Intl. scholars heading to Tehran for Islamic unity conference

February 14, 2011 - 0:0

TEHRAN - Scholars from 57 countries have been invited to attend the 24th International Islamic Unity Conference in Tehran, World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought Secretary General Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Taskhiri stated at a press conference in Tehran on Sunday.

Organized by the World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought, the conference will be held from February 19 to 21 at the IRIB International Conference Center.
At the beginning of the press conference, Ayatollah Taskhiri congratulated the Egyptian and Tunisian nations on the victory of their uprisings.
He went on to say that certain countries are denying the Islamic nature of these uprisings.
“(But) it is obvious that religious motives were behind these movements, and… (the uprisings) were inspired by the Islamic Revolution of Iran… the popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia started from mosques,” the cleric added.
-- 250 scholars invited to attend conference
Commenting on the 24th International Islamic Unity Conference, Ayatollah Taskhiri said that 250 scholars from 57 countries have been invited to attend the conference.
It is expected that 200 of the invited scholars will participate in the conference, he added.
Ayatollah Taskhiri also said that “Intellectual and Practical Solutions to Realize Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought” would be the official theme of the conference.
According to the World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought, scholars from Afghanistan, Algeria, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, China, Denmark, Egypt, Britain, France, Gambia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sudan, Sweden, Tajikistan, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, Tunisia, Turkey, Yemen, and 21 other countries have been invited to the gathering.
Five hundred Shia and Sunni scholars from various Iranian cities have also been invited to the conference.
Ayatollah Taskhiri also announced that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is scheduled to deliver the inaugural address of the conference.
Minister of Islamic Culture and Guidance Seyyed Mohammad Hoseini will give a speech during the closing ceremony, he added.
Potential solutions to realize the proximity of Islamic schools of thought, the promotion of unity among Muslims, and the latest developments in the Islamic world are some of the topics that will be discussed during the conference.
-- Al-Azhar joined Egyptian movement late
Talking to the Tehran Times on the sidelines of the press conference, Ayatollah Taskhiri commented on the role of Al-Azhar scholars in the Egyptian uprising and their support of the protesters.
The Egyptian scholars played an influential role in shaping the revolution by guiding the people and preaching at mosques, he stated.
“(However), I believe that Al-Azhar failed to show its true face and joined the movement late. But I hope Al-Azhar takes the opportunity from now on, acts as an independent organization, makes independent decisions, and (avoids) being influenced by the government,” Ayatollah Taskhiri said.