Allegiance to Leader is a must: cleric

April 30, 2011 - 0:0

TEHRAN - The leader of this week’s Friday prayers in Tehran has said that allegiance to the concept of velayat-e faqih (rule of the supreme jurisprudent) is a must in terms of the law and the shariah (Islamic law).

“The country’s officials must be aware that there is a logic behind the people’s support for an official or any other person, and velayat-e faqih is the criterion for the people’s support,” Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami told worshippers at Friday prayers at the campus of the University of Tehran.
The people support officials whose activities and remarks are closer to the guidelines set by the Leader, Khatami stated.
He went on to say that former U.S. president George W. Bush has mentioned in his memoirs that the United States was on the verge of attacking Iran several times but decided against taking such action.
“Which power deterred them? Whose wisdom prevented them from attacking Iran? It is clear that it was the insight of Supreme Leader (of the Islamic Revolution) Ayatollah (Seyyed Ali) Khamenei.”
Khatami added that Iranian officials should not play on the field prepared by the enemies.
The enemies are making efforts to suggest that a dual power structure exists in Iran, so the country’s officials are expected to act in a way that will thwart the enemies’ endeavors.
He added, “With the grace of God, today the Islamic Republic of Iran is one of the most peaceful and secure countries in the region, but the enemies are seeking to sow discord and create tension in the country.”
Elsewhere in his remarks, Khatami commented on developments in the Arab states experiencing pro-democracy protests and criticized the United Nations, the Organization of the Islamic Conference, and other international organizations for their silence on the atrocities being committed in these countries.