( Fars News Agency) - Head of the Muslim Scholars' International Union Sheikh Yusef Gharzawi said that defending Iran against enemies is a religious duty for all world Muslims.
"In case Iran comes under attack, it will be a religious duty for all Muslims to defend this country," Gharzawi said in his message to the world Muslims to congratulate the advent of the Eid-al-Fitr - marking the end of Muslims' fasting month of Ramadan.
"It is a duty of the Islamic Ummah (nation) to take each other's hands to protect themselves. We should defend Iran which is a part of the world of Islam and assist this country in confronting the enemy," he added.
Elsewhere, Gharzawi underlined that the US strives to annihilate the religion of Islam under the pretext of the campaign against terrorism while it is siding with the Zionist regime of Israel and supports all its terrorist measures.
"If the US did not extend military and financial aids to the Zionist regime, no Israeli would exist today," he said.
He further questioned West's efforts to deprive Iran or any other Muslim or Arab country of the right to access and use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, and voiced support for Iran's progress in the field of civilian nuclear technology.