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Russian Mufti: Imam Khomeini (RA) rejected sectarianism in Muslim world


Nafigulla Ashirov, senior member of the Russian Muftis Council, called the late founder of Islamic Revolution as an Islamic pacifist figure and great theoretician in the world of Islam who planned for promotion of Muslims from all denominations, reported Taqrib News Agency (TNA).

He said,” Based on this fact the path of Imam Khomeini (RA) can be followed by all Muslims and his followers are from different Islamic denominations finding Muslim unity beneficial for all Muslims.”

Russian manager of the Mufti Council noted,” Imam Khomeini (RA), stressing Islamic worldview, as the basis for a religious system of government, introduced a new ruling system to the world which is led by a jurisprudent well-informed on Islamic Fiq’h.”

He said this is a continuation of the path of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) who launched a glorious Islamic system.

Ashirov said,” Imam Khomeini (RA) highlighted the revival of Islam and its great civilization in the world and also ascendance of Muslim world as his objectives which have been maintained by Islamic Republic of Iran to the present.”

Russian figure noted the stress of Imam Khomeini (RA) on solidarity of Shia and Sunni and added,” That is the reason for his teachings to be valuable for both Shia and Sunni Muslims.”

“For instance, the founder of Islamic Revolution announced the issue of Palestine as the most important issue for the world of Islam.” Ashirov said and added,” This is a proof that the issues of Sunni Muslims were important to Imam Khomeini (RA) similar to those of the Shia.”

He hailed the endeavors by Imam Khomeini (RA) for revival of the issue of Palestine while that had been absolutely forgotten due to the endeavors of Tel Aviv.

The cleric stressed necessity of guidelines of Imam Khomeini (RA) for the present world and it should follow the views of renowned Shia leader based on avoiding sectarianism.

He added,” Imam Khomeini (RA) was not a leader and pacifist figure for the world of Islam, rather he was the leader for world oppressed nations and his path is maintained by the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, grand Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.

Ashirov referred to the long time hostility of world arrogant powers and said,” During the leadership of Imam Khomeini (RA), US-led western governments imposed the most pressure on Iran to deviate Islamic Revolution from its path but it failed in its efforts though the pressures have been maintained even today and this resistance and Islamic perseverance has set a good example for all Muslims.”

He concluded that the moral of resistance and standing against the arrogant powers is one of the teachings by late Imam Khomeini (RA) and the Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution and today Muslim nations should defend their rights based on this example making their best to ascend their status in the world.

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