Tasnim Chief: West Seeking to Sow Sectarian Strife among Muslims
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Tasnim News Agency Managing Director Majid Qolizadeh said igniting sectarian rift among Muslim nations is top on the agenda of the West, adding that the West is trying to block Islam's growing popularity in the world.
Addressing the inauguration ceremony of Tasnim’s office in Iran’s northeastern holy city of Mashhad on Thursday, Qolizadeh said the West has intensified hostility towards Islam after people in the world start attention to Islam after failure of non-divine schools of thought, including Marxist.
He cautioned about plots hatched by the West to harm Islam, and stated, "The enemies’ strategy for encountering Islam is sowing the seeds of discord (among the Muslims)."
"The enemies intend to create internal conflict among the followers of the different Islamic schools of thought in a bid to divert their attentions from their main enemies,” he said
The remarks by Tasnim chief came a few days after Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei placed great emphasis on the issue of unity in the Islamic world in the present era, and warned that the enemies have zeroed in on sowing discord among the Muslim people.
“Today, unity is the most important issue in the Islamic world,” Ayatollah Khamenei said, addressing a gathering of Iranian officials and foreign participants in the International Islamic Unity Conference in Tehran on Sunday.
The Leader also called on the whole followers of Islam to confront any factor that might undermine unity in the Muslim world, and said, “The political, scientific and religious elites have a heavy duty to create unity in the Islamic societies.”
Ayatollah Khamenei urged the Muslim pundits to invite the Islamic nations to avoid sectarian and religious strife, and called on the academic scholars to enlighten the university students on the significance of the Islamic goals.