Muslim scholars are required to try to eliminate the existing obstacles by consulting about the possible strategies to maintain Islamic solidarity.
Talking to IQNA, Ayatollah Mahdi Hadavi Tehrani, professor of Qom Seminary, said that “commonalities between different religious sects concerning the theories of solidarity far outnumber their differences.”
“What matters is that prominent figures of Islamic sects, particularly those propagating the teachings of Ahlul-Bayt (AS), have always been the pioneers of solidarity, highlighting it as a requirement for achieving Islamic honor and dignity,” he added.
Referring to the role of the Islamic Republic of Iran in promoting solidarity among Islamic sects, he asserted: “Iran has always sought to support all Islamic movements regardless of their religious inclinations following the aspirations of Imam Khomeini (RA) and the Ahlul-Bayt (AS), and has, therefore, faced lots of harms and troubles in this regard.”
Highlighting the movement of Islamic awakening as an achievement resulted from the school of Ahlul-Bayt (AS) and particularly that of Ashura, he warned of the enemies’ evil plots and anti-Islamic propaganda to sow discord among Muslims.
Ayatollah Hadavi Tehrani further appreciated the efforts made by Shia scholars who paved the way for the solidarity of the Islamic Ummah, urging the Muslim scholars in the world to negotiate for surpassing the existing challenges and enmities based on Islamic values and the public interests.
“Those who mistakenly believe they can strengthen the status of their religion by spreading disunity among religious sects are going wrong in their views, as they are in fact helping the enemy by weakening Islam and their own sect accordingly.”
Referring to the International Conference of Islamic Unity that is annually held in Iran, he noted that “the conference could have been more effective in creating unity among Muslim scholars but unfortunately, it has lost its influence due to following repetitive themes over the past years.”
“Still, the conference has been quite successful in theoretical aspects,” he went on to say, expressing hope that it would foster closer relations among Muslim scholars to render better results in the future.