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Shi'a-Sunni Alims Seminar wraps up in Tehran

Tehran, Oct 25, IRNA - The 2nd Shi'a and Sunni Alims & Elites Seminar wrapped up its activities here Wednesday evening, issuing a communique.

According to IRNA Political Desk reporter from seminar's site, the text of the seminar's communique was read by Culture and Islamic Communications Organization (CICO) in Research and Training Affairs Deputy Seyyed Muhammad-Javad Vaziri-Fard.

The communique reads in part, keeping in mind the current status, in which the Muslims' enemies are allied, Islamic lands are occupied, Islamic identity is targeted constantly and the enemies try resolutely to ruin it, and Islam has entered scenes of dialogue challenging liberalism, it is necessary for the world Muslims to stick to Allah's guidance entirely, and to take new steps towards unity and brotherhood to ward off enemies' bad omen.

Islamic unity is considered "an original Islamic fundamental" in the communique, as well as a strong pillar for the establishment of an ideal Islamic society, that is a bare need in order to enable the Muslims to resist against the enemies' plots and enmities.

It adds, "The oppressive powers are after making up for their series of political and military losses and saving themselves out of their self-made crises in the region, particularly their losses in Lebanon and Iraq, by sowing the seeds of discord among the followers of Islamic schools of thought.

"In order to pave the path for looting the oil resources of the Iraqi Shi'a and Sunni brethren, they are trying to intimidate Iran's neighbors about the Islamic Republic of Iran's threat, and convince them that the United States is the only competent power to check Tehran's power," it adds.

In line with those efforts, they are trying to prepare the public opinion of regional nations, and to encourage the weak leaders to confront the only promoter of Islamic unity and brotherhood in the region, resorting to an incessant anti-Iranian propagation campaign.

The communique adds, "Disheartening the Muslims to an extent to abandon thoughts for countering the oppressors, blocking the path for anti-American thoughts in the region, and providing chances for Israel to make up for the severe blow it has received from the mighty Lebanese Hezbollah, are highlights of the perspective the US has in mind for its perilous plots for the region."

Responsibility of both Shi'a and Sunni Alims is heavier than ever and seeking effective strategies out of the ongoing crisis is a bare necessity according to the text, that also encouraged the Muslims' spiritual leaders to block the path for any type of bloodshed, or insults against prestige and threats against lives of Muslims by Muslims.

The Second International Shi'a-Sunni Alims & Elites Seminar, sponsored by CICO and cosponsored by related ministries, organs and scientific centers, began activities on Tuesday here in Tehran.

Over 100 Shia and Sunni Alims, intellectuals, and elites from 25 countries around the globe surveyed issues related to Islamic unity and solidarity during the two-day seminar.

Participants at the seminar were from Azerbaijan, Germany, Ethiopia, Jordan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, USA, Bahrain, Britain, Italy, Bulgaria, Bangladesh, Bosnian and Herzegovina, Pakistan, India, Tanzania, Turkey, China, Russia, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Syria, Serbia, Saudi Arabia, Ghana, Palestine, Kazakhstan, Qatar, Lebanon, Malaysia, Egypt, Morocco, Norway and Turkmenistan.

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