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7/23/07

Iran says Saudis can curb divisive religious statements

TEHRAN, July 22 (Mehr News Agency) - Iran announced on Sunday that the Saudi Arabian government has the ability to counter those deviant Salafi and Wahabbi clerics who have called for the demolition of Shia shrines.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said such statements will cause a "schism in the Islamic world."

Such statements are far from the declared position of Saudi officials, and Iran is certain that Saudi officials have the power to prevent such statements from being disseminated, Hosseini told reporters at his weekly press briefing.

Some Saudi Wahabbi clerics have stated that the Shia shrines in Iraq are a manifestation of polytheism and should be destroyed.


Al Askari shrine in Samerra, Iraq, after 2006 attack (center)
and after the 2007 attack (below)
(photo ISNA)

Ayatollah Mohammad-Ali Taskhiri, the secretary general of the World Forum for the Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought, said such fatwas, issued by errant Wahabbi clerics, will allow the global arrogance (imperialist powers) to take advantage of the situation to sow discord among Muslims.

And this is not the first time that these aberrant clerics have made such statements, Taskhiri told the Mehr News Agency on Sunday.

"This group consists of takfiri people who reject anything which doesn't correspond to their views," he added.

"Wahabbis think that holy sites are a manifestation of polytheism," Taskhiri said.

"They deem anyone who opposes them to be polytheist. They believe Shias, Sunnis, and the Islamic world are polytheist."

Takfiris are people who believe they are the only true Muslims.

Ayatollah Taskhiri went on to say that nobody pays attention to what they say.

"They have sold themselves to the enemies of the Islamic world."

Tehran Friday prayer leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ahmad Khatami, who is also a member of the Assembly of Experts, said here on Sunday that Muslims are expected to protest against these "mercenaries".

The Foreign Ministry should inform the Saudi Arabian ambassador to Tehran that Iran regards the Saudi government as an accomplice in this case, Khatami added.

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