A Conversation with the Sultan of Sokoto: on Peace, Development Initiatives, Challenges, and Potential Prospects.
The Shirazi Foundation attended an event hosted by the Wilson Center titled “A Conversation with the Sultan of Sokoto: Peace and Development Initiatives, Challenges, and Potential Prospects in Nigeria”. The experts spoke of many aspects of religious tolerance and denounced the recent attacks from terrorist groups in Europe. Experts mentioned that if peace does not bring stability to a country then violence will not. Experts quoted an excerpt from the verse of the Holy Quran Surah 5: Al-Ma-idah: Verse 32 “ ... That whoso slays a soul not to retaliate for a soul slain, nor for corruption done in the land, shall be as if he had slain mankind altogether”..., Experts indicated that one should refrain from all acts of violence and advised that one should be very careful not to generalize every Muslim behind the actions of a few who don't truly represent the Islamic faith. The many similarities between religions and messages of nonviolence were some of the main issues that were addressed. Shirazi Foundation expert on foreign affairs- policy, asked questions to the delegation of the Sultan on the current status of the Shia Scholar in captivity concerning his health and wellbeing.