Report by Press TV; photos by Abolfazl Salmanzadeh, Mehr News Agency
Star studded gala featuring almost all of Iran's known figures
All these stars were here for one common cause: PEACE
A peace award was also given in absentia to the head of Iran's expediency council, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. The former president and Iranian official's message of peace was read to the crowd. Rafsanjani said Islam is the religion of peace and friendship and that in the current times that humanity is facing many problems around the globe the only way out is peace.
The conference focused on how everybody from every religion can play a role in helping bring about peace. Religious leaders from the main religions in Iran from Christianity to Islam also took part. But the list also included Iran's renowned actors.
"An artist always has a mission to boost the culture of the society, the culture of friendship and peace, the economic, political and the social culture of the population," Iranian actor, Reza Banafshehkhah said.
Renowned actor, Akbar Abdi, also said that "An artist himself should be a person close to this word, the word of peace. They should be peace loving, friendly and forgiving."
World's all-time leading goal scorer in international matches, Ali Daei also received a peace award. The famous footballer enjoys 149 caps for Iran and has scored over 100 goals in international play.
But the point here was that everyone can get the message of peace from Iran out to the world. Whether you're an athlete or the owner of a sports club.
"Humans are created for peace, for friendship for caring. All humans all over the world have been brought to life for this reason," Perspolis Manager, Mohammad Rouyanian said.
Iranian football coach and retired footballer, Afshin Peyrovani said, "A championship title can go reach far limits, like good sportsmanship can go beyond diplomacy, that's why I think through sports that is a show of friendship ,we shouldn't only be after results only but be after many things as we can be an ambassador to the world."
The event was organized by the international ambassadors of peace organization, a non-governmental organization made up of activists, cultural figures, athletes and artists. Their aim is to promote the message of peace and friendship and to counter extremism.
"The organization of the ambassadors of peace was established several years ago, it's an international NGO aimed at sending the message of peace to the world. This year we invited renowned figures who have helped extend human rights and peace, and have made giant strides in helping others," Ebrahim Senobar the organizer of the event said.
The organization tries to get everyone every member to play a role towards world peace.
Iranian actress Behnoush Bakhtiari said everyone can help" I think an artist or any citizen of this land and in any position if knows he or she's a moderate person, then they can affect the society and the world around."
But you don't have to be famous to give the message of peace to the world. You can be you, and make an effort no matter how small and change will come.
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