British Muslim Forum welcomes “historic” initiative by Iranian Ayatollah

Maulana Shahid Raza, Founder Trustee of the British Muslim Forum, has welcomed the “historic initiative of goodwill and friendship” made by Iranian Ayatollah Abdul-Hamid Masoumi Tehrani, who last month gifted a calligraphy of the writings of Baha’u’llah to the Baha’is of the world.

The illuminated calligraphy of the writings of Baha'u'llah, gifted to the Baha'is by Ayatollah Tehrani

The illuminated calligraphy of the writings of Baha’u’llah, gifted to the Baha’is of the world by Ayatollah Tehrani

“The British Muslim Forum warmly welcomes the historic initiative of goodwill and friendship made by Ayatollah Tehrani. The Forum congratulates the Ayatollah for his courageous and dignified act and sincerely hopes that it will open the door of constructive inter-faith relations between the two faith communities in Iran,” said Maulana Shahid Raza.

“The Forum also extends its greetings to the Baha’i community in the UK,” continued Maulana Shahid Raza, “and hopes that they will work with their utmost dedication to respond to this initiative in a way that may result in bringing much needed understanding between the two communities in Iran and elsewhere in the world.”

Ayatollah Tehrani presented the exquisite gift particularly to the Baha’is of Iran, who he says, “have suffered in manifold ways as a result of blind religious prejudice.” He further states that this act is “an expression of sympathy and care from me and on behalf of all my open-minded fellow citizens.”

The Ayatollah’s gift has stirred a global conversation on religious co-existence, with statements being issued in support of Ayatollah Tehrani’s plea for religious co-existence.