Cleric: Safeguarding Islam, revolution duty of whole nation
Tehran's Substitute Friday Prayers Leader Ayatollah Mohammad Emami Kashani said at the present sensitive international juncture, it was the duty of all walks of Iranian nation to safeguard Islam, revolution and the country, Press TV reported.
The ayatollah made the remark while addressing a large number of worshippers gathered at Tehran University campus for weekly congregational Friday prayers.
He said all efforts should be aimed at bringing people together and avoid extremist and angry conducts because such behavior is considered as improper in Islam.
He also referred to the emphasis the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei puts on unity among different strata of the nation as well as the importance the ayatollah attaches to the scientific growth in the country.
He stressed that Iranian universities should concentrate on activities to improve their scientific status and enhance their position in the world in terms of production of science.
Turning to Iran's nuclear issue, the substitute prayers leader termed it a big lie by some western countries that Iran was trying to produce nuclear arms and said they were trying to interpret Iran's most peaceful nuclear activities as efforts to build nuclear weapons.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Ayatollah Emami Khashani condemned the arrest of Iranian TV correspondent in Rome by Italian government and described at as a token of west's double-standard policies.
He said Iran's enemies arrested the ringleader of a well-known terrorist grouplet close to Iranian borders and then handed him to Germany but the man was released only after 24 hours just because he was leading a grouplet which was working against Iran whereas they are keeping in detention a person who has been working just as journalist for an Iranian TV channel for over 17 years.
The ayatollah recommended people not to forget the needy at present days when Iranians are close to celebrate the advent of the new year in the country.