Tension, fratricide result of dispersion
Grand Ayatollah Mohsen Araki, Secretary General of the World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought, met with university professors from Indonesia, Malaysia, Kuwait, Lebanon, Russia and Albania, highlighting priorities of Islamic proximity and issues distancing different denominations from each other, reported Taqrib News Agency (TNA).
Secretary General of the world forum stressed necessity of Islamic unity as the basis of Islam and one of the most important missions of all Muslims.
He said,” Maintaining unity is the most important religious mission and the nation which ignorance that will lead to disagreement and the result will be clashes, tension, fratricide and looting of each other.”
Grand Ayatollah Araki referred to the measures taken by the world forum for boosting solidarity in the world of Islam and said,” Holding proximity meetings among Muslim scholars from across the globe is one of these measures.” referring to scholars from Indonesia, India and Mauritania visiting Iranian jurisprudents and clerics every year.
He counted proximity conferences and sit downs held by the world forum in other countries as another part of the activities carried out by the world forum and underlined necessity of world elites and scholars to convene and discuss importance of unity in the world of Islam.
Ayatollah Araki referred to formation of a union among European countries and said,” Contrary to the minor commonalities, European countries succeeded in forming a union.” Demanding why should not Muslim countries form such a union to boost all major commonalities they all share?
He stressed,” Had all Muslim nations joined each other, they could have met more than 90 per cent of their demands within themselves.”
The cleric referred to the present tensions in the world of Islam and said,” Shia and Sunni have lived together for centuries without any disagreement and that proves the current disagreements between the two major denominations are political and not religious.”
Shia scholar concluded,” By unity we do not mean that Shia converts to Sunni Islam or a Sunni Muslim converts to Shia Islam, rather we mean Muslims stay committed to their denominations and also maintain their solidarity with other Muslims.”
The meeting by university professors to Iran was made at the invitation of Al Mustafa University.