At the beginning of his advanced Fiqh course in the A‘zam Mosque in Qom, Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi vehemently condemned the Saudi crime of mass slaughtering of 37 social and religious activists some of whom were religious scholars and Shi‘a Muslims.
His eminence began his criticism of the latest Saudi atrocity, stating: “The Saudi regime has brutally slaughtered 37 people in cold blood without letting them receive a fair and public trial.”
Stating that the Wahhabis have a long history of such atrocities, Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi continued: “Wahhabism is a school of thought based on the killing of innocent people. This is not a hidden or unknown fact because even their religious textbooks are filled with teachings which clearly indicate that only Wahhabis are the true Muslims and all Non-Wahhabis deserve to be killed! They have also concocted various flimsy excuses for murdering other people, sometimes for their different beliefs and some other times because of visiting the tombs of holy figures.”
His eminence then added: “Recently, however, such Saudi atrocities have gone beyond religious excuses and have been committed due to political reasons. It is a while now that anyone who is deemed a threat to the Saudi monarchy is severely pressured, persecuted, and even tortured.”
Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi, then, noted: “But perhaps the most astonishing thing is the dead silence of the international community, including the so-called western protectors of human rights, in the face of these terrible atrocities!
The western hypocrisy is completely evident in this matter because these same countries would voice their concern and call up meetings at their international organizations if a single murderer is punished in Iran. However, they are all dead silent now that 37 innocent religious minorities have been brutally beheaded in Saudi Arabia without having at least received a fair trial!!
And yet, the western countries turn a blind eye to all of the Saudi atrocities, no matter how horrendous they may be, merely because the Saudis are a “milk cow”, to use a Trump metaphor, for the west providing them with cheap oil and buying all of their weapons.”
His eminence then asserted: “US politicians are slaves to dirty money and so they are prepared to turn a blind eye to just any crime whenever they feel they might benefit from it somehow. In the case of the Saudis, the US officials sometimes go so far as to justify their crimes by saying that the people who had been mass slaughtered by the Saudis must have been criminals and have now been punished!!”
Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi further noted: “We strongly condemn this unspeakably heinous crime and we hope that the Saudis will soon be held accountable for their crimes.”