SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) - Since SHAFAQNA was always present in all religious and cultural activities, it did not miss what took place recently in the heart of the capital Baghdad and under the blessings of our masters Imam Kazim (A.S.) and Imam Jawad (A.S.). Al-Mustafa International University held intensive cultural lessons and hosted many professors, religious figures, and intellectuals of all backgrounds. On that event, SHAFAQNA reporter had this interview with Sayyed Abul Hassan Al-Nawab, president of the Religion and Sects Approximation Organization.
Sayyed Al-Nawab said: The world is hungry to know about Ahlulbayt (A.S.) school of thought and for all its knowledge. I went once to Algeria, Tunisia and Egypt before their revolutions and I was with them at their houses and Mosques where I saw their interest to keep contact with us, because their governments did not let them contact or meet us. This interest is not only in Arab countries, but even in the heart of America. The normal American citizen is directed towards Islam. It is important to mention that in the year of 9/11 (2001), the best seller book was the Holy Quran. They did this (9/11) to keep people away from the Holy Quran, but the opposite actually happened, where people turned even more towards Islam. Therefore, all mankind is oriented towards our religion and Ahlulbayt’s (A.S.) school of thought.
About the goal and mission of their organization, he stated to SHAFAQNA reporter that:
The most important role of this foundation is the approximation between religions and sects, but how is that done?
All mankind is oriented towards our religion, but we have to represent the verse of the Quran that says: (Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good instruction) Ch. 16 verse 125.
Our role should be known, because our enemies are instructed to invite us to a war with our Sunni brothers and ignite it between us, but by our ethics from the Holy Quran, the Prophet (P) and Ahlulbayt (A.S.), we call for unity and not repulsion. We should know our duties and be careful not to let our enemies drag us into was with our Sunni brothers. However, when we call for unity, it does not mean that we will let our noble beliefs behind us or allow this to happen what so ever. We stand firm for our beliefs.