[Ed. – Must be a mistranslation or something. God knows if he actually said that, it would be tantamount to admitting that Islam teaches hatred, and as everyone knows Islam is the “religion of peace.”]
Iranian Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei on Tuesday warned competitors in the 31st International Quran Competition that a lack of “intimacy with the Quran” could lead to “fratricide or even cooperation with the Zionist Regime,” state news agency Mehr reported.
“Intimacy with Quran is an indication that the heart is prepared to receive heavenly guide,” Khamenei said at the competition’s closing ceremony. “Today, the greatest plight for Islamic world is ignoring the intimacy with Quran and subsequently, to remain unaware of the enemies’ rouses.”
He said Islam’s enemies waged proxy wars in Islamic societies, according to Mehr, then he warned that “some parts of the Ummah [the global Muslim population] ignore such policies, and they easily fall to the trap of fratricide or even cooperation with the Zionist Regime.”
“The heavenly blessings and understanding Quranic criteria to know the enemies hinge upon close companionship of Quran,” the Ayatollah said.
The fiery rhetoric mirrored a similar speech last week to Iran’s parliament, where Iran’s Supreme Leader vowed to destroy the U.S., which he held responsible for distorting the world’s values and starting indiscriminate wars.