Ayatollah Khamenei's Fatwa; Strong evidence of peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program
Every country has a national ideology, just like the American exceptionalism. Iran and Iranians have their own national ideology based on Shiism of Islam; its impact can easily encompass all national decisions and laws of the country.
In globalization, diplomatic relations, foreign policies and even public diplomacy it is obvious that one of the main factors that decreases issues and even tensions is the national ideology of both parts.
In Shiism, just like other branches of Islam a Fatwa (religious decree) is a rule which defines an act as a sin. There are other fatwas which are rules about other kinds of issues. All sins have their own fatwas representative of Muslims. In societies ‘good’ or ‘bad’ is almost obvious for all nations. However, in some cases the importance of an act is presented by fatwa to ensure Muslims and the people of the world on the approach of Shiism according to its nature.
Based on Iran’s Supreme Leader’s fatwa, the use of nuclear weapons and all other types of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) is haram or prohibited. Furthermore creating and keeping these weapons are sins, useless, costly, harmful and dangerous, posing a serious threat to humanity.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei previously said, employment of nuclear weapons is illegal and “haram” while using nuclear energy is the right of all nations.
He also made statements about several countries having produced and stockpiled nuclear weapons which can lead to a commission of major nuclear crime and have seriously threatened world peace. The only one government who has committed the ultimate nuclear offence is the United States of America.
Iran’s supreme leader believes that the pursuit of nuclear weapons is a “big and unforgiveable sin” furthermore the investing of money in keeping such dangerous weapons is “haram” (sinful) and not acceptable religiously. He insisted Tehran will not abandon its “peaceful” atomic program.
He says, “I declare that the Islamic Republic of Iran has never been after nuclear weapons while it will never abandon its right for peaceful use of nuclear energy,”
Western countries should remember that the fatwa the Supreme Leader has issued is the best guarantee that Iran will never seek to produce nuclear weapons.
The fatwa issued by the Supreme Leader is in fact based on three clear Fiq’h laws.
• Islam, due to its logic, based on saving man and avoiding outbreak of war, opposes production of nuclear weapons.
• Islam has logical and basic rules in opposition with weapons of mass destruction (WMD) which catastrophically endangers the lives of people en masse or the environment.
• Weapons of mass destruction lead wars to an uncontrollable situation with huge numbers of victims and unimaginable range of destruction which could drag beyond one era of time and one generation of people.
We should not forget that Ayatollah Khamenei’s speeches are the speeches of the highest political authority in the land, and the speeches of a man – as a Marja’ or religious imitate - who stands at the helm of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council when it comes to the nuclear issue.
Such political declarations make it costly and almost impossible for the Iranian government to overturn the publicly stated position, not to pursue a nuclear capability. So, obviously Ayatollah Khamenei has repeatedly stated that Iran is not pursuing nuclear weapons.
Real Iran Editorial Board