Ayatollah: Deeds in Islam's Name Are 'Against the Religion, Against the Law'
by MUHAMMAD SAHIMI in Los Angeles
06 Mar 2011 02:35
[ dispatch ] Grand Ayatollah Seyyed Abdolkarim Mousavi Ardabili issued a strong and highly critical statement on Saturday. After voicing his support for the recent uprisings in the Middle East, he continued,
Without a doubt the experience of the Iranian nation over the past 30 years can be a strong basis for lessons to be taught to the popular movements.... It is regrettable and sad, however, that what is done by some in the name of defending Islam and Islamic government is against the religion, the law, morality, and human rights, and threatens the spirit of justice, search for the truth, and freedom that must be the basis for any government that is based on Islamic teachings.
No Islamic law allows insults and baseless accusations against any person or any group, even if guilt has been proven in a just court. But under the current conditions in the country, we witness that making insults and baseless accusations is becoming a common and widespread process. All sorts of people, with or without authority, allow themselves to insult persons and groups fearlessly and with impunity, without the guilt [of the accused] being proven in a qualified court and sentence decided by it, prosecuting them in advance and even issuing verdicts, while they see themselves as immune from the consequences of such actions. Undoubtedly, this hazard is a fire that, if not controlled, will spread and not only shake the people's trust, but also create chaos in the society and a dark outlook.
It is hoped that the respected officials and the honorable nation of Iran, recalling the Islamic values, will make execution of justice accompanied by kindness, respect, and attention to the religious and lawful rights of the people their top priority; that old friends will make peace; and that the history of [people's] struggle and service [on behalf of the nation] will not be forgotten, in order to prevent the country from becoming a place for both domestic and foreign opportunists.
Grand Ayatollah Mousavi Ardabili is clearly referring to the numerous hardliners, from Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, Kayhan Managing Editor Hossein Shariatmadari, and several commanders in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to the ultrareactionary faction of Majles deputies and some of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's coterie, who have been relentlessly attacking the leaders of the Green Movement since February 14.
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