Islamic World Harmed by Scourge of Terrorism
Iran’s Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani slammed violence and terrorist incidents as threats that have caused damage to the Islamic world in different ways.
“Today… the Islamic Ummah (community) is plagued with violence and terrorism. This is a very awful phenomenon that has hurt Islam and the Muslim Ummah in different ways,” Larijani said in an address to an international congress in Tehran on Tuesday, held for consultation among the foreign guests who are in Iran to take part in the celebrations and rallies on the anniversary of the victory of Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Larijani said the world powers have launched a propaganda campaign to use the terrorist incidents, like the recent attacks in France, to taint the image of Islam.
He also noted that acts of terrorism sap the energy of Muslims and pit them against each other, what the world powers are after.
Moreover, the terrorist moves distract Muslims’ attention from the fight against Zionism and from support for the Palestinian nation, Larijani added.
“Israel is exerting the highest pressures on Palestine at this time,” he said.
In recent weeks, following terrorist attacks in France and the burning alive of a Jordanian pilot by the ISIL Takfiri terrorists in Syria, Iranian officials have raised the alarm over the spread of Islamophobia by foreign media.
In a January 29 letter to the UN secretary general, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif stressed that “senseless resorts to violence” has no place in Islam and its teachings.
“The fact that such senseless resorts to violence has no place in Islam and its exalted teachings, nor acceptable to Muslims, is not in doubt; notwithstanding the campaign by the perpetrators, promoters of Islamophobia try to depict it (Islam) otherwise,” Zarif noted.
Earlier on January 21, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei wrote a letter in English asking European and North American youths not to judge Islam based on the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.
In his historic letter, Imam Khamenei asked Western youths to try to gain a direct and firsthand knowledge of the religion in reaction to the flood of prejudgments and disinformation campaigns.
“Don’t allow them to hypocritically introduce their own recruited terrorists as representatives of Islam,” Ayatollah Khamenei stressed in the letter.