Iranian Grand Ayatollah: “We expect the Pope to… consider the Qur’an as holy as the Gospels and Torah”
That would amount to the Pope’s becoming Muslim, although the Grand Ayatollah Abdollah Javadi Amoli may not fully realize that, since the Qur’an speaks of the Gospel and the Torah as holy books revealed by Allah, and of the Qur’an as confirming them. He may think it not unreasonable to assume that the Pope knows all this also, and is just being obstinate in his refusal to acknowledge the divine inspiration of the Qur’an — a very common assumption among Muslims. The catch is that the Torah and Gospel envisioned by the Qur’an agree with the contents of the Qur’an; but since the holy books of the Jews and the Christians don’t agree with the Qur’an, Muslims argue that they are corrupted forms of the original Torah and Gospel.
“Cleric urges Pope to react to US ‘crimes,’” from PressTV, November 11 (thanks to Twostellas):
A senior Iranian cleric has criticized the presence of US-led forces in neighboring countries, calling on the Pope to react to Washington’s “crimes” in the region.
“Look to Iran’s east; people are killed in Afghanistan and Pakistan everyday. Look to the West; terror and killings continue daily in Iraq. Across the Middle East, murder happens daily,” Grand Ayatollah Abdollah Javadi Amoli said in a meeting with the Vatican Pontifical Council in Qom on Thursday.
Ayatollah Javadi Amoli added that Iran expects Pope Benedict XVI to react to US oppressions and crimes, Mehr News Agency reported.
The Council arrived in Tehran earlier this week to attend the seventh round of meetings between the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization and the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.
The conference began on Monday at the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization headquarters and was attended by senior Catholic and Muslim clergy.
President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue Cardinal Jean-Louis Pierre Tauran and Archbishop of Tehran Ramzi Garmou were among the participants in the meeting.
“We expect the Pope to… consider the Qur’an as holy as the Gospels and Torah and condemn the disgraceful act of torching the Qur’an,” Javadi-Amoli said….