Veteran Iranian politician Mohammad Javad Larijani says a message by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei addressed to the Western youth complements a 1989 letter written by late Imam Khomeini to former Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev.
Larijani, who was a member of the Iranian delegation to submit Imam Khomeini’s letter to the last Soviet Union leader in Moscow, made the remarks in an interview with Ayatollah Khamenei’s official website, www.khamenei.ir, on Thursday.
“The [two messages] share orientation, but on different scales,” Larijani said, adding that in his message to Gorbachev, Imam Khomeini warned the Soviet Empire against temptation by the Western governments and asked the Soviet officials to get to know Islam, a point highlighted in Ayatollah Khamenei’s message.
Larijani said the late Imam reminded Gorbachev of the fact that his failure stemmed from his "senseless war on God” and recommended the Soviet regime to end its enmity and know Islam through original sources.
Both Imam Khomeini and Ayatollah Khamenei have underscored the point that one should refrain from “downgrading the whole of mankind to a purely mundane status” as enshrined in secularism.
“The venerable Imam started from another aspect. He started from officials and thinkers while the Leader (Ayatollah Khamenei) laid bare the issue to public. These two aspects meet,” said Larijani.
The message of the leader of the Islamic Revolution will be the beginning of a movement which not only defends Islam, but also provides a propitious atmosphere for humanity, he said.
“We are not calling on the Westerners to convert to Islam. We just want them to compare Islam with their self-proclaimed secular-liberal religion regardless of propaganda,” said Larijani.