Italian Islamic society hails Ayatollah Taskhiri's role in interfaith dialogue
Official website of the Islamic Religious Community of Italy has issued a report on the role played by Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Taskhiri for promoting interfaith dialogue and called the late scholar as an intellectual in the international scale.
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The report released on the official website of the Islamic Religious Community of Italy titled "Ayatollah Taskhiri rest in peace, prominent Shia figure in interfaith dialogue passes away" expressed condolences over demise of the late advisor of Supreme Leader in Muslim world affairs and lauded the scholar for his religious efforts in the international arena, reported Taqrib News Agency (TNA).
"He was popular in both Shia and Sunni community" wrote the Italian website and praised the late scholar for joining the 38 signatories of a 2007 letter to Pope Benedict "A Common Word between You and Us."
Part of the report referred to Imam Yahya Pallavicini who had discussed several initiatives for religious activities and lauded Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Taskhiri as an outstanding character in Islam-Christianity and also Shia-Sunni dialogue.
Imam Yahya Pallavicini had also highlighted the former secretary general of World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought for years of hosting the Islamic Unity Conference held concurrent with the birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), dubbed as Islamic Unity Week.
The report in another part referred to Abdul Ahad Zanolo, member of the Islamic Religious Community of Italy recalled late Ayatollah Taskhiri in a religious meeting held in Tehran for "deep commitment for advancement of intellectual confrontation leading to unity among Muslims across the globe."
Top Iranian Shia cleric, advisor of the Supreme Leader in Muslim world affairs and member of the Assembly of Experts, Ayatollah Taskhiri, aged 76, passed away due to heart disease on 18 August 2020. His body was laid to rest in the holy shrine of Hazrat Masoumeh in Qom.