If not in Syria, we should have fought Takfiris in Iran: Leader


Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has said Iran could have fought a war inside its borders if the enemy threats had not been thwarted in Syria.

“If the ill-wishers and seditionists, who are the puppets of the US and Zionism, had not been confronted [in Syria], we should have stood against them in Tehran, Fars, Khorasan and Esfahan,” Ayatollah Khamenei said in remarks published Thursday.

The Leader made the remarks this week during a meeting with the families of Iranian commandos killed in Syria, in which he paid tribute to the memory of those who lost their lives in the battle against Takfiri terrorists.

“Not only the army, but also the entire nation is proud of these martyrs,” said Ayatollah Khamenei, whose remarks were reported by several Iranian news agencies.

Earlier Thursday, a senior military commander said Iran’s armed forces are capable of thwarting any US threats due to the Islamic Republic’s achievements in enhancing the country’s military might.

Brigadier General Hossein Salami, the second-in-command of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), touched on US strategies against Iran during the imposed Iran-Iraq war in 1980s.

“They (the US) sought to undermine us in the war, but we managed to build an immense missile and marine power and an endless ground force,” he said in the Iranian city of Yazd, adding Iran has built up so much power that has made it "capable of overcoming the US."

“Today, no one talks about overthrowing the [Islamic] establishment and military invasion of Iran, because the more the enemy fought with this nation, the stronger the Iranian nation became,” he added.

Salami pointed to Iran’s awareness of the extent of Washington’s real power. “We know that the capacity of the US, Europe and their regional allies for the dominance over the Muslim world is diminishing.”

The commander said US efforts to undermine Iran’s influence in the region have prompted the Islamic Republic to promote its weight in different parts of the Muslim world, including in Syria, Lebanon and Palestine.

“In Iraq, we witness what kind of power has been created. The Americans are not capable of taking action in Iraq, but the Iraqi popular mobilization forces, inspired by Iran’s Islamic Revolution, have now taken the initiative in Iraq’s field developments,” Salami added.

Another IRGC commander praised Iran’s military prowess. Speaking at a conference in Fars Province in southern Iran, commander of the IRGC’s Aerospace Division Brigadier General Amirali Hajizadeh elaborated on Iran’s success in achieving self-sufficiency in its defense industry.

“Today, we are capable of designing and manufacturing any missile and aircraft that we need,” Hajizadeh said.

In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems.

The Islamic Republic has repeatedly assured other states that its military might poses no threat to other countries since the Islamic Republic’s defense doctrine is based entirely on deterrence.



Reporter becomes Canada’s first hijab-clad news anchor


Ginella Massa was asked to fill in on the anchor desk for City News’ 11pm broadcast last week and created a buzz after the broadcast ended and she Tweeted, "That’s a wrap! Tonight wasn’t just important for me. I don’t think a woman in hijab has ever anchored a newscast in Canada.”

Massa, 29, said on Friday that she became Canada’s first hijab-wearing television news reporter in 2015 while reporting for CTV News in Kitchener, Ontario, a city west of Toronto. She moved back to Toronto, where she grew up, earlier this year to take a reporting job at CityNews.

Massa recognized the personal career strides she had made after stepping out of the anchor desk, but she said it took her editor to point out the larger significance.

"It wasn’t until my editor said, ‘Hey, great job! Was that a first for Canada? A woman in a hijab?’ And I said yes. And so I tweeted about it. As much as I knew it was important, I didn’t expect the reaction that I received. My phone hasn’t stopped buzzing for the last week,” Massa said.

Her achievement comes amid heightened concerns about anti-Muslim sentiment in the US and Europe. During the US presidential election campaign, Donald Trump called for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out” what is going on.

"I’ve talked to many women who are journalists in the US who work behind the scenes and they’ve told me that they face multiple challenges trying to get on air,” said Massa. "They’ve been told because of their hijab, that’s not going to happen. That makes me really sad because they’re being held back by someone else’s idea of what the public can or cannot handle.”

Although the reaction to Massa’s anchor stint and reporting role has been mostly positive in Canada, she said she has received a handful of negative comments and Tweets.

"But this is all the more reason in today’s climate to see positive images of Muslim women,” she said. "They are a symbol of Islam when they wear the hijab and that carries a powerful image. It’s so important to see positive images of us in the media.”

The second international film and photo competition for “kind Moharram”


The second international film and photo competition for “kind Moharram”

Ninth National Mourning Ceremony ”Kind Moharram”

One thousand three hundred and seventy seven years passed from the great ASHURA event. Every year when “Moharram” arrives, world people’s heart beats so quickly and pumps fresh blood to the world people’s body.

Hossain’s voice who says: “Is there anybody who helps me?” is currently heard by the people from all over the world. The leader and master of martyrs was thirsty for acceptation and artists of Ashura will yell “we accept you oh Hossain” through their camera lens and will echo his liberalism and truthfulness all over the world.

Now contemporary with arriving Moharram 1438 AH, Culture Wave Institute in cooperation with Information Technology and Digital Media Center from Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance holds Ninth National Mourning Ceremony and the second International Film and Photo Competition under the title of “Mehr-e- Moharram”. So all the photographers and film makers are invited to send their works by registering and uploading in www.mehremoharram.ir or send it to our secretarial office by the post.

Goals of the Mourning Ceremony

1- To spread out and promot Ashura culture and art in community and cyberspace

2- National and international convergence and synergy in producing and publishing the cultural content of Ashura specially in great march of Arbaeen

3- Strengthening the links among religion, art and media and developing the glorious culture of praying specially midday praying of Ashura.

4- Public acquaintance of people in Islamic Republic of Iran and the other countries of the world with customs and rituals of mourning during Moharram.

5- Revival of traditional customs rooted in Islam and Iranian culture and away from any superstitions.

6- Culturing optimal use of digital media tools to encourage the production of original content.

Mourning Ceremony Sections

This competition will be held in both video and photography parts

Video section

Parts of video Section:

-Short Story



-Experience (producing by mobile camera)

Viedo Competition Subjects:

• The life of Imam Hosain(pbuh)

• Behavior and personality of Imam Hossein (pbuh)

• Moharram (free looking to Moharram)

• Generiosity of Imam Hossein (pbuh)

• Imam Hosain’s (pbuh)Thoughts and culture

• Rituals for mourning in Moharram

• fighting against superstitions and alteration of Ashura and Moharram

• Speeches and debates of Imam Hossein (pbuh)

• Imam Hosain’s (pbuh) Pilgrimage and Ashura

• Servants of Imam Hossein (pbuh)

• Utilizing the teachings of Imam Hosain (pbuh) for how to live

• Insight in the understanding of right and wrong based on intellectual foundations of Imam Hosain (pbuh)

• Symbols and cues for Ashura

• Hidden subjects and less paid attention points in the life of Imam Hosain (pbuh) (new or less paid attention subjects are in priority)

• March in fortieth memorable of Imam Hosain (pbuh) and artistic aspects of this great pilgrimage


1- Sending production is open for the public.

2- For the short films section, the conditions for loading up to 20 MB for each film is provided in www.MehreMoharram.ir

3- Each of the videos should be sent to review independently, after registering the art work on the system (complete personal information and video), inserting the tracking code, the specifications of the film, the director and time of the film completely on DVD (including three photographs from the scene and a photograph of the director on CD).

4- The Secretariat office will not be responsible for possible damage caused by incorrect sending by the participants.

5- The applications sent with incomplete documents or defective films are not accepted

6- Delivering the original video is necessary at most after 7 days for national section and after 20 days for international section. Otherwise, the video will be eliminated from competition.

7- Selected original film must be presented with one of FULL HD, HDV, HD, DV formats. The films sent for Experience section can be with one of the current formats for mobiles or personal cameras.(Preferably AVI)

8- Final decision is the secretary authority for any point that is not foreseen in this regulation or the ambiguities which are due to its content.

9- The prize will be awarded to just one winner in each field for this competition.

10- For producing TV advertising the organizer of competition is allowed to use minimum of works which are received.

11- There is no limitation in sending art works.

12- Participating in this competition means acceptance of the rules.

13- Maximum time for short fiction and documentary films are 30 minutes.

14- The time for films applied for participating in Experience section must be at least 3 and at most 8 minutes.

15- For real and legal film producers, the license must be sent to the secretariat office by the supplier if accepted.

Photo section

Parts of photo Section:

- Single photo

- Photo collection

- Experience (producing photos by mobile camera)

Photo Competition Subjects:

- Mourning ceremonies and rituals in Moharram all over the world

- New artistic and creative observation to Ashura event and Moharram

- Great march for Hosain’s fortieth day and everlasting effects of Hosain(pbuh) pilgrimage.


1- Participation is free for all people.Partcipating in more than one part is possible too.

2- Each photographer can send 7 single photos and 1 photo collection (containing 3 to 7 photos)

3- All photos must be sent in JPEG format , 2000pixel in small side and with dpi300 resolution Except Experience Section.

4- In Experience Section All photos must be sent in JPEG format and 1500 pixel in small side and There is no limit on the number of entries.

5- Sending photos with less than 10 MB must be done by loading in photo registration time.

6- Photos must be taken Moharram 2015 and 2016.

7- Participants should send their photos with their full name and numbered in English, for example: Ahmadi1

8- Specifications of each entry includes: first and last name, age, educations, exact address, phone and mobile number of photographer, title. Place and time of each photo should be entered at first in personal information and then in additional information section on the site and tracking code must be received.

9- Works must be documented. Avoid any manipulation by computer software or revising which skews the documentary aspects of image.

10-sent photos should not have the photographer’s signature, date, pass- partout, frame, watermark or logo.

11- Secretariat office, recognize the sender as the owner. If the contrary is proven the photo will be removed from competition and all the privileges will be canceled.

12- If the photo has already won any prize in a competition or exhibition it will be removed from judgment phase.

13- Sent photos will not be returned.

14- If sent files are incomplete they won’t be shown in exhibition.

15- All printing and publishing rights (digital or printed sheet form), and holding national or foreign exhibitions are preserved for organizer.

16- The organizer will be charged for unforeseen problems.

17- The secretariat office won’t pay any attention to the works which are sent after the deadline time.

18-Sending works to the secretariat office means accepting the conditions.


Iran,Semnan,Qods BLV,Kumesh Art and Cultural Complex,Digital House, Postal Code: 3513698791, Phone number: 00989393313711

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Website: www.MehreMoharram.ir



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