Translation: Sara Azad
The Imam Khomeini’s Charitable Foundation in Lebanon:
The country that Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah is from has an area of 10452 square Kilometers, but its population like its area is almost half of Tehran. You might not know, but Muslims are not all of the population. Lebanon’s ethnicity is diverse; some of them are in Iran as well. Lebanon’s population is consistent of 60 percent Arabs, 36 percent Assyrians and Syrians, 4 percent Armenians and one percent Kurds and Jews. The Imam Khomeini’s Charitable Foundation in Lebanon was established and formally started to work in March 1986. By March 2006 (after two decades of activity) the total number of the Imam Khomeini’s Charitable Foundation units in Lebanon was 20 units. 460 cities and villages of Lebanon are under cover of the Foundation. All the main branches are run by councils of 3 to 5 people and the central unit that is run by a council of 5 people is responsible for coordinating and supervising all the branches. The total aid payment of the Imam Khomeini’s Charitable Foundation in Lebanon to those who demanded support in 2006 was more than 15,364,928 million dollars. The total number of the families under cover of the Imam Khomeini’s Charitable Foundation in March of 2006 was 7,486 which is equivalent to the population of 16,045. The number of people under cover in 2006 in comparison to the previous year, i.e. 2005, (5212 families with the population of 13172) was 43.6 percent increased with respect to the number of families and 21.8 percent increased with respect to the population.
The Imam Khomeini’s Charitable Foundation in Syria:
Syria is a country with an area of 185,000 square Kilometers and a population of 18.5 million. The total number of families under cover of the Imam Khomeini’s Charitable Foundation in Syria in March of 2006, was 2126 with the population of 9289. In 2006 the total aid payment of the Imam Khomeini’s Charitable Foundation in Syria was 957,242 dollars.
Iran’s 90 dollar monthly aid to hundreds of thousands of Palestinian workers:
After Israeli’s attack on Palestine, On Qods day the Imam Khomeini’s Charitable Foundation called for donations and set up specific locations to collect public donations to help the oppressed Palestinian Muslims. The net worth of the collected donations for the oppressed Palestinian Muslims was more than 410,000 dollars. Of course this is only a small example of Iran’s aids to Palestinians. Before March, the Palestinian Prime Minister announced Iran’s 250 million dollar aid to the Palestinian government and people. According to “Aftab” news agency, Ismail Haniya’s remarks were published in the Thursday issue of the Lebanese newspaper, “Alsafir”, in which he stated: “The conclusion of my trip to Iran was the 250 million dollar financial aid to Palestine and presenting a plan for the direct financial and economical support of the government and the people of Palestine.” Haniya also said: “For instance, in this aid, there was 120 million dollar allocated for financial support of the Palestinian government in 2007 and also 45 million dollar was allocated for the salaries of the three Palestinian Ministries’ employees and for the payment of the Palestinian families’ allowance for 6 months.” Haniya that was interviewing with this Lebanese newspaper, added: “Iran also accepted to pay 100 dollars to 100,000 Palestinian workers every month and continue to do so for 6 months which comes to the total of 60 million dollar.” According to him: “Iran has also accepted to pay 100 dollars a month to every one of the three thousand fishermen who were banned from sailing since few months ago, and to continue to do so for 6 months which will come to a total of 1.8 million dollars.” At the end the Palestinian Prime Minister said: “Iran will build the Cultural Center of Palestine and national libraries with the total cost of 15 million dollar; and will reconstruct two thousand demolished houses with the total cost of 20 million dollars.”
The Imam Khomeini’s Charitable Foundation in Afghanistan:
Afghanestan is a country with an area of 652 thousand square kilometers and close to 28.5 million populations. With continuation of civil war in this country, the aids from the Imam Khomeini’s Charitable Foundation to this country was stopped in the summer of 1998 but with the beginning of post-Taliban era the activities of the foundation was started in January 2002 in the city of Kabul and in 2003 in Harat and Nimrouz. By March 2008, 5252 families with a total population of 21777 were covered by the foundation in that country. Furthermore, in the same year, additional 745 families with a population of 3498 have received aids from the foundation in one or two occasions.
The Imam Khomeini’s Charitable Foundation in Azerbaijan:
Azerbaijan is a country with an area of 86,600 square kilometers and about 8 million populations (almost same as Tehran). The Imam Khomeini’s Charitable Foundation in this country has 464 cities and villages under its coverage. By March 2008, 9593 families with a total population of 27875 were permanently covered by the foundation in that country. Furthermore, in the same year, the foundation had additional 5148 families with a population of 15272 under its coverage and support on a case by case situation. The total amount paid as aids to the beneficiaries and for the expenses of the foundation in Tajikistan in 2007 was 2,211,694 dollars.
The Imam Khomeini’s Charitable Foundation in Tajikistan:
Tajikistan is a country with an area of 143 thousand square kilometers and about 7 million populations. The Imam Khomeini’s Charitable Foundation was first opened in the city of Dushanbe in 1994. By the end of 2007, 7154 families with a total population of 27967 were covered by the foundation in that country which a majority of them were from the Muslim abandoned or immigrant families; while also some families from Russian descent were also receiving aids from this foundation. The total amount paid as aids to the beneficiaries and for the expenses of the foundation in Tajikistan in 2007 was more than 1,341,701 dollars.
The Imam Khomeini’s Charitable Foundation in Comoros:
Where do you think Comoros is located? Perhaps you have never heard its name but you have definitely seen the images of the strange and bizarre dance of some people with make ups like the primitive natives of Africa in front of the president of our country. A dance, that IRNA (the news agency belonging to the administration) covered as part of Ahmadinejad’s trip to Comoros and some African countries last year in great detail and reported in multiple parts. Comoros is a country which the history of his establishment does not reach [even] half a century. A country with a population of less than one million or specifically about 790 thousands; and with an area of about 2 thousand square kilometers. In order to, have an idea of the size of Comoros, compare it with Tehran. Tehran is 19 thousand square meters and has a population of more than 7 millions (some statistics have even reported a population of almost 12 million for Tehran). [However] this small African country has also not remained hidden from the eyes of our government and with the invitation from high-ranked authorities of [some] African countries and with coordination from the political and cultural centers of our country in Tanzania, Comoros, Sierra Leone and Madagascar (the same countries that Ahmadinejad visited a while ago), they have conducted special communications, dealings and activities; one of which could be pointed out to be the establishment of industrial college in four areas: computer, residential and industrial power, tailoring and trade. The Imam Khomeini’s Charitable Foundation, since its start in Comoros supports more than 500 families in need or caring for an orphan in Comoros. Of course the exact number of people under coverage has not been published but even we consider each family to consist of 5 people then the Imam Khomeini’s Charitable Foundation supports 2500 people of the total population of 790 thousands in Comoros. Of course the people of Comoros appreciate Iran’s aids. According to a report by Borna [news agency] around end of the last year, Ahmed Abdallah Mohamed Sambi, the president of Comoros, in his speech in the auditorium of the foundation’s office, showed gratitude for the efforts of the Islamic Republic of Iran and especially the Imam Khomeini’s Charitable Foundation, in this country. According to the report by this news agency, Sambi in this speech, while mentioning the remarks made by our country’s president about providing suitable resources in Comoros by Iran, deemed that the presence of the Imam Khomeini’s Charitable Foundation in Comoros to be very pleasant for that country.
Sambi, student of Mesbah:
Ahmed Abdallah Mohamed Sambi (born 5 June 1958) known as the politician Ayatollah and one of the Sunni Muslim clergies (although you will read in the next session that Ahmadinejad in his memoirs considers Sambi to be Shia) and from Comoros. He became the president of this country in 2006. His coming to power was the result of the first peaceful transfer of power in the history of Comoros which is filled with Coups. He is also the first president of Comoros who is from Anjavan, an island which gave up his request for separation from Comoros Islands. Sumbi, like the majority of natives of Comoros, is Sunni Muslim and the title of Ayatollah has been given to him because of his stay and education in the city of Qom. He studied the theory of political Islam in Qom, and it is said that he was a student of Mohammad-Taghi Mesbah-Yazdi. After that he continued his education in Sudan and Saudi Arabia.
Iran’s private plane for the Ayatollah:
One of the serious criticisms of Ahmadinejad against the “reform” administration was the use of a private plane by the reformist authorities but even though he himself was not using that private plane but it was sent from Iran to go and bring Sumbi to Iran! A website supporter of the ninth administration reported that for the visit of the president of Comoros from Iran, Ahmadinejad had ordered that a Falcon plane went to Comoros and brought him to Iran. This pro-Ahmadinejad source which has started to publish some of the memories of friends and associates of the Head of ninth administration, wrote: “The president of Comoros is Muslim and Shia. He has studied in Iran and has been a student of Mr. Mesbah-Yazdi. He wanted to visit Iran but since he didn’t possess a suitable plane to come to Iran, doctor [Ahmadinejad] ordered that a Falcon plane be sent to bring him.”
Setting the oil shipment on fire in Azerbaijan:
In 2008, like years before that, the foreign affair office of the Imam Khomeini’s Charitable Foundation in Azerbaijan sent out packages of aids which sends out every year to the cities and villages of this republic such as: Baku, Lankaran, Goychay, Ganja, and etc but it appears that this year one of the oil shipments which were sent to this republic like previous year was set on fire in Lankaran by the authorities of Republic of Azerbaijan.
Amir-Haadi Anvari, E'temad Melli