One of Iranian regime’s key religious figures said Monday that any conception of Islam that does not include the use of violence as a central tenet is not really Islam, and should more appropriately be referred to as watered down, “American Islam.”

True Islam, according to Ayatollah Sayyed Yousef Tabatabaeinejad, is revolutionary, AhlulBayt News Agency reports, and Muslims the world over should be emulating the events that brought about Iran’s own revolution in 1979.

“Some say our Islam is not revolutionary Islam, but we must say to them that non-revolutionary Islam is the same as American Islam,” Tabatabaeinejad added. “Islam commands us to be firm against the enemies and be kind and compassionate toward each other and not be afraid of anything.”

Tabatabaeinejad currently serves as Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei’s representative in a province of Iran called Esfahan. He lashed out at the false idea that Muslims should accept oppression as a survival strategy without using violence in response.

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