Prominent UK Imam “proud” to endorse gift from Iranian Ayatollah to Baha’is

Ibrahim-MograSheikh Ibrahim Mogra has said he gleaned “hope and optimism” from Iranian Ayatollah Tehrani’s stand for coexistence with the Baha’i community in Iran, who are heavily persecuted.

Earlier this month, Ayatollah Abdol-Hamid Masoumi-Tehrani, a prominent Iranian cleric and scholar, took a stand for coexistence with Iran’s Baha’i minority by presenting a gift of his calligraphy of the writings of Baha’u’llah – the Founder of the Baha’i Faith – to the Baha’is of the world.

“[Ayatollah Tehrani] has reminded us that Islam is a religion of peace that recognises diversity of every kind as part of God’s design for his creation. And it all came in the form of a gift – one which I am proud to endorse,” said Sheikh Ibrahim.

“I am proud, as a Muslim and as an imam, to celebrate this enlightened gift, which has such immense spiritual significance. The faiths of the world should be united in promoting coexistence to advance human civilisation.”

Sheikh Ibrahim Mogra is assistant secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain and serves as an imam in Leicester. His is ardent defender of the values of tolerance and coexistence, and is at the forefront of deepening interfaith relations in the UK.

Click here to read his article in full (Guardian online).