The Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has called attention to attempts by Iran’s enemies to undermine Islamic values by making inroads across the cyberspace, urging the clergy to confront such attempts.
Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks on Tuesday on the occasion of the commencement of education at seminaries countrywide.
The Leader said the enemy is seeking to pervert devoted and righteous youths from the essence of religion.
“Today, this is being done across the cyber world,” Ayatollah Khamenei said, noting that confronting this scheme was the first and foremost responsibility incumbent upon the clergy. “Seminaries and religious sages should equip themselves with the capability to confront the massive enemy army.”
The cyber world, the Leader asserted, was a simultaneous source of blessing and cursing, noting that its potentials had to be rightly availed of toward the large-scale promotion of Islamic concepts.
“Iran’s Supreme Council of Cyberspace was created toward lending concentration” to such a goal, the Leader said.
On March 7, 2015, Ayatollah Khamenei assigned the administration of former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with the task of establishing the Supreme Council of Cyberspace in an effort to safeguard national and cultural values as well as ensuring the safety of the Internet in Iran.
The Council is now headed by President Hassan Rouhani and is comprised of high-ranking officials.