TEHRAN (Iran News) – Supreme Leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei called for unity among Muslims saying it is a matter of principle and a clear religious duty.
The leader made the comment during a meeting with participants in the 35th International Islamic Unity Conference in Tehran.
“Unity and solidarity among Muslims is not a tactical issue, which some may imagine, we should, due to certain circumstances, be united. No, [Muslims’ unity] is a fundamental issue. Muslims’ synergy is necessary; if Muslims unite and work toward synergy, this strengthens all of them. Muslims’ unity is a clear religious duty [mentioned] in the Quran,” the leader said in an address to the participants on the birth anniversary of Islam’s holy Prophet Mohammad.
“The birth of the prophet is actually the beginning of new era in the life of the humanity. It is a promise for a new chapter of divine will and blessing for the humanity.”
He added that the reason that the Islamic Republic of Iran emphasizes the unity among Muslims is that enemies are trying to create rift and division among Sunnis and Shiites and the issue of Shiite and Sunni has entered the literature of the U.S. in recent years while they essentially oppose Islam itself but stick to the issue of Shiite and Sunni.
He also said the U.S. can create sedition in any part of the world that it can, and the best example is the near incident in Afghanistan almost two weeks ago when a Shiite mosque was exploded and many people were martyred during the Friday Prayer.
Top Iranian officials, including the heads of the three branches of government, as well as participants in the 35th International Islamic Unity Conference in Iran have met with Leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei in the capital Tehran on Sunday.
The meeting was held on the birth anniversary of Islam’s holy Prophet Mohammad, which is used as an occasion to hold the Islamic Unity Conference every year.
The event was held in strict observance of health protocols announced by the national taskforce against the coronavirus pandemic.