Grand Ayatollah Fazel Meets Officials in Charge of (Iran's)Jails
Today (December/29/2004), officials in charge of (Iran's) jails
met Grand Ayatollah Fazel Lankarani. Yasaghi, head of Iran's jails
thanked His Eminence, Grand Ayatollah Fazel Lankarani and said, "The
country's jails are now turned into training and education centers where at
present more than five thousand individuals are busy memorizing the Holy Quran.
We have also taken some effective actions for the convenience of prisoners in
jails." At the end he asked His
Eminence to give his guidelines to the audience.
His Eminence thanked the audience for coming to meet him.
Thereupon he said:
As our revolution's main feature is being a spiritual revolution, we
must try to decrease imprisonment (duration) as far as possible and let
prisoners be free if their freedom is not against social security so that by
doing this the prisoners may take care of their families. Although the enemies
of Islam are claiming to be working for human rights and supporting democracy
they are doing nothing for the convenience and security of the global
community. As we see in Afghanistan
they are doing nothing to prevent poppy cultivation. Likewise, they are doing
what they want in Iraq.
They are massacring people and these
same people are claiming that human rights are being violated in Iran. Anyhow,
we are faced with unrealistic propagations and in some cases we are but to keep
silent. However, to prevent from such accusations we
have to do our level best so as not to give an excuse in their hands to be used
against us. Therefore, we ought to try to prevent things from happening that
might be misused by the enemies of Islam. Violence and mal-treatment should not
take place in jails of the Islamic Republic and we must try to educate
prisoners properly so that when they come out of jails, they are healthy individuals
in the society. We must act in such manner that Islam's objectives are fully
materialized and in order for the reputation and name of Islam to be protected,
we must observe appearance so that we are less accused. We must help prisoners
become acquainted with the principles of Islam and know that serving the
Islamic society by way of mending criminals is a kind of worship.