Hujjat al-Islam Hamid Shahriari, Secretary General of the World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought, welcomed the call of Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayyeb for holding dialogue between Shia and Sunni scholars to reduce tensions in the world of Islam.
Shahriari, in his letter addressing Ahmed al-Tayyeb, said,” Once again al-Azhar, represented by your majesty, called for Islamic dialogue urging the Shia and Sunni clerics to talk and eliminate factors which bring tensions in the Islamic world.”
He noted, “Al-Azhar’s announcement regarding preparation for hosting Islamic dialogue illustrates its commitment to the dialogue and its intention and honesty in peacebuilding.”
Hujjat al-Islam Hamid Shahriari stressed the constant support of Iran’s major Islamic unity center, the World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought, for leading and civilized calls for the closeness of hearts and going beyond division, tribalism, and prioritization of interests of the Muslim world to personal benefits.
He stated, “Today, we announce our solidarity with your call and our preparation for facilitating the project by all possible means.”
Secretary General of the World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought expressed hope for the success of al-Azhar. He prayed that honor and security prevail across the Islamic world and that the voices of hostility, division, and Takfir (ex-communication) will disappear.
The grand mufti from a prestigious university in Egypt made a speech at an interfaith meeting in Bahrain, also attended by Pope Francis, calling for dialogue between Shia and Sunni clerics, said “together we chase away any voice of hate, provocation, and ex-communication. We set aside ancient and modern conflict in all its forms.”
Launched in 1990 at an order by the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Khamenei, the World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought has been pursuing the objective of facilitating intra-Muslim meetings between Shia and Sunni clerics and boosting solidarity among all Islamic denominations.