Cleric  highlights importance of redirection of subsidies

TEHRAN, Oct. 23 (MNA) -- Hojjatoleslam Kazem Sedighi, Tehran’s prayers leader, highlighted the importance of the bill for redirection of subsidies proposed by Ahmadinejad’s administration in the sermons of Friday prayers.

“It is not right to allocate hefty budgets for subsidies in a way that poses intolerable problems for the nation in the future,” he opined.


People should be justified on the need for and the rationale behind the implementation of the reforms proposed by the bill, he noted.


“In the same way that people were concerned over the rationing of gasoline, they are worried about this bill, but it was the nation that established the Islamic system and they have accompanied the officials (in facing problems).”


Sedighi underscored the essential role of the media especially the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting in enlightening people on the issue in order to develop country cooperatively. 


Enemies have targeted nation’s unity


Sedighi pointed to the recent terrorist attacks in Sistan-Balouchestan province which led to the martyrdom of 41 compassionate public servants who were planning for security measures and cultural and economical development of the region, saying, “Our enemies have given priority to two goals; first targeting national security and second breaking national solidarity.”


Our enemies have targeted security and solidarity, since based on their experiences these factors play vital role in ethical, cultural, economical growth of a society. They also tried to take advantage of the election campaigns for disrupting the national security by utilizing the “evil weapon of division,” he added.


When enemies observed that our country is making significant progress in different dimensions, they tried to hinder the movement and resorted to violence, he stated.


These terrorists’ acts are with the aim of dividing Shias and Sunnis, but with God’s favor these divisive acts will lead to Muslims’ vigilance and solidarity, he said.


“We assure that for our powerful system which resisted for 8 years during the imposed war and defeated the West and the East, taking revenge on this terrorist group is not hard.”


 Social sciences need transformation


Pointing to recent Supreme Leader’s guidelines calling for sweeping reforms in the academic study of social sciences, the prayers leader said that most of sources and textbooks used in our universities for teaching social sciences are based on western ideas, which are not relevant to our society’s values.


“Some professors of law do not tolerate Sharia (Islamic laws) and women rights to the extent that they express openly this stupidity in their classes.”


Sedighi called for a “revolution” in universities just similar to the Islamic revolution. “We should be afraid of university chairs as we are afraid of enemies.”


Sedighi also extended felicitation on the birthday of Hazrat Fatemeh (SA) and Imam Reza (AS) and said, “Our country which relies on such dependable anchors has no concern.”


-- Cleric calls for stepping up security


Qom’s Friday prayers leader Ayatollah Abdollah Javadi Amoli condemned the recent terror attacks in Sistan-Balouchestan province and urged officials to improve the security along the eastern borders.


Ayatollah Javadi Amoli added that the attacks were aimed at creating rifts among the Shias and the Sunnis.


Terror acts will increase nation’s resolve 


Isfahan’s Friday prayers leader Hojjatoleslam Mohammad Taqi Rahbar stated that the terror acts are a warning to the officials to reconsider the relationships with the neighboring countries.


He added that the terror acts would boost Iranian’s determination to move forward.


Hojjatoleslam Rahbar pointed out that the Islamic Republic of Iran has a special status in the region and that efforts should be made to safeguard this status.











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