Islamic faiths asset not cause of difference: Scholar

Tehran, Dec 4, IRNA – Muslim nations should consider various Islamic faiths as an asset and not a source of conflict, said the head of Turkish Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) in a recent exclusive interview with the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).

Muslim nations should respect various Islamic faiths, Ali Erbaş said.

Referring to Iran and Turkey as friendly neighbors Erbaş said, “As two neighbors and regional powers, friendly relations between Iran and Turkey are at a maximum level.”

He referred to his meetings in Tehran, saying, “During the meetings, topics related to Quds and Al-Aqsa Mosque were discussed.'

Quds is the eternal capital of Muslims and US should retreat from its decision to relocate its embassy to this city,” he stressed.

“Iran and Turkey are pioneers in combating the Islamophobic trends promoted by the West and world powers,' he said.

The two countries must confront the plans aimed at creating and propagating wrong information about Islam, he added.

Erbaş went on to call on Iran and Turkey to cooperate to address terrorist and Islamophobic provocations, as well as missionary activities aimed at promoting Christianity in Muslim nations, including those in Africa.

Elsewhere in his remarks, he reiterated that Muslims should not exaggerate simple issues.

'If we consume all our energy to deal with differences, naturally the enemies would take advantage,' he said.

Erbaş met the representative of Iran’s Assembly of Experts Mohammad-Ali Taskhiri, the Secretary General of The World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought Mohsen Araki, and Head of Iran’s Islamic Culture and Relations Organization Abouzar Ebrahimi Torkaman during his two-day visit to Tehran.

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