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Iran, Russia Stress Ethical, Spiritual Commonalities between Islam, Orthodox Christianity

Head of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization Hojat-ol-Islam Mohammad Mehdi Imanipour and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow held a meeting in the Russian capital.

According to Rahyafte(the missionaries and converts website)During the meeting, which was also attended by Iranian Ambassador to Russia Kazem Jalali, Iranian Cultural Attaché Masoud Ahmadvand, Head of the Islamic Center of Moscow Hojat-ol-Islam Bakhtavar and Head of the Al-Mustafa International University’s branch in Russia Hojat-ol-Islam Rasoul Abdollahi, the two sides highlighted the moral and spiritual commonalities between Islam and Christianity.

Hojat-ol-Islam Imanipour, who has traveled to Russia to tape part in the 12th round of Islam and Orthodox Christianity dialogue, conveyed the Iranian president’s warm greetings to the Russian religious figure.

He said the world today is in a historical turning point where Iran and Russia play a very important role.

He also referred to attacks on religious sanctities in the West, saying it shows how the West and the global hegemony feel frightened of the revival of religion and spirituality’s status in the world.

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, for his part, said there are many commonalities between the two sides in the fields of ethical principles, spirituality, and importance of family, based on which joint cooperation can be developed.

He also referred to the 25 years of interfaith dialogues between Islam and Orthodox Christianity and said they have served as the best opportunities for the elites, scholars, religious figures and people of Iran and Russia to better know one another.

The 12th round of Islam and Orthodox Christian Dialogue was held in Moscow on February 20-22 with the theme of public services of religious communities in the post-pandemic world.

The papers presented at the event were on such themes as interaction between secular and spiritual education systems, social services of religious people in the post-pandemic world, prerequisites and factors of development of cooperation between Iran and Russia in social and humanitarian fields, role of education in religious and social coherence, and role of women and family in religious coherence in society in the post-pandemic world.

The Islam and Orthodox Christianity dialogue was held this year for the first time since 2017.


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