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The Grand Imam avers: Al-Azhar ‎is committed to achieve Muslim unity


Tue 12 Sep 2023 | 02:45 PM
The Grand Imam
The Grand Imam
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At his residence in Berlin, Germany, HE Prof. Ahmad At-Tayyeb, ‎Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ash-Sharif, received Mr. Mahmoud Farazandeh, the Iranian ‎Ambassador to Germany. The Grand Imam averred that the state of division and ‎disunion of the Muslims today is due to un-Islamic tendencies against which the Glorious ‎Qur’an warns, as Allah the Almighty says, “And do not dispute amongst ‎yourselves lest you fail.” This conflict has led to the division of the Islamic efforts ‎and of the Muslims, and their lack of a unified Islamic vision and objective to which ‎we can refer despite differences.‎

The Grand Imam further noted that the most dangerous contemporary ‎challenge to the Muslims is how to convince policymakers and decision-makers ‎that a higher Islamic interest should be unanimously agreed upon, no ‎matter how different personal interests there may be. He then pointed out that the Muslim ‎scholars have frequently highlighted the importance of Muslim unity, but ‎political powers have always run the affairs against the dictates of logic and ‎reason. He also noted that such powers have abandoned the common higher ‎interest in favor of some individual and subjective policies.‎ Grand Imam At-Tayyeb then asserted that the major contemporary global challenge is ‎represented in the fact that aspects of scientific progress are divested from religious, moral and ‎even humane values to the extent that we are suffering a real crisis of alienation ‎and exclusion of religion from the human life. Hence, he maintained, the only way ‎out of this impasse is that global decision-makers embrace a binding moral and ‎humane framework and give preference to human

over individual ‎interests.‎

Imam At-Tayyeb further maintained that Al-Azhar Ash-Sharif adheres to the ‎unity of Muslims, and that it will not hesitate to proceed in doing everything it can to place this project on the Islamic map, no matter what the costs ‎may be, including facing hardships and challenges.‎

For his part, Mr. Farazandeh expressed his pleasure to meet the Grand Imam of ‎Al-Azhar, and stressed Iran’s appreciation of His Eminence's efforts to reunite the Muslim nation. He ‎pointed out that Iran believes in the influence of Al-Azhar and its ability to unite ‎the Muslims and guide them to the right path, and to encounter those who attempt ‎to disseminate false and deviant stereotypical images about Islam.‎

Mr. Farazandeh also affirmed that Iran welcomes inter-Muslim dialogue as called ‎for by the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar at the Bahrain Forum for Dialogue. He ‎highlighted Iran’s appreciation of the rapprochement projects among the ‎various schools of Islamic thought, as adopted by the Grand Imam.‎

He then stressed that Al-Azhar's voice is heard around the Muslim world and ‎that it enjoys remarkable credibility.‎