Islam is a legal system. The Islamic Republic of Iran is based on Islamic law and rulings and decisions. No action of the government can be undertaken except that a prior written finding is made, a fatwa, that it is based on Islam and that it is a rightful purpose of an Islamic government.
Just as the US federal government derives its lawful powers from the Constitution, the Islamic Republic derives its from Islam. Just as the US govt requires laws, legal findings, case decisions, etc. to do anything, which trace to the US Constitution, so the Islamic Republic requires written findings that trace to Islam. The highest of these are fatwas issued by an Ayatollah. Ayatollah Khomeini was the founding Supreme Leader of Iran.
Ayatollah Khomeini fatwas have the same force as the founding legal documents of the US including Declaration of Independence. Khomeini had to issue a written fatwa for the decisions and negotiations over US hostages to be taken by the Islamic Republic’s government. He also had to issue one designating the US as the Great Satan. Khomeini fatwas can’t be revoked.
Thus it is a finding of the Islamic Republic as a founding document that the US is the Great Satan based on Islam. What this means is that the Islamic Republic is at war with the United States as long as it is the Great Satan. Because Khomeini designated it the Great Satan, that can’t be revoked except that the U.S. changed character, i.e. became an Islamic Republic.
Iran’s constitution makes Islam the supreme law of Iran. But what determines Islam are fatwas by Ayatollahs. The fatwas of the founding Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini are the highest irrevocable authority on what is Islam. Thus Khomeini’s finding that the U.S. is the Great Satan is the supreme law of the Islamic Republic of Iran and that designation can not be revoked, except that the U.S. became an Islamic Republic.
Article 4 is immutable and the Council of Guardians ensures that all articles of the Constitution as well other laws are based on Islamic criteria.
Article 5 (Office of Religious Leader)
This article explains the leaders of Ummah must choose a leader in accordance with Article 107 for this office. This is stated to be related to the disappearance of the Twelfth Imam whom it asks god to return.
From higher numbered articles:
Islamic laws & fatwas
Article 167 [Rule of Law for Judiciary] stipulates that judges must make use of “Islamic sources and…fatwas” in matters where the Iranian law books are silent.
No amendment that conflicts with the “Islamic character of the political system…and…the school [Twelver Ja’fari]” is permissible under any circumstances.
Thus we are at war with the Islamic Republic of Iran until it stops being an Islamic Republic or we become one. That war can’t be revoked by the Islamic Republic of Iran. This a fight to the death of one legal entity or the other according to them.
October 01, 2007
Did A’jad predict Armageddon at the UN?
By James Lewis
This will sound alarming. A literal reading of Ahmadi-Nejad’s UN address suggests that he is predicting a total war coming soon.
The key is in his invocation and his conclusion. Normal official communications by Muslims start with, “In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.” A’jad followed that formula immediately with:
“Oh God, hasten the arrival of Imam Al-Mahdi and grant him good health and victory and make us his followers and those who attend to his rightfulness.” [italics in the official Iranian version]
Sounds like a pretty standard invocation, but it’s not. It is a specific call for the Shiite Messiah, who will bring a final holy war, the final jihad, which in the Khomeini cult implies all-out war with the infidels to bring about the Millenarian Age of Paradise on Earth. (For Khomeini, the term “infidels” includes Sunni Muslims, who do not recognize the Mahdi). That is why Khomeini started the nuclear program twenty years ago, and why it has been pushed consistently by all the major cult leaders.
A’jad put the message explicitly in his peroration, i.e., his summary and conclusion.
“I officially declare that the age of relations arising from the Second World War as well as materialistic thought based on arrogance and domination is now over.” (italics added)
Translation: The West, and particularly the United States, emerged dominant after World War Two. Israel declared independence in 1948. The dominance of the West is now over.