Takfir is the practice of one Muslim individual or group declaring another Muslim individual or group to be non-Muslim, and hence to be killed as a heretic or apostate. Al Qaeda and other jihad groups are sometimes referred to by other Muslims as takfiri groups because they claim to represent authentic Islam, and pronounce takfir against other Muslims who oppose them. Boroujerdi, being a Shi’ite, thinks that the Sunni jihad groups opposing Iran’s client Assad in Syria are misunderstanding Islam — not in the sense that mainstream (deceiving or deceived) Western analysts would assume, for their thinking that jihad involves warfare against those they consider unbelievers, but because they’re Sunni and are fighting against Shi’ites.
That part of Boroujerdi’s analysis is understandable; the part about aiding the enemies of Islam, which Safavi makes explicit as Israel, is standard Islamic supremacist anti-Semitic conspiracy paranoia.
“Iranian MP: Takfiri Groups Pursuing Israel’s Interests in Region,” from Fars News Agency, January 19:
TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Iranian lawmaker warned that Takfiri terrorists are killing Muslims for the sake of enemies’ interests in the region, particularly the Zionist regime of Israel.
“Takfiri groups are used as a tool by enemies of Islam and they seem to lack a true understanding of Islam,” Chairman of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi said in a meeting with Syrian Grand Mufti Sheikh Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun in Tehran on Saturday.
He highlighted the role of clerics in reinforcing the resistance of the Syrian nation as well as fostering unity in the Arab country, and warned against plots by enemies to incite religious and sectarian rifts among Muslims.
Boroujerdi also praised the resistance of the Syrian people against the foreign-sponsored crisis in the country.
Earlier this month, Senior military aide to the Iranian Supreme Leader Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi warned that Takfiri terrorists are killing Muslims for the sake of Israel’s interests in the region.
“Takfiri groups are advancing Israel’s interests in the Middle-East through violence and terrorism,” Major General Rahim Safavi said.
“Through the massacre of innocent people in countries like Syria, Iraq and Bahrain, Takfiri groups are pushing the situation in the region in favor of the Zionist regime (of Israel),” he said.