Irani Ayatollah Calls for Religious Co-Existence
|May 8, 2014||Posted by Staff under War / Peace|
This 2014 excerpt of Iranian, Apr 14, is by M. Kimya Hedayat-ZadehLife.
In a symbolic and unprecedented move, Ayatollah Abdol-Hamid Masoumi-Tehrani, a prominent Muslim cleric in Iran, has gifted to the Baha’is of the world an illuminated work of calligraphy of a paragraph from the writings of Baha’u’llah, the Prophet-founder of the Baha’i Faith.
This move comes in the wake of several recent statements by religious scholars in the Muslim world who have set out alternative interpretations of the teachings of Islam in which tolerance of every religion is, in fact, upheld by the holy Qur’an.
Ayatollah Tehrani states on his website (see translation of statement) that he prepared the calligraphy of the verse as a “symbolic action to serve as a reminder of the importance of valuing human beings, of peaceful coexistence, of cooperation and mutual support, and of avoidance hatred, enmity, and blind religious prejudice.”
The intricate artwork must have taken several months to painstakingly prepare by hand. Ayatollah Tehrani’s other artworks include the illumination of the Qur’an, the Torah, the Psalms, the New Testament, and the Book of Ezra. His illumination of the Psalms is currently being held in the United States Library of Congress.
On previous occasions, Ayatollah Tehrani has with great courage publicly voiced concern about the ongoing and severe persecution of religious minorities, including the Baha’is in Iran. Since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, hundreds of Baha’is have been killed and thousands have been imprisoned. There are currently 115 Baha’is being held in prison solely on the basis of their religious beliefs. Baha’is in Iran are denied access to higher education, obstructed from earning a livelihood, prevented from burying their dead in accordance with their own burial rites and subjected to the demolition and desecration and expropriation of their cemeteries.
Ed. Notes: People like this cleric are the ones who deserve support from the foreign policy of superpowers. That would improve communication between different cultures. Perhaps then the dialog could move from religion to science, and science could progress to include geonomics.