Ayatullah Khamenei urges Islamic theory on Justice

shiitenews_Ayatullah_Khamenei_urges_Islamic_theory_on_JusticeLeader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has stressed the importance of developing a “pure” Islamic theory on justice. “Our goal is to reach a pure Islamic theory on justice; to reach this very important goal,  we have to refer to Islamic references from a modern and innovative perspective and extract a pure Islamic theory regarding justice using relevant methods and techniques,” Ayatollah Khamenei said. “We must try to turn justice into a living and permanently-present discourse in … the country and [have justice become] a major issue among the elite-authorities-people and particularly the youth,” the Leader stressed.
The Leader made the remarks in the 2nd Forum on Strategic Thoughts on the subject of justice on Tuesday. The meeting on strategic thoughts in the Islamic Republic was held in the presence of Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei where several scholars presented their papers and exchanged views with the IR Leader on the issue of social justice. This is the second meeting on such strategic thoughts ever held.Ayatollah Khamenei said justice has always been an issue of concern for humanity, adding that “despite various theorizations by thinkers regarding justice, the role of divine religions in this regard has been unique and extraordinary.” “Justice has been the goal of the social structuralization of religions and the progress of humanity within the framework of religion; and this serious attention paid to justice cannot be seen in humanistic schools of thought,” the Leader said. Ayatollah Khamenei called for “serious efforts and exchange of views” on the part of scholars and thinkers to reach a pure Islamic theory on justice. Ayatollah Khamenei stressed that even after reaching the pure Islamic theory on justice, exchanging views on the matter must continue. Ayatollah Khamenei said in view of the Holy Koran, the divine messengers sought justice as their main aim and that such an attention to justice has never been paid by any human school of thought. “The divine messengers also struggled with oppressors and supported the oppressed besides elucidating the notion of justice while theorists of justice only paid lip services to the concept,” the IR Leader said.Ayatollah Khamenei said the divine faiths also differ from human schools of though in that they believe that human history ultimately ends in an era full of justice.Ayatollah Khamenei said the divine faiths have all depicted a similar track for human being which eventually leads to justice and for the same reason, the issue of justice has found an exceptional status in the Islamic Republic from the advent of the Islamic Revolution of Iran and has been underscored in the national slogans and views of Imam Khomeini (R.A.)Ayatollah Khamenei said justice has been the foremost objective of the Iranian Islamic System from the outset. He however expressed dissatisfaction over the current status of justice in the society and said that the Islamic Republic seeks a full implementation of justice and removal of the existing gaps based on Islamic views and for that purpose, serious, all-out efforts were needed.Ayatollah Khamenei also noted that for the Islamic Iran, trial and error approach to social justice was a thing of the past and that from now on, any projects in this domain must be carried out based on a solid platform.The IR Leader said greater decisions were needed in order to keep the current speedy national progress however the drive must go hand in hand with justice so as to avoid irreparable losses.Ayatollah Khamenei urged the scholars to avoid any confusion of Islamic views of justice with those of other schools of thought and that the Islamic theory of justice should be purely developed through genuine Islamic sources. Ayatollah Khamenei said every school of thought defines justice based on its own ontology and for the same reason the views of human schools of thought concerning justice must be shunned in the development of the Islamic theory.”Islam considers implementation of justice as a divine duty unlike human schools of thoughts,” he added.Ayatollah Khamenei also noted that no prejudgment is allowed in the development of the theory and rather the theory must be developed through serious exchange of views between domestic scholars and the exchange of views must continue even after a theory as such was developed.The IR Leader said the scholars were expected to arrive at a solid definition and mechanism of justice in the first place so as to be followed up in the future, long-term national projects, and afterwards, newer researches must be conducted to develop possible relevant executive methods.Ayatollah Khamenei then proposed the university and the Howza (Islamic seminary) establish a course on justice studies and called it a useful investment for implementation of social justice and training of powerful human resources to that effect.

The IR Leader also urged building independent, Islam-based assessment indicators to see whether and to what extents social justice has been materialized, adding that many western indicators in this domain are either incomplete or totally wrong. The Islamic Revolution Leader also urged the parliament and the Constitutional Guardian Council to heed the issue of justice in their ratifications or verifications, adding that many projects had remained to be carried out for the purpose of social justice.

Ayatollah Khamenei wrapped his remarks by saying that justice could not be implemented in a society which has no belief in God as origin of creation or Day of Resurrection as a day when people are awarded or punished for their deeds. He said every individual in the society was also expected to implement justice in his or her self and that the individual efforts would help keep the person from sins and indirectly advance the social justice.


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