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News number: 8809130775

18:02 | 2009-12-04

Politics

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Cleric Terms Creating Rift among Muslims "Greatest Sin"

TEHRAN (FNA)- Tehran's Provisional Friday Prayers Leader Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati on Friday warned against efforts to sow discord among different sects of Islam, saying that the move constitutes the "greatest sin".



"Today, the greatest sin is to create division among Muslims," Ayatollah Jannati told worshippers in Tehran.

Ayatollah Jannati also condemned violence against Yemeni Muslims, singling out Saudi Arabia for its massive attacks on the Houthi community inside the Yemeni territory.

"Those who are hosting Muslims in Mecca… are helping this country (Yemen) in killing innocent women and children," Ayatollah Jannati said, MNA reported.

Yemen has been fighting a war in its northern mountains near the border with Saudi Arabia against a Shiite tribal group known as the Houthis, which has resulted in a humanitarian crisis in the region.

Tens of thousands of people have been displaced by the fighting and shelling while hundreds have been killed and wounded in the clashes.

The Houthis accuse the government of widespread corruption and say they demand an end to social, economic and political 'discrimination' against Shiites in Yemen as well as Saudi-backed attempts to spread Vahhabism - a sect branched out of Sunni Islam that preaches controversial and violent actions and is headquartered in Saudi Arabia - in northern Yemen.