Addressing a large congregation of worshippers here in Tehran, Tehran’s Provisional Friday Prayers Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ahmad Khatami voiced concern about a surge in the killing of Muslims in the Central African Republic, and stressed, “The international organizations are silent on the acts of genocide, and an institution has announced that no Muslim will remain in the CAR if the situation continues like this.”
He also blamed the global arrogant powers for promoting anti-Muslim sentiments, saying the main reason behind the hostile plots to spread Islamophobia was the growing “wave of Islamic uprisings.”
“In the Central African Republic, 30% are Christian and 15% Muslims. They [enemies] pitted the fanatical and extremist Christians against the Muslims. They [extremist Christians] kill [Muslims] brutally with machete and cleaver, mutilate and burn [Muslims to death],” the cleric warned.
In relevant remarks on February 25, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian blamed the massacre of Muslims in CAR on the interference made by certain foreign countries, and said the extremist moves against Muslims are the result of plots to foment Islamophobia.
“What we witness in the Central African Republic is the result of wrong policies and meddling by certain foreign sides,” he said at the time.
“The killing of the innocent Muslims of the Central African Republic is the outcome of flaring the religious zeal among the people who have lived in peace for tens of years,” he explained.
Amir Abdollahian also denounced extremist moves, whether in the name of Islam or Christianity, and explained, “Christian extremism in the Central African Republic can be considered as the continuation of the very same ominous phenomenon of extremism among Muslims.”
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Of course no mention of the real cause: the Muslim Séléka take-over of Central African Republic. The Séléka president has stepped down but cooling off people’s feelings will take longer.
And of course the Muslim world was silent while Séléka advanced, seeing it as the next jihad. What goes around, comes around.