Leader: US opposes Islam, seeks Muslim discord

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei highlighted the US deep hostility towards Islam, saying American officials favor division between the Shiite and Sunni Muslims contrary to their remarks.

“The incumbent US officials are against Islam in essence, and contrary to the remarks they make, they are after creating discord among Muslims,” Ayatollah Khamenei said on Tuesday, in a gathering of Iranian officials, ambassadors of Islamic countries, and participants at the Islamic Unity Conference in Tehran.

The meeting was held on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

The Leader explained that a clue to US push for Muslim disunity is creation of the terrorist groups, such as Daesh (also known as ISIL), which have come into being with the financial and political supports of those allied with the US.

There is no difference between Shiites and Sunnis in the eyes of Americans, Imam Khamenei stressed, saying the US opposes “any Muslim that wants to live on the basis of Islamic rules and strive for it.”

Exposing the lie behind US officials’ apparent support for Sunnism and rejection of Shiism, the Leader pointed to Washington’s silence on the Israeli atrocities against the Sunni residents of Gaza or the West Bank.

As soon as the talk of Sunni-Shiite difference appeared in the vocabulary of the US politicians, the clear-sighted analysts knew that the US is thinking of “a new plot, even more dangerous than before,” the Leader underlined.

The main objective of the arrogant front is to incite internal wars among Muslims and destroy infrastructures of the Muslim states, like Syria, Yemen and Libya, the Supreme Leader warned.

Such attempt to incite discord among Muslims is meant to prevent establishment of a “modern Islamic civilization,” Ayatollah Khamenei noted.

The Leader then called for serious efforts to build the modern Islamic civilization, which rejects invasion of countries, violation of human rights and imposition of its culture on the nations in a Western style.