A new president, a new era in Iran
Thursday, 06.27.2013, 07:27pm- Arab American News
June 14, 2013, Iranians passionately participated in their presidential
election and chose HojjatolIslam Dr. Hassan Rouhani to serve as the 7th
president, since the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979.
have known Dr. Rouhani for 37 years. He is the right man, at the right
time, for the right job. He is a man of faith and determination, mind
and manner, knowledge and experience, rationality and righteousness.
Rouhani has a strong seminary background, which includes a PhD from the
University of Glasgow, and has written almost 100 books and articles.
He has also supervised 700 research projects, in addition to a great
number of national and international presentations on a variety of
social, political and religious issues. Dr. Rouhani’s work has earned
him a very special place among the Islamic Republic’s leaders.
president elect’s educational background, combined with his decades of
experience and successful services in legislation, national security,
defense and nuclear negotiations with international atomic agencies and
world governments, are just a part of the new president’s credits and
What I admire most about Dr.
Rouhani is his ethical character and moral values. Voting for Rouhani
was a vote for the rule of law, democracy, civil rights, peace and
prosperity. In addition, it was a vote for wisdom, patience and
humbleness, which are what have inspired people the most.
was his solidarity with a founding father of the Islamic republic,
Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani, and previous president, Sayyed Mohammad
Khatami, that promoted the presidency of Dr. Rouhani. It was also the
indirect support of leader Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei that helped
this democratic process and prevented the extremists from sabotaging
The highest leaders of Iran
heard the voice of the people and recognized that continuing on the
previous path would cause more disastrous destruction of the economy,
image, interests and ethics of the country.
observations of extremely happy celebrations in the streets across
Iran, reminded me of the public passion of the people after the victory
of the revolution in 1979. People have happily welcomed a new chapter,
new era, and new hope for a better future, which will be blessed with
freedom, justice, prosperity, honesty, trust and confidence in their new
administration. The next step for the president is to practice what he
preached during his campaign.
Dr. Hassan Rouhani.It
is obvious that the resolution of tremendous social, political,
economic and ethical issues cannot happen in one night, or by one man.
The leader’s job is to provide the key; it will be up to all citizens to
help open the doors of opportunity. It will take some time to address
the high rate of unemployment, poverty and corruption that are the
result of bad management on the inside and unjust and blind sanctions on
Certainly, with a mutual
understanding and cooperation between the supreme leader and the
president, along with the support of millions of energized youth,
progress will be reached earlier than is expected.
is my hope that this election provides a road map to the Arab World,
whose "Spring" has been suppressed by dictators, or hijacked by
extremists, to discover the right path and turn the current regional
bloodshed to love, brotherhood and cooperation.
Sharia laws and international laws have allowed for the president elect
to be moderate and understanding; Whereas, the sectarianism in Iraq,
Syria, Lebanon, Pakistan and Afghanistan has been fueled by foolish
fatwas that lack the wisdom, compassion and justice of either Sharia, or
international laws. In Rouhani’s democratic pattern no room exists for
Takfiry ideology of Al-Qaida and other terrorism organizations.
Our message to president Obama:
that the people of Iran have made their point through a democratic
election and have chosen a responsible president, who answers questions
with honesty and integrity, it is now your administration’s turn to
respect the rights of Iranians, end this unjust economic war against
them, and stop helping the Saudi government by sending Al-Qaida Takfiry
followers to create further bloodshed in the region, in the name of
putting pressure on Iran.
The victory of
Rouhani serves as a big test for our administration. It is in the best
interests of the United States and Iran to move toward a new diplomacy
and remove all these painful sanctions that hurt the innocent citizens.
Let’s not make the same mistakes that President Bush made during the
democratic rule of president Khatami.
Let’s pass this test with integrity and honesty, through both expression and action.
the tone of the international community towards Iran has already
changed. The message of the P5+1 (Britain, China, France, Russia, and
the U.S., plus Germany) towards the Iranian election and the invitation
of President-elect Rouhani to the Geneva conference on Syria may signify
a new era of communication and engagement.
world politicians, only Netanyahu is angry over the election in Iran,
as he believes that, with Rouhani, it will be more difficult to mobilize
the world against Iran.
I hope that our
Congress keeps a distance from external political selfishness that show
complete disregard for American interests and integrity.
Imam Mohammad Ali Elahi is the Director of the Islamic House of Wisdom in Dearborn Heights, Michigan