Rouhani calls insulting Prophet encouragement to violence

TEHRAN, Oct. 28 (MNA) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani condemned the recent Islamophobic trend in France, noting that such measures will only encourage violence.

“In today’s world, peace and stability will be maintained in our society only when we respect each other. Insulting a prophet is nothing but an encouragement to violence and an immoral act,” Rouhani said while addressing the cabinet session on Wednesday.

“If the West is sincere about his efforts for peace and security, it should stop interfering in internal affairs of Muslims,” he added.

“It is a surprise that those countries who claim to respect freedom, rights, and law are encouraging people to insult each other and major figures. Westerners should understand that the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) is a love of all Muslims and freedom-seekers of the world,” added Rouhani.

“Insulting the Prophet equals insulting all Muslims, all prophets, and all human values,” highlighted the president.

“All the problems and resentments that have been created are due to the oppression and intervention of the West throughout history in the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries and today,” he said, adding that a clear example of such oppression is Yemen whose “poor people are under bombardment by the West.”

“The Muslim World showed a firm reaction to remarks of some Western officials and this shows that the Muslim World will always follow the path of its Prophet. We hope those who have made a mistake would make up for that and return to the path of morality and justice and respect all divine religions.”

"Each and every European and all those who live in the East and the West are indebted to the Prophet of Islam," Rouhani was quoted as saying by his press service. 

"The lesson of the Prophet is the lesson of respect for others, morality, and freedom, which means that we exchange the right human, useful and constructive ideas. Obscenity, insulting, swearing and caricature are not part of morality, democracy and humanity".

Last breaths of US sanctions

Elsewhere in his remarks, Rouhani said, "The government fully understands the problems of the people and has made every effort to resolve them, and I am confident that we will end this path with pride and victory, and US sanctions are taking their last breaths."

The President of the Islamic Republic of Iran also went on to state, "Recent sanctions indicate Iran's success and US' desperation."

"Despite the problems caused by sanctions and coronavirus, the government will spare no effort for the health, livelihood and development of the country," said Rouhani.

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