Friday, January 14, 2005

Iraqi Muslim brethren should struggle relentlessly, undaunted by U.S.-British arrogance: Rafsanjani

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TEHRAN (IRNA) -- Interim Friday Prayer Leader of Tehran Hojjatoleslam Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani encouraged the world Muslims to take advantage of the Islamic Revolution's experience, urging the "Iraqi Muslim brethren" not to feel exhausted "because the enemies have martyred many of our youth and religious scholars." "You (Iraqi Muslims), too, have to sacrifice selflessly, because if you wont, you should definitely get nowhere," added the influential head of Iran's Expediency Council, who assured the Iraqis, "You are just about to embrace victory, so do not feel scared of the U.S.-British arrogance, or the bullying of other outsiders." Rafsanjani said, "The Palestinian Muslims, too, should keep up their resistance movement, just as they have during the years of the past half a century, and even to resist tougher than ever before." He said, "Shame on the torturer U.S. military forces for the mess they created in Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, and the U.S. detention camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba," adding, "How can the Americans still talk about the need to observe human rights?" The former Iranian president and most probable next June presidential elections hopeful said, "The region's nations are now faced with a golden opportunity, since the time is over for deceitful moves of the Americans and it is time to kick the occupiers out of the region." Referring to the ongoing annual Hajj pilgrimage period, Rafsanjani said, "There potentially are many things (the world Muslims) can do in this period, including revealing the betrayals and plots hatched by enemies of Islam."

He also asked the Islamic world, and other countries to rush to assist the victims of the painful southeast Asian quake and tsunamis. Focusing on the extremist moves in Iran and other parts of the Islamic world, the interim Friday prayer leader said, "The roots of such moves should be sought in 'Khawarej' (outsiders) mentality at the advent of Islam, that still exists, and will continue its existence in the future." Further elaborating on the issue, he said, "Khawarej were apparently Muslims, but due to their extremist mentality and their hot temper, they were accusing the Infallible Imams (PBUT) of compromising (with the infidels)."

He said, "We can trace Khawarej's foot tracks in Iraq and Pakistan today, where Ayatollah Mohammad-Baqer Hakim, or the representative of Grand Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Sistani were martyred, or in Pakistan, where they martyred Razavi. Referring to the assassination of a large number of personalities and clergies in first years after the victory of the Islamic Revolution, he said, "Despite the crimes they (the terrorists) committed, they considered themselves Muslims." Turning back to the former Iranian regime's motto of "open political atmosphere", Rafsanjani said, "The clergies took advantage of the situation, and side by side with the people, managed to topple the regime in the course of a year-long series of demonstrations, one after the other."

Focusing on technological advancement achieved after the victory of the Islamic Revolution, Rafsanjani referred to Iran as The third country in the world capable of constructing huge dams". He said, "Many Third World countries expect us to help them in that respect today." He said, "During the past 15 years more than 500 villages in Iran have turned into cities, and a number of other villages, too, have become parts of the growing cities in their vicinity." Focusing on the status of women in Iran, he said, "The Islamic and human personality of women was revived in Iran after the victory of the Islamic Revolution." Rafsanjani added, "Before the revolution the majority of Iranian women were illiterate, but today, thanks to the services and facilities provided for them by the system, gradually a great part of the seats at Iranian universities re allocated to the women." He said, "Women comprise half of the Iranian society, and if they would achieve a higher academic and scientific status they can definitely have a positive role in management sector of the system.""