Sunni-Shi’a Conference in Baghdad Calls for End to Violence

February 4, 2008 § 1 Comment

Al-Hayat reports on a gathering of Shi’i and Sunni religious figures in Baghdad organized by the Union of Muslim ‘Ulama. A wide range of representatives came, including Sadrists. Those who attended stressed the unity of Iraq and called for an end to the violence between religious sects. Several ‘ulama who were interviewed said that they wished to end terrorism and stop all takfiri fatwas, meaning fatwas that label another sect a “kafir” or infidel.

Shaykh Samada’i said, “Today, there is no difference between Omar or Ali or between this sect or that sect…”

Shaykh Mahmoud al-Aysaawi, Imam at the Abd al-Qadir mosque, said that he held, “American forces and regional countries responsible for the sectarian strife (fitna) that Iraq has witnessed.” Many echoed similar sentiments.

(Image from the Baghdad Conference of Shi’is and Sunnis praying side by side, from al-Jazeera)

The conference resulted in more than 13 orders (tawsiyya), including:

  • Islam is a religion of life, and its roots and principles are one between the Sunni and Shi’i schools of thought.
  • Freedom and justice are the primary rights of all peoples.
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