The seriousness of the threat of Takfiri ideology has caused growing interest in the issue of Islamic unity, a prominent cleric said.
Ayatollah Mohsen Araki, secretary general of the World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought (WFPIST), said there has been growing concern about the spread of Daesh Takfiri ideology in the world.
Hence, the threat is felt more seriously for all and that is why interest in Muslim unity has increased, he said.
Highlighting the importance of the annual international Islamic unity conference in isolating Takfiri and extremist groups, Ayatollah Araki added that such events are effective tools for promoting the discourse of unity and countering Takfirism.
The 30th edition of the international conference on Islamic unity will be held in the Iranian capital of Tehran on December 15-17.
The theme of this year’s conference is “Unity and Necessity of Countering Takfiri Currents”.
Muslim figures and thinkers from over 50 countries, including Malaysia, Russia, Indonesia, Iraq, Lebanon, the US, Britain, Australia, Tunisia, China, Egypt, Thailand, and Algeria will attend the conference.
Role of Takfiri currents in fomenting discord among Muslims, the need for countering Takfiri currents in order for realizing Islamic unity, the danger of Takfiri currents for keeping alive the issue of Palestine, and the Zionist regime’s use of Takfiri currents are among the topics to be discussed at the three-day event.
The WFPIST annually holds the international conference on the occasion of birthday anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and Islamic Unity Week.
The 17th day of the month of Rabi al-Awwal in the lunar Hijri calendar is believed by Shia Muslims to mark the birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), while Sunni Muslims regard the 12th day of the month as the birthday of the last prophet.
The interval between the two dates is celebrated every year as the Islamic Unity Week.
Late founder of the Islamic Revolution Imam Khomeini (RA) declared the occasion as the Islamic Unity Week back in the 1980s.