By Alireza ShiraziThe global religious leaders on Monday voiced their support for Iran’s religious institutions in the wake of the Islamic revolution, which led to a surge in violence across the country.
“We know that a great number of Iranians were killed in this crisis,” said Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in a televised speech.
“We call on all religious institutions to continue the fight against extremism.
This is the right of every Iranian and a common cause of humanity.”
Rouhani, who has spoken about the need for Iran to take a more active role in combating the Islamic State group, said Iran’s leaders will not be deterred by the Islamic Republic’s recent crackdown on its most powerful opposition group.
“There will be no obstacles in our path to fight terrorism,” Rouhani said.
“And we will take this fight to the enemy with all the strength and power of our people.
The enemies are not weak and the enemy is not weak.
They are determined to kill us all.
We will not rest until we eliminate them.”
A group of leading Iranian religious figures expressed their support in a statement.
They said they would not allow Iran’s enemies to succeed.
“It is clear that we have to act against those who have become powerful,” Imam Khomeini, the founder of the Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s clerical guard, said in the statement.
“They are seeking to destroy the Islamic state, and to establish their own Islamic state and to replace it with a new one.”
The statement said that they call on Iran’s government to make an effort to stop the violence, and that they are not opposed to the Islamic Revolution.
“All of us know that the Islamic republic’s actions are not only an important step towards establishing a democratic and pluralistic society, but also in the fight for human rights,” the statement said.
Iran is home to about 10 million people and the country has seen an explosion in sectarian violence in recent years.
The country’s religious leaders have been outspoken in their condemnation of the violence in the past.
In January, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatullah Sistani issued a stern warning against violence and urged his followers to resist extremism.
Sistani’s office has said it is taking “all measures” to prevent violence, but the Supreme Leader has not been willing to publicly condemn it, even as the country faces an uptick in violence.
The violence is spreading across Iran and across the world.
The Islamic State has carried out bombings, assassinations and other attacks in Iran, Iraq, Syria and other countries.
In February, Iranian authorities arrested three men who were suspected of plotting to attack U.S. military bases in the country, as well as to carry out attacks against foreign diplomats.
The U.N. Security Council is also debating the possibility of new sanctions against Iran over the deadly violence in Iran.
The council will hold a vote on sanctions at its meeting on Tuesday.