SHAFAQNA – Speaking at a meeting with members of the Secretariat of the Association of Members of the Mosques of Qom, Ayatollah Mohammad-Taqi Mesbah-Yazdi discussed those principles many continue to associate with democracy-building and individual freedom: the separation in between the state and the religious.
He noted: “Throughout history, Islam has seen visionary efforts by some scholars who sought to reform the corruption caused by the separation of religion and state, including Nasiruddin al-Tusi who with divine wisdom laid the groundwork for divine rule.”
He went on explaining how the teachings of the Holy Quran cover all aspects of life: from the worship of the one God, to the legislation of men’s affairs: in war, in peace, in business, in marriage, in death … The Prophet Muhammad himself did not make mention of any separation in between the worldly and the divine, since the former should always strive to be a reflection of the latter.
The revered professor in the Islamic Seminary of Qom explained that the separation of religion and the world would led to both of them going astray, saying: “On the one hand, monotheism, worship of God would turn into idolatry and on the other hand transactions would turn into usury, bribes, corruption and other vices.”
He also pointed out that once religion is marginalized in society, the clerical establishment will “go to zero,” and the only thing that will remain of this establishment for Shiites and the clergy will be they marja’iyyah (clerical authority) and other organizations required to manage the religious community will be disbanded and mosques will have no relations with each other. “That which we have now, is thanks to the blessings of the Islamic Revolution,” he said.