January 30, 2015 By Victoria Saffa
New Cultural Consul of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Sierra Leone, Sheik Dr. Mohammad Marefat, has described Sierra Leone as the most peaceful nation in the context of religious tolerance.
He was speaking to a cross-section of journalists at Garrison Street in Freetown yesterday on issues pertaining to Islam, the media and to mark the 11th anniversary of the reign of Imam of the Ahlul Bayt, Imam Askari.
He said Sierra Leone has planted a tree of oneness within various religious practices in the country, as there is no barrier between Islam and other religions.
“Sierra Leone can be admirable as we see both religions come together in governance celebration and as well as in decision making,” noted the Iranian Cultural Attaché.
Speaking on the Charlie Hebdo massacre in France few weeks ago, Sheik Dr. Marefat called on the youth to deviate from chaos as character is a way of planting good ideas.
He quoted Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei to have told youth in America and Europe that the recent events in France were similar to incidences in the West, adding that the future of a nation and countries was in their hands, while a sense of quest for truth should be more vigorous in their hearts.
“I don’t address your politicians and statesmen either in this writing because I believe that they have consciously separated the route of politics from the path of righteousness,” he quoted Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei to have said.
The cultural consul also noted that Islam is not a fearful religion as western media often portrays it, but a peaceful, God fearing religion, adding that Muslims and Christians must live in unity.
He showered praises on the media in Sierra Leone for not creating religious division, as he averred that the media and youth all over the world can be leaders in developing a country.