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Reception of an Iranian delegation

Fadlullah: We were absorbed in the problems of history and forgot our responsibilities in the present and the future

His Eminence, the Religious Authority Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah, received an Iranian delegation which included the Secretary General of the World Proximity Assembly of the Islamic Sects, Sheikh Muhammad Ali Al-Taskhiri, and the Secretary General of the Ahl Al-Beit World Assembly, Sheikh Muhammad Hassan Akhtari, and the Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon, Muhammad Rida Shibani, accompanied by the Head of the Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq, Sheikh Khaled Al-Mulla, the Cultural Advisor of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Beirut, Mr. Muhammad hassan Rai's Zadah, and the Head of Imam As-Sadiq Organization.

During the meeting, they discussed the current Islamic situations and affairs, and the prospects of proximity between Islamic sects, especially in terms of the attempts conducted by Western administration, cooperating with the international Zionism to induce a fissure in the Islamic arena and prevent Muslims from accomplishing their unity and solidarity with their thought, doctrinal, and political issues…

Sheikh Taskhiri thanked His Eminence, Sayyed Fadlullah, for his stands that support the movement of Islamic unity and his persistent pursuit to achieve a major headway in the relations between the Sunnis and the Shiites, especially at the level of religious scholars… He also showed his appreciation for the Sayyed's stands, which support the resistance and the just issues in the region against the American and Israeli attack, targeting Iran and the opposition forces.

His Eminence, Sayyed Fadlullah, noted that Islam represents a real cultural and civilizational wealth; however, the problem lays in understanding and containing this wealth and then presenting it to the world in a glorious civilizational manner that is not based on traditional means, for we realize that every era has its own methods and mentalities. So, the problem lays in the fact that we approach people on the basis of our ways of thinking and not theirs, that is why I used to say that the caller should have a contemporary sense; by that I mean the sense of "smelling", for smelling a rose enlightens you about the rose more than if you read fifty poems on flowers and roses…To smell the era is getting to know its expectations and strategies, so that we can enter the world from its wide doors.    

He added: They managed to keep us busy and waste our movement in fanaticism between Sunnis and Shiites…I think they will, once again, aim at wasting our movement in ethnic and national fanaticism. They even made us remember history in all its negative aspects and forget its positive ones. However, the most dangerous is that they made us freeze and not accompany the movement of history to forget our responsibilities and duties before the present and the future.

His Eminence pointed out to the necessity of developing the cultural movement so that the activities of religious scholars and others are not limited to consuming politics in its traditional means, and do not add any context, especially that we have isolated culture in its context of values from politics in its field movement and strategic expectations, so we entered into consumption and political fervent reactions ,from which we reap nothing but negative and random results, rendering us incapable of presenting a good role model to whom we live with and to the future generations.

His Eminence also highlighted the importance of the last meetings that were held between the Iranian officials and some Arab leaders, calling to the solidification of the Arab-Iranian relations on the basis of good neighborhood and according to the rules of Islam concerning respect and mutual interests, besides being open to the big issues of the nation, especially the Palestinian cause that has entered into a new hard phase in which it requires the rallying of all efforts to support the Palestinian people who is facing the threats of displacement, isolation, and naturalization, as well as the torture, murders, massacres, and arrest.