Islamic Awakening confab concludes in Tehran

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International Conference on Islamic Awakening and popular revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa has concluded its work following two days of discussions in the Iranian capital of Tehran.

The event, which was inaugurated with a keynote address by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Saturday, wrapped up Sunday with numerous speeches by international religious dignitaries on the potential impact of Islamic Awakening movements on global affairs as well as cautionary measures that should be adopted to foil ploys by Western powers against the popular uprisings.

In his opening address, Ayatollah Khamenei cautioned those regional nations that have succeeded in toppling Western-backed despotic rulers not to ever trust the US and its European allies with repeated involvement in their post-revolutionary affairs.

“Never trust the US, NATO, and criminal regimes such as Britain, France and Italy that have plundered your countries for such a long time. Be suspicious of them and never believe their smiles,” said the leader.


Ahmadinejad Assures of Iran's Strong Support for Regional Nations

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stressed that Iran will continue supporting and standing by the regional nations.

Nations should know that the Iranian nation, the dear Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution and the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran stand by them and all justice seeking nations to the end," Ahmadinejad said at the closing session of the First International Islamic Awakening Conference here on Sunday.

Ahmadinejad further expressed the hope that present developments in the region would result in solidarity, unity and authority of all monotheists against the arrogant powers.

Elsewhere in his address, the president said that freedom is a divine gift. Ahmadinejad said divine messengers have been assigned to save man from captivity.

He said any society, afflicted with factional prejudices and racial discrimination will never taste freedom.

He noted that the goal of a prosperous society is to provide man with freedom and help him attain divine perfection.

He called on revolutionary masses to prevent America and the Zionist regime returning to business as usual / their same old policies.

President said that the oppressive world order is crumbling and that US dominance "will soon be a thing of the past".

Pres. Ahmadinejad also criticized the West for creating the fake Zionist regime, saying justice-seeking peoples of the world oppose America and Zionist regime. “Those responsible for historical crimes should be tried,” he added.

Anti-US and anti-Zionist sentiments have been on the rise in the region since popular revolutions toppled Western-backed regimes in Tunisia and Egypt.

The revolutions have been followed by popular protests in Libya, Yemen, Jordan, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia against the discriminatory policies of ruling regimes.

Referring to Washington and its allies, the president said, “They think that the people of the region are in slumber or are early stages on their sleep.”

“The people of the region, the Muslims are just starting a vibrant, promising, and revolutionary awakening and the future of the world undoubtedly belongs to the righteous.”

'West fears Arab revolt similar to Iran'

The Western powers are afraid that the ongoing uprisings in the Arab world would lead to the establishment of Islamic systems as it is the case in Iran, a leading US Muslim figure attending the Islamic Awakening conference in Tehran has said.

“They do not want these countries to break loose from American hegemony the same as what happened in the Islamic Republic of Iran,” said Muhammed al-Asi, former Imam of Islamic Center of Washington.

“They do not want to see an Islamic Republic in Egypt or in Yemen or in these other countries that is independent of their influences and their dictates,” he added.

Asi warned that “the forces of imperialism and even Zionism” seek to “hijack” these uprisings as they want the future in the Arab world “to be a future that is compliant … to the American-European-Israeli grand alliance in the area.”

The Islamic activist argued that the West may agree to enforcement of Islamic laws to a limited extent such as the enforcement of Islamic penal code.

However, when it comes to major issues such as foreign policies, economic policies and liberation of Palestine, the Western powers want the Islamic nations to follow their lead, he noted.

Hezbollah's Top Figure Views Iran as Source of Islamic Awakening in Region

Secretary General of the Lebanese Hezbollah Sheikh Naim Qassem called Islamic Revolution in Iran as the source of inspiration for the growing waves of Islamic awakening in the region.

Addressing the First International Conference on Islamic Awakening here in Tehran on Saturday, Naim Qassem said that the Islamic awakening which we are witnessing in the Middle East started with the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran.

He added that the revolution has turned into a role model and now we are witnessing that its mottos and values are discussed in human communities.

Lebanese Hezbollah official warned the regional nations about the US and the Zionist regime plot to hijack the ongoing revolutions in the area and called for Muslim unity to defuse enemies conspiracies.

Final Statement Issued

Final statement of the First Islamic Awakening meeting was issued late Sunday by reiterating that the Islamic Awakening is rooted in Genuine Islamic and relies on the presence of people in all political and social arenas.

Part of the statement reads, the independence of Muslim nations and their relief from economic, political and intellectual boundaries created by colonial powers depends on unity and consensus of all Muslim nations.

The statement underlined the important role of people from all walks of life, particularly the youth and women in the victory of the Islamic awakening.

The First International Islamic Awakening Meeting was opened on Saturday morning at the presence and with the opening speech by the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on the venue of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s international seminars.

Over 600 foreign thinkers and intellectuals from 80 world countries and over 400 elites from Iran attended the two-day conference.

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