Hoj. Ahmad Marvi, Astan Quds Razavi’s chief custodian, in a special program on the anniversary of Imam Khomeini’s demise, considered June 5, 1963, as a very important and future-making historical period for the Iranian nation and country, saying, “Before this date, there were protests against the oppression of the Pahlavi regime, but this time the difference was the deep connection of people with religion and the clerics.”
He stated that Imam Khomeini considered the Iranian nation as a great, knowledgeable and capable nation. He trusted them and was optimistic, and this trust continued from the beginning of the movement until his demise.
“Before the victory of the Islamic Revolution and during the movement, Imam Khomeini trusted the people, and after the Revolution underscored people’s participation in various arenas. This presence and support of the people was the secret behind continuation of his movement and the defeat of the ill-wishers,” he noted.
Referring to some last elections in previous years, he added that some people wanted Ayatollah Khamenei, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, to annul the results of the election in 1997, but the leadership said, “I consider it my duty to protect the votes of the people.”
Hoj. Marvi further pointed to the events of the 2009 presidential election and all his efforts to protect the people’s votes. In that year, the Revolution’s Leader did not seek to protect or advocate a particular party or agenda, as was not the case in 1997.
“The secrets behind powerful survival of the Islamic system during the last 42 years in the face of all hostilities and seditions of domestic and foreign ill-wishers, are the ‘republic’ and ‘Islamic’ nature of the Revolution and as he opposes the secularists, he also rejects the absence and non-role of the people in the Islamic system.”
Marvi, who has served in Leader’s office for 30 years, says the Leader always allows the official departments to perform their duties in order to reach political, managerial and systemic maturity, just as the people must participate in various elections and be free to reach maturity.
In the end, AQR chief custodian asked people to be careful and fair in voting, judgments, writings and criticisms.