foreign affairs of Iran stated: today, the rich culture of Mashhad, which is
the cultural capital of the Islamic world, will help the Muslims worldwide.
According to the news headquarters of Islamic cultural Capital-Mashhad 2017, Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote in the special issue of Mashhad, Islamic City of Culture, published by the secretariat of cultural capital of the Islamic world: this organization and I, who are honored to serve in this area, regard the selection of Mashhad by Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) as a rare opportunity for recognizing the history and culture of Khorasan and Mashhad as the beating heart of Islamic Republic of Iran.
Zarif also affirmed: given the current developments in the Islamic world, this auspicious selection must lead to the thinking of scholars and practitioners to find ways to help the Muslims of the world using the rich culture of Khorasan and Mashhad. By doing so, we hope to guide people to the safe shores of Islam from the dark nights of ignorance, violence and fear, appearing due to the existence of strangers and Muslim fanatics. In my opinion, the city of Mashhad can provide solutions for the challenges of the Islamic world from two perspectives.
Minster of foreign affairs also asserted: the first perspective is that the Great Khorasan was the location of exchanging ideas, that were transferred from Badakhshan, Herat and Tus to Ray, Baghdad and Egypt. At that time, any question could be responded and no prayer would be left unanswered. This led to the creation of the rich culture of Islamic Iran, as documented in Ferdowsi’s books and Beihaghi History.
He continued: on the other hand, Mashhad is the gathering place of lovers of Imam Reza with any race, language and nationality, which is indicative of conformity and the culture of tolerance and coexistence in Muslims. I believe that the present Islamic world needs idea exchange, coexistence and tolerance between Muslims more than any time to eliminate ignorance and range that ruins the principles and economy of Muslims.
At the end, Zarif expressed: I assure you that scrutiny on the historical and cultural capacity of Khorasan and Mashhad can answer the crucial questions of the Islamic world. Therefore, selection of Mashhad as the cultural capital of the Islamic world is a worthy phenomenon and should be commemorated, especially this year.