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Meeting between Ayatollah Mohsin Araki and Ayatollah Wahid Khorasani

Ayatollah Mohsin Araki, the head of World Forum for Proximity between Islamic Schools, in a meeting with Ayatollah Wahid Khurasani, spoke about the issue of Islamic unity and sectarianism. He stated: “Our policy in the issue of proximity is centralization on issues on which we can work together with the Ahl al-Sunnah, for example, the celebration of the birth of the Prophet (s) and his respected daughter (s). The Ahl al-Sunnah, unlike the extremists, do not see these celebrations as innovations.”

Ayatollah Araki spoke about the programs which should be expanded and strengthened to create proximity between the different Islamic sects. He also touched upon the establishment of a new project.

He explained: “The propagation and strengthening of the commemoration of Ashura among the Ahl al-Sunnah, and the promotion of Ashura in a way that is compatible with beliefs of the Ahl al-Sunnah should be established. The promotion of poetry in lamentation of Aba Abdallah (a), the promotion of poems and the recalling of tragedies, the establishment of programs commemorating the Master of Martyrs (a) and the establishment of an association which identifies the Shia and Sunni saadaat (those whose ancestry leads to the Prophet’s (s) family) is another program which has been established.”

Highlighting the negative roles of some satellite channels, the Ayatollah stated: “We must also expand on religious and anti-takfiri programs which are carried out together by the Shia and the Sunni.”

“There are some international satellite channels that are causing sectarian strife, creating animosity and hatred between the Shia and Sunni and it seems that apart from abusing the Caliphs and insulting the respected personalities of some other sects, they have no other objective.”

Ayatollah Wahid Khorasani also expressed his view on such groups. His eminence stated: “The religion of Islam is a religion of mercy and the Prophet of Islam (s) is a prophet of mercy. This religion, and the actions of the Prophet (s) and the Commander of the Faithful (a), do not leave any room for these takfiris and extremists.”

Ayatollah Wahid Khorasani finished with explaining what our duty is towards the other Islamic sects is.

He stated:

You should not show animosity towards those who are followed by other sects, you should not express insults and curses, and abusing their respected personalities is not permissible because it will result in pushing them further away from the Ahlulbayt (s) and their teachings. It has also been stated ‘Pray in their congregational prayers, show them love, visit their sick and tell them about our words and teachings.

Source: Wilayah News


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  1. Salamun alaikum

    Can I get video or audio of whatever you mentioned above with reference to Ayatullah Waheed Khurasani?

  2. What further proof is there for this? Doesn’t look authentic

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