Kyengera: A number of Muslim dignitaries from Uganda, East Africa and Uganda at large on Wednesday joined the embassy of the Islamic republic of Iran during its annual Islamic unity week.
The conference which dominated with preaching of peace, reconciliation and unity was held at the Al-Mustafa Islamic College in Kyengera town council, Wakiso district.
Mr Majid Saffar, the Iranian Ambassador to Uganda congratulated the embassy’s cultural consulate which spearheaded the organisation of the conference that brought together different brothers and sisters.
He noted three important issues which are directed from the holy prophet such as looking at the holy Quran, the face of believers, the face of Imam Ali.
The cultural counselor Mr. Abdollah Abbasi, said that the unity week is a message of peace, empathy, friendship of the true followers of the humanist school of the prophet, and the manifestation of the unity of Muslims.
“The week of unity is from the 12th of Rabi-ul-Awl, the anniversary of the birth of the Prophet of Islam (PBUH), according to Sunni traditions, to the 17th of Rabi-ul-Awl, the birth of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), according to the Shia traditions; The week which, with the special planning of the founder of the Islamic Revolution, has become one of the most effective days in creating greater unity and friendship among the Muslims of the world, especially in Iran,” he said.
The Iranian cultural counselor Mr. Abdollah Abbasi
Adding, “The difference between Sunni and Shiite traditions about the Prophet’s (PBUH) birthday became an excuse for Imam Khomeini (RA), the founder of the Islamic Republic, to declare the gap between these two dates as ‘Week of Unity’,”
Scholars, he said believe that unity week is the best opportunity to strengthen the unity between Muslims and, “this valuable opportunity should be used to strengthen the foundations of Islamic unity and not give an excuse to the enemies to infiltrate among the united faithful,”
“These experts believe that naming the Week of Unity in the very beginning days of the victory of the Islamic Revolution thwarted all the conspiracies of the enemies of Islam and the revolution, who were seeking to achieve their ominous goals from this difference,”
Officials observe anthems during the function
Meanwhile, the Pakistani High Commissioner Mr Muhammad Hassan Wazir, said that the prophet of mercy was to all creations regardless of its existence as Islam depends on it.
He further stressed that one of the legacies of the seal of prophecy is love and kindness to all as it is illuminated from the pure traditions of prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
He reminded believers that a good Muslim is one whose tongue is safe from his immediate society.
In the same spirit, the Syrian Honorary Consul Dr. Tamouh Moustafa said that holy prophet made brotherhood with different communities.
He said that money and other material shouldn’t divide believers to fight yet they have one holy Quran, one Kaaba and Kibrah.
The principal of Al-Mustafa Islamic College Dr. Rouhollah Dehghani, asked scholars to prioritize common values that bring them together not otherwise.
“I appreciate the government of Uganda for resisting foreign Cultural invasion which is against religious and cultural values and family through the media and cyberspace,” he said.
The Secretary General of Ahlulbayt World Assembly, Mr Ayatollah Reza Ramazani, rallied participants towards Islamic unity in the view of Imam Khomeini (R)
He appealed to Muslims to stop radicalism and extremism which is designed to undermine Islam and marginalize Muslims in the world.
“Islam has determined war to confront oppressors, wealth worshipers, and hypocrites. Islam has determined war to confront those who oppose justice and human rights,” Ayatollah Ramadani said.
“There is still this golden opportunity for the African youth, women, and men to get acquainted with Islam and its teachings, and this spirit should be appreciated,” he continued.
“Of course, we need to be cautious about the influence of the enemies on the thoughts of the youth through different platforms,” noted the Secretary General of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly.