The leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei released a statement declaring it forbidden to defame the wife of the holy Prophet, the mother of the believers, Aisha. He also made it forbidden to attack the Islamic symbols of the Sunni schools in general. This came in an answer he gave to a question that he recieved from a group of scholars and professionals from the Ahsa province in Saudi Arabia.
When asked about his views on the subject, the leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei replied:
In the Name of Allah, the beneficient, the merciful.
Assalaamu Alaikum Warahmat Allah Wabarakatuh,
It is not permissible to undermine the symbols of our Sunni brothers and moreso it is not permissible to accuse the wife of the Prophet [peace be upon him and his family] in what would dishonour her. This is something not permissible for all prophets including their master the holy messenger [peace be upon him].
In addition, below is a statement issued by Muslim scholars and leaders in London:
In His Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful;
Those who love (to see) scandal published broadcast among the Believers, will have a grievous Penalty in this life and in the Hereafter: Allah knows, and ye know not. [Holy Quran, 24:19]
The Holy Quran and the Holy Prophet [saw] have taught us to be disciplined in speech and action; and to be cautious with ourselves, our thoughts, and our interactions from slander and obscenity towards others regardless of the disagreement in understandings. The Messenger of Allah [saw] prides himself on the saying: My Lord has taught me manners, the best are my manners.
We are on this truthful path of the Messenger of Allah [saw] and as such denounce and condemn what has happened recently in London of slander, obscenity and insults from some who are psychologically and spiritually retarded, in respect to the wife of the Prophet, Sayyida Aisha, the companions of the Messenger [saw] and the first generation of Muslims.
These people incite discord (fitna) between Muslims whereas Islam is the religion of brotherhood, love and mercy; the Holy Prophet [saw] said:
The example of believers in love and mercy amongst themselves is as the example of one body, if one part of it is affected, the rest of the body is affected with illness.
He also said:
I have been sent to fulfill the peak of ethics.
Where are these people from the stance of the Holy Quran which describes the Holy Prophet saying:
And most surely you conform to an exalted sublime morality.
These insults, from whichever side or group they come from, are rejected and condemned, and it would not be surprising to find that these acts are attempts to harm unity amongst Muslims. May Allah protect this unity and the efforts of proximity between Muslims against these evil plots in the Ummah.
Indeed Allah has appointed a measure for everything. [Holy Quran 65:3]
United Kingdom – London
18/9/2010 – Shawwal 1431 H
Sheikh Moezi (Islamic Centre of England)
Sheikh Ali Alimi (Islamic Universal Institute)
Sayyed Murtadha Kashmiri (Imam Ali Foundation)
Dr. Kamal El-Helbawy (Forum for Islamic Unity)
Sayyed Fadhil Al-Milani (Imam Khoei Islamic Centre)
Sayyed Mohammed Al-Musawi (World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League)
Sheikh Hatim Abu-Diya (Imam of the Lebanese Community in Britain)
Dr. Ibrahim Munir (Muslim Brotherhood)
Sayyed Mohammed Saeed Khalkhali (AhlulBayt Centre)
Dr. Saeed Shehabi (Abrar Islamic Foundation)