Iran says insults to Islam to backfire on offenders

Source:Xinhua Published: 2012-9-16 9:46:00

The chairman of Iran's Expediency Council said that insults to the Islamic values and sanctities will backfire on the offenders, Press TV reported on Saturday.

In a statement, Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani condemned the production and release of an anti-Islam film which was made in the United States and insults the Islamic Prophet Mohammed.

He warned that the consequences of such "blasphemous" acts will boomerang on their perpetrators, according to the report.

"Attacks by the Zionists and the global arrogance on the Islamic values and sanctities have a long history, and over the past few years they have been on the rise due to the wave of Islamic Awakening which is a source of concern and fear for the Zionists and their Western supporters. Of course, such attacks have always boomeranged on them and have increased hatred of the Muslim world," he was quoted as saying.

In a separate message, Iran's Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani also condemned the movie, calling on the international community and Islamic organizations, in particular the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, to react and condemn the act, Press TV said.

Larijani said that the United States could not shun the responsibility for this "unforgivable" measure under the pretext of defending the freedom of speech.

Mohammad Khazaei, Iran's ambassador to the UN, urged Washington to "firmly" confront the elements behind the "blasphemous" movie, according to Press TV.

"If the Western countries and the United States had firmly confronted previous cases of blasphemy, we would not have witnessed such sacrilege again," Khazaei was quoted as saying.

He added that Iran seriously expects the US government to deal with the elements behind the recent "anti-human and irrational move" of publicizing the movie.

The Iranian ambassador said the movie was produced in line with the policies of Islamophobia and with political purposes.

He warned that such measures would finally lead to the intensification of conflicts among religions, nations and cultures, which would not be in the interest of humanity, according to the report.

The anti-Islam film has ignited violent protests across the Muslim world.

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