the International Assembly for Convergence between Islamic Schools

Address of the office of His Eminence, the Grand Ayatollah, the great religious authority, Sheikh Bashir Hussein Al-Najafi (may Allah prolong his life) to the thirty-sixth Conference of Islamic Unity

the International Assembly for Convergence between Islamic Schools


In the name of Allah, the most Compassionate, the Most Merciful

Allah says: (وَاعْتَصِمُواْ بِحَبْلِ اللّهِ جَمِيعاً وَلاَ تَفَرَّقُواْ وَاذْكُرُواْ نِعْمَتَ اللّهِ عَلَيْكُمْ إذ كُنتُمْ أَعْدَاء فَأَلَّفَ بَيْنَ قُلُوبِكُمْ فَأَصْبَحْتُم بِنِعْمَتِهِ إِخْوَاناً). " And hold firmly to the rope of Allah1 and do not be divided. Remember Allah’s favour upon you when you were enemies, then He united your hearts, so you—by His grace—became brothers."

 (وَأَطِيعُواْ اللّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ وَلاَ تَنَازَعُواْ فَتَفْشَلُواْ وَتَذْهَبَ رِيحُكُمْ وَاصْبِرُواْ إِنَّ اللّهَ مَعَ الصَّابِرِينَ)

" Obey Allah and His Messenger and do not dispute with one another, or you would be discouraged and weakened. Persevere! Surely Allah is with those who persevere."

Praise be to Allah for the guidance to His religion, and thanks for what, and prayers and peace be upon the best of those who sent him as a tiding of good tidings and a warner before the Hour of Judgment, Muhammad Al-Mustafa, and on his family who followed him in goodness until the Day of Judgment, and curse be upon all their enemies.

After the end of the prophecy and of revelation, Muslims have been subjected to fierce attacks from here and there from groups of infidelity and misguidance. Although these campaigns may sometimes weaken, they return again to be stronger than ever before in all historical circumstances.

Global arrogance was able to control most of the countries of the world - at a time - under the title of the Crusade, and they sought to wipe out Islam with all their might.

However, the flame of Islam remained burning despite all the conspiracies that were plotted to crush it, and despite the ferocity of global arrogance and the stubbornness of Zionism, the most dangerous thing that Islam faced since its dawn was the hypocrisy movement.

This movement emerged in the era of the greatest Prophet (may Allah bless him and his family) as evidenced by the Holy Book of Allah, and the danger of this movement lies in that its pioneers are trying to undermine Islam in its name, and they are trying, under deceiving slogans, to possess a naive human understanding, which depicts to simple people that they are the owners of the sincere call. Islam, and that they are its shepherds and protectors, and the danger of this movement imposed on its promoters a punishment more severe than the punishment of other enemies of Islam. Allah says

(إِنَّ الْمُنَافِقِينَ فِي الدَّرْكِ الأَسْفَلِ مِنَ النَّارِ).

" Surely the hypocrites will be in the lowest depths of the Fire—and you will never find for them any helper"

Today, the word of the people of misguidance and tyranny in our world has unanimously agreed to severely end  Islam, thinking that they have been able to eliminate it, but they do not know that  (the Almighty) has guaranteed this religion to continue and inviolability until it fulfills its promise and shows it over all religions, even if the unbelievers hate it.

The most prominent danger facing Islam is conspiracies in which some of the ignorant people who are considered to be Muslim thinkers and scholars are instigating through hidden hands with all the necessary motivations. They use such strategies to strengthen the sects that are infiltrating the ranks of the Muslims.

Their efforts are limited to provoking sectarianism, and igniting the fire of corruption among Muslims, and they do not hesitate to direct accusations, slanders, and lies to Muslims, forgetting the prohibition contained in Muslim infidelity, and the prohibition of insulting and cursing them, as if they did not read what was narrated in some Sahihs as Sahih Muslim. The Messenger of Allah (may Allah’s prayers be upon him and his family) said that Islam is built on five: (testifying that there is no god but Allah, that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger, that we should offer prayer, giving zakat, that we should perform pilgrimage to the House, and that we should observe fasting in Ramadan). This hadith is mentioned in other references such as  Al-Kkafi by Al-Kulani.

Be advised, honorable attendants,

The unity under the banner of monotheism, and the belief in the prophethood of Muhammad (may Allah bless him and his family) is not a necessity imposed by circumstances as some imagine it, but it is the goal of every sincere Muslim whose heart has been filled with faith.

Allah has provided Islamic countries with various natural benefits, and we do not suffer from shortcomings in thinking minds.

Our hands are not incapable of possessing the means that pave the way for all kinds of inventions, nor of benefiting from the advanced technology that human minds have reached.

Allah orders us to quest,

(وَقُلِ اعْمَلُواْ فَسَيَرَى اللّهُ عَمَلَكُمْ وَرَسُولُهُ وَالْمُؤْمِنُونَ وَسَتُرَدُّونَ إلى عَالِمِ الْغَيْبِ وَالشَّهَادَةِ فَيُنَبِّئُكُم بِمَا كُنتُمْ تَعْمَلُونَ)

"Tell ˹them, O  Prophet˺, “Do as you will. Your deeds will be observed by Allah, His Messenger, and the believers. And you will be returned to the Knower of the seen and unseen, then He will inform you of what you used to do.”

Allah Almighty has paved the way for us to benefit so that we can enjoy the good things that Allah has bestowed upon us, and He has commanded us to benefit from beings in the right ways. The following Quranic verse certifies this:

(وَسَخَّرَ لَكُم مَّا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَمَا فِي الْأَرْضِ جَمِيعاً مِّنْهُ إِنَّ فِي ذَلِكَ لَآيَاتٍ لَّقَوْمٍ يَتَفَكَّرُونَ).

"He ˹also˺ subjected for you whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth—all by His grace. Surely in this are signs for people who reflect."

Continuing to be submissive and surrendering to what others possess is not befitting the greatness of Islam, and whoever is committed to obeying Allah, and striving for what is required, shall have the dignity of Allah.

Allah says,

(إِنَّ أَكْرَمَكُمْ عِندَ اللَّهِ أَتْقَاكُمْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَلِيمٌ خَبِيرٌ)

"Surely the noblest of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous among you."

Compatibility and cohesion among Muslims are required in any case, so we must all strive in this way without stopping or delaying.

From the position of our responsibility towards our Muslim brothers, we share in this ceremony with our hearts and souls, even if we are staying in Najaf, performing the duties entrusted to us, yet we share the Muslim countries’ concerns and afflictions, and the trials and tribulations they are going through, such as the attacks of the Takfiris against Muslims in Afghanistan and others countries.

I pray to Allah Almighty to enable this gathering to reach the honorable goal for which they met and to do what they have towards Islam.

I say this and pray to Allah for forgiveness for me and you.

May Allah’s peace and mercy be upon you.

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