Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi says “Roots of Takfiri Ideology Must be Burned”

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SHAFAQNA – Ayatollah Makarem-Shirazi has stressed that we must extinguish the source of the fire – the ideology of Muhammad ibn Abdul-Wahhab and ibn Taymiyyah – in order extinguish the Takfiri ideology which gave birth to groups such as ISIL.

Speaking during his advanced jurisprudence class at Qom’s Grand Mosque, Ayatollah Naser Makarem-Shirazi emphasized that we must “burn the roots of the Takfiri ideology throughout the world,” in order to eliminate this source of oppression in the world.

The revered source of emulation added that last November we established the World Congress on Extremist and Takfiri Movements in Qom in order to enlighten the world and “God-willing, we will hold another conference against this year.”

He said that the world has understood that the birthplace of the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group is Saudi Arabia, adding that this terrorist organization is the brainchild of Muhammad ibn Abdul-Wahhab and [Ahmad] ibn Taymiyyah. “This fact has been recently been clearly stated in an American newspaper,” he noted.

Ayatollah Makarem-Shirazi recommended to Wahhabi scholars “who have brought nothing but cruelty, destruction, murder, looting and decapitation” to the world that the time has come to return to the ranks of the Muslims and to leave the religion of Wahhabism.

His Eminence added that currently, Wahhabi clerics teach the ideology of Muhammad ibn Abdul-Wahhab and ibn Taymiyyah, the source of modern Takfiri ideology, in their religious schools. This is despite the fact that their Grand Mufti has considered the excommunication of other Muslims as forbidden. This is a kind of double standard.

Ayatollah Makarem-Shirazi stressed that Wahhabis must not insistently stand against the truth and must join the ranks of Muslims and set aside their books to be abandoned and forgotten because as long as their teachings exist, the fires of war and bloodshed will flare up. If these fires are extinguished in one place, they can flare up in another place.

The renowned teacher in the Islamic Seminary of Qom stressed that we must extinguish the source of fire – the ideology of Muhammad ibn Abdul-Wahhab and ibn Taymiyyah – in order extinguish the Takfiri ideology which gave birth to groups such as ISIL.

The revered scholar added as long as education of this evil ideology continues, its fire is lit, thus, the source of the fire must be extinguished in order to bring security back to the world.

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