RNA – In a letter to the religious and spiritual leaders of India, Ayatollah Alireza Arafi, the director of Islamic Seminaries of Iran, referred to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in different countries of the world, while expressing sympathy with the victims of all religions and nations of the world and expressed hope that all disasters and unrest in the world, especially in India, would be over.
Emphasizing the necessity of following the doctors’ recommendations in dealing with the outbreak of the Coronavirus, he called such disasters a divine examination which leads to the evolution and insight of man and ascendancy into resurrection and God Almighty, and said, “Explaining the correctness and rationality of such incidents and how to deal with them and avoiding the unrealistic bipolarity of science and religion is one of the duties of the elites and officials, in regard to which religious leaders and scholars have a double responsibility.”
Ayatollah Arafi said that countering this challenge and other contemporary crises such as injustice, undue discrimination, inhumane sanctions, environmental crises, war, terrorism and the production and possession of weapons of mass destruction requires international consensus, cooperation and a comprehensive response to the irresponsible policies of some hegemonic countries and unilateralist laws and the comprehensive fight against corruption, discrimination, sanctions, anti-justice and morality and spirituality and sincere adherence to common human and religious teachings.
The Friday prayer leader of Qom added, “True religious leaders have always stood and will stand on their devotion and covenant with the absolute essence of existence and service to humanity. These days, in the Islamic Republic of Iran, we are witnessing indescribable manifestations of voluntary movements and extensive cooperation between the government and various segments of the nation, including the clergy, Islamic Seminaries, religious leaders, students of religious sciences and relief workers who are led by religious authorities (sources of emulation) and the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution [Ayatollah Khamenei]. We are Islamic and we are proud of this heavenly bond.”
At the end of the letter, Ayatollah Arafi emphasized, “The Islamic Seminaries, elders, teachers and students are ready to exchange academic, research, cultural and relief experiences, especially in the online field, a new chapter of consensus and cooperation with international academic centres and religious centers and leaders of religions and countries of the world, especially the religious and spiritual leaders of India, should start with this conversation and interaction to form a single line of religions in the service of humanity and build a new religious and spiritual civilization.”
Rasa News Agency