Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaking at the conference
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reiterated that Islam is not the religion of 'extremism and violence'. "Iran supports any Muslim group confronting violence, terrorism and occupation," he said in the 28th International Conference of Islamic Unity titled 'Unified Islamic Ummah: Challenges and Solutions" on Wednesday.
He also said Iran as a major power both in the region and the Islamic world supports any Muslim nation fighting against violence, extremism and terrorism whether in Gaza Strip, Damascus, Mosul, Iraqi Kurdistan region, Afghanistan, Pakistan and any other country.
"If we are seeking unity in the Islamic World we should regard as a unified Ummah, Sunnis in Gaza, Alevis in Damascus, Zaidis in Yemen, Kurds in northern Iraq, Sunni and Shiites in Iraq and Shiite and Sunni in Afghanistan and Pakistan and the entire Islamic World."
He also said when a TV or radio channel is standing against other religions under the name of defending Sunni and Shiite "We should all condemn it. If we are seeking unity and solidarity we should blast in loud voice anyone insulting sanctities of other religions."
Tehran-based World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought (WFPIST) has organized the 28th International Islamic Unity Conference for January 7-9.
The international conference kicked off in Tehran on Wednesday morning.
Around 1,200 Islamic scholars and intellectuals from around the globe are taking part in the gathering. The participants include educated Muslim figures, ministers of Islamic countries, clerics, scholars and representatives of scientific and cultural circles from Iran and across the world.
436 foreign participants come from Russia, France, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Lebanon, Australia, Egypt, Malaysia, Sudan, the US, Pakistan, India, Thailand, Sweden, Azerbaijan, Britain, Jordan, Iraq, Indonesia, Gambia, China, Tatarstan, Afghanistan, Senegal, Libya, the Philippines, Brazil, Bahrain, Algeria, Nigeria, Yemen, Greece, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kuwait, Qatar, Netherlands, Sri Lanka, Columbia and etc.
The main purpose of the three-day event is to discuss ways to promote unity and solidarity in the Islamic world and bring closer views of Muslim clerics and scholars' on diverse religious issues.
The gathering will also focus on problems that have beset the Islamic world, particularly the threat posed by the Takfiri thoughts and sectarianism.
Participants are also planned to discuss the issue of Palestine, propose solutions to settle its problems and adopt a common stance on the issue.
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