‘Use Hajj to spread truth about bullying powers’

TEHRAN: Iran’s supreme leader Saturday said that Muslim nations were being manipulated into internal strife by the world’s “bullies” and urged Islamic unity in the face of what he identified as the Umma’s two greatest enemies: the US and Israel. 

“Over the past 36 years global hegemony has exercised its animosity toward the Iranian nation through other countries; however, the Iranian nation has always come to find out that these proxy countries are mere pawns and have been duped into antagonizing Iranians”. 

Iranians have always been aware that “the real enemies are the US and Israel,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.

 “The root cause of the problems returns to their real enemies, the US and Israel,” he said.

The bullying powers, as he called them, are conspiring “against the Quran and not Shias and Iran, because they know that the Quran and Islam are the center of awakening nations.”

Iranians, he said, “have realized that their real stubborn enemy is the world arrogance and Zionism and that’s why they chant slogans against the US and Zionism.”

Ayatollah Khamenei was speaking to Iranian officials in charge of the Hajj — the annual pilgrimage to Mecca that Muslims from all over the world undertake.

The Leader added that Hajj symbolizes convergence among Muslim nations.

“Hajj is the real symbol of Islamic rapport and empathy,” Ayatollah Khamenei underlined, and went on to say “May God curse those who tried to alienate minds [of people] from the reality and significance of Islam, and to divide Muslims into different groups with different motives.”

He explained to them that the pilgrimage to Mecca was a prime opportunity for Iranians to convey their aforementioned insights to other Muslims and thus encourage Islamic unity against its true enemies.

“The world bullies are fully, seriously seeking to stir violence and discord under the name of Islam and are trying to disrepute the religion of Islam, foment internal fights among Islamic nations and even among the people of one nation to weaken the Muslim Ummah, and transferring the Iranian nation’s experience about unity and recognition of the enemy to other nations in the Hajj season can defuse these plots,” he said.

In an indirect reference to Egypt, Khamenei said some Islamic groups which came to power in certain countries faced failures as they, “unlike the Iranian nation, mistook friend for foe and suffered a blow accordingly.”

Since the signing of the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers in July, Khamenei has repeatedly spoken out against Tehran’s main negotiating partners in Washington.

Khamenei, who has final say on all state matters in Iran, has not publicly approved or disapproved the deal, though he repeatedly offered words of support for Iran’s nuclear negotiators during the course of the talks.

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