The Sheikh of Al-Azhar Al-Imam, Ahmed Al-Tayeb, from Bahrain, appealed to the scholars of the Shiite sect to hold an Islamic-Islamic dialogue in order to renounce “sectarian strife and strife,” at a time when several countries in the region and around the world are witnessing tensions over a sectarian background.
In a speech delivered at the conclusion of the Bahrain Forum for Dialogue “East and West for Human Coexistence”, in the presence of Pope Francis in the Martyr’s Square in the Royal Palace of Sakhir, Al-Tayyeb addressed an appeal to Islamic scholars in the whole world of different sects, sects and schools.
He called for “accelerating the convening of a serious Islamic-Islamic dialogue, in order to establish unity, rapprochement and acquaintance, in which the causes of division, strife and sectarian conflict in particular are rejected.”
The Imam of Al-Azhar said, “As I address this invitation to our Shiite Muslim brothers, I am ready, along with the senior scholars of Al-Azhar and the Council of Muslim Elders, to hold such a meeting with open hearts and outstretched hands to sit together at one table.”
The Imam of Al-Azhar set the goal of the meeting by “overcoming the page of the past and promoting Islamic affairs and the unity of Islamic positions,” suggesting that its decisions “should stipulate that mutual hate speeches, methods of provocation and infidelity be stopped, and the necessity of overcoming historical and contemporary conflicts with all their problems and bad sediments.”
He also stressed the need for “it is forbidden for Muslims to listen to the calls of discord and discord, and to beware of falling into the trap of tampering with the stability of nations, exploiting religion to stir up national and sectarian strife, interfering in the affairs of states and undermining their sovereignty or usurping their lands.”
The Sheikh of Al-Azhar’s call for dialogue comes after years of disputes in the Middle East and conflicts in the region, including Yemen and Syria.
Pope Francis arrived Thursday afternoon in Bahrain, on a four-day visit, the first of a Pope to the small Gulf kingdom, the bulk of which is devoted to stressing the importance of interfaith dialogue.
Since his election to the Holy See in 2013, Pope Francis of Argentina has visited more than ten Muslim-majority countries, including Jordan, Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Bangladesh, Morocco and Iraq, according to AFP.