Ayatollah Khamenei urges Muslim unity in Hajj message
Leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Wednesday issued a message on the occasion of the annual Hajj pilgrimage in which he denounced Western civilization and the falsehood of its political and economic philosophy.
In the message, Ayatollah Khamenei said the treatment of American people by their statesmen, the deep social gap in the country, the “stupidity” of those elected to govern the United States and the horrific racial discrimination there reveal the depth of moral and social crises of Western civilization and the invalidity of its political and economic philosophy.
“America’s treatment of weak nations is an augmented version of a defenseless black man with a policeman’s knee on his neck, squeezing him to death,” he said in reference to the months of protests against US police brutality and injustice that began after George Floyd, an unarmed African-American, was choked to death by a white cop in Minneapolis in late May.
“Regarding the ongoing events in the US and the movement against racial discrimination, our firm stance is support for the people and condemnation of the brutal behavior of the racist US government.”
The Leader added that other Western governments are each an example of such a catastrophic situation to a certain extent.
Today, not only the cultural model of the West – which emerged from the very beginning with “shame and disgrace” – but even its political and economic model of money-based democracy and discriminatory capitalism have shown their “inefficiency and corruption,” he said.
Muslim unity against US
The Leader noted that the US presence in the region is the root cause of insecurity in West Asia, underlining the need for unity among Muslims in the face of the US and the Zionist regime of Israel.
“We consider US presence in the West Asian region to be a detriment to the nations of this region and a cause for insecurity, destruction and backwardness of the countries,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.
“Today, as always and more than ever, the necessary interest of the Muslim world lies in unity; such unity that creates a single force in the face of threats and hostilities, and yells at the devil incarnate – the aggressive and treacherous US and its mad dog, the Zionist regime – and bravely stands up to their bullying,” the Leader added.
Commenting on Iran’s foreign policy, Ayatollah Khamenei said, “We consider all Muslim nations as our brothers, and treat non-Muslims who have not entered the opposition front with goodness and justice.”
“We consider the grief and suffering of Muslim communities as our own, and we try to heal them,” he added.
Ayatollah Khamenei said the Islamic Republic of Iran’s constant concern is to help the oppressed nation of Palestine, sympathize with the war-torn nation of Yemen, and care for oppressed Muslims anywhere in the world.
Hajj ‘display of power’
Describing the Hajj as “a display of power against the arrogant powers who are the hotbed of corruption, oppression, bullying and looting,” the Leader said, “Their oppression and malice have hurt and lacerated the body and soul of the Islamic Ummah.”
Contemplation on the Hajj leads one to believe that “many of the ideals and aspirations of religion for humanity will not come to fruition without synergy, solidarity and cooperation among a group of religious people, and with the emergence of such empathy and cooperation, the grudge of enemies and foes will not create a significant problem on this path.”
The Leader also recited verses from the Holy Qur’an that prescribe unity among Muslims and resistance against bullying and oppression by the enemies, saying, “These important and crucial guidelines should never be separated from our intellectual and value system as Muslims and should never sink into oblivion.”
The Leader concluded his message by warning about the “bitter consequences” of the actions of some Muslim countries’ rulers, who, he said, “take refuge in the arms of the enemy and endure humiliation and coercion for personal gain, and auction off the dignity and independence of their nations, as well as those who secretly shake hands with the Zionist regime.”
Press TV and khamenei.ir contributed to this story.