The First International Conference of Imam Reza (AS) and Interfaith Dialogue wound up work Thursday morning (Jan. 31) at Sheikh Tabarsi Hall of the Research Foundation of Astan Quds Razavi (AQR), which is in charge of the administration of the affairs of Imam Reza (AS) Holy Shrine.
Present in the closing ceremony were Ayatollah Alamolhoda Supreme Leader’s representative to Khorasan Razavi Province, Ayatollah Mohammad Hadi Abd Khodaei member of the Assembly of Experts, Dimitri Alexandrakis ambassador of Greece to Iran, Abdelsalam Emami the Friday prayers leader of Mahabad, Dr. Maniraj Sukdaven from Pretoria University of South Africa, and many other scholars and lecturers from several Muslim and non-Muslim nations.
The two-day conference, kicked off on January 30, had organized six commissions for specialized panels on the topics of "Theism", "Rationality and Religion", "Affection and Justice", "Peaceful Life in the Light of Faith", "Religious Education and Modern Age Challenges", and "Human Rights in Divine Faith".
Briefing the attendees in the closing ceremony on the specialized commissions and panels, Hoj. Ehsan Biazar Tehrani, a member of the Scientific Council of the First International Conference of Imam Reza (AS) and Interfaith Dialogue said: "Theism, a common point in all religions, was one of the topics that received extreme welcome."
He made a distinction between theism and deism and said: "In a world fallen to cruelty and suppression and immorality, we must revive theism, and we must restore ethics in the light of God. We must revive psychological calm and practical ethics."
Asserting that Islam is the religion of dialogue, Hoj. Biazar Tehrani stated that "the Prophet (PBUH) of Islam talked with the Najran Christians in the 10th century AH without any dispute and with generosity and affection."
The closing ceremony of the First International Conference of Imam Reza (AS) and Interfaith Dialogue also paid tribute to Prof. Joseph Ellul from Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas (PUST), Mamosta Dr. Abdelsalam Emami the Friday prayers leader of Mahabad, Dr. Younes Hamami Lalehzar source of religious imitation of the Jewish community in Iran, and also to the family of the Assyrian martyr Hormuz Babakhani.