Islamic & Revolutionary Identity Main Criteria of Fundamentalism


Tuesday, June 20, 2006

--The main criteria for assessing fundamentalism are faith, Islamic identity and revolutionary identity.

The supreme leader of the Islamic Revolution in a meeting with senior officials of the country on Monday spoke about spiritual and ethical issues and elaborated on the concept of being thankful to God in Islamic thought system.

Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei said that the Iranian nation and officials will surely solve the prevailing problems through unity, solidarity, faith, vigilance and wisdom.

He considered excessive optimism and pessimism as misleading in analyzing the country’s conditions and noted that various and continual successes and achievements are the most prominent plus points of the Islamic system.

“The prevailing spirit of hope and optimism among the people, the dignified status of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the international arena, scientific accomplishments, the relative political calm in the country, the enemy’s failure to sow seeds of discord among various ethnic, religious and union groups, and the unity and among branches of power are among other positive points, although there are still problems and gaps which need to be taken care of with more diligence” he said.

The supreme leader then elaborated on the criteria of fundamentalism pointing out faith and Islamic and revolutionary identity as the main factors. “Another key principle for fundamentalism is justice. That is why all economic progresses and developments should be accompanied by justice. The idea that economic progress should precede justice is not logical.”

Ayatollah Khamenei regarded striving to maintain the country’s independence, strengthening self-confidence, scientific campaign, fostering freedom and freethinking and economic development as other principles of fundamentalism.

The supreme leader noted that being grateful to God increases the blessings and underlined the significance of gratefulness as the ladder for betterness and perfection.