Islam prohibits insulting other religions: Rafsanjani

TEHRAN, Sept. 21 (MNA) -- Islam does not permit its followers to insult other religions, Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said in Tehran on Tuesday during a meeting with Catholicos-Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East Mar Khanania Dinkha IV.

“If we really want to put the Quran’s instructions into practice, we should respect other religious faiths. Our religion does not allow us to insult other religions,” Rafsanjani noted.

Commenting on the recent calls for the desecration of the Quran in the United States, he said many Christians condemned the move, as was expected.

Dinkha said he hoped that such actions carried out in Western countries would not negatively affect relations between followers of different religions.

He also denounced the desecration of the Quran as a politically-motivated move and said desecration of the Quran is like desecration of the Bible and no true Christian would approve of such actions.

In a separate meeting with Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani, Dinkha praised the Muslim nation of Iran for its good treatment of the Assyrian minority in Iran and said Assyrian Christians have always practiced their religion freely in Iran.

Larijani highlighted the role of religious leaders, saying, “In the current political and cultural situation in the world, religious leaders have an important and decisive role.”


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