The 29th edition of the Islamic Unity Conference was inaugurated in a ceremony in Tehran Sunday with an address by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
In his address, Hojat-ol-Islam Rouhani underlined the need for an end to violence and Takfiri extremism, stressing that the Muslim world should work to enhance cooperation and spread Islamic amicability.
He said violence cannot originate from Islamic text, adding that Takfiri extremism stems from narrow-mindedness and lack of moderation.
President Rouhani said that terrorism and extremism cannot be dealt with by bombs but through a change in discourse.
"We should spread the true image of Islam (in the world),” he said, noting that the Holy Prophet of Islam (PBUH) was appointed as messenger of God to promote moral virtues.
The president further criticized attempts to pit Shia and Sunni Muslims against one another, saying that Shias and Sunnis should be united against Kufr (disbelief).
He also regretted the situation in Syria, saying no one benefits from the weakness and destruction of the Arab country but the Zionist regime.
Hundreds of Shia and Sunni scholars have come to Tehran to attend the 29th International Islamic Unity Conference.
The current crises facing the Islamic world are the main subjects to be discussed in the international event, which will last until Tuesday.
Attendees at the conference include educated Muslim figures, ministers of Islamic countries, clerics, scholars and representatives of scientific and cultural circles from Iran and across the world.
The main purpose of the event is to discuss ways to promote unity and solidarity in the Islamic world and bring closer views of Muslim clerics and scholars’ on diverse religious issues.