Tehran, YJC. Former Iranian President has in a letter to the President of al-Azhar university condemned anti-Shiite terrorist actions in Egypt.
In a letter to the Sheik of al-Azhar university Dr. Ahmed Muhammad Ahmed el-Tayeb, the former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami has expressed his grief over the massacre of Shiites in Zavia Abu-Muslim village in Egypt.
Khatami states in his letter "What happened is in contradiction both with the firm rules of Muhammadan Islam and Egypt’s cultural and civil criteria.”
He adds "It is a pity that a small group would resort to savagery and create catastrophe in the name of religion.”
Khatami states that extremism is a prevailing threat to Islam which must be taken seriously. "We must stand before such devastating devotional and political threats and emphasize unity and the effectiveness of dialogue in defense of the benevolent Islam.” Khatami continues.
He also thanks the Sheik of al-Azhar for his fatwa condemning such actions and necessitating legal procedures in their pursuit.