Friday, March 03, 2006

Rafsanjani: Enemies target Muslim world unity

Tehran's substitute Friday Prayers Leader Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said here Friday that the enemies' unworthy measures and crimes in Iraq's Samarra targeted unity in the Islamic world.
Rafsanjani made the remark while addressing multitudes of worshipers attending this week's Friday prayers congregation at Tehran University campus.
"The enemies intend to sow the seed of discord and civil war in Iraq and other Islamic states. Such a danger does really exist.
"Bombing of the shrines of Shiite Imams (Ali al-Naqi and Hassan al-Askariya -- peace be upon them) in Samarra was an odd event. We are unfortunately witnessing such crimes in the era of freedom and wisdom.
"It can be interpreted that perpetrators of such crimes are targeting Muslim world unity which is in the shaping gradually," he said.
He pointed to desecration of the mosques of Shiites and Sunnis following bombing of two Imams' shrines and said that was a "criminal" measure.
"If ulema do not take actions to prevent such a crime, it will turn into a civil war.
"There are hands at work intending to fan sectarian violence among human beings." Referring to publication of caricatures deemed insulting to Holy Prophet Mohammad (Peace Be Upon Him), Rafsanjani said the measure was aimed at pitting Christians and Muslims against each other.
"Muslims should not fall into such traps. We can maintain the progressive unity in the Islamic world."