Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei talks of Kashmir conflict in Eid ul-Fitr remarks

"Our people can back this great movement of Bahrain and Kashmir within the World of Islam," said Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:June 27, 2017 3:14 pm
Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Kashmir,Yemen, Bahrain, Khamenei Kashmir, Khamenei Muslim World, Khamnei Muslim Leaders, Kashmir Khamnei, World News, Latest World News, Indian Express, Indian Express News Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei leads Eid ul-Fitr prayer marking the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, at Imam Khomeini Grand Mosque, in Tehran, Iran, Monday, June 26, 2017. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)

In remarks that could well spark a diplomatic row, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei equated the on-going Kashmir conflict with that of Yemen and Bahrain saying that the Muslim world must express their disdain against ‘oppressors’ who have attacked people in such horrible ways during the holy month of Ramzan.

An article published on his official website, quotes Khamenei as saying: “Conflicts in Yemen, Bahrain, problems in all Islamic countries, are major wounds on the body of Islam. The World of Islam should explicitly support the people of Yemen, and express their disdain against the oppressors who’ve attacked the people in such horrible ways during the month of Ramadan… The same is true for the people of Bahrain and Kashmir: Our people can back this great movement within the World of Islam.”

Advising Muslim nations to take a clear stance on issues in the Muslim world, Khamenei reportedly said it was important to do so even if it resulted in dissatisfaction of ‘arrogant individuals’.

“Just as we explicitly express our position against enemies and adversaries, the world of Islam–especially the elites in it–should follow this path and take a position towards seeking to please God, absolutely, even if it leads to dissatisfaction of the arrogant front,” he reportedly said during his Eid ul-Fitr address to thousands in Tehran.

A statement by the Ministry of External Affairs on the remarks made by Iran’s supreme leader is awaited. This is, however, not the first time that the Iranian leader has spoken in support of an ‘Independent Kashmir’. In 2010, the Iranian leader had made a statement urging the Muslim community to support the ‘struggle’ in Kashmir.

“Helping the Palestinian nation and the besieged people of Gaza, sympathy toward and cooperation with the people of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Kashmir, selfless efforts and resistance against the aggression of America and the Zionist regime, safeguarding the unity of Muslims, fighting evil hands and mercenary tongues that undermine this unity, and spreading awakening and [a] sense of commitment and responsibility among Muslim youth in all Islamic lands – these are great responsibilities that currently lie on the shoulders of prominent figures of the Islamic Ummah,” Khamenei had said in his Eid-ul-Zuha message of November 2010.

In 2001, Khamenei had said, “We hope that the issue of Kashmir will also be solved in the best way which guarantees the rights and interests of the people living in this region so that they will be provided with peace and comfort.”

In May 1990, when Kashmir insurgency was at its peak, he stated, “Look how everywhere in the world where there is a Muslim community, they receive a much harsher treatment compared with others. Kashmir is a contemporary example for this. Muslims there speak out their rights. Anyone who is informed of what Kashmir has gone through, knows what Muslims of Kashmir express is nothing but truth and justice. Those who silence them have an unjust cause. Those who attack them are the ones who are doing the wrong action. Sadly the world watches all this in cold blood.”

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    P.S.Radhakrishnan
    Jun 29, 2017 at 8:18 am
    The Mullahs and clerics are generally mad with their illogical religious thoughts and practices. In the instant case , it appears the fellow has been bitten by a mad dog in the form of extremism too. In a peace loving world these examples cons ute a curse , unfortunately spread from Morocco to Indonesia.
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      Sreekumar Prabhakaran
      Jun 28, 2017 at 9:55 am
      The trouble with religio-political leadership is that their religion doesn't let them be diplomatic and their polity doesn't leave out much space for liberals. Just because majority in Kashmir claim to be Muslims, Ayatollah saheb consider it to be his duty to mention Kashmir, incensing liberals here in India who wish to see broader relation with Iran. Rumi, Meer were true global citizens, hence they still find place here in our heart and home. Perhaps it's time Ayatollah saheb let go of this impractical, divisive religio-political concept of Ummah and embrace the world as those glorious Sufis did. Let's stop pretending God needs us to keep his religion. We don't amount to a speck in his g creation. There's place enough on earth for everyone. Wearing blinkers of religion makes it look crowded.
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        IslamForFooools
        Jun 28, 2017 at 8:02 am
        Burn his beard with match box
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          Indian
          Jun 28, 2017 at 7:11 am
          SHIAS are being CUTED in every MUSLIM MAJORITY Country- Saudi, Bahrain, Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Pa-ki-stan, Afghanistan etc etc. .................. IRAN and INDIA are few countries where SHIAS are safe and enjoy peaceful life and so it is a shame than IRAN LEADER is making such comment against India. ................. The only SHIA population of Kashmir who live in BUDGAM Dist of Kashmir have not joined the PA-KI SUPPORTED JIHAD in KASHMIR and are happy to be part of India.
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            Raj Parwani
            Jun 28, 2017 at 12:57 am
            Many Thanks! Ayatollah Khamenei. Anybody with a fair mindset knows that India is committing atrocities in occupied Kashmir, even countries who are siding India in other international issues know that India is totally on the wrong side of the history in Kashmir. India has been trying to keep it by force for 70 years but nothing is working in it's favour. I appreciate his unbiased opinion and taking stand against a brutal occupying force, he shows that India can purchase Iranian oil but India cannot buy out Iranian conscience.
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              P.S.Radhakrishnan
              Jun 29, 2017 at 8:23 am
              It is indicative that madness is not concentrated with mullahs and clerics !
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                abu albert pichkari
                Jun 30, 2017 at 3:15 am
                hey hahaha the world does not care a for circumcised brains and now we know why youe pedophile murderous cult is being targeted by civilised world from syria to phliilpines and you0 never know peace and your dawah tactics will never succeed and soon the world will show you your place by exterminating you cults ... like daesh is being ed . i know many mullahs like you support jihadi terrorism covertly and hence you too will soon meet the same fate ... down with jihadi terrorism n its cult ....
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                Farooq
                Jun 27, 2017 at 10:37 pm
                Kashmiri Muslim’s barbaric acts against Hindus in India,a concern to Muslims living in plains Starting 1985,we all know Muslims of Kashmir and those from Pakistan, displaced,raped,killed and abducted Hindu,Sikh and Christian men and women in Kashmir.They massacred men,women and children.About 5 lack Hindus were forced to leave their homes.Several Hindu women were cut into pieces on a saw machine.Children were brutally killed and thrown in river.Men were asked to leave the valley and keep the females for them.Parents were forced to witness the killing of their children.Men were forced to witness their loved one's being raped. Recently,Kashmiri Muslims intensified their criminal activities in the valley, at the instance of Pakistan,killing army,civilians and paramilitary personnel. With unprecedented violent communal and unpatriotic acts committed by Kashmiri Muslims, the life of non Kashmiri Muslims living in other parts of India has been made miserable by Kashmiri Muslims
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                  Anwaarkhan
                  Jun 28, 2017 at 6:14 am
                  I being a resident of Ponch Kashmir have witnessed many times Indian Army assassinating muslims, and committing the massive human right violations with the complete impunity. Yet distortion of facts in your comment is shameful. Irrespective of which faith you belong to, at least you should have the courage to state the facts.
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                    Indian
                    Jun 28, 2017 at 7:06 am
                    ANWAARKHAN ......... Which Part of PONCH did Army do such atrocities- in PONCH TOWN or across BETAR RIVER or is it next to Line of Control at DEGWAR Village or is it in KALAI Village area near Ponch River????? ............. Don't spread lies on NET thinking that others do not know what is happening in Ponch.
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                    albert
                    Jun 28, 2017 at 9:56 am
                    RSS terrorist why dont u use ur original name given by ur father, oh wait , may be u dont have one as u product of one night stand on binge drinking night out by ur mom.
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                      abu albert pichkari
                      Jun 30, 2017 at 3:10 am
                      hey porki jihadi terrorist why dont u admit you are progeny of pedophile cult and use a pseudonym ..? or maybe y0our hallal ammi jan was bending for namaaz when the neughbours naughty boy mounted her to ride her to jannah and got crucified ? umm or are you like Isa the product of fabled mythology of virgin who gave birth to hide her adulterous affair ?either ways dont get crucified with policy
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                    Janardhan Pandey
                    Jun 27, 2017 at 10:18 pm
                    Let not the Jews spoil the relations between these two Aryan nations.
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                      NamwarSingh
                      Jun 27, 2017 at 10:16 pm
                      Ayatollah Khamenei should not have said this. Both India and Iran are mostly nations and have a common lineage. I understand their sensitivity since Ayatollah Khomeini's ancestors were genuine Kashmiri. Kashmir region of India which is also an Aryan region probably the purest of the original Aryans. Iran should support India for the liberation of POK.
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