A Prominent Moslem author and intellectual in Iran says there are several ways in which the teachings of Islam and Marx are similar.
CU: Ayatollah Yahyi Noori speaking in English in reply to question from a reporter and Visnews' Ian McMinn.
REPORTER: "What is your attitude about their ideology, the Marxist and Leninist ideology?"
NOORI: "Ah, two things. Islam is based on believing about God and also divine teaching, and the deny, the Communists, they deny God divine teaching. Then they are not beside us."
REPORTER: "But as far as their economic.....?"
NOORI: "We have too, we have also, teachings, we have best economic teaching and rules, then sometime if they can offer some role..."
REPORTER: "You can accept it?"
NOORI: "Yes. If we think that this road is goo, yes we can."
REPORTER: "You can accept a Marxist-Leninist economic road?"
NOORI: "Yes if we think that it is according to Islam, is not against Islam yes we can."
REPORTER: "Are you fighting for a classless society as they are fighting also?"
NOORI: "Islamic teaching, according to Islamic teaching, we will have a classless society, yes. That is Islamic teaching."
REPORTER: "So as for as that is concerned you agree with the Marxists who talk about the classless society?"
NOORI: "Yes, we agree but not.... we agree with Islam, with Islam teaching. Sometime, for example, there are some crimes that we are going to take... to get justice, according to Islamic teaching. An important role of Islam is also justice."
McMINN: "I'm sorry, can you see also fighting between the Moslem element and the Marxist element?"
NOORI: "There is some kind of fighting by thinking and knowledge, but not with weapons, you know?"
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Background: A Prominent Moslem author and intellectual in Iran says there are several ways in which the teachings of Islam and Marx are similar. The Ayatollah Yahyi Noori's comments came at a time of increasing tension between Moslem and leftist elements in Iran. A Marxist guerrilla group, the Fedayeen-Khalq, organised a rally in Teheran in defiance of the Moslem provisional government on Friday (23 February). But the Ayatollah Noori, who is a close associate of the Ayatollah Khomeini, says that so long as Marxist did not conflict with Islam, he could accept a role for it in Iran's economy.