Afghan Sunni scholars visit Islamic Research Foundation of Astan Quds Razavi
Tuesday, 27 November 2018
At the same time as the Unity Week, a group of Sunni scholars from Afghanistan visited the Astan Quds Razavi Islamic Research Foundation.
AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): At the same time as the Unity Week, a group of Sunni scholars from Afghanistan visited the Astan Quds Razavi Islamic Research Foundation.
Amir Salmani Rahimi, the official in charge of scientific cooperation and research contracts tracking of Astan Quds Razavi Islamic Research Foundation, at a ceremony in which a number of Sunni scholars from Afghanistan visited the Foundation and was held at the same time of the Unity Week stated, “This Foundation is active in the field of various Islamic sciences, as well as authentic religious sources such as Qur’an, traditions and history.”
“The Islamic Research Foundation was established in order to benefit from tremendous treasures such as custom and traditions, as well as the treasures of manuscripts, which are present at the Central Library of Astan Quds Razavi and are unique in the world,” he said.
“The Foundation offers its products, including books and scientific meetings for groups of scholars, scientists and religious figures. Some of the books we produced respond to the needs of this spectrum from the Islamic community, and another viewpoint of the Foundation is toward the production of special products for Shi’ite and Sunni pilgrims irrespectively from different countries who travel to Iran from countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan etc., to visit the holy city of Mashhad and attend the Razavi Illuminated Court,” Salmani Rahimi added.
According to the researcher, a large number of pilgrims are Urdu and Arabic speakers, and their endeavor was to offer them a cultural package when this group of pilgrims attend the sacred space of the Razavi Holy Shrine. This cultural package is in the form of producing works with the core themes such as Islam, monotheism, Qur’an, the Prophet’s character, Islam history, lifestyle and so on.
“The holy city of Mashhad is another unifying focal point, which annually receives more than twenty million pilgrims due to their love to visit the Holy Shrine of Imam Ali ibn Musa al-Reza (A.S.) both Shi’ite and Sunni,” he said, introducing Hajj as one of the most important focal points of unity.
The official in charge of scientific cooperation and research contracts tracking of Astan Quds Razavi Islamic Research Foundation expressed, “The published works of this Foundation have been published more attentively with the approach of unity and approximation of religions, and the unity of the Islamic nation is a strategy for us and not a slogan. Approximation of religions and issues of the day are the research ideas of the researchers at the Foundation.”
Stating that eight research groups on various topics are active at the Foundation he commented, “Eighty university and seminary lecturers and scholars directly, and two hundred researchers indirectly cooperate with the Foundation and the Foundation supports their works.”
“We have relations with twenty-five scientific centers domestically and abroad and since the beginning of this year, nearly fifty scientific meetings have been held at the Foundation, which has led to more communication with various individuals and establishments,” Salmani Rahimi stated.
“We need to use these partnerships to promote and elevate Islamic education and to fight the tremendous cultural attacks that are being guided by enemies toward Muslims,” he remarked.