TEHRAN (FNA)- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei condemned the attempts made by certain countries and parties to create tension and dispute among the Shiite and Sunni Muslims, reiterating that sowing discord among Muslims is “religiously banned”.
“I declare once again that any statement and action that will ignite the fire of dispute among the Muslims and also sacrilege of the sanctities of any Muslim group or excommunication of any Islamic sect is (rendering) service to the camp of blasphemy and polytheism, disloyalty to Islam and is religiously haram (forbidden),” Ayatollah Khamenei said in a message to the millions of Muslim pilgrims who are in Mecca for Hajj rituals.
He also expressed abhorrence of the massacre of innocent people in different parts of the world under the name of religion, and said, “The armed people who kill children and women and behead men, rape women and even in some cases commit these shameful and disgusting crimes under the name and banner of religion, all of them are the result of the evil and arrogant plots of the aliens’ security agencies and the ruling elements who collaborate with them in the region.”
Ayatollah Khamenei underlined that the fundamental and basic remedy for such mischief and crimes are two things, “first: unity and brotherhood among Muslims under the banner of monotheism. Second: identifying the enemy and confronting its plots and methods.”
In relevant remarks in June, the Leader asked Muslim nations to grow united against the arrogant powers, warning that gaps in the Muslim community would create an opportunity for the Zionist regime to implement its plots against them.
“Unity and companionship among Muslims is an urgent obligation,” Ayatollah Khamenei said, addressing participants in the 30th International Quran Competitions in Tehran.
He pointed out that massacre, bloodshed, blind terrorism and its related catastrophes as well as the opportunities created for the occupying Zionist regime are all outcomes of division and difference in the Islamic Ummah.
“Today is the day of test for the Muslims and Islamic states, and Muslim nations should be completely vigilant,” the Iranian Supreme Leader cautioned.
Ayatollah Khamenei warned of the West’s campaign against Islam and the Muslim world, and said the western enemies are showing their hostility towards Muslims very openly, “thus, the Islamic Ummah should reinvigorate its intrinsic ability and power factors, and one of the most important factors in this regard is unity, integration and focus on commonalities”.
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