Tehran: Atomic weapons and other weapons aimed for mass destruction are not allowed according to the teachings of Islam. This was said by the Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, before entering into the talks about nuclear program of Iran with the world powers in Baghdad.
He said that development of any kind of weapons which are produced for mass destruction and killing innocent people are impermissible (Haram) in Islam and Islam strictly forbids development of these weapons.
The Iranian President stated, “Based on Islamic teachings and the clear fatwa (edict) of the supreme leader, the production and use of weapons of mass destruction is Haram (forbidden) and have no place in the Islamic Republic of Iran's defense doctrine.”
According to the official news agency IRNA, this was the message of Ahmadinejad which he conveyed to commemorate Iranian victims of chemical weapons during a 1980-1988 war against Iraq. The message of the president was read out at a conference in the western city of Iran, Borujerd.
Iran has started recently fresh round of negotiations with the world powers including the USA and Israel, the biggest rivals of Iran’s nuclear program, to establish that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes but on the other hand its rivals are pressurizing Iran to finally give up its nuclear program in the fresh talks being held in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.
Iran has also been facing various sanctions by the western world and the USA and Israel have already made clear to Iran that if diplomacy fails, Iran should be ready for military action.
The Iranian President referred to a fatwa in his statement by Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, which was against the nuclear weapons and according to the officials, the fatwa was issued by Khamenei in either 2004 or 2005.
There is no published fatwa exists in actual, however, Iranian scholars backed the fatwa saying that prominent ayatollahs have declared weapons of mass destruction non-Islamic on several occasions which is a reiteration of fatwa.
Khamenei, on several occasions, has spoken out against nuclear weapons and most recently, he spoke on February 22 when he said that possessing an atomic bomb “constitutes a major sin.”
“The Iranian nation has never been seeking an atomic weapon and never will be,” while development of nuclear energy is in Iran's interest, he added.
The United States of America has taken the fatwa by Iranian Supreme Leader as a golden opportunity to resolve the scuffle between Iran and the western world through talks only by making it a base and persuade Iran to relinquish its controversial nuclear program.
The US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, said last month that Iranian officials “point to a fatwa that the supreme leader has issued against the pursuit of nuclear weapons.”
She has also said that world powers expect Iran to back up that position by demonstrating “clearly in the actions they propose that they have truly abandoned any nuclear weapons ambition.”