SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – The office of the Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi issued the text of his message to Pope.
In the Name of Allah (SWT)
Your Excellency, Pope Francis the Leader of the Catholics of the world
Recently some Vatican officials asked the Islamic scholars to express their opinions regarding the barbaric attacks by Takfiri Da’esh group (self-proclaimed IS terrorist sect) against the Christians and other religious minorities in northern Iraq. Your Excellency also sent a message to the Secretary General of the United Nations and asked him to use all his powers to prevent the violence against the Christians and religious minorities. I welcome your suggestion and also consider as necessary the cooperation between the religious leaders of the world and strongly condemn these barbaric attacks whilst asking the Muslims of the world to condemn these inhumane crimes and wish to put forward 2 points in this regard.
- The Takfiri groups today are the biggest danger to humanity, irrespective of their religion and nationalities. I have been warning this for many years. In my meeting with the respected Head of the Vatican Papal Council 3 years ago, I pointed to the danger of the Takfiri groups and told him: It is not a week that in my talks I condemn these extremists, the actions of these minority extremists have nothing to do with Islam. As stressed in the holy Quran, the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) is mercy for all the human beings of the world. But unfortunately many of the political and religious leaders of the world not only stayed silent but actively supported them. If it was not for the financial and military supports of some countries of the region, Da’esh (IS) and other similar groups could not have survived and continue with the widespread killings and crimes.
- I also expect Vatican’s position in your time to be expressed in more defined and transparent manner regarding the oppressions and catastrophes carried out in different names, be it against Christian minorities in Islamic countries or Islamic minorities in the western countries and similar cases. I ask the Almighty success for you and your colleagues.