Hojat-ol-Islam Hamid Shahriari, the secretary general of the World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought (WFPIST), told IQNA at a press conference here in Tehran on Saturday that this year’s international event will kick off on Tuesday, October 19.
He said that given the continuation of the coronavirus pandemic, it was decided that a limited number of individuals at the level of Muftis and prominent figures from Islamic countries take part in this year’s conference and the next.
He noted that there will also be guests attending the conference virtually.
Hojat-ol-Islam Hamid Shahriari further said that the motto of the 35th edition is “Islamic Unity, Peace and Avoiding Discord and Conflict in Muslim World”.
Given the problems and tragedies the Muslim world is facing, such as wars, bloodshed and acts of terrorism, the WFPIST selected “War and Just Peace” as the main theme of this year’s conference, the cleric added.
Palestine and Islamic resistance; Islamic fraternity and countering terrorism; mutual respect among Islamic schools of thought; and Ummah Wahida (united community) and a union of Islamic countries will be among the subjects of discussion, Hojat-ol-Islam Shahriari stated.
He also said that Iran’s president and parliament speaker will officiate the opening and closing ceremonies of the 6-day conference.
The 34th edition of the conference was held virtually last year due to the pandemic.
More than 160 foreign speakers from 47 countries as well as 120 Iranian figures delivered speeches at the video-conference.
The 17th day of Rabi al-Awwal, which falls on November 3 this year, is believed by Shia Muslims to mark the birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), while Sunni Muslims regard the 12th day of the month as the birthday of the last prophet.
The interval between the two dates is celebrated every year as the Islamic Unity Week.
Late Founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran Imam Khomeini (RA) declared the occasion as the Islamic Unity Week back in the 1980s.