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Paris terrorist attacks self-inflicted

Hujjat al-Islam Sa’idi stated that the Paris terrorist attacks were “self-inflicted” as Western governments’ actions in Syria and their support of ISIL have come back to haunt them and as a result, terrorism and threats have come to dominate Europe and the United States.

During his Friday prayer sermon delivered to a large and fervent crowd of believers in Qom, Hujjat al-Islam Sa’idi referred to the recent ISIL terrorist attacks in Lebanon and France, saying the incident in Beirut was a divisive and seditious act and a revenge attack against the Islamic Resistance, but due to the intelligence of Hezbollah and the Lebanese security forces, the immediate arrest of the perpetrators and Sayyid Hasan Nasrallah’s insight, the enemies conspiracies were thwarted.

The custodian of the Holy Shrine of Lady Fatimah al-Ma’sumah added the Paris terrorist attacks were “self-inflicted” as Western governments’ actions in Syria and their support of ISIL have come back to haunt them and as a result, terrorism and threats have come to dominate Europe and the United States.

He added that ISIL has become a global threat and the only way that the only way to stop this threat is for the European and American governments to change their strategy in regard to ISIL and support the establishment of true democracy in Syria and Iraq.

Hujjat al-Islam Sa’idi referred to the strategies of the Islamic Republic of Iran, saying that despite the complicated conspiracies of the enemies of our Islamic government, Iran has become a regional power and has dealt with the arrogant powers of the world, especially the US, for the past 37 years and has defended its independence, freedom, dignity and authority on the basis of pure Islam and the guidance of its Supreme Leader.

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Qom’s Friday prayers leader said that the enemy has concluded that they can’t confront Iran through military means because since the Sacred Defence era, Iran has made astonishing progress in all spheres, including the military sphere, and this has been a great lesson to the enemies.

Hujjat al-Islam Sa’idi said that the arrogant powers want to transform the Islamic Republic of Iran from within.

“We must strengthen ourselves based on the school of the Ahlul-Bayt and through the active presence of our seminaries and university elite on the scene and the strategies commanded by Ayatollah Khamenei,” he said.

The renowned scholar explained that the advancement of the politics of resistance, the expansion of justice and the realization of the Islamic-Iranian model of advancement is another one of the strategies of Iran’s Islamic government. “Since the beginning of the Islamic Revolution, Iran has continuously continued to fight its enemies and will continue to do so in the future,” he added.

His Eminence said that those Iranians who have been influenced by the West have sought to implement the Western form of liberal democracy in Iran along with Western-style freedom, arguing these means will lead to the solution of problems facing the country and can bring about economic development. “However, these groups also seek to reduce the role of religion and Islamic jurisprudence in society and our religious authorities have protested these plots because of their negative consequences for Iranian society,” he said.
Hujjat al-Islam Sa’idi explained that groups from outside as well as within Iran are using psychological warfare and the media to bypass the revolutionary discourse of the Islamic Republic in an attempt to divide Iranian society in regard to various issues.

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He added that on the eve of the February 2016 parliamentary elections, the enemies are stepping up their efforts to subvert Iran’s Islamic system of government because they want to weaken Iranians’ religious faith and want them to rely on the US rather than God. “This form of sedition is a far more dangerous influence than the [post-election] sedition of 2009,” he added.

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