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The Message of Ayatollah Khamenei for inauguration of the Third Assembly of Experts for Leadership on February 23rd, 1999

The Message of Ayatollah Khamenei for inauguration of the Third Assembly of Experts for Leadership on February 23rd, 1999
In the name of Allah the All-compassionate, the Most Merciful
I am grateful to Great God Who guided and helped the faithful great nation of Iran by His Gracious mercy and by the prayers of the Great Friend of God (may our souls be sacrificed to him) in all stages of movement towards material and spiritual prosperity and made them successful in passing through difficult obstacles and tearing screens of ignorance and trickery and suppressing the fogs of trouble and defeating the enemies.
The establishment of the third Assembly of Experts in a healthy and vigorous election is among the great opportunities God, the Almighty has given to this resistant and upright nation.
Since the great role of this Assembly in preserving the continuation and the health of the Islamic Country is more important than any other assemblies and decision-making centers in the country, the enemies of Islam and Iran had centered their efforts to use poisonous propaganda and making numerous doubts to weaken the will of the nation in participating a great election for it and deprive this assembly from the support of people’s votes. What happened thanks to divine guidance and wakefulness and determination of people, made the enemies of Islam and on top of them, all political and propagating systems of imperialists, US in particular, confront with the reality which was bitter to them. Spending so much money and expensive propaganda, they tried to compare the progressive and revolutionary political system of Islam with imperialist-established awkward puppet governments. Using different propagating tricks, they show off false democracies based on trickery and hollow promises in front of the Iranian nation and introduce the rule of religion and law as dictatorship. However, they saw people’s welcome and huge participation for the election of the Experts with their own eyes and people nullified their predictions about people not welcoming an election which they said “has no relation with their daily lives”. With their participation in the election of the Experts, the Iranian nation showed that they would not be influenced by the imperialist propaganda of the enemies who have still not stopped thinking about the vain wish of bringing back a puppet government in our country and they will nullify the efforts of the enemies’ and their ignorant same-thinkers with their determination and wakefulness and foresight.
The critical duty of the Assembly of the Experts which is to preserve the religious leadership becomes more onerous after this aware participation of people. The Assembly of this period is, thanks to God, comprised of respected, aware and committed Islamic scholars and mujtahids and it is hoped that the respected Assembly carries out the important duties assigned to it in the Constitution in the critical moment which must be awaited every day and every hour with trust, courage and sincerity. Electing a competent leader and recognizing his competence or incompetence are the great and unique duty which is assumed by the members of this respected assembly and they have promised over fulfilling it to the Almighty God and the Iranian nation and it worth their ultimate faith, God-wariness, awareness and sincerity.
Establishment of the Islamic government in Iran by the hands of people and their courageous and devotional defense from this country in decisive moments and where it confronted severe animosity and through acts of Muslim awareness throughout the Islamic world which have made the plotters of massive conspiracies against the Islamic Republic confused and unsuccessful, have eventually brought them to this conclusion that to reach their evil goals they would have no ways other than weakening people’s faith, shattering national unity and propagation against inspirational and unifying mottos of people which were risen out of the core of their faith and have been the fruit of everlasting lessons of the great Imam Khomeini. Today, most political efforts and propaganda of the enemy using complicated and sly methods are targeted towards these spiritual fruits of the nation which have made the nation to draw away dangers from themselves and the country. Organizing new conspiracies, the enemy is trying to conquer the Iranian nation. Any of the organizations and centers in the Islamic country which is more influential in defending people’s faith, national unity, defending those values and mottos which raise awareness and movement will be hated more by enemies. Imam Khumeini’s views, wise lessons and mottos for this great nation were targeted at some of such evil hatred of the enemies. The same way, mobilizing people and efforts to distort or question the principle of Wilayah of faqih which is the essential foundation of this great system and as the ruling of religion and god-wariness over social life of the nation is rooted in the enemies’ evil intentions. In the world, which governments are manifestations of tyranny, injustice, materialism and impiety, this Islamic country is honored to shouts the slogan of the government of piety and spirituality and knows the government, neither as a position to rule obstinately nor as a position of superintendence based on deception and hypocrisy. On the contrary, it knows the government as wilayah, love, and cordial and faith relationship and instead of all common standards such as power, wealth, money and false propaganda, considers knowledge to discern and justice as the ruling standards.
This is the peak of a desirable Islamic government which will be loved by any individual of the Islamic nation in any part of the world if seen and understood properly.
This is the clear path which is able to take the Islamic society to independence, freedom, material welfare and worldwide honor. The fundamental charter of the Islamic Republic of Iran which is our comprehensive and progressive constitution has properly and justly distributed the power among the pillars formed based on Islamic elements and has made religious and emotional bonds between people and the country’s officials and has brought a noble approach in political philosophy and has asked the governments relying on the weapons of rebels or illicit money of company owners or illicit wealth of kings, unanswerable questions. The ignorant blind or those treacherous puppets who explain this divine and democratic system the way enemies desire must know that high pillars of this country are blessed with the support of the divine and sincere support of people. People’s presence in many elections during 20 years, the twentieth of which will happen in future days by the will of God and all their presences in all the fields where national struggle have been required and the successful passage of this oppressed yet powerful Republic from all the obstacles posed by frustrated oppressors are concrete proofs for the divine supports of the Most Holy Essence of Oneness, The High and the Glorious, from this country and the people who paid from all their beings for establishing the rule of God and until this grip of Islam and the Qur’an exists, this divine support will exist, by the will of God.
“Do not weaken or grieve: you shall have the upper hand, should you be faithful.” (3:139)
And greetings be on you and blessings of God,
Sayyid Ali Khamenei
03/12/1999