Four British Muslim imams paid a special visit on Wednesday, April 5, to the Vatican, meeting with Pope Francis, coming together to promote peace and solidarity.
“This is a historic moment when the two biggest religions in the world, Christians and Muslims, must come together in unity and solidarity for peace,” Moulana Muhammad Shahid Raza said.
Along with Shahid Raza, imams included Moulana Ali Raza Rizvi, Moulana Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi and Sheikh Ibrahim Mogra.
Along with attending the papal audience, the delegation also met Cardinal Tauran at the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue.
“The aim of the visit is to help promote clergymen who denounce violence carried out in God’s name,” Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster, who accompanied the imams, said.
“I was deeply moved by the audience with Pope Francis. I could see the sincerity and love in his eyes as he offered words of encouragement to all of us as we came together in unity,” Moulana Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi said.