Leader Outlines Clerical Duties

Leader Outlines Clerical DutiesLeader Outlines Clerical Duties

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei called on clerics to fulfill their duties by offering religious and political guidance to the people and undertake social activities to provide welfare services.

"Clerics should equip themselves with necessary knowledge and qualifications to carry out their crucial responsibilities in today's changing world," Ayatollah Khamenei said in a meeting with the staff and students of Tehran's theological schools on Saturday, IRNA reported. The Leader noted that a cleric's job entails a huge responsibility to help develop and preserve a religious society, which involves promoting pure Islamic thoughts.

Highlighting "political guidance" as another important duty of clerics, he said, "The reason why the revolutionary role of theological schools is repeatedly emphasized is that it is the constant presence of clerics that ensures the sustenance of the effective and revolutionary development of the country and the society."

Ayatollah Khamenei said clerics are also obliged to play an active role in activities related to social services.

"Your involvement in public service programs, [charity work such as] building schools and hospitals, and aid delivery to victims of major disasters could help mobilize public support for such activities," he said.