Imam Khamenei: “It’s the US and Zionism that’s responsible for Anti-Islamism, Not Christianity”


Full text of the message of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution to the Muslim world in the wake of the unequivocally detestable act of desecrating the Holy Quran and plans to burn copies of it in the USA.

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.
“Surely We have revealed the Reminder, and We will most surely be its guardian.” [Quran 15:9]

Dear Iranian people, great Islamic nation.
The insane and appalling insult to the holy Quran in the United States of America, under police protection, constitutes a serious tragic occurrence that cannot be regarded as a foolish act by some insignificant hirelings. It is an act plotted by institutions that have been relentlessly working for years to spread hatred of Islam and to fight it, as well as the Quran, through thousands of practical means including the media. It is another episode in the despicable series that started with the treason and blasphemy of Salman Rushdie, spread to the malevolent Danish caricaturist and other anti-Islam Hollywood productions, and has now reached this repugnant show. Still, what lies behind such evil acts and who stands in the shadows of this background?

Examining this evil course and its association with the criminal deeds in Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, Lebanon, and Pakistan, leaves no doubt whatsoever that those behind plotting and leading are the leaders of hegemonic regimes and Zionist dark rooms which significantly influence the US and its security and military institutions, as well as England among other European nations. Investigation and fact finding panels have been pointing at the responsibility of those same people in the 9/11 attacks on the twin towers. This gave then the criminal US President George W. Bush a justification to attack Afghanistan and Iraq in the framework of a crusade. This same person has reportedly stated that the crusade was complemented when the Church joined in.

On the one hand, the purpose of this recent heinous act is to take the controversy with Islam and Muslims to the Christian public level, give it a religious characteristic through the joining of the Church and the pastors, and then gain the support of by the elements of extremism to deal a blow to Muslim peoples. On the other hand, this act is aimed at infuriating Muslims to divert their attention from the occurring developments in the Islamic world and the Middle East.

This spiteful step is not the beginning of an inclination; it is a stage in the extending trend of anti-Islamism led by Zionism and the American regime. We can see today how the leaders of global arrogance and the heads of disbelief stand united in front of Islam. Islam is the religion of freedom and human spirit and the Quran is the book of mercy, wisdom, and justice. The free people of this world and the followers of monotheistic faiths of Prophet Abraham should stand by Muslims in the face of the wretched anti-Islam policies. The leaders of the American regime cannot acquit themselves of indulging this hideous phenomenon by mere absurd and deceitful rhetoric. We have witnessed through many years how the sanctities and the rights of millions of downtrodden Muslims have been desecrated in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Lebanon, and Palestine.

Why are these tragedies taking place? Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed, tens of thousands of women and men are living in captivity and anguish, thousands of children and women are being abducted, millions face disablement and displacement, for what? Despite all this injustice, we see international western media outlets project Muslims a violent people and the holy Quran and Islam in general as a threat to humanity. How can we believe that all these large-scale conspiracies can materialize if it were not for the support and interference of Zionist circles in the USA?

Muslim brothers and sisters in Iran and the world.
It is necessary for me to remind everybody of the following:

First: This, and previous similar incidents clearly show that the target of the global arrogant regime is the dear Islam and the holy Quran. The insolents blatantly declare their enmity to the Islamic Republic because Iran stands in the face of arrogance. However, their claim of not being anti-Islam is a big lie and a satanic stratagem. They are hostile to every aspect of Islam and everything that it stands for.

Second: This series of spiteful trends against Islam and Muslims stem from the fact that star of Islam has been increasingly glowing for decades. Not only has this religions reached and embedded hearts across the Muslim world, but in the West as well. It stems from the fact that the Islamic nation has become more conscious and the Muslim people have been determined to break the shackles of imperialism and the aggression of arrogant regimes. The insult to the holy Quran and Prophet Mohammed peace be upon him and his household, despite its bitterness, bears the great tidings that the light of the Quran shall glow brighter day after day.

Third: We should all know that the recent incident on the one hand and the Church and Christianity are incoherent. Christians and clerics should not be held responsible of the spectacles of some foolish pastors. As Muslims, we will never take on something similar with regards to the sanctities of other religions. Struggle between Muslims and Christians is what the enemies and the plotters of this insane play are after, however, the holy Quran guides us to the opposite direction.

Fourth: Muslims hold the US government and US politicians accountable. If they were sincere in their claims that they were not involved, then they ought to adequately punish the real elements and players who hurt the feelings of 1.5 billion Muslims.

Peace be on the virtuous servants of Allah.
Sayyed Ali Khamenei
Shawwal 4, 1431 AH
Spetember 13, 2010