Islam Times 9 Oct 2019 172019000000Wed, 09 Oct 2019 17:20:27 -0400 17:20 https://www.islamtimes.org/en/news/821124/leader-building-using-nuclear-bomb-religiously-forbidden -------------------------------------------------- Title : Leader: Building, Using Nuclear Bomb Religiously Forbidden -------------------------------------------------- Islam Times - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday the Islamic Republic has never pursued building or using nuclear weapons, which its religion forbids. Text : The very important and very beneficial nuclear science led to the production of nuclear bomb and turned into a big threat to the world and humanity when it was coupled with the wrong culture of power seeking, the Leader deplored. Building and stockpiling nuclear bombs is wrong and using it is haram (religiously forbidden) ... Although we have nuclear technology, Iran has firmly avoided it, the Supreme Leader said. So there is no reason for us to spend on the production and stockpiling of a weapon which is absolutely haram, the Leader underscored. Elsewhere in the meeting, Ayatollah Khamenei stressed the need for an acceleration in the pace of Iran s scientific progress, saying that although the Islamic Republic has gloriously gained top world positions in a number of new sciences such as nanotechnology and biotechnology in recent years, such advances are by no means adequate and should not satisfy Iran, and the scientific progress must be accelerated. The Leader further called for efforts to carry out the strategic document of the elites affairs , saying it would remove many obstacles in the way of scientific progress and commercialization of scientific and technological products. Ayatollah Khamenei also warned of negative and skeptical attempts to deny the scientific movement and advances in Iran, saying such a harmful trend, which sadly exists in universities, seeks to cast doubt on the scientific advances and dishearten the people and elites. One of the other gross misconducts by the skepticism-sowing trend is to play the role of a dealer for transferring Iranian elites to other countries by making them disappointed about the situation in Iran or deceiving them with money or other bogus promises, the Leader warned. Ayatollah Khamenei further called on the society of Iranian elites to play a role in public diplomacy, adding, Our approach is neither socialist nor based on liberal democracy. Thanks to Islam, we offered a third way to nations, as we should further attract the hearts to this beneficial approach for humanity with our logical words and deeds, and to save nations from the increasing influence of the decadent Western culture. The Leader also reiterated that Iran must make such progress that whoever intending to learn about the new scientific advances in the next fifty years would have to know the Persian language. The Leader has on various occasion highlighted the role of science as a means of power and development, urging efforts to maintain the pace of scientific growth in Iran despite enemy efforts to undermine it. In a meeting with the medal winners of national and international science Olympiads in August, Ayatollah Khamenei had called on the Iranian young elites to push the boundaries of science and technology and quicken the pace of Iran s scientific progress.