The secretary-general of the World Forum for the Approximation of Islamic Schools of ‎Thought stated that the most important duty of governments in the Islamic political system ‎is to build culture and said, “The government is responsible for the culture of society and ‎must be held accountable.”‎

RNA – Speaking at a mourning ceremony on the fourth night of Muharram at Shohada ‎Husayniyah in Qom, Ayatollah Mohsen Araki, the secretary-general of the World Forum for ‎the Approximation of Islamic Schools of Thought, said that culture forms the identity of ‎society and added, “The culture of the system encompasses the good and the bad of a ‎society.”‎

The member of the Assembly of Experts added, “In the language of jurisprudence and ‎religion, this system of good and evil is said to be ‘ma’ruf’ and ‘munkar.’ The greatest ‎assistance to any society is to assist to perform good actions and avoid the performance of ‎bad actions. The Imam is the wali (guardian) and nasir ‎‏)‏helper‏(‏‎ of society. The Imam is ‎responsible for showing mankind the way and guiding them along this path and assisting ‎mankind.”‎
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Ayatollah Araki said that the gatherings to remember the events which occurred on the Day ‎of Ashura are the identity of society and added, “All the events of Ashura, the martyrs and ‎the personalities of Karbala are creators of identity and builders of society which must be ‎taken into consideration.” ‎

His Eminence said that the most important duty of governments in the Islamic political ‎system is to build culture and stated, “Governments are responsible for the cultures of ‎societies and must be held accountable and today the Ministry of Culture and Islamic ‎Guidance has that responsibility.”‎

He added, “Those who have responsibility have to be held accountable for what coverage ‎and culture they have promoted in the society.”‎

Ayatollah Araki emphasized, “The government must consider that if there is a problem, ‎where it originated from. Governments and officials can instill a positive or negative culture in ‎society. The Master of the Martyrs [Imam al-Husayn] witnessed the danger of the change of ‎the culture of society and the alteration of good and bad and rose up which demonstrates ‎the importance of culture in society.”‎

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