Attending a meeting with Pakistani scholars and elites, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani emphasized on the peaceful nature of Islam and said: “Islam is a moderate and moral religion and today it needs Muslim’s help and sacrifice more than ever”.
He then referred to atrocities conducted by extremists under the disguise of Islam and said: “Today, some are conducting divisive actions and, worse than that, are killing people and brothers under the disguise of Islam and Jihad and this means that the beneficent Islam needs help”.
“Islam is the religion of brotherhood, kindness, love, and friendship with other people and we should introduce the true face of Islam to the world and do not let some deceivers to taint Islam” continued Rouhani.
He also reiterated: “Terrorists who are killing Muslims under the disguise of Islam, are not only killing people and Muslims, but also killing spirituality, truth and the reality of Islam”.
Describing Islam as a moderate and moral religion, Dr Rouhani stated: “Our identity is not Shia against Sunni; rather, our identity is Islam’s identity against disbelief and hypocrisy and we should be proud of this Islamic identity”.
“Different branches are different paths to the same truth” he added, continuing: “We should acknowledge other branches and this is where unity in the Muslim world starts”.
Further emphasising unity and integrity, President Rouhani said: “We should be united and powerful against global disbelief and hypocrisy and our first force is cultural force”.
“We should preach Islamic culture and Quran in our schools and our religions schools should be schools of unity and integrity” he said at the end of his speech.
Earlier on Saturday, President Rouhani had emphasized on the importance of unity of Muslim countries in the fight against terrorism, in a meeting with the Chief of Army Staff of the Pakistan Army.