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Mousavi’s 16th Statement: The Commemoration of Azar 16th

December 6, 2009 Mousavi, Mousavi Statements, Recent Posts 4 Comments
Mousavi’s 16th Statement: The Commemoration of Azar 16th

Source: Kaleme.com
Date: Saturday, December 6th 2009

In the name of God, the Compassionate and the Merciful

I congratulate the coming anniversary of Eid Ghadeer [1] to the Muslim nation of Iran. I pray the Great God to help us get our nation and all the Muslims around the world closer to the ideals of the person [Imam Ali] who the Ghadeer occasion belongs to. In this time of celebration, the Shiite wishes wellbeing and prosperity for one another and ask each other for gifts that would help them accomplish such wishes. They wish for a fine destiny for our nation and country especially in these crisis stricken times. It is expected from us to commit to the same action. It was still our duty to fulfill the wish [of putting our nation onto a path to a find destiny] even if this expectation did not exist. What we can do in this regards is to maintain loyalty in looking for the good [of our nation even when it is not accepted as is] and persistence in thinking for the future [of our nation even when it is not called as such.] Dangers ahead are too serious to let us or others think of our own interests, and the realities we face are too severe to disappear through ignorance. With the help of the ambiance of elegance that the Eid has provided in addition to the anniversary of 16th of Azar (December 7) as the day of University Students, no topic would be better to talk about other than a solution to our current crisis; a solution that is not necessarily bitter to swallow if we put away our prejudgments.

University Student day is ahead of us. In our modern history student movement has always been the flag-bearers and has acted as the reason and purpose for people’s movement. During the bitter days following the coup, and in some of the darkest times in the history of our nation when all hope seemed to be lost, what happened in the 16th of Azar of 1332 (December 7th of 1953) was a clear sign that the spirit of people and their historical demands were still alive. Those ‘three drops of blood’ and ‘three godly Azar[2] that created a basis for the University Student day are after half a century later still a vivid and enlightening reminder in the memory of people because they signified the existence of greater reality in the lives of people. In the years and generations that followed, these signs were maintained through the student movements and as it does today. For countless reasons, the society does not reveal its inclinations to those who only see the appearance. Great transformations are often accused to happen suddenly such that they refuse the political players the opportunity to adjust. Of course, basically no transformation has been realized suddenly, it is only their manifestation and rise that takes a sudden form. In such conditions, signs that tell of the unknown abyss of society are truly invaluable.

The student movement in our modern history has always contained reports of formation of deep political and social currents in our society. If the officials have had reacted to this role [of university students] tactfully in the past and now, we would have had a smooth path toward development and advancement. Instead, they violently break these invaluable artifacts. They would rather pacify themselves that silencing a couple of loud and young individuals would solve the problem as if removing the question would remove the problem from its origins. This is story that we have heard over and over. It is the very same story of ignorance towards realities, and interpretation of news from social conditions to the taste of a group in power. No era of power has ever ended without at least a few signs of such stories. “(Saying): “These are but a small band,”[3] as these days they [referring to Ahmadinejad directly] say they are anything but dirt and dust. “And they enrage us.” “And we are all at the state of readiness [to fight them.]” “So God threw them away from the gardens where springs originated.” “and from their treasures, and desired positions.”[4]

It is very sad and bitter to see the same mistakes repeated despite all the similar lessons in the recent past in and even further: those who insist on saying that people are calm again and it’s only the university students now; and that among the universities, it is only those universities in Tehran that are not calm, and among those only Mother Universities [5] are in turmoil. They think that in these Mother Universities there are a couple of organizing centers run by several young members and that if they were to be expelled from the campus, or threatened to deny continuing their education, they would quite down and that would be the end of story. Fine! But these students were threatened, and they were expelled, why is the story still dragging on? It is because the student movement is a proof of realities greater than itself. Alas, I wish they would appreciate this. I wish they would learn from the insight such a movement is providing to the transformations in the distant and far future so that they would adjust accordingly, especially in times like this when university students are not a minority group but constitute one of the most expansive and active social layers in our society. Right now, there is one university student out of every 20 Iranians. If those responsible in power had paid attention to the university students’ role as a proof and sign to our future, today we would not be in such a critical condition.

Of course, this story has two sides to it. University movements are only as strong and as rooted as the relation of their message to real inclinations within the society because the power of social movements [or the student movement for that matter] is tied to the necessities which create and sustain them.
When our generation was participating in the student movement, it clearly saw how effective is its connections to the society and how essential it is to sustain its strength. During that time there were many inclinations among the students. If the student Islamic committees were the strongest it was because they were representing a greater number of social realties.

Many of the activist students of today will be the leaders of tomorrow. This is an additional reason why they should not stop serving as the symbol of our social realities. Their vitality and strength depends on this. The secret to the success of politicians is the same thing. They will be able to serve their country or at least remain powerful only until they are willing to understand the needs and inclinations of their society, and even become the symbol and proof of such needs and inclinations. This thought that someone can rule over people despite their inclinations is nothing but an illusion. Even when a government manages to survive by relying on repressive forces it is in fact only relying on society’s inclinations to remain indifferent towards oppression, although such an indifference will never last forever.

Our society is experiencing the greatest transformations these days. Who is to deny this truth after the incidents seen during the recent months? What is the exact nature of such a transformation? This is the greatest question for us and for our opponents. If they know what great and prosper phenomenon is heading our way, they too will put away their helmets and batons and start seeking for means to look after this delicate plant that has just risen out of our land.

Among many beauties of the days before election, the most beautiful phenomenon was the gathering of people with different tastes .They did not put aside their differences and diversities. Rather, they recognized their differences to become successful in their gathering. No one found it necessary to lose their own identity and become a different person in order to contribute in this integration. There was a joy in that integrating which was accepted by our nature. The green human chain that surrounded our cities was not a worthless show. We were not supposed to ignore each other’s fate after passing that bridge and our spirits didn’t want to scatter after experiencing that integration. Undoubtedly such a thing is a sign of rising growth and dignity in the life of a nation.

The dignity of a nation is not based on being rich or powerful. They are only small parts of its effects. The dignity of a nation is based on the greatness of its spirit. Dignity is seen when we can have apparently incompatible proceedings together. A small house is a place only for “me”, but in a big house there is also space for others. An employer which has a small spirit thinks that he can only reach prosperity by alienating labor’s rights, while a great employer knows that benefiting others, is the only way of gaining profit. The difference of a small employee and a great employee is also the same. Based on thousands of reasons, the only way of benefiting is to benefit others, but those who are small [in personality and spirit] do not have enough capacity to be patience with others. It is also the difference of a religious person who is great and a religious person who is not. A great religious man is Imam Sadeq (6th Imam of Shiite) who sat in the House of God and had conversation with an atheist. The truth of the House of God is his heart that has capacity for everyone, and respects everybody’s right, the right of living, the right of hearing, the right of choosing, and the right to make mistakes and to be great. Yes, being great. Otherwise, what a great person has to do with someone who is not? They see an irreligious person in a place where he can face the beauties of religion. If he could not find any truth,he would not ignore the possibility of understanding it by others. Or they can be small and reject whatever they have not heard before. They can be small and refuse whatever they can not understand. They can be small and call others’ ideas baseless without listening to them carefully.

Our nation is now showing the signs of its greatness; this is the wonderful change our nation was in search of. Of course the important thing is the greatness itself and not its signs. I repeat its signs to believe once again that it comes like spring and changes our lives. To believe in its auspiciousness and not to be scared of changes it will bring. This is the growth that our Revolution was founded on. Some times passed, and we neglected it, but our God did not neglect it. He developed the seed which was planted 30 years ago by many hopes, until now when its sprouts are ahead of us.

The greatness symbols of a nation are qualities that are expected from a brave human being. A man who has no ideal is a man worth nothing. However, who can be an idealist while not losing the touch of reality? A brave human being and a great nation.

If people are still demanding the full execution of the Constitution as their main slogan despite of all those bitter scenes they have seen in the last months, is not because their other demands can not be met. It was only and only the realistic sense of people and their wisdom that did not allow a volatile and radical reaction to the horrendous behavior of the rulers.

In another example, imagine the quality of bravery. The courage that a brave person (like a father who is defending his young daughter) shows is not with an uproar. It is not without a foresight and it is not necessitated with accepting an unreasonable price. However, [this courage] is more fearsome and more effective than the strength of others. Haven’t you seen this level of courage in the brevity that people demonstrated?

In another instance, adaptability of a brave person is not translated into giving in. It only means that (s)he has many problem solving options. In the last six months any window [of opportunity] that people opened was closed. However, they have created new solutions without leaning towards confrontations and without compromising on their ideals.

As another example, look at the patience and firmness in the movement of people.

They live their demands in such patience that it looks like they have lived them for a hundred years; A patience that exhausted their opponents; a patience that resembles growth.

As another example, a brave human being is some one who has self-confidence i.e. he is aware of the values that exist within him. We have not been like this for a long time. We had to keep our heads down. The self-confidence of our nation was taken away in two centuries of subordination, until the Revolution repaired this fallen barricade. However, did we reach this goal immediately and cleared the historical damages from our souls?

So why were we surprised when our artists were praised throughout the world?

As if we did not even suspect ingenious form an Iranian. Or as if we were so pessimistic, that if we had the slightest praiseworthy feature in ourselves we were looking through the conspiracy theories. Does a brave human being react like this if he is praised? Or is he aware of his qualities such that neither applauds make him overwhelmed with joy nor deviate him from his path. In the last few months the nation of Iran was praised tremendously. Now compare our people’s reaction to these applauds to their previous reactions so that you believe that the essence of our society is experiencing their symbols of greatness. .

It is mentioned in our 20-year Perspective Document that Iran must be the most powerful country of the region in the year 1404 [2025 in Georgian Calendar]. Are we supposed to tell the truth about our greatness to the world and the region or are we supposed to lie in that year? Are we just supposed to wear the big clothes to look great while we have not grown and prospered? Are we just supposed to inaugurate uncompleted civil projects in the level of the countries in the region? Are we supposed to consider our lost cause [diplomatic] travels as victories with the help of the media? Are we expected to put ourselves in the middle of continued controversies and contempt others so that we can claim greatness? Or are we supposed to be really powerful?

I ask this question because I believe that a country is only great when it has a great nation.

Our wish came true and our great nation matured to a well deserved degree, only by relying on itself. However, the problem is that this great nation will not keep quiet if its votes are taken away. A great nation does not tolerate degraded elections with fixed results. When a nation becomes great, its [public] servants can no longer tell the people what to eat, where to go, who to elect, and whom or what to trust. This great nation expects the guardian council to convince them of the legitimacy of the elections. They don’t accept from the council to claim only one thing [that everything is fine] and to annul all the observations and documented facts.

They ask us to forget about the election results as if the problem is only the elections. How are we supposed to explain that it is not so? The problem of our people is not who the head of the government is or who is not. The problem is that this some are blustering their ego to the face pride of great nation. What makes people angry is that their greatness is denied explicitly.

Don’t you want to be the government and for us not to? The way is to pay attention to the reality: people have no fraternity agreement with anybody. They choose the one who has more respect for their greatness. Paying attention to this fact will solve the election problem too, but if neglected be aware that the problem is not going to be limited to just the election results.

[Dear] brothers of ours! If you are not getting anywhere with your enormous efforts and cumbersome costs, perhaps you have mistaken the battlefield. You fight people on the streets, but you are constantly losing your dignity in people’s minds. If you are not going to tolerate the celebration of Azar 16th in the universities, what you are going to do with Azar 17th, and Azar 18th? How do you capture the minds of those who saw with their own eyes your fear and your useless battles in the universities ? Even if you silenced all the students, what are you going to do with the realities of the society?

These are the words we say with good intentions, but they would not listen. If they listened, we would have been very close to victory. The victory that I speak of is not that of any specific party; it is the expansion of the nation’s maturity; the victory that makes the people, individually and in groups, greater, to the point that even the warder will be ashamed.

Recently I have heard that Basij in one of the universities has given the opportunity of speaking up to the opposition. That is a good start. I have also heard that they gave each other green scarves as gifts for Eid Ghadeer . From our point of view this is the greatest gift. It wasn’t we who chose green. It was green that chose us. Is it possible for green to choose our brothers too? We think it is possible, because the good-hearted is one who doesn’t look at the deceiver’s deception. The way to becoming green is not closed to any one.

Mir-Hossein Mousavi
15/09/1388
[06/12/2009]

[1]Eid al-Ghadeer is the anniversary commemorating the holy Prophet Muhammad’s last sermon at Ghadir Khumm, which occurred on 18th of Dhu al-Hijjah of 10 AH in the Islamic calendar. It is an event celebrated by Shia Muslims, and is the basis of their confirmation of Ali ibn Abi Talib’s succession to Muhammad(PBUH).
[2]pun: Azar is the name of the month in the Iranian calendar, but also means flares of fire
[3] [Quran: 26:54]ان هولاء لشرذمه قلیلون
[4] [Quran: 26:55-57]وإنهم لنا لغائظون ( 55 ) وإنا لجميع حاذرون ( 56 ) فأخرجناهم من جنات وعيون(
[5] “Mother University” is the nickname for University of Tehran. Amir Kabir University of Technology is also referred to as “The Mother of Engineering Universities” in Iran.

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  3. Reza says:

    ba salaam,

    Congradualtion on the great work. However, the translation is not as good as the previous times. The English is heavy and there are a few mistakes (or misprints).

  4. milli says:

    Dear Reza,
    Thanks for noticing our mistakes. Please indicate the issues to us, we are a little short on our contributers and sometimes we overlook our mistakes.

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