By Mustafa Ceric, Ph.D., Grand Mufti Emeritus of Bosnia
AN OPEN LETTER TO AMERICAN AND IRANIAN GREAT NATIONS
Autor: Dr. Mustafa Cerić, reisu-l-ulema (1993 - 2012)
Objavljeno: 10. Jan 2020. 13:01:36
By Mustafa Ceric, Ph.D., Grand Mufti Emeritus of Bosnia
My dear bothers and dear friends of America and Iran, there is no need for you to prove to each other and to the world that you are capably to destroy each other and to make the whole world looks like nothing seen before. The whole world knows that.


Dear Brothers and Friends,
I have no pleasure of the occasion for writing you this open letter. But I have the pleasure to say that you are both my dear brothers and my dear friends. Indeed, you have generously cooperated for my salvation in Bosnia. Being thus grateful to both of you for what you have done for my Bosnian nation, I cannot remain indifferent to what I see of a possible Armageddon, which might kill us all. Please, don’t ask me to take the side. No, I cannot take the side because both of you are my dear bothers and my dear friends. I can only repeat what Madam Nancy Pelosi has said: “Pray for Peace”.

Sure, the whole word is aware that you are among the greatest civilizations the human history has ever known. Indeed, if it had not been for a Persian bright wisdom, there would be no progress of human spirit as we cherish it today, but equally so if it had not been for an American open mind, there would be no advanced human knowledge as we share it today. No one nation on earth has ever been totally independent from other nations spiritually, culturally and civilizational. This is a divine rule because neither the meek nor the aggressive will inherit the earth, but the cooperative with a good spirit and an open mind. And this is exactly what today’s world desperately needs: an inspiring spirit of the East and an enlightening mind of the West.

My dear bothers and dear friends of America and Iran, there is no need for you to prove to each other and to the world that you are capably to destroy each other and to make the whole world looks like nothing seen before. The whole world knows that. However, what we don’t know yet is your capability to overcome your mutual destructive mistrust. This mistrust between you two great cultures and civilizations is not anymore, a matter of yours alone. This mistrust is of everyone’s concern that cares about the world peace and security for all. The greatness of a nation is not anymore in possessing the big number of deadly intelligent and “beautiful” missiles. The intelligent missile is not a sign of an intelligent human mind. It is rather a sign of a sick human mind, which is proud of killing a human innocent life, which is as killing the whole humanity. There must be a remedy for this deadly disease of human minds otherwise the humanity will tragically end its existence as a whole. We need to see the meeting of a wise man of the East with a rational man of the West not on “Hill of Megiddo”, but on the Holy Site of Jerusalem where all the Messengers of God once had met for the peace between God and men, between the earth and heavens, and between wise and rational men of this common planet of ours.

My dear American and Iranian brothers and friends, I cannot conclude this letter but making the most important point for me as a survivor of Genocide in Bosnia. I want to say that we know that you are capable of revenge against each other anytime and anywhere as well. However, it would be of a great contribution to the world peace and security if you not use this right of "an eye for an eye" as it is explicit in the Holy Torah as well as in the Holy Qur’an as the law of retaliation, but with an important distinctive note in the Holy Qur’an, which reads: “But whoever gives up his right of retaliation as charity, it is an expiation for him in the Hereafter” (5:45). It is up to the Christians to reflect on Jesus’ saying: “But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also”. But, for me as a Muslim I know it from my Bosnian experience of war and peace that tolerance is the highest degree of power, while the desire for revenge is the first sign of weakness!

This might look like a small wisdom to you, but don’t forget that to neglect a small disease, a small fire, a small enemy and a small wisdom is a big mistake.

Hoping that this letter will find you in a good peace of mind, please accept my sincere love and respect.

May God bless you all!