Ayatollah Saanei argues that partaking in the Iranian June 2009 election is religiously obligatory (wajib) and comments on other issues regarding Iranian political system:

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Yusuf Saanei
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Ayatollah Saanei argues that partaking in the Iranian June 2009 election is religiously obligatory (wajib) and comments on other issues regarding Iranian political system:

[Excerpt] Candidates may not diverge from what they have promised to do. This would be against the Shari'a for a candidate to infringe his promises and their oath of office once they are in power.

It is mandatory to everyone to take part in the forthcoming June 2009 election, in order to prevent and stop the miseries that we are subject to at the moment. Everyone must participate, as we are responsible for any injuries imposed on the Islamic regime if we fail to participate. If we did not vote and in consequence some one was elected who intentionally or unintentionally went the wrong way, we those who did not vote would be responsible. Our fate would likely be different if we go and cast our votes.

From the viewpoint of Ayatollah Khomeini people's votes are determinative. In the view of the law, no officials has authority absent the votes of people. They may have religious authority, but they would not have legal authority; these two are different. In the view of our Constitution, which is inspired from the Shari'a, legal authority is only derived from people's votes.



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امام با تمام مشکلات و درگيري ها اعم از زندان، تبعيد، فشارهاي داخلي و خارجي چقدر تحقيقات دارد، تمام نامه هاي امام و سخنراني هاي امام (سلام الله عليه) تحقيق است بيشتر آن ها داراي احکام سياسي اسلام است و مي توان احکام سياسي اسلام را از نامه هاي امام استخراج کرد