“The wars among the regional Muslim nations today are (the result of) a plot by the global arrogance in line with their main goal that is to sow the seeds of discord.” The “global arrogance” — that’s essentially the U.S. and Israel. So Sunnis hate Shi’ites and vice versa, you see, because of a nefarious CIA/Mossad scheme. Of course!
What’s bitterly ironic here is that while the Ayatollah Khamenei claims that “the goal of the enemy is to bring Islam to its knees and prevent the Shiite community from becoming a role-model” — presumably by sowing discord between Sunnis and Shi’ites — actually the U.S. for years tried to smooth over the differences between the two and keep them from fighting each other. If “creating rifts among Muslims is like a sword in the hands of the enemies of Islam,” the U.S. threw that sword down and refused to wield it. Remember Condoleezza Rice’s notorious and risible January 2007 statement: “There’s still a tendency to see these things in Sunni-Shia terms. But the Middle East is going to have to overcome that.”
“Commander: Muslim Infighting Result of Arrogant Powers’ Plotting,” Fars News Agency, May 18, 2014:
TEHRAN (FNA)- Lieutenant Commander of Iran’s Basij (volunteer) Force Brigadier General Ali Fazli cautioned warring sides in the region that internal disputes and clashes among the Muslims are just the result of the plots hatched by the arrogant world powers.
“The wars among the regional Muslim nations today are (the result of) a plot by the global arrogance in line with their main goal that is to sow the seeds of discord,” Fazli said, addressing a ceremony in the capital Tehran on Sunday.
In relevant remarks in April, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei warned against the plots hatched by the enemies to create rift among different Muslim sects.
“The goal of the enemy is to bring Islam to its knees and prevent the Shiite community from becoming a role-model,” Ayatollah Khamenei said, addressing a group of eulogists on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Hazrat Fatemeh (AS), the beloved daughter of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), the wife of Shiite Islam’s first Imam and the mother of Shiites’ second and third Imams.
The Supreme Leader underlined that the Shiism has access to unique possibilities and tools to confront the enemy’s plots.
Ayatollah Khamenei pointed to the attempts made by the enemies to harm Muslim unity and sow discord between Shiite and Sunni Muslims, and said, “Creating rifts among Muslims is like a sword in the hands of the enemies of Islam …”
Iran has always attached crucial importance to paving the way for the enhancement of interaction and cooperation among Muslim nations in a bid to strengthen Muslim unity throughout the world.
In June 2013, Ayatollah Khamenei asked Muslim nations to grow united against the arrogant powers, warning that gaps in the Muslim community will create an opportunity for the Zionist regime to implement its plots against them.
“Unity and companionship among Muslims is an urgent obligation,” Ayatollah Khamenei said in Tehran at the time.
He pointed out that massacre, bloodshed, blind terrorism and its related catastrophes as well as the opportunities created for the occupying Zionist regime are all outcomes of division and difference in the Islamic Ummah.
“Today is the day of test for the Muslims and Islamic states, and Muslim nations should be completely vigilant,” the Iranian Supreme Leader cautioned.
Ayatollah Khamenei warned of the West’s campaign against Islam and the Muslim world, and said the western enemies are showing their hostility towards Muslims very openly, “thus, the Islamic Ummah should reinvigorate its intrinsic ability and power factors, and one of the most important factors in this regard is unity, integration and focus on commonalities”.
In relevant remarks earlier in 2013, Ayatollah Khamenei warned Muslim nations about the plots hatched by the enemies to sow discord in the Islamic community.
Addressing a group of Iranian officials and the foreign participants of the 26th International Islamic Unity Conference in Tehran in February, Ayatollah Khamenei felicitated birthday of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and stated that unity among the Islamic community was the main mission of the Holy Prophet.
The Leader pointed to the wave of the Islamic awakening in the Muslim World, and reiterated that the world arrogance targeted the Islamic Awakening movements and aims to divide the Muslims pitting them against each other.
“Therefore, the main duty of the elites in the Muslim world is to help expose the enemies’ plots and take serious efforts to materialize the motto of Islamic unity,” the Leader underlined.