IRI Leader's Viewpoints (No. 19): Britain Treasury Provides Money for Shia Media Insulting Sunni Brethren

Friday, March 31, 2017

The following is an excerpt of the speech delivered on September 20, 2016 by Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, in a meeting with people from different social backgrounds on the occasion of Eid al-Ghadir.

Some people think that proving Shia should be done through insulting and cursing the great personalities of Sunni Islam and other denominations. But this is not the case. This is against the tradition of the Imams (a.s.). When you witness that certain radios and television channels are launched in the world Islam whose job is to insult the great personalities of other denominations under the title and in the name of Shia, it is clear that this is funded by the English Treasury. This is funded by the English Treasury. This is English Shia! No one should think that developing Shia and Shia ideology and strengthening Shia faith is dependent on such insults and such a manner of speaking. This is not the case because such courses of action produce the opposite result.

When you say offensive things, a wall is built around them whose material is anger and hard feelings. Under such circumstances, they cannot even stand listening to the truth. We have many cogent and logical ideas. We have many ideas that are cherished by anyone who thinks if they have the opportunity to hear them. You should allow these ideas to be heard. You should allow these ideas to have the opportunity to infiltrate the heart of the other side. When you swear and when you insult the other side, a dam is built around him with the result that your ideas are not heard at all. They will not listen.

Under such circumstances, malicious, dependent and mercenary groups who receive money from America, from the CIA and from other intelligence services – groups such as DAESH, Jibhat al-Nusra and other such groups – create the situation that you witness in Iraq, Syria and other countries. And they do so by using a bunch of ordinary, foolish and ignorant individuals. This is the enemy’s job. He is waiting for an opportunity. In fact, he uses every opportunity. We have many truthful, logical and firm ideas. Sep 20, 2016




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