ALGIERS- The 35th International Conference on Islamic Unity kicked off, on Tuesday, with the presence of the Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi.
To this end, Hojjatoleslam Hamid Shahriari, the secretary-general of the World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought (WFPIST), addressed the conference attended by hundreds of prominent scholars from the globe.
The conference, taking place until October 24, is being held on the occasion of the celebration of the birth anniversary of the Holy Prophet (PBUH).
Congratulating the participants on the occasion of the birth of the Prophet (PBUH) and Imam Sadegh (AS), the cleric noted: “Unfortunately, today we are witnessing war, conflict and bloodshed in the Islamic world. For this reason, we made the theme of the 35th Conference on Islamic Unity, ‘Peace and the Avoidance of Division and Conflict in the Islamic World’.”
“Global arrogance is always trying to justify its presence in the region by warmongering and bloodshed and looting Islamic countries.”
Referring to the causes of conflicts in the Islamic world, Shahriari criticized some “dependent” scholars who provide the ground for the presence of oppressors in Islamic countries or normalization of ties with Israel.
He also expressed worry about “the ignorance and betrayal of some followers of Islamic religions that promote violence, lack of religious democracy in some countries and the existence of sectarianism and following blind prejudices.”
For his part, the president of the Algerian High Islamic Council, Abdallah Ghoulamallah, has recalled Algeria’s inalienable and constant principles, namely; non-interference in the internal affairs of States, in addition to being compelled to cooperate with totzl respect for territorial, economic and governance sovereignty.
The former Minister of Religious Affairs and Waks “Endowment” pleaded for unity and living together, without clashes and conflicts”. He urged the nations participating in the event to prioritize the unity of the ranks, solidarity and mutual aid.
He also warned against the hegemony of Zionist ideology over Islam. He evoked a danger that will lead, if not countered, to the dislocation of this religion into various dogmas, as Christianity has been divided into several churches (Anglican, Protestant, Orthodox …), owing to the impetus of the Zionist lobbies .
“The premises of the phenomenon are starting to appear,” he alerted. He cited, among others, the transfer of the Embassy of the United States of America from Tel Aviv to El Quds, dissemination of blasphemous cartoons on the prophets and the process of normalization of diplomatic and economic relations between Arab countries and the Zionist Entity (Abraham’s Accord).
For Abdallah Ghoulamallah, the Muslim community should absolutely come out of its lethargy and become aware “of the strength of its human resource and of its economic and geographic potentials as well as its spiritual strength which will enable it to act according to the precepts of the Holy Coran”.
Coinciding with the beginning of Unity Week, the international unity conference is being held in-person and virtually with the participation of a group of Islamic thinkers and scholars from 52 countries. 230 guests, including 52 scholars from 16 foreign countries, noteworthy, are partaking in the conference, delivering 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 the Iranian Parliament Speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf.
Following the announcement of the week of unity by the founder of Islamic Revolution Imam Khomeini (RA) and based on the strategy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in enhancing unity among Muslims, the International Islamic Unity Conference, has been held with prominent scholars from the globe in attendance. The aim of the holding of this conference is to enhance unity and solidarity among Muslims, the consensus of scholars with a view to approximating their scientific and cultural views, as well as to review and present practical solutions to achieve unity and forming a united Ummah in the Islamic world and providing solutions to the all-out problems of Muslims.
Since 1990, Islamic Advertisement Organization was in charge of holding four of the conference, but after the establishment of the World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought by the order of the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, this Forum became responsible about the mission of holding this important conference.
Conference guests are chosen from amongst the elites and educated figures, the ministers of Muslim countries, scholars and muftis, university professors and other academic and cultural communities inside and outside the Republic. Hundreds of thinkers, scholars and reformers from around the world and thousands of Shia and Sunni scholars from different parts of Iran have participated in the conference and presented their lectures and comments. Also Islamic thinkers from many different countries, such as; France, Syria, Lebanon, Australia, Egypt, Malaysia, Sudan, Pakistan, India, Azerbaijan, the UK, Jordan, Iraq, Indonesia, Gambia, Palestine, Afghanistan, Senegal, Libya, Bahrain, Algeria, Yemen, Greece, Turkey, Uganda, Kuwait, Qatar, the Netherlands, the United Arabic Emirates etc. have participated in the International Islamic Unity Conferences.
From Algeria, this year’s edition is witnessing the participation of the following professors, doctors, thinkers and writers: Mr. Abdallah Ghoulamallah, Mr. Djamel Traka, Mr. Noureddine Abou lahia, Mr. Boubaker AbdelKader, Mr. Farid Ben Yahya, Mr. Ammar Talbi, Mrs. Noura Farahat, Miss. Hana Saada, Mrs. Rasha Rouabah.