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7/13/2017
Establishing Fair Relationships, a Principle of Engagement with Foreigners

Secretary General of the World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought,  
Establishing Fair Relationships, a Principle of Engagement with Foreigners

The Secretary General of the World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought considered establishing fair relations as one of the principles of interaction with foreigners.
According to Astan News, at the 19th Specialized Forum of Cultural Growth, which was held in the Quds Hall of the Central Library of Astan Quds Razavi, on the subject of general principles of interaction with foreigners in the political system of Islam, Ayatollah Mohsen Araki reviewed this issue from the point of view of jurisprudential sources.
Stating that by foreigners we mean foreign governments and the subject we are discussing is establishing political relations with foreign governments, he stated, "Any sovereign state that is outside the Islamic state is an alien government and by this sentence we mean establishing communication in political, cultural, and economic relations.”
Ayatollah Araki pointed in his explanation of interaction with foreigners to five general principles, and added, “Interacting with foreigners based on goodness and establishing fair relations is the first principle. This is a prerequisite. One of the conditions for interaction is lack of hostility of the alien to us, which has conditions, and the enemy has certain characteristics.”
Pointing to the characteristics of the enemy he stated, "The enemy is the one who does not withhold from doing any harm to us; they like that we always be in trouble, they even show hatred in their conversations with us. We can identify the enemy through speech, language and behavior. The government that has these three attributes is our enemy.”
The Secretary General of the World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought recounted another condition for interacting with foreigners as not bringing any harm to the Islamic community by the foreigners and remarked, "We have no right to be friends with the enemy. Friendship with the enemy is a sign of stupidity or betrayal. The relationship of friendship with foreigners is based on the principle that no harm will come to us.”
“The third condition is the principle of interaction with the alien based on goodness and generosity; the friendship with the alien should occur in the framework of maintaining the dignity of the Islamic community, which is one of the most important obligations. The humiliation before the will of others is meanness. Dignity is with the right and the right inherently has dignity and superiority. The will of the opposition to the Islamic State is unjust and false. Wherever the will is based on the temptations, the humiliation before this will is false”, he said.
Referring to some examples of contempt in the traditions, the university professor continued, “Asking for anyone except God and expressing the need for another is a kind of humiliation”. The Great Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) always kept his companions away from begging and his holiness never asked from anyone.”
"People have no right to feel feeble, but they must have the will and determination to feel superior to others. The followers of the divine prophets were so. They never felt weak and humble in the face of the aliens; when they fought along with the prophets, they suffered a lot, but they never felt weak in front of the enemy. Those who fear the enemy, put themselves, in fact,  under the control of the evil”, he asserted.
 
 
 
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