Jan 20, 2022 14:26 UTC
  • President urges vigilance against extremism, Takfiris

President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi called for increased Muslim vigilance against extremist and Takfiri groups that have harmed Islam in the name of the religion.

According to Tasnim News Agency, in a meeting with the Grand Mufti of Russia, held in Moscow on Thursday, Raeisi said what causes concerns at the present time is extremism.

“Extremism and Takfirism have greatly harmed Muslims,” the president noted.

Urging Muslim vigilance against the Takfiri currents, he said a series of groups have damaged the divine religion in the name of Islam.

Pointing to the cooperation between Iran and Russia in Syria, the president said the two countries’ stances were united not against heretics, but against the stooges of arrogance and the Zionist regime.

Hailing the close relations between Tehran and Moscow, Raeisi described his trip to Russia as a milestone in the economic, political and cultural relations between the two countries.

For his part, Head of the Council of Muftis of Russia Rawil Gaynutdin expressed delight at the Iranian president’s visit, saying Wednesday’s meeting between the presidents of Iran and Russia was highly significant for Russian Muslims.

He also hailed Raeisi’s symbolic move to say prayers at the Kremlin.

Raeisi arrived in Moscow on Wednesday and held a meeting with his Russian counterpart.