The form of government of Iran is that of an Islamic Republic, endorsed by the people of Iran on the basis of their longstanding belief in the sovereignty of truth and Qur'anic justice, in the referendum of Farwardin 9 and 10 in the year 1358 of the solar Islamic calendar, corresponding to Jamadi al-'Awwal 1 and 2 in the year 1399 of the lunar Islamic calendar (March 29 and 30, 1979], through the affirmative vote of a majority of 98.2% of eligible voters, held after the victorious Islamic Revolution led by the eminent marji' al-taqlid, Ayatullah al-Uzma Imam Khumayni.
The Islamic Republic is a system based on belief in:
In order to attain the objectives specified in Article 2, the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran has the duty of directing all its resources to the following goals:
All civil, penal financial, economic, administrative, cultural, military,
political, and other laws and regulations must be based on Islamic criteria.
This principle applies absolutely and generally to all articles of the
Constitution as well as to all other laws and regulations, and the fuqaha'
of the Guardian Council are judges in this matter.
During the Occultation of the Wali al-Asr (may God hasten his reappearance),
the wilayah and leadership of the Ummah devolve upon the just ('adil] and
pious [muttaqi] faqih, who is fully aware of the circumstances of his age;
courageous, resourceful, and possessed of administrative ability, will
assume the responsibilities of this office in accordance with Article 107.
In the Islamic Republic of Iran, the affairs of the country must be administered on the basis of public opinion expressed by the means of elections, including the election of the President, the representatives of the Islamic Consultative Assembly, and the members of councils, or by means of referenda in matters specified in other articles of this Constitution.
In accordance with the command of the Qur'an contained in the verse
("Their affairs are by consultations among them" [42:38]) and ("Consult
them in affairs" [3:159]), consultative bodies - such as the Islamic
Consultative Assembly, the Provincial Councils, and the City, Region, District,
and Village Councils and the likes of them - are the decision-making and
administrative organs of the country. The nature of each of these councils,
together with the manner of their formation, their jurisdiction, and scope
of their duties and functions, is determined by the Constitution and laws
derived from it.
In the Islamic Republic of Iran, al-'amr bilma'ruf wa al-nahy 'an al-munkar
is a universal and reciprocal duty that must be fulfilled by the people
with respect to one another, by the government with respect to the people,
and by the people with respect to the government. The conditions, limits,
and nature of this duty will be specified by law. (This is in accordance
with the Qur'anic verse; "The believers, men and women, are guardians of
one another; they enjoin the good and forbid the evil" [9:71]).
In the Islamic Republic of Iran, the freedom, independence, unity, and
territorial integrity of the country are inseparable from one another,
and their preservation is the duty of the government and all individual
citizens. No individual, group, or authority, has the right to infringe
in the slightest way upon the political, cultural, economic, and military
independence or the territorial integrity of Iran under the pretext of
exercising freedom. Similarly, no authority has the right to abrogate legitimate
freedoms, not even by enacting laws and regulations for that purpose, under
the pretext of preserving the independence and territorial integrity of
Since the family is the fundamental unit of Islamic society, all laws,
regulations, and pertinent programmes must tend to facilitate the formation
of a family, ,and to safeguard its sanctity and the stability of family
relations on the basis of the law and the ethics of Islam.
In accordance with the sacred verse of the Qur'an ("This your community is a single community, and I am your Lord, so worship Me" [21:92]), all Muslims form a single nation, and the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran has the duty of formulating its general policies with a view to cultivating the friendship and unity of all Muslim peoples, and it must constantly strive to bring about the political, economic, and cultural unity of the Islamic world.
The official religion of Iran is Islam and the Twelver Ja'fari school [in usual al-Din and fiqh], and this principle will remain eternally immutable. Other Islamic schools, including the Hanafi, Shafi'i, Maliki, Hanbali, and Zaydi, are to be accorded full respect, and their followers are free to act in accordance with their own jurisprudence in performing their religious rites. These schools enjoy official status in matters pertaining to religious education, affairs of personal status (marriage, divorce, inheritance, and wills) and related litigation in courts of law. In regions of the country where Muslims following any one of these schools of fiqh constitute the majority, local regulations, within the bounds of the jurisdiction of local councils, are to be in accordance with the respective school of fiqh, without infringing upon the rights of the followers of other schools.
Zoroastrian, Jewish, and Christian Iranians are the only recognized
religious minorities, who, within the limits of the law, are free to perform
their religious rites and ceremonies, and to act according to their own
canon in matters of personal affairs and religious education.
In accordance with the sacred verse; ("God does not forbid you to deal
kindly and justly with those who have not fought against you because of
your religion and who have not expelled you from your homes" [60:8]), the
government of the Islamic Republic of Iran and all Mu slims are duty-bound
to treat non-Muslims in conformity with ethical norms and the principles
of Islamic justice and equity, and to respect their human rights. This
principle applies to all who refrain from engaging in conspiracy or activity
against Islam and the Islamic Republic of Iran.