Ayatullah Khamenei has made it categorically clear that insulting the symbols of our Sunni brothers, including the Prophet Muhammad’s wife (Aisha) is forbidden.

Furthermore, we share with your extracts of two speeches that he gave in 2009.

In a meeting with the Kurdish peple in Azadi Square, Sanandaj on 12 May 2009, he said the following:

“A few years ago in the Kurdish region, a broad minded cleric delivered a sermon during the Friday prayers and said: I swear by Allah, those who sow seeds of grudge against Sunnis in the heart of Shia, and sow seeds of hatred in the hearts of Sunnis against Shia are neither Shia nor Sunni, they are enemies of Islam. 

Of course many of them are ignorant, they just do not understand and it’s a pity. Today these Wahabi people regard Shia as unbelievers and accuse Sunnis who love the Holy Household as heretics too! They regard Sunnis believing in Irfaani denominations as infidels!

Where do such false ideas originate in? All the Shia people throughout the world, as well as the Shafi’ites in North Africa and Malekis in Central Africa are lovers of the Household of Prophet Muhammmad (sawa). Are they infidels because they respect the tomb of Hussain bin Ali in Cairo, or consecrate the mosque of Ra’s al-Hussain? Is that the reason why they are heretic? The Shia are considered unbelievers! The Sunnis who are related to Qaderi or Naqshabandi denominations are heretics too!

What is this idea? Why should such wrong ideas cause disunity among Muslims? Some Shia people, out of ignorance or spite, cause division and insult the things that Sunnis hold sacred. Let me remind you that the actions of both are religiously and legally unlawful.”

In a meeting with the Shia and Sunni clerics and students of the theological school in Kurdustan on 13 May 2009, he said the following:

“Some of us open fire on our friends under the impression that we are shooting our enemies not knowing that we are ignorant of the fact that causing religious strife is a plot hatched by the enemy to provoke internal conflict. A Sunni does his best to beat a Shia while a Shia does his best to beat a Sunni. This is very regrettable and this is what the enemy wishes to see.

When it comes to defending the rights of Palestinians, all countries and governments lagged far behind Iran, and the whole world confirmed this. We were so helpful that some Arab countries taunted us, accusing us of trying to serve our own interests! Off course the Palestinians paid no heed to such accusations. In the issue of Gaza and the 22 day war, the Islamic Revolution’s leadership, the Iranian President, different officials and people tried to support the oppressed Muslim brothers in Palestine, through demonstrations, monetary contributions and other forms of assistance.

In the thick of the situation we suddenly see a virus spreading! Some keep on visiting the clerics and honorable figures saying: “Sir! Who are you helping? The people in Gaza belong to the Nasebi (Anti-Shia) denomination. They are enemies of the Household of the Prophet (sawa)!”

Some people have fallen for this wrong idea. When I was given this message, I said, I take refuge in Allah! God’s damnation be on the devil! In Gaza there are mosques named “Imam Ali ibn Abi-Talib” and “Imam al-Hussain mosque.” How can they be called Nasebis?! Of course they are Sunnis, but not Nasebis.

On the contrary some go to Qum and look through the pages of Shia books and say: “Look these are Shia books.”

Or an ignorant, foolish and spiteful preacher goes onto the pulpit and makes sacrilegious remarks about the things Sunnis hold sacred. Some tape record the remarks, record CDs and distribute them everywhere and say: “Look this is Shia”. They try to make the Shia and Sunni hostile to each other, what is this for?….. “And your power departs” (Quran)

When there is disunity, when there is division, when we treat each other with suspicion, and accuse each other of treachery, naturally we will not work in co-operation. And even if we do, it won’t be close and effective. This is what the enemy wishes to happen. Both Shia and Sunni must understand this. 

It is evident that sects may have differences in some principles or branches of religion, but still they are united. The religious decrees of some Shia jurists are poles apart. The religious decree of many Sunni jurists are different, but there is no need for swearing and insulting when there are differences. They can believe in different sects.

No one must suppose that Ahlul Bait (a.s) belong exclusively to Shia. They belong to the whole Muslim World. Who does not believe in Lady Fatima (a.s)? Who does not believe in Imam Hassan (a.s) and Imam Hussain (a.s), the masters of the youth of Paradise? Who does not believe in the Shia Imams?

The followers of one denomination may consider it obligatory to obey one Imam, and those believing in another denomination may not. However, they all believe in these Imams. These are facts that need to be understood and internalized, but some do not understand and get provoked by the enemies’ intrigue thinking that they are doing the right thing.

Surah Kahf: Verse 103-104 says:

قُلْ هَلْ نُنَبّـِئُكُم بِالاَخْسَرِينَ أَعْمَالاً

الَّذِينَ ضَلَّ سَعْيُهُمْ فِي الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا وَهُمْ يَحْسَبُونَ أَنَّهُمْ يُحْسِنُونَ صُنْعاً

“Say: Shall we tell you of those who are most lost in respect of their deeds? Those whose efforts have been wasted in this life, while they thought they were acquiring good deeds by their works.”

They are working for the enemy. This is the nature of our time.”