Iranian religious leaders mark Ayatollah Taskhiri in webinar
Iranian religious leaders attended the online meeting on the late advisor of Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Taskhiri hailing the senior cleric for spending his life on promoting Islamic teachings and Islamic solidarity.
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Prominent Muslim scholars and leaders of different religions in Iran detailed their views on the high character of former secretary general of World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought, Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Taskhiri and lauded the late religious figure for indefatigable efforts to promote Islam in the world and also boosting ties among different denominations, reported Taqrib News Agency (TNA).
Seyyd Abdul Fattah Navvab, deputy of the Supreme Leader in Hajj affairs, referred to the late scholar as a self-made and indefatigable person with well knowledge of his time and people.
"As the Supreme Leader had commented in his condolence message, Ayatollah Taskhiri was tireless and endeavored to fulfill his mission to the final days of his life" said the scholar and praised the late scholar over efforts to boost solidarity among different religions and denominations.
Ayatollah Mohammad Hassan Akhtari, head of the supreme council at Ahlul Bayt (AS) World Assembly called Ayatollah Taskhiri as an unparalleled character in the present era and referred to the years of close cooperation with late Imam Khomeini (RA) during and after the Islamic Revolution both in Iraq and Iran.
He lauded the former secretary general of World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought for representing Islamic Republic in different international conferences as a well-informed scholar on different schools of Islamic fiq'h and defending Shia Muslims in different meetings.
Hujjat-ul-Islam Mohammad Saeed No'mani, manager of Majma' al-Fikr al-Islami, in this webinar highlighted the close relations between Ayatollah Taskhiri and the Muslim intellectuals across the world and expressed regret over demise of the cleric as a great loss for the entire world of Islam.
He referred to the role of Ayatollah Taskhiri in establishing various cultural institutes in Iran naming, World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought, Ahlul Bayt (AS) World Assembly and Organization of Culture and Islamic Relations (ICRO) among many other centers to promote Islamic teachings.
Hujjat-ul-Islam Seyyed abul Hassan Navvab, president of the University of Religions and Denominations enumerated religions, denominations and Shia as the major arenas on which the efforts of late Ayatollah Taskhiri were focused.
He praised the late cleric for interfaith dialogues he organized with eastern religions and denominations in India, China, Japan, Thailand and Sri Lanka as well as prominent Christian leaders and the pope.
Molavi Is'haq Madani, member of the supreme council at World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought highlighted his experiences of cooperating with late Ayatollah Taskhiri over a span of three decades.
"There are few people in the Muslim world as scientifically capable of Ayatollah Taskhiri" said the Sunni scholar and praised his all-out defense of proximity ideologies.
Younis Hamami Lalehzar, leader of the Jewish community in Iran called peace and calm as one of the most valuable achievements referred to in all holy books and added," Ayatollah Taskhiri was a manifest of proximity in modern time as his efforts went beyond mere mottos and was practically shown in his behavior and lifestyle."
He noted reconciliation and forgiveness as a commonality in all religions which much aided successful talks by prophets.
Prominent Iranian Jewish leader stressed that the commonalities of monotheistic religions exceeding the disagreements and noted the method followed by Ayatollah Taskhiri was the same as prophets.
Marnesay Benjamin, Assyrian East church bishop, stressed that the close relation between Ayatollah Taskhiri with Christian leaders and said this friendship is certainly due to his understanding of the holy religion.
He expressed hope that the path of proximity followed by the late cleric based on cooperation, understanding, affection, respect and coexistence with other religions.
Top Iranian religious leaders made the comments in a webinar held by bureau of the Supreme Leader on "Review of Character, Ideology and Performance of Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Taskhiri" held on Tuesday.
Ayatollah Taskhiri was the former secretary general of World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought and advisor of the Supreme Leader in Muslim world affairs.
He passed away due to heart disease in Tehran and his body was laid to rest in the holy shrine of Hazrat Masoumeh (AS) in Qom.