The Leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has called on Muslim countries to invest huge efforts to advance in science and technology as it could wean them off obeying western powers.
“The scientific movement in the Muslim world should gain momentum and the Ummah must once again rise towards the peak of its scientific and civilizational capabilities,” the Leader said on Saturday.
This way, enemies of Islam and Americans would not be able to order the heads of Muslim countries what to do and what not to do,” Ayatollah Khamenei told a gathering of participants in an international congress on the role of the Shiite school in developing Islamic sciences.
The Leader’s comments came shortly after he disclosed a letter by US President Donald Trump to certain Persian Gulf leaders, in which the former had noted, “I’ve spent $7 trillion on you, and you must do what I say.”
No More Bullying
Ayatollah Khamenei said an ongoing awakening among Muslims has prepared the ground for their progress, and it is up to leaders and elites in Muslim countries to encourage scientific growth.
The Leader said the Muslim world’s scientific backwardness is the main reason enabling the hegemony of western powers over Muslims.
“The western world, after centuries of scientific backwardness, managed to use scientific achievements of Muslims to increase its wealth and scientific, military, political and propagation powers and eventually adopt colonial [policies] that led Muslim countries to the current situation,” he said.
The Leader said Muslim countries must move to boost their scientific power so they can stand up to bullying by western powers.
Ayatollah Khamenei said Iran could be a successful model for Muslim nations, as it has achieved rapid scientific progress in recent years and is ready to share experiences and achievements with other Muslim countries.
“According to reports by global scientific centres, Iran’s scientific progress has been 13 times faster than the world average. We will continue this path to reach edges of science,” he said.
“Unlike western countries, Iran is ready to transfer its achievements to other Muslim countries,” he said.