“Many wrongdoings, misunderstandings, despairs, disloyalties, hostilities and submissions to tyrannical powers result from estrangement with the Qur’an, and the spirituality and knowledge that come with it,” the Leader told reciters and researchers of the holy book in Tehran Monday.
“Unfortunately, the rulers of some Islamic countries do not adhere to Qur’anic teachings and instead of being ‘harsh against the unbelievers,’ they have become servants and followers of America and the Zionists; and instead of being ‘merciful to one another,’ they pave the way for divisions and wars, like the wars in Yemen and Syria, and the massacre of Muslims.”
Addressing the closing ceremony of the 36th International Qur’an Contests, Ayatollah Khamenei said, “Today, many leaders of Arabic countries are of this kind.”
The Leader noted that some of those rulers “colluded with Israelis and stepped on the blood of Palestinians.”
Over the past years, leaders of some Arabic countries, namely Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, have led overt and covert efforts to normalize ties with the Israeli regime.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has on many occasions hinted at extensive security and political dealings with Arab nations that largely remain a secret upon the request of their leaders.
Ayatollah Khamenei pointed to the Riyadh regime’s deadly war against Yemen, which has killed thousands of civilians since its onset in March 2015.
“Today Yemen is being constantly bombarded. Who is doing the bombing? Is he an unbeliever? No! He is a Muslim; at least he appears to be a Muslim,” the Leader continued.
The UAE and several other Arab countries in the region have been helping Riyadh with the unprovoked war, led by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
‘Enemies in their death throes’
Ayatollah Khamenei said unlike some Islamic nations, Iran is putting the Qur’an at the heart of its decision-making, “no matter how angry this makes them (the enemies).”
“Although today the hostilities look more than they were in terms of both volume and intensity, these actions and conspiracies are the last throes of our enemies’ enmity with the Islamic Republic.”
Flood relief efforts
Ayatollah Khamenei said a nationwide campaign in Iran to help people in flood-hit areas is in many ways similar to the mobilization movement that took place during Iraq’s eight-year war against the Islamic Republic in the 1980s.
“This extraordinary popular movement that we witness today is like the self-sacrificing and enthusiasm that we saw” during former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s war, the Leader noted.
“Our martyrs taught the Iranian nation many lessons and the less seen movement by the people to help flood-hit areas was an apt example,” Ayatollah Khamenei continued.
Iran flood death toll rises to 76; five provinces still at riskIranian officials warn that five provinces remain under a flood warning due to fresh precipitation.
Earlier in the day, the Leader called on President Hassan Rouhani to swiftly compensate damages caused by the recent floods across the country using all available resources.
Rouhani had earlier asked for authorization to use the National Development Fund (NDF) resources to compenstate flood losses.
Ayatollah Khamenei wrote in a letter on Monday that the president would be authorized to tap into the reserve after exhausting all other resources in his control.
“The damage from catastrophic flooding is heavy and woeful, particularly in some provinces, and must be completely pursued and compensated,” the Leader wrote.
However, Ayatollah Khamenei urged the government to explore other budgetary measures to fund the relief efforts before drawing money out of the sovereign fund