The Supreme Leader Says Pope 'Deceived' By 'The Great Satan'
Is the Pope a clueless pawn of the American government? According to this news account from Iran's tightly controlled Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, The leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei blames 'the Great Satan' for the Pope's remarks, arguing that the Pontiff was deceived into helping the United States create religious conflict.
September 18, 2006
Iran - IRIB News - Original Article (English)
leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei, described
prayer as the basis of individual religious practice, the religious practice of
nations, as well as the vital element of every religious community.
Khamenei made the remarks in an address to officials in charge of the
Foundation for the Performance of Prayer. The Leader invoked Quranic verses and
the words of the Fourteen Infallibles in arguing
that prayers help focus attention on the Almighty and that no effort would be
spared in promoting the quality people's performance of prayer.
Leader said that the motivation of the inner soul and continued adoption of a
sound approach are two keys to setting up a monotheistic community and to
Khamenei described the Foundation's major duties as the promotion of prayer by
publicly propagating the significance of the divine and mandatory practice of
prayer with a heartfelt presence.
Khamenei urged other agencies to assist the foundation in this regard, adding
that materializing these goals would consolidate a great global movement, the
main pillar of which is the Iranian Islamic System.
Supreme Leader cordially thanked the head of the foundation, Hojjatoleslam
Qara'ati, as well as the revered Ulema [Muslim Scholars ] and other
bodies that help promote prayer, calling them to continue the efforts.
the promotion of prayer, all useful propaganda tools must be applied," Ayatollah
IN REGARD TO THE POPE
remarks, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution expressed deep sorrow over the
Pope's recent remarks on Islam and praised the Islamic world's reasonable
[Editor's Note: During a speech in Germany on faith and reason, Pope Benedict XVI quoted
a 14th century Byzantine emperor, and said in part, "Show me just what
Muhammad brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and
inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached ].
one point of view, the remarks are allegations leveled at Islam. But more
significant than this is how such remarks assist the World Imperialist [the
United States], which seeks to create religious conflict between Muslims and
Christians," Ayatollah Khamenei warned. "To Charge that Islam ignores
rationality is like denying the sun, because no other Divine book puts the
emphasis on wisdom and prudence as does the Quran. Moreover, the Islamic Umma's
[community's] shining civilization of science took shape based on Islamic
recommendations about wisdom, science and prudence," Ayatollah Khamenei
to the Pope's remarks about Jihad [struggle ] in Islam,
Ayatollah Khamenei said that it is the ultimate unfairness to misinterpret
Islam's views about Jihad.
Jihad is not a tool for imposing one's opinions on others, but rather a
movement of liberation against those powers that shackle humans with slavery,"
Ayatollah Khamenei added.
Khamenei touched on Quranic verses and the words of the Fourteen Infallibles
that urge Muslims to treat people of other faiths with magnanimity and saying
that in Islam's view, all people deserve magnanimity.
then is Islam is accused of violence, despite the existence of so many crystal
clear verses?" the Leader asked.
significant than the Pope's unfortunate remarks is that behind the scenes,
imperialist policies are sparking a religious crisis, causing the followers of
different religions to confront one another and halt their cooperation."
Khamenei warned of America's attempts to incite rancor and pessimism between
Muslims and Christians and to mar the image of Muslim minorities in the West. They
do so to repress the Islamic community under the pretext of its perceived
support for terrorism.
The Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei, who, according to the Iranian
government press, is now calling himself the leader of the world's
Muslims. On Sunday, he charged the Catholic Pope of assisting
America in its plan to incite religious conflict.
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global bullies believe their continued existence depends on maintaining
religious conflict within international community. Practically speaking, the
Pope aided such policies through his remarks," Ayatollah Khamenei said.
Leader added, however, that it is likely the Pope had been deceived, and so had
overlooked the specific goals that lay behind such remarks.
Leader then recalled a meeting he had years ago with a European official who
had a role in the attack on Iraq, during which the Leader was surprised when
the European touched on the subject of Crusades.
when the incident involving the towers in New York took place, the American
President spoke of Crusades and the American-Zionist project was launched, the
intention of the European official was made clear and we soon realized that the
leaders of The Arrogance had earlier drawn up the American-Zionist plot," Ayatollah
Leader denounced the insulting cartoons [of Muhammad] and the insulting remarks
about Islam made by certain politicians and the media in America and Europe, calling these
"different branches" of a scheme to incite Crusades, adding "the Pope's
remarks are the latest such branch."
expect as much from Bush, because he works for the global powers and corporate
pillager, but such remarks from a senior Christian authority are regrettable
and surprising," Ayatollah Khamenei said.
The Leader of the World's Muslims cautioned Islamic practitioners
that the policies of the Great Satan (the American Government) are behind the
Pope's remarks, adding that protests must be directed at those who benefited
from and pursue their imperialist policies through the Pope's unfair remarks.
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"When they talk about a "New Middle East," they mean a Middle East that is held captive by America, England, and the Zionist regime. When they talk about a "New Middle East," they do not mean progress, development, independence, or freedom for the countries [of the region]. They oppose independence, freedom, and progress. Look at Iraq, Palestine, Lebanon, and other places."
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of Iran