Senior Cleric: Sacrilegious Moves Seeking to Spread Islamophobia
Tehran’s provisional Friday Prayers Leader Ayatollah Mohammad Emami Kashani strongly deplored the sacrilegious moves such as publishing of insulting cartoon of Islam’s Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) by French weekly Charlie Hebdo as mischievous efforts to promote Islamophobia.
Addressing a large and fervent congregation of the people on Tehran University campus on Friday, Ayatollah Emami Kashani said, “The enemy is seeking to promote Islamophobia through insulting Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).”
He underlined that the West has created and supported the terrorist groups to taint the image of Islam before the international community.
Late last month, Iranian lawmakers in a statement deplored the blasphemous cartoon of Islam’s Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) published in the French magazine, Charlie Hebdo.
Presiding board member Zarqam Sadeqi read out the Iranian MPs’ statement in an open session of the parliament.
“We (the Iranian lawmakers) clearly express our hatred for these shameful acts and support the protests staged by the Muslims across the world in condemnation of the French government’s backing for the irreverent media,” part of the statement read.
“The insult to Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) was a scandalous show staged for promoting Islamophobia,” it said.
The MPs reiterated that what happened in the Charlie Hebdo office was committed through the supports of the US, Europe and their mercenary states in the region.
“Could there be anything more ridiculous than the visit of Zionist regime’s prime minister, (Benjamin) Netanyahu, to Paris to join others in a showoff rally to condemn terrorism,” the lawmakers asked.
The lawmakers warned France is imitating the US model of the (New York’s) twin towers to make use of this incident to attain its desired outcomes.
“They allow these insults under the name of the freedom of speech, but they ban speaking against the Holocaust, while they allow insults to the sanctities of over 1.5 billion Muslims,” the Iranian MPs said.
In January, French satirical magazine once again published a sacrilegious cartoon of Islam’s Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), only a week after gunmen murdered eight journalists and four others at its offices in Paris.
The move has hurt the sentiments of over a billion Muslims throughout the world and caused angry protests in many world states.
The Iranian foreign ministry deplored the publication of the blasphemous Cartoon, describing it as a “provocative” and “insulting” move.
“We condemn provocative moves and in our view, the weekly’s action is insulting and we condemn it completely since it will provoke and hurt Muslims’ feelings across the world and will create a sequence of extremism in the world,” Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said in Tehran.
She stressed that respecting the beliefs, values and sanctities of different religions was a globally accepted principle and European statesmen are expected to heed such norms.
Afkham underscored that it was not enough for the western governments to admit to their wrong policies, and they needed to adopt correct decisions which serve the interests of the followers of all religions and nations.
Last month, the ISIL terrorist group attacked the weekly after it released a cartoon of ISIL leader Abu Bakr Al-Baqdadi. At least 12 people were killed when masked gunmen stormed the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo and opened fire.
Iranian officials condemned the attack, but warned that the incident should not be used as a pretext for accusing Islam or pressuring the Muslim community in the West, reminding that ISIL is not an Islamic group.
The same day, Afkham condemned the attack, and said any act of terrorism against innocent people is opposed to Islamic teachings.