Pres. Raeisi voices Iran’s readiness to host interfaith dialogue
Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi, attending a meeting with religious leaders on the sideline of the 77th United Nations annual meeting, announced Iran’s readiness to host meeting of the divine religions.
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Speaking on Tuesday evening in New York, Ebrahim Raeisi had a meeting with the leaders of the divine religions.
Stating that the common point of all of the followers of the divine religions is worshipping God, he said, "Let's put attention to God as a common principle of divine religions".
Noting that all believers in divine religions agree on the point that a society without God and belief in the origin and resurrection creates destruction for mankind, not growth and prosperity, he added, "Humanity faces two bloody and catastrophic world wars and 70 years of oppression of the Palestinian people as a part of the examples of excluding God from the field of society administration, so it is necessary to consider the belief in God alongside all decision-making."
Pointing out that the unity of divine religions does not mean that people give up their religion, Raeisi said, "Unity does not mean that the followers of different religions give up their religion, but it means we should emphasize the points of commonality, especially worshipping God, and put aside differences."
The President described worshipping God and attention to divine laws as the biggest obstacle in the path of arrogance, self-centeredness, and desire to dominate others, and clarified, "The basis of oppression in the world is due to arrogance and self-aggrandizement, and the way to refrain from it is to pay attention to divine laws."
Raeisi stated that the right to social life does not mean that someone has the right to impose his personal wishes and perceptions on others, and pointed out, "Domination is one of the manifestations of atheism, which deprives other people of the opportunity to think."
The President described monotheism and justice as two pillars emphasized and accepted by all divine religions, and said, "It is in the light of justice that man can live a healthy, safe and easy life. According to Imam Muhammad Baqir (PBUH), when a person has correctly adjusted his relationship with himself, with God, with others, with existence and nature, he can be on the path to perfection."
The President stated that today, along with the spread of atheism, the tendency towards religion has also spread a lot, especially among young people, and clarified, "The spread of spirituality among societies is a responsibility for the leaders of the divine religions, and the leaders of the divine religions should be careful and serious about the occurrence of any conflict between divine religions".
He considered the conflict between divine religions as the cause of the erosion of religions and the spread of atheism in societies, and noted, "Instead of conflict and elimination, we should propose and establish an intellectual dialogue between religions, so that the opinions of the followers of different religions can become closer with each other".
Referring to the scourge of attacking religion under the guise of religiosity throughout history, the President added, "ISIL committed terrible crimes in the name of God and with its flag in the name of God and the Messenger of God (PBUH) that no religious and free person approves of."
Raeisi added, "If we want generations to be inclined towards religion, we must be sensitive to oppression and violation of human rights".
Referring to the huge and unique Arbaeen march, the President said, "This march commemorates the symbol of oppression and standing against oppression, a symbol that showed humanity that if there is silence in the face of oppression, corruption and oppression will cover the whole society."
At the end of his speech, Raeisi announced the readiness of the Islamic Republic to host a meeting of dialogue between divine religions and said, "I also suggest that you continue holding these meetings as an opportunity for mutual thinking and synergy to solve the problems and knots of contemporary human life."