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The Cultural Consulate of the Embassy of Iran promotes peaceful religious co-existence

Emmanuel Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa welcomed the Cultural Consulate of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran when they extended the hand of friendship asking for peaceful interfaith relations in Soshanguve, North of Pretoria on Sunday 04 June 2017.

Photo: (l-r) Professor Haroon Aziz, Clr Rev Kenneth Kgafela, ward councilor Ms Elisa Mlotshwa and Cultural Counsellor of the Embassy of Iran Mr. Shahrouz Falahat Pisheh

The visit drew inspiration from the views of the late Iranian Islamic Cleric and Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Imam Khomeini who believed that the rights of religious minorities in the Islamic Republic should be respectfully regarded. The visit came a day after Iran was commemorating the 28th anniversary of the departure of Imam Khomeini from this world.

The purpose of the visit was to honor Christians, keep alive the notion of peaceful religious co-existence and to honor the legacy of the great revolutionary who made Iran a safe cradle for religious minorities.  

A friend of Iran, Professor Haroon Aziz who attended the church service together with the Cultural Counsellor of the Embassy of Iran Mr. Shahrouz Falahat Pisheh, gave a talk on the rights of religious minorities in Iran and the contribution of Imam Khomeini in South Africa’s freedom. He also spoke of common beliefs and similarities between Christianity and Islam, mainly love as an established foundation before concluding on religious tolerance based on universal values.  

Rev Kenneth Kgafela and ward councilor Ms Elisa Mlotshwa from Soshanguve welcomed Muslim guests from the Cultural Consulate of the Embassy of Iran; they appreciated the initiative as a congruent notion to social cohesion.

Mr. Falahat Pisheh emphasized the importance of reaching out to establish peaceful relations and that the heart of such relations is understanding each other.

Photo and article: Kgwebong Consulting



June 2017 Edition




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