Zionists’ efforts to promote Islamophobia will be counterproductive: Leader of Islamic Ummah and Oppressed Imam Ayatollah Khamenei
Their effort to create Islamophobia will produce the opposite result. Their actions will make the youth curious about Islam. If the masses of the people in the world are given a little nudge and if we attract their attention, they will begin to understand why the Zionist press and television networks – those which are dependent on powerful and well-to-do cliques – launch so many attacks on Islam.
The Islamophobia that exists today is, in fact, a reflection of their [ global arrogant powers] anxiety and nervousness. It shows that you have managed to move forward. It shows that Islam has been able to successfully launch its movement until today.
Of course, despite what are they doing, their movement against Islam and their effort to create Islamophobia will produce the opposite result. That is to say, their actions will make the youth curious about Islam. If the masses of the people in the world are given a little nudge and if we attract their attention, they will begin to understand why the Zionist press and television networks – those which are dependent on powerful and well-to-do cliques – launch so many attacks on Islam. This will pose a question in their minds and we believe that this question has certain blessings and that it can turn this threat into an opportunity.
We should make efforts. In the Islamic Republic, the great and important feat is that all of us – anyone at any level and with any capability in this regard – should make efforts to introduce original Islam, one that supports the oppressed and that opposes the oppressor. The youth who live in Europe, America and distant countries become excited about this kind of Islam. They become excited and it becomes clear to them that Islam means a force, motive and thought which moves against oppressors and transgressors and in favor of the oppressed. It becomes clear to them that Islam has plans to pursue this and that it considers it its responsibility to do so.
We should introduce the kind of Islam that supports reason and deep philosophies. We should introduce the Islam of thoughts and ideas and the kind of Islam that attaches great significance – through the Holy Quran – to reason, logic and thought. We should introduce the kind of Islam that supports rationality and that opposes partiality, fossilization and foolish delusions – these are characteristics that some people advocate in the name of Islam. We should say that Islam is this. We should say that Islam is committed to fighting against decadence. Today, there are many organizations that drag youth towards self-indulgence, decadence and indifference on different matters. Well, Islam – which believes that human beings have certain responsibilities – wants them to remain responsible.
We should introduce the kind of Islam that is present in people’s lives as opposed to secular Islam. Secular Islam is similar to secular Christianity which imprisons itself in a corner of church and which has no presence in real life. Secular Islam acts in the same way. Today, there are some people who invite people to isolated Islam, one that has nothing do with people’s lives. This kind of Islam calls on people to perform some religious acts in a corner of mosques or houses. We should introduce the kind of Islam that is present in people’s lives. We should introduce the Islam of mercy to the weak and the Islam of jihad and fighting against arrogant powers.
In my opinion, this is a responsibility that falls on everyone’s shoulders. Our promotional and scholarly organizations and our Islamic seminaries should pursue this goal. Today, they are targeting Islam on many occasions. And it is clear which people, organizations and orientations are doing so. They are dependent on a powerful and well-to-do clique which is active in economic and political areas and whose members are mostly Zionist and Jewish. If not so, they are non-Jewish Zionists. Today, we have non-Jewish Zionists in the world as well. Against these people, we should benefit from the opportunity to pose this question in the minds of people and youth throughout the world so that they think about why they are attacking Islam so vigorously. Then, we should provide them with real Islam.
In my opinion, if we clergymen, ulama and people who are working in religious areas set this as our goal – that is to say, implementing Islam in its entirety and confronting such enmities – we will make many achievements.
March 12, 2015