|Iranian cleric condemns release of Mubarak||
TEHRAN – The leader of this week’s Friday prayers in Tehran has condemned the release of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak from prison, seven weeks after the army toppled President Mohamed Morsi, the first democratically elected Egyptian head of state.
“Islam has enemies. When a pharaoh comes and betrays the Egyptian nation and is released afterward, (this shows) the current situation of the Muslim world,” Ayatollah Emami Kashani told worshippers at Friday prayers at the campus of the University of Tehran.
Political turbulence has kept Egypt on edge for months. At least 900 people, including 100 soldiers and police, have been killed in a crackdown on Morsi supporters in the past week, making it the country’s bloodiest internal episode in decades.
Ayatollah Kashani also spoke about the Syrian crisis and called on Muslim scholars to set a guideline for Muslims to prevent Salafis and Takfiris from committing inhumane crimes against people.
Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have been killed and millions of others displaced in the violence.
Syrian opposition groups have claimed that hundreds of people were killed in chemical weapons attacks on the outskirts of Damascus on Wednesday, with the death toll continuing to rise.
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