Aug 17, 2018 13:02 Asia/Tehran

Tehran's interim Friday prayers leader, Hojjat-ol-Islam Seyyed Mohammad Hassan Aboutorabi Fard, referring to enemy efforts to weaken Iran's economy , has emphasised that US sanctions can actually serve as an opportunity for Iran's economy to blossom.

According an Iran Press report, Addressing a huge crowd of Friday prayers worshippers and the faithful in Tehran, Hojjatoleslam Seyyed Mohammad-Hassan Aboutorabi Fard referred to US sanctions against Iran, and warned the United States about Iran's resilience and its ability to counter all sorts of economic conspiracies and plots by the enemies.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the Friday prayers leader referred to liberated prisoners of war as 'reserves  of the Islamic revolution'.  Hojjatoleslam  Aboutorabi Fard added:  "Without a doubrt, eight years of sacred defence is the most important event to occur in Iranian history for several millenia, with the exception of the emergence of Islam and its acceptance by the   Iranian people (about 1400 years ago).

Turning to eight years of sacred defence, Tehran's interim Friday prayers leader said: "Many beautiful pages of Iranian history were created during those eight years, and one of the most beautiful, was the release of Iranian prisoners of war  from Ba'athist jails -- an event whose anniversary on 17 August  we are celebrating today."

He added:   "Courageous men who fought with all their might until  their last bullet. They had opted for martyrdom, but the Almighty had decided that incarceration by the enemy, and eventual release was their destiny, so that they could spread the message of the martyrs of the war (Revolution) among the general population; a message which will live forever."

Commenting further Hojjatoleslam Aboutorabi Fard said eight years of sacred defence against the Ba'athist regime of Iraq  propelled Iran to the heights of achievement, in politics, economics, science, technology, and defence and aerospace industries. 

He added: "Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Palestine have all been inspired by Iran's eight years of sacred defence. They fight the arrogant and colonialist powers having obtained their inspiration from Iran".

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Commemorating the 'martyrs of Mena' in Saudi Arabia, the tragic incident which happened during the Hajj pilgrimage two years ago, Hojjatoleslam Aboutorabi Fard said the martyrs were the victims of the Saudi regime's mismanagement, incompetence, ineptitude, and  possibly machinations; the Saudi regime whose hands are stained with the innocent blood of thousands of  men, women and children in Yemen, as well as the blood of other innocent Muslims.


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