Grand Ayatollah Mohsen Araki, Secretary General of the World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought in an interview with Iran’s state radio hailed the great uprising of Imam Hussein (AS) as the agent which has revived Islam, Qur’an and the name of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).
He referred to Islamic references stressing the rising of Ahlul Bayt (AS) as the guarantee for Islamic unity which safeguards the Muslims from annihilation and dangers.
The cleric stressed that Ahlul Bayt (AS), particularly Imam Hussein (AS), is the axes for Islamic unity among Muslims and said,” Where distancing Ahlul Bayt (AS) and hostility with the household of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) has been set as the principle there the hostilities and disagreement begin while loyalty and affection for Ahlul Bayt (AS) has led to peace and solidarity among Muslims.”
Ayatollah Araki expressed regret that Saudi Arabia has turned into a base for dispersion in the world of Islam because Saudi authorities have destroyed gravestones of Ahlul Bayt (AS) and this disrespect for the household of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) has led to the Arab kingdom to turn into the bases of disunity in the world of Islam.
“Even holding the mourning ceremony for Imam Hussein (AS) is a unifying agent among Muslims because it is noted in Sunni references that Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) has mourned over martyrdom of the third Shia Imam” said the cleric adding,” Iranian Sunni community also mourn for the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (AS) which is a unifying factor among all Muslims.”
He hailed the activities of the World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought to unify Muslim communities and said,” World Forum has tried to take giant steps for the end and had it not been for endeavors of the World Forum, we could not have been witness to isolation of Takfiri (excommunication) groups while at present an international counter-Takfir coalition has been gradually launched against extremist and dispersing groups.
Iranian cleric hailed the recent move by Sunni elites attending Chechnya conference excluding Wahhabism from Islam calling that a good incident in this arena.
Ayatollah Araki also addressed Sunni Muslims saying,” There are media which desecrate caliphs and household of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) under that name of Shia because spread of disunity and hostility is the strategy of these Saudi-backed media.”
Member of Iran’s Assembly of Experts added,” The movement called British Style Shia has launched over 25 satellite channels targeting Sunni community and Islamic unity run by Saudi Arabia and enemies of Islam.