Imam Khamenei

Global arrogance sowing discord among Muslims since 2 centuries ago

They(The domineering powers) want to foment discord. Religious differences, the Shia-Sunni issue and other such issues have been one of the tools that has always been used by the enemies of Muslim nations to foment discord. They use this tool to create conflicts. They use it to foment discord. They turn brothers against one another. They magnify the differences and brush aside the common areas and unifying factors. They magnify insignificant things. They undermine all the things that Shia and Sunni brothers share. These are the kinds of things that they have always been doing. Oct 17, 2011

The quarrel between Islamic nations, between Shia and Sunni is a blatant lie

Another important point is that propaganda machines and – in fact – spy apparatuses of the west and the like are trying to portray this as a quarrel between Islamic nations, between Shia and Sunni, and between Arabs and non-Arabs. This is a blatant lie. This is not a quarrel between Shia and Sunni. Most of those individuals who were martyred in the event of Mina were Sunnis. In our own country, there are a large number of Sunni families [whose dear ones were martyred in Mina]. So, the issue is not about Arabs and non-Arabs. These individuals do not show any mercy to Arabs and non-Arabs.

You witness that they commit crimes in Yemen. Well, Yemen is an Arab country. Syria is an Arab country. Iraq is an Arab country. Their agents – those terrorist, murderous and cold-hearted groups who are creating all these disasters in the world of Islam with their money and their weapons – are all Arabs. Therefore, the issue is not about Arabs and non-Arabs. It is the treacherous propaganda of westerners that wants to describe this as a quarrel between Shia and Sunni or a quarrel between Arabs and non-Arabs. This is one of their propaganda tricks, which is of course completely untrue. The issue is that they are an intra-Islamic group which is busy working as the enemy of the Islamic Ummah. Some of them do this knowingly and some do it unknowingly. The world of Islam should stand up against them. The world of Islam should express their hatred of them and of their masters, namely America, nasty England and faithless and immoral western powers. The world of Islam should know what it is doing. Sep 7, 2016

since one or two centuries ago, global arrogance and colonialism has found its interest in creating discord among Muslim nations. It has found its interest in that. Why? It is because if it did that, it could loot the sources of wealth in the world, it could prevent them from making the achievements that they deserved and it could exploit them. Global powers set themselves this goal thanks to the scientific and technological power that they had gained and the weapons that they had built and unfortunately, they succeeded in doing so to a great extent. This is why from the beginning of the Revolution until today, we have been extending the hand of friendship towards Muslim nations and Muslim governments and this is why we have been inviting them to unity, solidarity and resistance in the face of the enemy plots. Aug 1, 2016


The Islamic Republic has stood up for Unity since the very first day

The Islamic Republic has stood up against this plot since the first day and the reason is that we do not take anybody's interests into consideration: this is our belief. Before the Islamic Republic had been established, our brothers, the luminaries of the movement and the luminaries of the revolutionary battle of those days were making efforts to create unity between Shia and Sunni Muslims at a time when Islamic government and the Islamic Republic were not even discussed. I myself had been exiled to Baluchestan. Since those days I have been friends with Hanafi Sunni scholars of the cities of Baluchestan - Iranshahr, Chabahar, Saravan and Zahedan. I have been in contact with the ones who are still alive and we are close friends. I was living in exile there and governmental organizations would not let us engage in any activities. But we decided to do something to exhibit a sign of Shia-Sunni unity in the city. The idea of Unity Week - the birthday anniversary of the Holy Prophet (s.w.a.) which is on the 12th of Rabi al-Awwal according to Sunni scholars and the 17th of Rabi al-Awwal according to Shia scholars - came into our mind and we implemented in Iranshahr: we celebrated from 12th to 17th of Rabi al-Awwal. This was a deep thought and it is not a recent innovation. Oct 17, 2011