In the beginning of his advanced Fiqh course held in the Aʿzam mosque in Qum, Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi slammed the negative actions that are being taken in the name of Islam, which actually undermine the religion.
He stated in this regard: “Contrary to the terrible image that is depicted of Islam by the atrocious Wahhabis, Takfiris, and the Daesh terrorists through their committing of various terrible crimes in the name of Islam, the genuine and real Islam is a religion of love and mercy not that of harshness, violence, and extremism”.
Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi also stated: “Of course the true nature of these extremists and terrorists is being exposed and, God willing, they will soon be eliminated from the entire world, particularly from the Muslim world”.
His eminence then referred to the western hypocrisy in masking their true face under such beautiful words as “human rights”, “democracy”, and “respecting people’s vote” and said: “During the past few years, many secrets have been unveiled and the true face of the west has been exposed”.
Criticizing the hypocritical attitude of the US in various arenas particularly in combatting terrorism, Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi continued: “Apparently, the US has created an alliance to combat the Daesh terrorists in Iraq; however, in reality they are working hard to rescue and transfer the remainder of the Daesh terrorists from the Iraqi city of Mosel to Syria”.
Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi then referred to the same hypocritical attitude of the Americans with regard to the issue of Yemen and asserted: “We have witnessed so many atrocities and barbaric crimes committed by the Saudi regime in Yemen but the Americans and the Westerners keep supporting the Saudis because of their money”.
Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi then referred to the scandals regarding the two presidential candidates in the US which were uncovered recently and added: “These two individuals with such dark pasts intend to become the president of one of the biggest countries in the world, and they also claim to have the right to police the world! This is the true face of the disgraceful and scandalous western democracy”.
Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi further noted: “There was a time when some individuals in our country longed to be like the westerners and the Americans and to have an American democracy in our country. However, today the veils have been removed and the reality of the western democracy is crystal clear to everyone”.
His eminence then stated: “In the world of today, Saudi Arabia kills innocent women and children in Yemen and then threatens that if its name is not removed from the black list of children rights abusers, it will stop its financial aids to the UN. Interestingly enough, the UN secretary general is intimidated by these threats, complies with the Saudi demand, and removes Saudi Arabia from the black list”.
He also added: “We must not be deceived by the propaganda of the West regarding the western civilization and democracy. They have never been loyal to anyone and they have never honored their commitments. They do not even have any regard for the very human rights that they so fervently pretend to support. Despite all this, there are still some people who, unfortunately, still persist in their inclination towards the west.”
In the end, Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi asserted: “we must be vigilant and careful and we must continue on our own path. This way we will indeed succeed”.