Hassan Rouhani on Divine Punishment


Rouhani says, “Why did drought happen? What caused it now? I do not want to open this discussion now that the time is up. It is in our Riwayat [religious narratives] that if you trampled on enjoining good or if evil was promoted, you would face divine punishment.”


He adds, “And some of the punishments are the ones that we currently see. Then we think that for instance, it means that we lied, and then flood happened. No! Good and evil are not merely [about] lying or saying prayers. Evil is a very extensive concept.”


Rouhani ends, “Any ugly, indecent, wrong thing [we do] is evil. And any proper, right thing [we do] is good.”