Ayatollah Bojnourdi (right) Gary Lewis (left)
On the occasion of International Day of Peace, Senior Member of the Centre for Great Islamic Encyclopedia (CGIE), Ayatollah Seyyed Mohammad Mousavi-Bojnourdi and UN Resident Coordinator Gary Lewis rang the peace bell in Tehran on Sunday 21 September 2014.
Addressing a seminar on peace organized by CGIE, Ketabraneh (mobile bookstore) and UNIC Tehran at the Raizan International Conference Hall, Ayatollah Bojnourdi said that “we (Shi’a) are followers of Prophet Mohammad who was the forerunner of international peace and therefore we are also the supporters of peace”. “Shi’a believes in world peace as a compulsory and good act, thus peace should be practiced by all,” former member of Supreme Judiciary Council Ayatollah Bojnourdi added.
After reading the Secretary-General’s message, in his address, the Resident Coordinator emphasized that if we wish to prevent future conflicts, we must promote the culture of peace.
Also speaking at the seminar, renowned philosopher Ayatollah Seyyed Mostafa Mohaqeq-Damad said all people must become familiar with the culture of peace from childhood. “By President Rouhani’s order, the Ministry of Education can acquaint Iranian children with friendship, love, peace and nonviolence,” he added.
During the seminar, Mehdi Yazdani and his wife Sarvenaz Heraner, elaborated on their initiative of converting their small sedan into a mobile bookstore called Ketabraenh. Further, an English peace song was performed by Mr. Mehdi Hojjat.
Other speakers at the conference were: the Deputy Director of the CGIE for Research Dr. Seyyed Sadeq Sajjadi; Special Assistant to President Rouhani on ethnic groups and religious minorities, Hojjatoleslam Dr. Ali Younesi; member of the CGIE , Dr. Mohammad Mojtahid Shabestari; lawyer and professor of Shahid Beheshti University, Dr. Mohammad Hashemi and manager of Iranology Group and member of Supreme Scientific Council of the CGIE, Dr. Mohammad Jafari Daheghi who delivered speeches on principles of sustainable peace, Iran’s position on violence, and reconciliation in the ancient Iranian culture.
A large number of peace advocates, intellectuals, university professors and students as well as journalists attended the seminar.