Ayatollah Ahmad Allamalhoda who was speaking to a large gathering of people in Mashhad on Saturday evening attending a congregation called "I Love Muhammad”, said "The issue of confronting the prophet is something that dates back to the very first days of Islam, that is, such acts were carried out since the advent of Islam by enemies of the prophet.”
The gathering was launched as a response to a recent satirical cartoon by the French magazine Charlie Hebdo depicting the prophet of Islam.
"So far, there has been no one to stand before the prophet and talk logically, but they have always kept insulting him.”
The ayatollah added "They used to call him magician in order to deface him before the mob.”
As they failed to confront the prophet, Allamalhoda added, the enemies started to resort to spreading Islamophobia. The West has come to understand that their only rival is the Islamic world.
"They only thing that bothers the US like a nag is Iran and the Islamic Republic,” he asserted.
He also pointed to the supreme leader’s recent message to the Western youth and praised it as a miraculous initiative.
The ayatollah also pointed out that as Western officials have kept reiterating, terrorist attacks such as what was directed at the French Charlie Hebdo magazine have nothing to do with Islam.