Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance: Turning Point of Imam Khomeini’s Reason-centered, Justice-oriented Thoughts His Careful Attention to a Reasonable Religion

Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance: Turning Point of Imam Khomeini’s Reason-centered, Justice-oriented Thoughts His Careful Attention to a Reasonable Religion
Seyed Reza Amiri, Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance, wrote: “Reason is of high status in the true religion of Islam and it is what distinguishes humans from other species. There are many verses in Quran which invite people to think.”

As reported by the news agency of Imam Reza (A.S.) Foundation for Culture and Arts, the minster continued: “Justice is the ultimate aim of this heavenly religion. We refer to reason as the inner prophet. Islam is approved by reason and a government is approved by the extent of justice administration. In Imam Khomeini’s pattern of thought, rationality is one of the most important elements in formation of the Islamic society and move towards sublimity. In Explanation of Forty Hadiths, he emphasized the fundamental role played by reason and contemplation and considered them to be paving the way in order to get rid of sensual vices. In other words, in Imam’s thought, rationality is considered as a human virtue, negligence of which leads to one’s destruction.”

Imam Khomeini (R.A.) believes that the path to achieving rationality and justice in a society is dependent not only on moral and economic factors but also on social and cultural ones. That is, when rationality is appreciated by rulers and welcome by people, the majority of the people will act rationally.

The turning point of Imam Khomeini’s reason-centered and justice-oriented thoughts is his careful attention to religion from the perspective of rational religion. Imam taught us that there is no contradiction between reason and faith, and the chief obstacle in this regard is rigidity and fanaticism. Fight against dogmatism and fanaticism was an indispensable part of Imam’s fighting from the 50s and 60s up to the end of his blessed lifetime. Imam considered distance from rationality and contemplation to be the origin of all deviations and misunderstandings. As an Islamic thinker and founder of an Islamic and republic regime, he always stood against regressive ideas. In memories recounted from the period of his education, there are numerous instances which reflect the difficulties he experienced to authenticate rationality and teaching philosophy and metaphysics in the atmosphere of seminaries of those days. However, Imam’s resolution to end the dogmatism as the first step of the fight yielded a result and led to the victory over fanatic ideas.

Fight against deviations and atheistic, eclectic, and regressive currents of thought during Imam’s lifetime after the revolution has protected the young seedlings of the Islamic republic against the pests. Nevertheless the regressive current of thought has never left this society alone and has always threatened our insights. However, thanks to the society’s awareness and Imam Khomeini’s disciples such as Shahid Beheshti, Shahid Mofateh, Shahid Motahari, the late Ayatollah Hashemi Rafasanjani, and the Supreme Leader, people have come to recognize the right path, and are not deceived by extreme sanctimonious, superficial, and imprudent attitudes.

Today, and after 54 years after the enlightening uprising of June 5, 1963, we can proudly tell Imam that our people chose the path of rationality in the election held on May 19th, and proved that they have well learned the teachings of Imam’s school of thought. During a time when the dogmatic and violent thoughts have damaged the reputation of the holy Islam and made the Middle East a resort for the extremists, proud Iranians are preserving the heritage of the pure Islam taught by Imam, and today the Supreme Leader is the flag bearer of rationality, moderation, and morality. 

 

 

Sep 4, 2017 10:44

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