Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei called on the Iranian clerics and religious promoters to keep abreast of the latest developments in the digital world and use the cyberspace to counter hostile plots against Islam.
Giving lessons in a religious class in Tehran on Tuesday morning, Ayatollah Khamenei expressed regret about the unfamiliarity of some religious promoters with the new computer technologies and lack of awareness about the significance of the cyberspace.
“The virtual space has numerous advantages and disadvantages at the same time, while its opportunities should be used to promote the Islamic concepts on a broad scale,” the Leader underlined.
Imam Khamenei then pointed to the enemy’s huge investment and planning to undermine the Muslim people’s faith and beliefs, warning that the adversaries use the cyberspace to throw doubts in the society and produce contents against virtues and chastity to pervert the minds of pious youth and alienate them from religion.
The first and foremost responsibility of the clerics and religious scholars is developing the capability to counter the enemy’s plot for the elimination of religion and chastity, the Leader noted.
Ayatollah Khamenei has in many occasions warned of an extensive soft war the enemies have waged against Iran, saying one of the main objectives is to change the religious and political beliefs of people, particularly the youth.
Soft war is a term used by Iranian officials to refer to the cultural invasion and soft intelligence tactics used by foreign countries deemed hostile toward Iran.