Leader: Islamic unity Iran’s official policy

TEHRAN, Oct. 28 (MNA) – The Leader of the Islamic Republic has said Islamic unity is Iran’s official policy.

Ayatollah Khamenei addressed a meeting of staff and officials of Hajj pilgrimage on Tuesday, where he believed that Islamic unity would not mean that Islamic denominations abandon their faith; “Rather, unity means that the players within the Islamic Umma should not antagonize each other, and should support each other in critical times of international politics,” said the leader trying to elucidate the concept of unity.

Ayatollah Khamenei emphasized upon ‘proper planning to improve the efficiency of hajj pilgrimage’ through a ‘revolutionary and innovative view of affairs’ in response to ‘pilgrims’ spiritual and intellectual needs,’ and also ‘to address the fallacies and doubts cast by the enemies of Islam’ as a necessity. “The wall erected to create a rift between Islamic Republic and the rest of the Islamic world is a subterfuge devised by the enemies of Islamic unity,” said the Leader, urging that “the hajj pilgrimage rituals should be exploited as an opportunity and as a ‘great congregation of Islamic Umma’ to destroy this falsely-devised wall which is based upon figments and false beliefs advertised by the enemies.”

On the issue of promoting the status of hajj pilgrimage, the Leader mentioned ‘improvement of services’ and ‘providing the pilgrims with useful content’ as issues where attempts to improve hajj efficiency should be directed to innovative plans in addressing the most pressing issues of Islamic world.

Ayatollah Khamenei then pointed to Islamic unity as a real need for Islamic world in the framework informed by these two issues; “Unity and fraternity is part of our faith, and the Islamic Republic of Iran would not tolerate any leniency toward the issue,” said the Leader, mentioning the innovation by Imam Khomeini (RA) in setting ‘Islamic unity’ to Iran’s official policy, which he believed, the enemies had been working to undermine this ‘transparent position’ through ‘erecting a wall between Iran and Islamic world.’

“All should work to destroy this wall, and hajj rituals would be a great opportunity,” the Leader asserted. “The enemies spew false information to the world about Shia Islam and Islamic Republic of Iran in an attempt to create a rift between Islamic Republic and Islam,” emphasized the Leader, “all sorts of information technology should provide venues for changing these false mentalities and defamations [into positive mentality], and merely writing books would not suffice the purpose.”

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