“I want to confess that for my family you are a saint” - Sheikh Ul Islam to Georgia’s Patriarch
21 April, 2017
“I want to confess that for my family you are a saint” - Sheikh Ul Islam to Georgia’s Patriarch
"You may never hear anything like this happen in the world: the Muslim sheikh visits the Christian patriarch, kisses his hand and recognizes him as his elder."
“I want Georgian people and all the Muslims who are here to know that his holiness, Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II is a very special person,” the spiritual leader of Caucasus’ Muslim Society Sheikh Ul Islam Allah Shukur Pasha-Zadeh said while visiting the Georgian Patriarch together with the members if his delegation. Sheikh Ul Islam said he came to Georgia to see Ilia II, who, as he had heard, was ill. He said he wanted to pay a visit to Germany, where the patriarch underwent surgery, but it was not possible, so he decided to travel to Georgia.

In Pasha-Zadeh’s words, Ilia II greatly influences the good relations between Georgia and Azerbaijan. He also said the Azeris are very fond of Georgian spiritual leader. Pasha-Zadeh also said the President of Azerbaijan and his wife have sent greetings to Ilia II and congratulate him with Easter holidays.

“For me it is always a great honor to meet a Caucasian elder like you and I want to tell you that I consider you to be my elder. You mentioned that I received the Sheikh Ul Islam title during communist rule and you were given the title of the Patriarch. We both were witnesses of how important all this was in those times. We went through those very difficult years together, with brotherhood, friendship and
standing together. I also want to say that one may never witness something like this happening in the world: a Muslim spiritual leader visiting a Christian patriarch and kiss his hand,” he said.

The Sheikh also said that he came to Georgia accompanied by the members of his family – his son, grandchild, daughter and daughter-in-law.

“I want to confess that for my family you are a saint. That is why I came here together with my family. They said they also wanted to kiss your hand.”

Sheikh Ul Islam has invited the Georgian Patriarch to Baku, to celebrate together 40 years since Ilia II was proclaimed the Patriarch of Georgia.
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