunity to discover new truths.

 

Therefore, don’t miss the opportunity to gain proper, correct and unbiased understanding of Islam so that hopefully, due to your sense of responsibility toward the truth, future generations would write the history of this current interaction between Islam and the West with a clearer conscience and lesser resentment.

 

Seyyed Ali Khamenei

21st Jan. 2015

 

 

Iran Holds Third Islamic Fashion Show

Nasim—Tehran holds the third Islamic Fashion Exhibition, where fashion designers introduce their new Islamic-based products.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

Iran Denies AP Report of Nuclear Agreement

 Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman

Nasim—Iran Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham rejected the Associated Press report as ‘baseless’ and stressed that there has been ‘no deal on any issue’ regarding Iran’s nuclear program.

She denounced such moves by the media, adding that the goal of these reports was to ‘complicate’ and ‘demolish’ the nuclear talks.

Associated Press claimed on Friday that Iran and the United States had tentatively agreed on a formula that would reduce Tehran’s enrichment capacity by shipping much of its stockpile of enriched uranium to Russia.

This report came as Iran and the six states are preparing to have the second round of nuclear talks after the seven-month extension in Geneva on January 15.

 

New Round of Nuclear Talks in Geneva Mid-January

AfkhamNasim—Iranian Foreign Minister Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham announced that a new round of talks between Iran and the sextet powers will be held on January 15th, in Geneva.

Speaking in a press conference on Wednesday morning in Tehran, Afkham denounced further sanctioning of new companies and identities by US government, calling it a “clear violation of good will” in talks.

The United States on Tuesday imposed sanctions on nine new targets, saying the entities and people targeted had supported Iran’s efforts to avoid sanctions.

US Treasury Department officials said in a statement the latest move was part of an effort to enforce existing sanctions.

“Although we do not support the imposition of any new nuclear-related sanctions while negotiations are ongoing … we have made clear, by word and deed, that we will continue to enforce our existing sanctions,” Treasury Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David Cohen, said in a statement.

EU Sets a 3 Year Period for Israel to Withdraw to 1967 Borders

Federica Mogherini

Federica Mogherini

Nasim– High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini has urged the Israeli regime to withdraw from pre-1967 Palestinian territories within a three-year period.

In a Wednesday statement after the United Nations Security Council rejected a draft resolution demanding the recognition of an independent Palestinian state and the termination of the Israeli occupation, she noted that the vote underlined the “urgency” for resumption of talks between Israel and the Palestinians as well as “the need for the international community to focus on” reaching a “comprehensive” peace agreement.

“The European Union will promote and support now more than ever efforts to achieve a lasting peace,” she said.