TEHRAN (Iran News) –Addressing the Friday prayer leaders of Iran, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said that justice has no meaning without helping and taking care of the oppressed and deprived class; if you can provide help to the deprived classes in your community, it is one of the best things you can do.
In a meeting with Friday prayer leaders across the country on Wednesday morning, Ayatollah Khamenei called the Friday prayers a very important link and an exceptional duty in the chain of the soft power of the Islamic system and emphasized: “The Friday prayer leader is the spokesperson of the Islamic Revolution and one of his basic duties is to reproduce epistemological concepts and revolutionary foundations, to answer doubts in the language of the day and to explain them in a reasoned way, and to treat everyone in a paternal way.”
At the beginning of his speech, Ayatollah Khamenei, by honoring the days belonging to the Ahl al-Bayt (AS), expressed the importance of Friday prayer and pointed to its exceptional place among religious duties, saying: “The link between paying attention to God and the presence and gathering of people”, “the remembrance of God in a collective form and the descent of its blessings on the public, continuing without halt in the Friday prayer every week, an important base for raising various issues of the society, including intellectual issues, social services, public cooperation and preparations and military mobilization and mixing spirituality with politics are among the most important features of Friday prayer, which has turned it into a huge capacity and an extraordinary opportunity.”
The Leader noted: “Friday prayer with such features is an important link in the detailed and long chain of soft power of the Islamic system.”
He then raised the question, “Have we been able to place the Friday prayer in its lofty and worthy position in the Islamic Republic?”
He also said: “It seems that we have had shortcomings that we must strive to eliminate, and in the meantime, some issues are the responsibility of the Friday prayers leaders themselves, and some are the responsibility of the general management of the Friday prayers leaders.”
The Leader of the Islamic Revolution mentioned two issues regarding the Friday prayer leaders: One is the character and way of life of the Friday prayer leaders and the second one is the content of the Friday prayer sermons.
About the character and method of the Friday prayer leader, Ayatollah Khamenei said: “Just as the Friday prayer leader enjoins piety in their Friday prayer sermons, they should also do their best in embracing piety and practicing it, because if it is otherwise, will give the opposite result.”
The Leader considered “fatherly behavior towards everyone” as one of the requirements of Friday prayer leader’s behavior and character, adding: “There are different classes and tastes in Friday prayer, a Friday prayer leader’s behavior should be the same as a father’s behavior with his children, and he should seat everyone at the table of spirituality and religion.”
He emphasized: “We are in favor of justice and we have raised its flag, but the realization of justice without helping the deprived and oppressed class has no meaning.”
The Leader of the Revolution called the great work of the Islamic Republic of Iran invalidating the central point of the identity of the western civilization, i.e. “separation of religion from politics,” and added: “The Islamic Republic of Iran not only preserved itself with the slogan of religion, but also it challenged the long-term effort of the Westerners to depict that religion and politics are incompatible with the progress of Iran, so the mafia of Western powers, headed by the Israeli regime and its capitalists, showcased by the U.S., are angry about this brilliant truth, and are constantly planning to attack the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
Referring to the successes and achievements gained by the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Leader stressed that the great work of the Revolution is invalidating the separation of the religion and politics principle as Western civilization’s central identity point.