Minhaj-ul-Quran International, Iran

The prominent Ayatollah’s of Qom and Tehran had been requesting a special visit by Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri for many years. To their delight Shaykh-ul-Islam has accepted their invitation and arrived in Tehran with a 6-member delegation on Friday 14 February 2014 via Istanbul, Turkey. This is seen as an important visit for establishing Peace in South Asia and establishing intra-faith relations in Pakistan and Iran. Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri was received by Ayatollah Araki (third in hierarchy) at the Tehran Airport. The first official meeting between Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri and Ayatollah Mohsen Araki took place the next day in Qom. Further meetings took place the next day with other very senior Ayatollahs including the 95 year old Grand Ayatollah Lotfollah Safi Golpaygani who is regarded as a “Marja”. Shaykh-ul-Islam shared some of his academic works with the Grand Ayatollah who was very impressed and couldn’t believe a personality like Shaykh-ul-Islam existed in today’s era.