Leader pardons, commutes sentences of 3,552 convicts
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has agreed to pardon or commute the sentences of a large number of Iranian prisoners.
According to Press TV, Ayatollah Khamenei on Thursday agreed to a request by Iran's Judiciary Chief Hojjatoleslam Ebrahim Raeisi to pardon or reduce the sentences of 3,552 eligible inmates, who had been convicted at the country’s public and Islamic Revolution courts, the Judicial Organization of the Armed Forces, and the State Discretionary Punishment Organization.
The clemency was granted on the eve of the birthday anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (SAWA).
Prophet Muhammad was born on the 17th day of the lunar calendar month of Rabi-ul-Awwal in 570 CE. The date coincides with the birth anniversary of Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (AS), the sixth infallible successor of Prophet Muhammad (SAWA). This year, it falls on Friday, November 15.
According to Sunni Muslims, on the basis of the narrations of the Sahaba, he was born on the 12th of Rabi’ul Awwal, while Shi’a Muslims who regard the accounts of the Prophet’s Ahl al-Bayt or Impeccable Household as more reliable, he was born on the 17th of this month.
Forty years ago, in order to bridge this 5-day gap and to bring the Islamic Ummah on the platform of solidarity, the Father of the Islamic Revolution, Imam Khomeini (RA) took the dynamic initiative of declaring the Prophet’s birthday as Islamic Unity Week.