His Virtue Sheikh-ul-Islam Allahshukur Pashazade Chairman of CMB, Co-chairman of the Interreligious Council of CIS
Honorable President of the Republic of Azerbaijan
Your Excellency Mr. Ilham Aliyev!
Dear participants of the International Conference,
I greet the honorable state, faith, science and public figures participating in this prestigious event, and wish them a blessing from our Almighty Lord for the sake of our Summit.
Throughout history, Azerbaijan has played an important role in the establishment of multiculturalism, religious solidarity and dialogue among civilizations and the spread of Islamic culture in the world. Today, Muslims, Orthodox Christians, Catholics, Jews and other members of the religion live in friendly, brotherly and state care and protection in multicultural Azerbaijan. There is a rare example of interfaith solidarity in our country.
Distinguished Conference participants! In the modern era in which religious and national extremism, terrorism, Islamophobia, radicalism, and migration are experiencing, His Excellency President of Azerbaijan Mr. Ilham Aliyev, proclaimed 2017 as the year of Islamic Solidarity, referring to the national and historical traditional heritage of our people, and calls on the world to be around the ideas of peace and justice.
The call of the Azerbaijani leader to the Islamic solidarity is the beginning of the sacred path leading to the human solidarity that mankind needs. The President's call for a new political culture to the world is highly valued by both politicians and religious figures, and gains international sympathy. The geography of our distinguished guests, who have come to our today's summit, is an example of the fact that our distinguished personalities from different continents are represented at our event. The multiculturalism, whether Islamist Solidarity, or the Islamic Solidarity, is a mission that serves humanity and is a special and valuable contribution of the Azerbaijani state to the processes taking place in the world.
Distinguished Conference participants! Our state has achieved these achievements thanks to the savvy Azerbaijani ideology of the Great Leader Heydar Aliyev who laid the foundations of multiculturalism and religious solidarity. Thanks to the political will of his Excellency President Ilham Aliyev, Azerbaijan has the power to present its successful ideas to the world today. The activity of the first vice-president of Azerbaijan, Mrs Mehriban Aliyeva in the international arena, has served to turn Azerbaijan into a speaker in this direction.
Together with the State Committee for Work with Religious Organizations, we have witnessed the spiritual grandeur of the ideas of our head of state supported by both the Muslims and the non-Muslims with great reverence in the international events held in different parts of the world - in the UK, Spain, Sweden, Finland, Uzbekistan, Russia, Turkey, Iran both within multiculturalism and Islamic Solidarity.
Abuse of religious feelings for political purposes is inadmissible in a troubled world where conservation of human life and the steps to be taken to restore peace and stability are inevitable. Recent developments around Jerusalem once again raised the need for the historical UN resolution on Jerusalem to be fulfilled. Indeed, 20% of Azerbaijan's territory has been occupied by Armenian extremists so far, due to the failure of the four UN resolutions on the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. We insist on fair settlement of all conflicts in the world on the basis of international law.
Your Excellency! Your speech on Jerusalem-Sharif at Istanbul Summit, which is a clear example of Islamic solidarity, is highly appreciated by the entire Muslim world. By the way, remembering the Baku conference on the Islamic Solidarity at this prestigious event has become the highest indicator of the value and appreciation of today's Baku Summit.
Your Excellency! You have given us - the year of Islamic Solidarity for the people of Azerbaijan and the whole world. In fact, by declaring the year of the Islamic Solidarity, you have put forward an idea that does not fit into the borders of Azerbaijan and is not imited with year frame from the time viewpoint by its scale and importance. Your Excellency, your historical calls of universal importance are a valuable mission of our troubled world. Your global effort to promote human solidarity in the name of peace is something that is pleasing to our Almighty Creator. May Allaah cause you to work for the sake of justice, and grant new victories to your future global activities. As our Holy Quran says:
"O people! And let there be a community amongst you who call to good, and command that which is right and forbid what is wrong. It is they who are saved."
(Ali Imran, 104).
Dear participants! Once again, Welcome to Azerbaijan, I wish you a blessing from Almighty God on our today's International Conference.
Glad greetings and every blessing to you!