In his meeting with several cultural and political activists from the US, Russia and some European countries, Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi reiterated that the holy religion of Islam has specific rules for facing the enemy, which consider moral issues as well.
“The Qur’an clearly states that if someone oppresses you, you have the right to punish him/her but you are not allowed to harm other people or even animals or trees in any way.” His eminence stated.
Insisting that no Islamic Scholar doubts the illegitimacy of the usage of WMDs, his eminence emphasized: “ It is wrong to think Muslims or countries like Iran have a plan to use Atomic or Chemical bombs because WMDs kill civilians and it is incompatible with Islamic principles and commandment.”
Mentioning the devastating after effects of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombardment after several years, he added: “ No conscious mind would allow such acts harmful effects of which remain for centuries”
Highlighting the fact that in Islam social, political, economic and, military issues are mixed with morality, he stated: “ Morality is the red line in all subjects and in Islam, even during war, this red line must not be crossed.”
He pointed out to the significant duty on the shoulder of cultural and political activists all over the world, towards making peace, friendship and unity amongst various nations and said: “ Unfortunately we live in a world where many elements exist for separation and dispute. Each one of us, as much as we can, has the duty to help spread justice and peace around the world.”
His eminence reminded of the western media’s effort to tarnish Iran’s reputation and said: “ As political and cultural activists, you should forward what you have observed in Iran and reflect it as it is so that it becomes clear that the anti-Iranian and anti-Islamic propaganda going on in the western media are baseless. the message of Islam should be heard by everyone, and then we can expect a realistic image of Islam and consequently less disputes over it .”