An enteprising Iranian blogger offers a translation in real time – partly his own and partly from the government-controlled channel Press TV – of Ayatollah Khamanei’s friday sermon. The transcript is repeated below with a word cloud I generated from Wordle. (I did remove some, ahem, colorful asides he inserted …)
Iran has gone through a lot 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.
O god we do everything for you and only for you,
O God take our Salams and greetings to Mahdi (the hidden Imam)
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 of the politicians,
I would like to also talk to the western countries,
And the leaders of 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 elections 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,
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 elections some people want one person others want 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 regime
And FOR a show of support for the religion and system.
We can see the results of the exams
Also another point about the election
The election of June 12 showed that people with beliefs and hopes and joys is 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 on that system
This trust is the biggest investment of the Islamic republic
They wanted to take it from us
They want it 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 happens.
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 very belief.
The third point is,
These rivalries, between different candidates were transparent.
They were clean and clear cut.
The enemies are trying through their media – which is controlled by dirty Zionists.
The Zionist, American and British radio are all trying to say that there was a competition between those who support 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
this 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 the understanding that will be better for the state
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.
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 began 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 stranger
We don’t have US and THEM
Everything was open and transparent before the people
Everything was presented clearly
It became clear that people’s vote would rely based on the same 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 candidate
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
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 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 leveled
Some statements made were not fair
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 freedom of speech
i was happy that Islamic republic was there to help people make this choice
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 of 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
Are these 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
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 not been accused of financial misdoings
But their relatives.
If you have anything against them, prove them 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 walked with the Imam
Still walking with him
he was almost martyred several times
he spent all his money on the revolution,
they young people should know about 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 Mr. Nateq Noori
he has also served this revolution
He has rendered great services
there is no doubt about it
but 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 admin 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 system in the world as well
but then accusing the government of corruption because of Zionist reports is not the right thing
questioning the credibility of the government is not corrects 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 than it 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 gotten 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
Their votes will not go in vain by the people.
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 little than that, we would say there’s doubts,
but how can 11 million votes be replaced or changed?
At the same time
I said this and 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 candidate’s 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 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 another one
if political elite want to fix someone 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 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 gotten 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 terrorist will hide behind these people.
if you make covers for them, then who’s responsible?
people have been killed from ordinary people and the Baseej
The issues 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 wrestling is not acceptable after the elections
this is challenging democracy and 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.
by thinking that by turning out onto the streets that you can pressure the officials 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 sister 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 elections.
If there are people who choose other paths, I will come and talk to people even more exclusively.
I want to talk to the media leaders and leaders
I have witnessed the statements of American and EU countries’ leaders and listening to them.
I have monitored their actions and reactions in the past few weeks,
Before and after the elections,
Their behavior was different
First, before the elections, their media orientation and their statements made was they wanted to
Cast out the hearts of the people a feeling that the election was useless to cut the turn out,
They could guess the results,
but they never expected 85%
40 million voted
they never believed 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
to the Middle East, Iran and the world
they learned that a new chapter has opened in connection related 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 states and other leaders of EU and America 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 to streets.
Inside the country
their agents started their action
they started to cause riots in the street
they caused destruction
theft and insecurity prevailed.
the people felt unsafe and insecure
this has nothing to do with supporters of the candidate
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 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 American officials
they said that we are worried about Iranian nations
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 soldier’s boots?
Who supported the Zionists?
even inside America
During the time of the democrats
Time of Clinton
80 people were burned alive in Waco?
Now you are talking about human rights?
I believe that the officials of America and EU should feel some embarrassment
shouldn’t say anything like that
Islamic republic supports oppressed people of Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine
we support all those who are oppressed
we are supporting the flag of human rights
flag of humans is raised in this country by Islam
we don’t need advice about human rights
My speech about the election is over.