Assaulting non-Muslims has no history in Islamic Iran: Supreme Leader

Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said no attack to non-Muslims by Muslims has ever been recorded in

the history of the Islamic Republic.
He noted that during the Islamic period especially in the time of Islamic Republic, no cases of such attacks have ever taken place.
According to the news published by the Office for the Preservation and the Publication of the Works of Grand Ayatollah Khamenei on Monday night, he made the remarks in a meeting with the representatives of Iranian religious minorities in the parliament.
He said that even the young devotee Hizbullahi people in Iran would never allow themselves to attack and assault a non-Muslim.
Stressing that Iranians have learned from Islam to treat the followers of other religions fairly and with justice, the Supreme Leader said, ‘This is what Islam commands Muslims to do.’
What you discern in the world today is that big powers and governments which advocate justice would never observe these principles outside their own small, limited and oppressive circles, Ayatollah Khamenei noted.
‘You can see for yourself what sort of propaganda is underway against Muslims in Europe and the US. The issue is not why Muslims lack the freedom they need in many of these countries, but rather why they lack the security they need for their lives.’
He went on to point to an event at the early years of Islam when the first Shiite Imam Ali (AS) was ruling during which a non-Muslim woman was harassed.
He stressed that Imam Ali (AS) said he would not be surprised to hear Muslim men mourn themselves to death because of the incident.
Ayatollah Khamenei also pointed to his numerous visits to the families of martyrs who belonged to the Armenian religious minority.
He said during the visits, he quite easily felt the depth of commitment the Armenians felt towards their country in years of Iraqi-imposed war against Iran.
Ayatollah Khamenei urged publicizing the kind of treatment religious minorities receive in the Islamic Republic. ‘The world, the Christian world, has to realize how tolerant the Islamic country is towards non-Muslims while this element is missing in those places.’
‘How many times do people happen to hear that the neo-Nazi youth – say in Germany – who kill Muslims and attack mosques have received any real prosecutions,’ the Supreme Leader said.
He further referred to another case where a young Arab woman was attacked and killed because of her Hijab. He said, nobody would even truly investigated such cases let alone with duely convicting the culprits.
‘It is unfortunately the same in other places as well, in the US and other countries who claim supporting human rights. Now just compare this with the situation (of non-Muslims) in Iran,’ he stated.

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