Islam stresses the need for peaceful coexistence: Rahmati

Wednesday, 27 September 2023

On the Holy Prophet's birth anniversary (p.b.u.h) and Islamic Unity Week, the session on the “Islamic Unity and Brotherhood; Necessities and Challenges” was held in the ABNA News Agency meeting hall.

ABWA Official Website – On Wednesday, September 27, on the birth anniversary of the Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h) and Islamic Unity Week, the session on the “Islamic Unity and Brotherhood; Necessities and Challenges” was held in the ABNA News Agency meeting hall.

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In this session, Hojat al-Islam Mojtaba Rahmati, professor of seminary and university, stated, “Reason and narration emphasize the necessity of unity. Unity is one of the necessities of social life. The enemy seeks to create division between Shiites and Sunnis. Sometimes, due to trivial issues, strong discords arise between Muslims. While God says in the Quran, “Muhammad, the Apostle of Allah, and those who are with him are hard against the faithless and merciful amongst themselves.” (Quran, 48: 29).”

“In addition to the necessity of unity between Shiites and Sunnis, there must be unity among Shiites themselves,” he continued.

Pointing out Islam’s advice on the need for peaceful coexistence, this seminary and university professor stated, “Shiites and Sunnis have a lot of commonalities in principles and beliefs.”

Regarding the mechanism and solution for creating unity among Muslims, he said, “Humane and correct interaction and behavior with Muslims and non-Muslims can lead to unity and is against Islamophobic propaganda. In this regard, it is necessary that the people of the world know us by our actions, and not by our words. Also, helping others plays a significant role in understanding others about Muslims. We must correct the mentality that has been formed for non-Muslims from Islam in the form of ISIS and Takfiris terrorists.”

“We Shiites are a minority, and we need the support of the majority of Muslims. On the other hand, Shiites and new converts (to Shia) in different countries should avoid doing things that cause tension and sensitivity,” the international preacher stated.

While emphasizing the necessity of propagating Shiism in a moderate manner in other countries, he added, “Both Shiites and Sunnis should know that they are the ummah of the Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h), and according to the Quranic verses, they should be kind and sympathetic to each other.”

Further in the session, Dr. Morteza Aghamohammadi, a faculty member of Al-Mustafa (p.b.u.h) International University, stated, “The necessity of unity based on Quranic verses and hadiths is clear to everyone.”

“Today, Shiites are powerful, strong, and play significant roles in the region and the world,” he continued, “In the era of development of communication tools and expansion of virtual space, we are facing new challenges. Today, compared to the past, many things have changed in a way that is unprecedented.”

“Hostility between Shiites and Sunnis has been unprecedented in recent decades. In the wake of the “Arab Spring” in various Arab countries, enemies in Bahrain and Syria provoked the sectarian war. However, with the defeat of ISIS, tensions did not continue,” continued the faculty member of Al-Mustafa International University.

“Enemies take advantage of loopholes and gaps. The late Allameh Sayed Sharafuddin said that politics separated Shiites and Sunnis and the same politics can bring them together,” he added.

Referring to the roots of discords and enmity between Shiites and Sunnis, this international missionary added, “In the 1970s, due to rich oil revenues, Saudi Arabia sought to export its Wahhabi ideology beyond its borders, seeking to lead the Islamic world. Because this country had nothing else but Wahhabism. The Islamic Revolution of Iran which took place in the late of the decade was anti-imperialism. Therefore, Saudi Arabia and the West made many conspiracies and damages against us.”

Pointing to “presence in the field, dialogue, and interaction,” as solutions to unify the Muslims, he added, “Although we are a minority, we are not weak, but strong. Being together increases the strength of all Muslims. In this regard, among all Islamic countries, Saudi Arabia plays a central role and the resumption of relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia has a tangible effect on the attitude and behavior of Muslims in other countries.”

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