Supreme Leader Says America behind Islamic Sectarianism, Radicalism
The takfiri orientation is Islamic on the face of it, but in practice, it is at the service of the great colonialist, arrogant and political orientations that are working against the world of Islam.
OE Watch Commentary: The rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Ash-Sham, known alternatively by the acronyms ISIL, ISIS or, in Arabic, Da’ash, has threatened the interests of both Iran and the United States and upended security in the heart of the Middle East. President Obama announced on 10 September 2014 that the United States would launch airstrikes against ISIS not only in Iraq but also in Syria. According to numerous U.S. and Iranian press reports, Obama also sent a letter to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei suggesting that the United States and Iran cooperate in the fight against ISIS.
While the Iranian leader may not have formally responded with a letter of his own, the speech he delivered before the “World Conference on Extremism and Takfirism” suggests that Khamenei sees the United States more as the problem rather than the solution when it comes to ISIS. Takfirism refers to an Islamic doctrine in which those deemed to hold divergent or blasphemous views are not only declared outside the bounds of Islam, but are then subject to death.
In Khamenei’s speech, excerpted here, the Supreme Leader suggests that the United States has co-opted, if not created Sunni extremism to undercut Iranian influence and to soil the reputation of movements which he insists were behind the initial Arab Spring uprisings. In effect, Khamenei’s speech is a call for both Sunni and Shi‘ite Muslims to stop fighting each other and instead recognize that the United States, Great Britain, and Israel are the common enemies. As such, it seems highly doubtful that the Iranian government will be willing to coordinate with the United States on a joint strategy to combat ISIS to a common end.
End OE Watch Commentary (Rubin)
Source: “Biyanat dar Didar Sharkat-e Konandegan dar Kongareh-ye Jahani Jariyanha-ye Afrati va Takfiri az Didgah ‘Ulama-ye Islam” (Remarks in a Meeting with Participants in the World Conference on Extremism and Takfirism from the Perspective of Islamic Scholars), Khamenei.ir, 25 November 2014. http://farsi.khamenei.ir/speech-content?id=28278
Remarks before the World Conference on Extremism and Takfirism
First, the purpose of this congress is attending to the issue of takfirism which is a harmful and dangerous orientation in the world of Islam. Although this takfiri orientation is not new and although it has a historical background, it is a few years now that it has been revived and strengthened with the plots of arrogance, with the money of some regional governments and with the schemes of the intelligence services of colonialist countries such as America, England and the Zionist regime…
There is an undeniable point which is the fact that the takfiri orientation and the governments which support and advocate it move completely in the direction of the goals of arrogance and Zionism. Their work is in line with the goals of America, the colonialist governments in Europe and the government of the usurping Zionist regime.
Certain signs confirm this claim. The takfiri orientation is Islamic on the face of it, but in practice, it is at the service of the great colonialist, arrogant and political orientations that are working against the world of Islam. There are clear signs which cannot be ignored. I would like to mention a few of these signs: one is that the takfiri orientation managed to make the movement of Islamic Awakening deviate from its path. The movement of Islamic Awakening was an anti-American and anti-arrogance movement which was against the elements that America had installed in the region.
It was a movement that had been launched by the masses of the people in different countries of North Africa. These countries were against arrogance and America. The takfiri orientation changed the direction of this anti-arrogance, anti-American and anti-tyranny movement. It turned it into a war between Muslims and into fratricide. The front line of fighting in the region was the borders of occupied Palestine, but the takfiri orientation came and changed this front line to the streets of Baghdad, the Jameh Mosque of Syria and Damascus, the streets of Pakistan and different cities of Syria. These places became the front line of fighting.
Take a look at the condition of today’s Libya, Syria, Iraq, Pakistan and see against whom the forces and swords of Muslims are being used. These forces should have been used against the Zionist regime. The takfiri orientation changed the direction of this fighting to our homes, our cities and our Islamic countries... This movement is at the service of arrogance. It is at the service of America and England. What they do is at the service of the intelligence services of America and England. It is at the service of Mossad and other such intelligence services.