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Reprinted from YnetNews.com.
A senior Iranian cleric, who is known as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s spiritual mentor, has urged followers to continue suicide attacks against Israelis, including children. Ayatollah Mohammad Taghi Mesbah, considered one of the Islamic Republic’s most radical clerics, issued a religious edict on his website whereby suicide attacks are not only legitimate but are a must for every Muslim, a special paper by the Middle East Media Research Institute shows.
The senior cleric was responding to a question from a follower regarding the difference between “martyr’s death” and “suicide.” The man, who wrote anonymously, noted that “some people say that martyrdom operations are considered suicide and that they are haram (forbidden) because they contradict Islam.”
In response, Mesbah expressed his regret that his follower has fallen victim to “propaganda of the enemies of Islam.” He added that the follower was wasting his time instead of focusing on “uprooting the Zionist regime.”
“When protecting Islam, the Muslim people depend on martyrdom operations. It not only is allowed, but even is an obligation,” Mesbah wrote.
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