Thursday, 20 February, 2020

Sunnis and Shias Get Together in Unity Week

The week between 12th Rabi-ul-Awwal and 17th Rabi-ul-Awwal is commemorated as a Muslim unity week.

According to traditions narrated from Sunni Muslim scholars, the birthdate of the final Prophet of Islam falls on 12th Rabi-ul-Awwal while the Shias consider 17th Rabi-ul-Awwal as the exact birth date.

In order to bridge this difference and use it as an opportunity to unite Muslims, Iran’s Imam Khomeini designated the period from 12th to the 17th of Rabi al-Awwal as the Islamic Unity Week. This dynamic concept aims to bring all Muslim schools of thought on the common platform of Islamic unity.

Since its inception, the Islamic Unity Week has been marked annually, not only in Iran, but also throughout the world, and has played an important role in bringing the various Islamic Schools of Thought on a single platform.

Rallies and processions are taken place on this occasion and congregations are held to spread the teachings of the final Prophet across the world.

Prophet Mohammad was sent by God with the universal message of Islam, for all humanity. As the Messenger of Mercy, whose mission was foretold by all previous prophets over the different parts of the world, he preached brotherhood of humanity. Although born in Arabia, he never said the Arabs had any preference over the non-Arabs. Among his companions were Salman the Persian, Sohaib the Roman, and Bilal, the black Abyssinian.

Today, international paganism in the form of the Zionists and the secularists of the West are trying to harm Islamic unity. Unfortunately, they are being assisted in their unholy mission by the Salafis and Wahhabis and the terrorist groups they have formed to create sedition in Muslim ranks, such as the al-Qa’eda, the Taleban, ISIS, etc. These terrorist groups are active in Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Egypt, and other countries, and under the guise of Islam, they are carrying out the mission of their masters in the West and the usurper state of Israel. Under such circumstances, it is vital for Sunni and Shi’ite Muslims to assemble on a single platform. The Prophet is the ideal for all Muslims, and before departing the world, he made it clear that the Muslims will never go astray if they hold fast to Weighty Things, which he introduces as Thaqalayn.

Tehran to host International Islamic Unity Conference

An international conference on Muslim unity will be held in the Iranian capital city of Tehran next week.

Ayatollah Mohsen Araki, secretary general of the World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought, told the Tasnim News Agency that the conference will be organized on January 7-9 concurrent with the Islamic Unity Week.

He said the conference will bring prominent Muslim figures together to discuss ways for confronting discord.

Ayatollah Araki expressed the hope that the international event will serve to enhance unity in the Muslim world.

The Islamic unity conference is an annual event that provides an opportunity for scholars to share views and review problems facing Muslims while presenting solutions.

The World Forum for Proximity, the organizer of the conference, is an international organization founded by Iran. Its main aim is to create more unity and solidarity among Muslims worldwide, regardless of their schools of thought.


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