Senior cleric hails Raeisi's Russia visit, joint naval drill

TEHRAN, Jan. 21 (MNA) – Tehran Friday Prayers leader has attached great importance to the recent President Raeisi's visit to Russia as well as combined drill kicked off today with the participation of Iran, China and Russian navies.

"Today, science and economics have become a tool for colonization and plundering the nations of the world, the bullying powers use this tool to seize the wealth of other nations for their own benefit," Tehran's Provisional Friday Prayers leader Seyyed Mohammad Hassan Aboutorabi-Fard said during this week's Friday Prayers sermon in Tehran.

Aboutorabi-Fard stressed that Islamic teachings attach great importance to the people's livelihood and recited a part of Nahjolbalagha in which Imam Ali (AS) wrote to Malek Ashtar to emphasize the importance of the people's welfare in the Islamic society. 

He added that Islamic Republic of Iran based on the instructions from the Leader of the Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stresses the necessity of a powerful economy alongside a powerful military defense power.

The Friday Prayers leader further said that Islam does not separate politics from religion and added, "The separation of politics and economics from culture and spirituality in different eras has turned the history of politics and economics into a tool to produce power for the greedy human beings."

Aboutorabi-Fard also said that Imam Ali (AS) stressed the need for an Islamic ruler to have power and spirituality together.

The interim Friday Prayers leader also referred to the president Raeisi's visit to Russia and its coincidence with the subsequent start combined naval exercises of Iran, Russia and China navies in northern Indian Oceans, and said: "These events signal important changes in the future of the region and the world."

He added, "According to many experts, the third millennium belongs to the Asian continent. The Asian continent with the largest population has an important feature because the role of population in future developments is very important. The United Nations predicts that in the future the Muslim population will surpass other religions."

He added that Asia is the birthplace of divine religions.

"[Iranian]Army and IRGC naval exercises with Chinese and Russian navies in the Indian Ocean could play an important role in enhancing regional security," he said on the combined naval drill that kicked off earlier today.

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