SHAFAQNA- A special envoy of the top Shia marja’a Grand Ayatollah Seyed Ali al-Sistani on the last leg of his week-long trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina met with Catholic Cardinal Vinko Puljic in Sarajevo.
According to Shafaqna, during the meeting, Seyed Javad Shahrestani said Muslims have been the victims of terrorism for centuries, mentioning the 1802 massacre of thousands of innocent people at the holy city of Karbala by Wahhabi invaders.
He mentioned the massacre of at least 1,700 Shia young men at the hands of ISIS (Daesh) extremist militants at Camp Speicher in June 2014 as another example of international terrorism that targeted the men of Iraq. According to Shahrestani, if Europe feels the heat of terrorism now, Islamic countries have been suffering from it for decades.
Ayatollah Sistani’s representative said apart from terrorist attacks, Muslims have faced a campaign of sacrilege and blasphemy against the sacred book of Islam and the Prophet Mohammad (S.A.W), though Muslims never blamed all Christians for those actions and differentiate between peaceful, wise Christians and violent, extremist ones.
Seyed Javad Shahrestani noted that fortunately, the majority of Christian clerics usually condemn blasphemous anti-Islam actions. He said Christian clerics are influential and have the capacity to affect global mainstream media, which mostly follow Christianity.
He suggested that mainstream media should make a difference between the majority of Muslims and a tiny minority who promotes violence and conflict. He noting that certain power circles often use terrorists -who are not committed to either Islam, Christianity or Judaism- as a tool.
Shahrestani wrapped up his remarks by hoping that Muslim and Christian clerics take effective steps for implementing peace worldwide.
Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Catholic Cardinal Vinko Puljic meanwhile said the 1992-95 war was not a religious but a political conflict though all involving factions misused their religions to reach their goals.
The Archbishop of Vrhbosna archdioceses said Bosnians are still bearing the scars of the war and we hope to reduce their problems by reaching a common understanding. According to the top catholic priest Muslims, Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant Christians as well as Jews should all focus on their commonalities rather than differences.
Vinko Puljic finally urged all people of faith to keep their values while showing respect to principles revered by others.
This text originally published by Shafaqna Farsi and translated by Shafaqna English.
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