The 7th round of interfaith dialogue between Iran and Austria entitled "Freedom, Human and Nature" will be held on 17-20 September in Tehran.
According to the Public Relations of Islamic Culture and Relations Organization, Stephen Hammer, the Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Vienna, attended the Organization and met with Hujjat al-Islam Mohammad Mahdi Taskhiri, the head of the International Center for Interreligious Dialogue of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization. The meeting was held to discuss about the 7th round of interfaith dialogue between the Islamic Republic of Iran and Austria.
At the beginning of the meeting, Stephen Hammer stated that the topic selected for the 7th round of interfaith dialogue between the two countries entitled "Freedom, Human and Nature" is one of the serious needs of todays generation and added: "Natural resources and environment are one of the most important concerns that todays generation is facing and this is the best subject which has been selected for the 7th round of interfaith dialogue".
Emphasizing on the importance of dialogue, Stephen Hammer stated: "People should be listened more and the topic we have selected for the next dialogue emphasizes on the responsibility of people for the future. The six topics based on which Austrian speakers will provide their papers in this round of interfaith dialogue will include freedom and responsibility in the field of education, human nature and ethics, human responsibility towards creation, mans political responsibility for the global environment, human responsibility from philosophical aspect and the responsibility of media toward environment".
The Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Vienna continued: "A public discourse is underway in Europe that how much we should value the contribution of religion in society? How could be the contribution of religion in politics and democracy? And to what extent, we should let the voice of religion be heard in dialogues and be underway? Accordingly, a dialogue is going on that how should we, as a secular society, make the society ready for the Islamic community and for listening religious dialogue".
Stephen Hammer also stated: "Today the importance of freedom in religion is very important. The topic which has been selected for the 7th round of interfaith dialogue is a very important subject, finding an answer to the problems which has been created for the environment that were not in the past generation and todays generation is facing with them is an issue that must be addressed from the Islamic and Christian perspectives".
Following the meeting, emphasizing on the point that we do not want to meet only for the sake of dialogue, but we want it for the excellence of human, Hujjat al-Islam Mohammad Mahdi Taskhiri, the head of the International Center for Interreligious Dialogue of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization stated: "The more the topics of our dialogue are closer to todays community, naturally, the more valuable step we can take".
He continued: "We hope that politicians will listen to scholars and teachers, as our life and their life depend on listening to cultural figures".
In another part of his speech, Hujjat al-Islam Mohammad Mahdi Taskhiri stated: "In this round of interfaith dialogue Iran will have six speakers who will address the relevant issues with an Islamic approach, however, the subjects which will be discussed by Austrian scholars may be academic subjects and based on secular view, but what is important in this dialogue is that we look at it based on human view and the papers of the Iranian scholars will be on academic and rational basis and according to the religious texts in Islam".
The head of the International Center for Interreligious Dialogue continued: "We will wait to receive the final titles of papers until the next month, and after receiving the titles of the abstracts of the Iranian side we also will send them to the Austrian side after a month".
Again, emphasizing on the point that we are looking for the effectiveness of dialogue first in our communities and then in human societies, Hujjat al-Islam Taskhiri stated: "Today, the most brutal images of the religion are shown to mankind. There are varying degrees of freedom including ideas, performance, and results, but some people in the name of religion do not consider the lowest value for freedom. Even animals are free to behave, but these people do not accept freedom for other people".
Hujjat al-Islam Taskhiri continued: "They have created an image of human in their own mind in the name of religion and according to them people cannot choose their way of life and they do not respect anything to achieve their goals; while, against this group, there is another group with religious and rational thought".
Following his speech, referring to one of the statements of Imam Ali (PBUH), Hujjat al-Islam Taskhiri said: "Amir al Momenin (PBUH) says: Do not be a slave to others, while Allah has created you free. This means think, behave and live freely and do not bind yourself and be bound to something that helps you in the human development".
Hujjat al-Islam Taskhiri emphasized: "We, Shias, believe that the Prophet (PBUH) did not start any war and only defended, and even in defending he recommended that not to uproot any tree, not to pollute the water, etc. which indicates respecting human values".
He added: "Today the events in which man is badly beheaded and burned have nothing to do with religion. Religion is innate in human and cannot be separated from human".
According to this report, the 7th round of interfaith dialogue between the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization and the Catholic Church in Austria (also known as the Roman-Catholic Church of Austria) entitled "Freedom, Human and Nature" will be held on 17-20 September in Tehran hosted by the International Center for Interreligious Dialogue of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization with the presence of Iranian Muslim scholars and Austrian Christian scholars.