Monday, July 26, 2004

People's Participation Counteracts Assault Against Islamic Revolution: EC Chairman Rafsanjani

Description of Selected News: "People's Participation Counteracts Assault Against Islamic Revolution: EC Chairman


TEHRAN (IRNA) -- Chairman of the Expediency Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani here Monday said that people's participation in the current affairs will counteract assault against the Islamic Revolution.

According to a report released by EC Public Relations Department, speaking at a gathering of Tehran Friday prayers headquarters on the anniversary of the Friday prayers sermon in Tehran, he referred to the threats of the world arrogant powers against Iran's government and nation as baseless.

"Since the victory of the Islamic Revolution, such threats have been underway. However, the reliance of the ruling system and the people on the God Almighty poses a serious obstacle on the way of enemies and prevents them from achieving their goals.

"The world public opinion's despise of the U.S. aggressive anti-Islamic policies, particularly public opinion in the world of Islam, indicates the fallacy of the thinking trend prevailing in the US administration," he added.

The EC chief noted that the U.S. attempt to impress the Muslims' morale and beliefs have always been doomed to fail. He further said that the Americans face great obstacles for implementation of their colonial and expansionist plots in the Islamic countries.

Turning to Friday prayers congregation as a gathering for exchange of information and establishing ties between the government officials and the people, he said that in Shi'ite jurisprudence special focus has been placed on the political and social aspects of the prayer sermon.

Rafsanjani underlined that given the pivotal role of the Friday prayers under the current conditions, the world of Islam should give special focus to the issue.

In the meeting, head of the Friday Prayers Headquarters, Javad Maqs’di, presented a report on the process of holding the prayer sermons in the post-revolution era and briefed EC chairman on the measures taken to the effect."

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