|Purpose||Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought|
|Persian, Arabic, English|
|Leader||Ayatollah Mohsen Araki|
The World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought (WFPIST) as well as Tehran's Ecumenical Society (Persian: ? ) is a forum that was established on October 1990 by order of Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei in Tehran for the reconciliation between different Islamic schools and branches.
According to upper, many Islamic Scholars in the different schools tried to achieve proximity and finally unity. In the first step, the Iranian scholar, Sheikh Mohamad Taqi Qomi, emigrated to Egypt in the mid-twentieth century. He established a forum in Cairo that was named jam'iyyat al-tagrib bayn al-madhahib al-islamiyya (Arabic: ? ? )in 1948. A number of scholars of Al-Azhar and some Egyptian politicians supported this forum and its secretary general Sheikh Qomi.This forum became the important center of proximate activities. The second step to achieve proximity between different schools of Islam was publication of Risalat al-Islam Magazine (Arabic: ? ?) by jam'iyyat al-tagrib bayn al-madhahib al-islamiyya in Cairo. After these success experiences for achievement proximity, third step to achieve to proximity was the establishment of The World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought in order by Ayatollah Khamenei in 1990 in Tehran.
The annual international conference is held every year in Islamic Unity Week. So far, twenty-five Islamic Unity conferences are held by forum. The last annual conference was held on January 7 to 10 2015. Sixty nine countries attend in this conference. Except annual conferences, many conferences are held by forum for specific ceremonies. For example Holding the commemoration for Ayatollah Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr in April 2015.
Many books are published by publication of forum in three subjects:
According to the forum statute:
This forum have hierarchical structure:
The members of General Assembly are chosen among scholars, thinkers and Islamic religious leaders around the world for six year by the Supreme Council. The assembly is held every two years.
According to the statute, president is chosen by the majority of members of forum for two years. The first president of forum was Ayatollah Mohammad Baqir al-Hakim.Ayatollah Mohammad-Ali Taskhiri is the forum president now.
According to the statute, General Secretary has the highest executive status in the forum. Vali-e-Faqih elects General Secretary among the candidates who are nominated by Supreme Council, for four years. The Secretary General is a member of the Supreme Council. The first General Secretary was Ayatollah Taskhiri. Already Ayatollah Mohsen Araki is the General Secretary of forum.