Press Shia – Ayatollah Hoseyni-Bushehri said that there have been serious protests against racism in the US over the past week and noted that a senior US officials are worried about President Trump’s access to nuclear launch codes.

Press Shia – In his Friday prayer sermon to a large and fervent crowd of believers in Qom’s Quds Prayer Hall, Ayatollah Seyyed Hashem Hoseyni-Bushehri offered his congratulations on the beginning of the blessed month of Dhul-Hijjah and said, “This is a very virtuous month and is the last month of the Hijri lunar calendar and has many blessings. The virtues of the first ten days of this month have been explained and this must be appreciated.”


The member of the board of directors of the Assembly of Experts added, “We have been given a lot of advice about this month and the needy look forward to it and for this reason, the believers should think about them and the worthy actions which have been recommended should be given attention. In Dhul-Hijjah, we have the greatest festival of God, Eid al-Adha, and the Day of Arafah, which must be celebrated and used to their fullest.”


He commemorated the memories of the martyrs Mohammad-Ali Rajaei and Mohammad-Javad Bahonar and Government Week in Iran, saying, “One can look at Government Week from two points of view, one is regarding the martyrdom of the martyrs Rajaei and Bahonar wherein the behaviour of these honourable personalities should be considered as a role model for politicians and the people.”


“With their belief in God, adherence to the Islamic system of government, the Supreme Leader, the independence of the country, spirit of justice and consideration of and work for the people, these two martyrs people demonstrated their adherence to Imam Khomeyni,” he added. 


Referring to the inauguration of the government of President Hasan Rouhani, Ayatollah Hoseyni-Bushehri said, “Another perspective of the government’s performance report is that this week is an opportunity to report and evaluate the performance. Educated people, media commentators and critics must fairly criticise and evaluate the 11th government’s record and review the weaknesses and strengths of the government. Fortunately, the government was able to gain a vote of trust for most of its ministers and good cooperation between the parliament and the government has occurred.”


The member of the Supreme Council of the Seminary added that the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei, has emphasised on the implementation of the sixth five-year development plan [2016-2021] and the objectives and indicators of the development plan should given attention and the government and the president should use all their capacities to implement it and must not says that the plan is impossible to achieve. 


Emphasizing that the capital of the trust of the people should be safeguarded, he said, “Safeguarding the trust of the people is service to them and if we serve the people, this capital will be safeguarded. 8% growth per year, the creation of employment, a 20% increase in non-oil exports and improvements in the business environment have been highlighted by the sixth development plan and must be given priority.”


Ayatollah Hoseyni-Bushehri added that jihadi management is working to solve the problems and it’s very necessary to pay attention to the “Resistance Economy,” which is based on the principles of domestic production, extraversion, justice-centeredness, popularity and a foundation on knowledge.


“It’s expected that the government will given serious attention to fighting corruption, working for the people, avoiding excess and extravagance and these are prerequisites for the success of the government,” His Eminence explained. 


He said that there have been serious protests against racism in the United States over the past week and noted that the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said that the continuation of Donald Trump’s presidency is in doubt and he doesn’t know the basic principles of governance and also isn’t trying to learn them. 


The cleric also noted that James Clapper, the former Director of National Intelligence in the US, also said he is worried about President Trump’s access to nuclear launch codes, adding it is “pretty damn scary.”


Referring to the successive victories by the Islamic Resistance in the region, Ayatollah Hoseyni-Bushehri said, “In Iraq, we are witnessing progress by the army and the Popular Mobilization Forces. All praise be to God, Mosul has been liberated and God-willing Tal Afar will soon be liberated. It’s has been announced to the surviving terrorists who are under siege that they must either surrender or be killed.”