Addressing the opening ceremony of the 35th International Islamic Unity Conference here in Tehran on Tuesday morning, Hamas’ international deputy Khalil al-Hayya described Ayatollah Taskhiri’s efforts to enhance Muslim unity during his presidency of the World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought (WFPIST) as exemplary.
Ayatollah Taskhiri died of a heart attack in August 2020 at the age of 76.
A renowned religious figure in the Muslim world, Ayatollah Taskhiri also served as head of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization and advisor to the Leader on Muslim world affairs.
During the time he served as secretary general of the World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought, he made great efforts towards reinforcing unity among Muslims.
He wrote and translated tens of books on Islam and the Muslim world.
In his Tuesday speech, Hayya also hailed Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei’s constant support for unity.
He said while there are minor differences among Muslims, their commonalities are much more and all followers of Islam share views on the principles and tenets of the religion.
Regretting that the Muslim Ummah (community) is suffering from discord today and the enemies try to use this as an opportunity to plunder Muslim countries.
The Muslim Ummah needs unity more than anything else today and “we need to confront anything that causes discord, including terrorism,” he stated.
Hayya also called for Muslim vigilance regarding the issue of Palestine and hoped that the conference will soon be organized in the holy city of Quds.
The 35th International Conference on Islamic Unity got under way on Tuesday morning in Tehran with the participation of Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi and a number of Iranian and foreign Muslim scholars.
This edition of the event is being held both virtually and in person with a limited number of guests due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.
“Islamic Empathy and Sympathy and Avoidance of Tensions and Conflicts” is one of the main themes of the conference which will continue for five days in Tehran.
Just war and just peace, 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.
230 guests including 52 scholars from 16 foreign countries have taken part in the conference, he said, adding that scholars will give a total of 514 speeches as 360 addresses will be made through video-conference.
The meetings of the conference will be held with maintaining health protocols. The event will wrap up on Saturday with participation of guests and Iranian Parliament Speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf.