Ayatollah Mohammad Saidi said that the People of the Book, the Jews and Christians, are similar to the polytheists and the Muslims should fight them. He made these remarks in a Friday sermon, delivered in Qom, Iran, and it was aired on Channel 2 (Iran) on January 30, 2021. Ayatollah Saidi said that Jews and Christians do not submit to Allah and they have religious, moral, and practical deviations and thus must be fought against. He said that the Muslims must put the People of the Book in their place, fight them until they stop their corruption and evil, and force them to pay the Jizya poll tax. For more about Ayatollah Saidi, see MEMRI TV clips No. 7569, 7325, and 7256.
Ayatollah Mohammad Saidi: "The people of the book [Jews and Christians] are similar to the polytheists on one hand, and on the other hand, they are similar to the Muslims. They see themselves as followers of the religion of God, and in that sense, they are similar to the Muslims. On the other hand, their beliefs and their actions run counter to the religion of God, are contaminated by distortions, and contradict the divine orders, they are similar to the polytheists. Therefore, Islam has set more moderate rules for them, compared to the polytheists.
"But if the People of the Book do not accept these conditions, Islam has unequivocally ordered that the Muslims should fight the People of the Book and put them in their place.
"Such people must be fought. They have religious, moral, and political deviations. They do not submit to the divine rule and order and they spread strife. [They must be fought against] until they stop this corruption and evil, and are forced to pay the jizya [poll tax]."