The Center of Mosque Studies - On the occasion of World Mosque Day, in a meeting with a group of clerics and prayer leaders, In Tehran on Sunday morning, Ayatollah Khamenei said “secular Islam, which is restricted to individual or collective worship, is not the subject of hostility for domineering powers."
"What bullying powers are opposed to is a powerful Islam, which lays the foundations for a sociopolitical system and guides nations towards prosperity," Ayatollah Khamenei added.
Touching upon the international occasion, the Leader said Iran insistently demanded that the Organization of Islamic Cooperation designate August 21 as World Mosque Day, in an effort to draw attention to Israel’s burning of the Al Aqsa Mosque in 1969.
On this day 47 year ago, Al Aqsa Mosque was set on fire by a Zionist Australian settler, in coordination with Israeli officials and military forces. The fire gutted the southeastern wing of the mosque.