Hojjat-al-Islam Araafi stressed on the necessity to come up with clear and determined solutions in order to confront the modern-day challenges interfering in intellectual and philosophical dialogues regarding the fundamental religious doctrines in present era. He said, “Al-Mustafa University is ready to develop intellectual and philosophical dialogues in Islam and Christianity,”

Hojjat-al-Islam Araafi stressed on the necessity to come up with clear and determined solutions in order to confront the modern-day challenges interfering in intellectual and philosophical dialogues regarding the fundamental religious doctrines in present era. He said, “Al-Mustafa University is ready to develop intellectual and philosophical dialogues in Islam and Christianity,”

At the meeting with Archbishop Leo Boccardi, Vatican ambassador in Iran, Araafi further added, “Qom is considered one the main bases for promote Islamic doctrine and thoughts, regardless of all the challenges we’ve been facing in recent years, The Islamic Republic has achieved great success in terms of Academic growth and developments,”

Expressing that Iran has taken great steps in scientific and technological fields, he added, “Iran has made its way towards scientific frontiers in so many fields,”

Presenting a report on Seminary schools’ activities, he went on, “Qom is the center of Shiite Islamic research in which more than 1000 students are perusing Islamic sciences,”

Qom hosts seminary students from 100 countries

Hojjat-al-Islam Araafi then referred to Qom as the city which has hosted the most prominent Islamic scholars as well as the greatest number of Shi’ite sources of emulations. “This city hosts seminary students from 100 nations who have come here to learn Islamic sciences and teachings,” he added.

Qom offers a new Islamic dialogue

He went on to say that Qom is considered one of the greatest cities to have hosted Islamic scholars, “Qom seminary schools including Al-Mustafa University offer a new kind of Islamic dialogue in the world,”

Contrasting moderate Islam with Takfiri Islam, he reiterated the radicalism and Takfirism as the modernized faces of Islam in present time and said, “The main battle in Islamic doctrines are not between Shias and Sunnis, but the moderate, reasonable Islamic dialogue facing Takfirism and radicalism,”

World Powers back the most radical version of Islam

“Sadly, the most radical version of Islam is being backed up by the country which has the World Powers’ support,” Araafi reiterated.

He then added, “I’ve repeatedly said it in my meetings with different ambassadors, unfortunately some Western countries back up certain systems that have established scientific foundations, followed the most radical and extremist religious doctrine and yet, those systems are unable to comprehend the concept of social democracy,”

“With the support of certain Western countries, extreme educational systems, thoughts have emerged and they are being intensified, “

Respect to religion’s theology, important feature of Qom Seminaries

Stressing the fact that Al-Mustafa University’s dialogue is concerned with intellectual and philosophical mentality, he continued, “In Seminaries’ educational system, tens of majors regarding comparative studies between The East and The West as well as religions’ theology have been established; Paying attention to religions’ theologies is one of the major features of Qom seminaries,”