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Letter to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's Supreme leader PDF Print E-mail

October 25, 1998

His Excellency Ayatollah Ali Khamenei,
The Supreme Leader of Iran,
Tehran , Iran.

Your Excellency,

Assalamo-Alaikum. May the blessing of Allah be always with you, your family and Iran. It is an  honor to address to the Supreme leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran. I have watched with great interest the events following the Iranian Revolution of !979. It is remarkable to note that Iranian people successfully toppled the Shah's regime by means of a non-violent uprising that can be generally called as a bloodless Revolution led by the late Ayatollah Khomeini. One thing that was admirable about Imam Khomeini was the fact that he had the courage to stand up and point out the darker side of the American leadership, nick-named the "Great Satan". No other world leader has been able to do that. The Revolution gave Iranians an excellent dose of spiritual uplift, but their hope of a better economic life still remains a dream.  What is the reason?
As an introduction, enclosed are a few letters that will indicate that I am working on an idea to unite the Muslim world into ONE VOICE. I am an ordinary man and at best an imperfect Muslim, but still I wish to speak to you honestly on some issues of human concern. Please let me draw your attention to the following:   

1)  Shia - Sunni Problem. Your Excellency, I admire many things about Iran and Iranians. The one thing that has impressed me the most is the way your country has handled the ethnic problem of Shia and Sunni Muslims. The Sunni minority in Iran has legal and constitutional rights and they enjoy total freedom to practice their own fiqh in all private and personal matters, and there is no apparent Shia-Sunni ethnic conflict. The Shia - Sunni problem in Pakistan has been very brutal and has resulted in the loss of many innocent lives. I have already written ( copy enclosed) to the top religious leaders in Pakistan to take the lead and control their constituents and find ways to create harmony between the two communities, but the conflict remains. I hope you will encourage the Shia-Sunni religious leaders of Iran to go to Pakistan so that they can help and guide the Shia-Sunni leaders in Pakistan to bring reconciliation between the two.
2) President Mohammad Khatami. Your Excellency, Iran can be rightly proud of its President who is doing a remarkable job to handle the foreign affairs. He performed admirably at the OIC Summit in Tehran and  recently at the United Nations, thus improving Iran's international image. In general, he has greatly impressed the leaders and people of the world by his humane attitude and excellent ideas. However, it is not in the international arena that Iran's future will be decided. The real battle for Iran's soul is taking place at home where the President's authority is being challenged by rival power centers - hard liners and moderates. There is a mutual respect and unity between you and the President, but people's economic conditions will not significantly improve unless the President has the effective control to change things. The  Revolution gave common Iranians some hope, and they became even more optimistic after the election of President Khatami, but so far their sacrifices have been fruitless. Iranian people have been loyal to Imam Khomeini and now after waiting for twenty years they want results. A Revolution is like an egg - it cannot stay good forever, it must either hatch or go rotten. So, I respectfully appeal to you to please intervene for the sake of your people and grant President Khatami free hand to do the right things rightly. Please give Iranians enough freedom to attain their full potential and let the thousand flowers bloom.

Thanks and best regards.



Mr. M. Khaliq Qureshi,
1317 Shamrock Lane,
Plano, Texas 75093.
Res. Tel : (972) 380-5106.



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