In a message to Muslims around the world, Ali Khamenei, the leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, called for “unity and spirituality” while attacking Western values.
Shia supporters of Khamenei call him the leader of the Muslim world, but his appeal reaches a tiny minority of Muslims who are predominantly Sunni. He is known among many Sunnis as a man who has sown division among Muslims through his actions in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and elsewhere.
Meanwhile, his critics say the scale of despotism and financial corruption in the system under his leadership leaves no room for spirituality.
Khamenei also repeated his favorite theory that the West is on the brink of defeat and collapse, at a time when the United States and Europe have shown strong unity to face the Russian aggression in Ukraine and where NATO has just accepted Sweden and Finland as new members.
He said in his message on the occasion of the annual Hajj pilgrimage: “The Islamic nation can again observe its unity and harmony in this clear and timeless mirror, and seize this opportunity to turn away from the factors that lead to disunity. and division”. This statement is in complete contradiction to the behavior of Khamenei and his government as they have been unable to maintain friendly ties with Muslim nations around Iran including Saudi Arabia where millions of Muslims other countries gather for the pilgrimage.
Nonetheless, Khamenei accused “the enemies of Muslim nations” of “weakening the two elixirs of sustaining Islamic unity and spirituality among our nations.”
“The enemies of Islam strive to weaken spirituality by promoting a Western way of life devoid of spirituality and rooted in a materialistic and short-sighted view of the world,” Khamenei reiterated. “on the other hand,” he stressed, “everyone must work to overcome the factors that promote division and disunity.”
In his message, Khamenei highlighted the role of ideas such as “Islamic awakening, resistance” and what he called “political governance in the Islamic Republic of Iran”, as elements of unity in the Muslim world. This comes as his idea of resistance has so far been nothing more than reckless anti-Americanism and opposition to the coexistence of regional nations with Israel.
He further charged that “the arrogant powers and the United States are worried about such a trend in the Islamic world and are employing all their resources to deal with it. The tactics they are employing range from dominating the media and from soft war, to warmongering and starting proxy wars, political espionage and acts of incitement, as well as threats, bribes and other forms of incitement.” He added that “the United States is using Israel as a tool for this total effort.” Khamenei simply ignored Israel’s alliance with most Muslim nations in the region to prevent the atrocities of the Islamic Republic.
Meanwhile, on the same day Khamenei’s message was sent, his senior adviser for international affairs, former foreign minister Ali Akbar Velayati, whose Cold War-era ideas are said to have some influence on Khamenei, said: “Iran cannot tolerate NATO’s presence on its borders. “, regardless of the fact that Turkey, a NATO member state for more than 70 years, is a neighbor of Iran.
Velayati also echoed Khamenei’s belief that the United States and Europe have been in decline in recent years, without providing any evidence to support this claim.