West’s Anti-Islam Measures Behind Surge of Violence

West’s Anti-Islam Measures Behind Surge of Violence West’s Anti-Islam Measures Behind Surge of Violence

A senior official said measures adopted by the West to counter the true and unadulterated Islamic teachings are to blame for the spread of terrorism throughout the world.

"The West's historic mistakes, namely the use of terrorism as a means and support for deviant ideologies to counter the genuine and revolutionary Islamic ideology as well as double standard policies in the fight against terrorism, have led to the perilous status quo," Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said on Friday, Press TV reported.

He noted that the reason behind repeated US requests for negotiations with Iran on regional developments is Washington's sense of danger because of the failure of its calculations and plots.

"However, the factor that has prevented talks with the US is its covert and overt support for governments and groups that directly help the growth of terrorism," the SNSC chief stressed.

He called for convergence and synergy among Muslim countries to repel the major threats against the Muslim world.

  Betrayal of Muslims' Interests

The top security official criticized Saudi policies and urged officials in Riyadh to attend to the genuine concerns of the Muslim world.

"Unfortunately, some reactionary countries' overt and covert relations with the Zionist regime [Israel] are a betrayal of the Palestinian cause and the interests of the Muslim world and Muslim nations will certainly not tolerate such attitudes," Shamkhani pointed out.

Instead of creating limitations for fellow Muslim countries such as preventing their participation in the hajj rituals or setting up coalitions for fratricide and murdering Muslims, some Muslim states (referring to Saudi Arabia and its regional allies) must focus on "repelling the real threats of the US and the Zionist regime, and [foiling] their plots for partitioning countries and sowing discord," he added.

Following Saudi Arabia's execution of prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr in January and the ensuing international outcry, Riyadh jumped on attacks on its two diplomatic missions in Iran by unruly protesters as a pretext to sever diplomatic relations with Tehran.

Meanwhile, thousands of lives were lost in a deadly crush during the hajj rituals in Mina, near the holy city of Mecca, on September 24, 2015, which outraged Muslims across the world, holding the Saudi government responsible.

Iran says over 7,000 people, including at least 460 Iranian pilgrims, lost their lives in the stampede. Iran had the highest confirmed death toll among foreign nationalities in the Mina disaster. Saudi Arabia claims that nearly 770 people were killed in the incident.

Iran canceled the participation of its pilgrims in this year's hajj rituals in September due to Saudi Arabia's refusal to guarantee the safety of Iranians seeking to perform the ritual.

Saudi Arabia has also been incessantly pounding Yemen since March 2015, with the UN putting the death toll from the military aggression at about 10,000. The offensive was launched to reinstate the fugitive president Abd-Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a Saudi ally.