Imam Shirazi World Foundation Publishes Statement on International Day of Nonviolence

Coinciding with the International Day of Nonviolence on October 2, Imam Shirazi World Foundation published the following statement:

“The International Day of Non-Violence is marked on 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence. The International Day is an occasion to “disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness”. The resolution reaffirms “the universal relevance of the principle of non-violence” and the desire “to secure a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and non-violence”.

The school of AhlulBayt and the genuine Islam advocate for dignity and self-respect as one of the main objectives of all divine missions. In this regard, the late Grand Ayatollah Sayed Mohammad Shirazi, as an Islamic authority and thinker dedicated his entire life to spreading the idea of nonviolence in all Muslim and non-Muslim countries.

This great Islamic thinker managed to develop his new take on nonviolence into a comprehensive strategy and approach, which could well adapt to the modern needs of societies and their changing nature. The Quranic notion of peace, as explained by the late Grand Jurist, is parallel to the notion of nonviolence in modern times, and when coupled with the power of reason and intellect, they can rid societies from futile conflicts and bloodshed.

Imam Shirazi World Foundation once again grasps this opportunity to call all world leaders and nations to see into the genuine Islamic practices of peace and nonviolence and immune their societies from the threat of extremism, intolerance and chaos.”