On 26th of December, 2011. Sayeed Amar al-Hakeem, head of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq stressed that the presence of Christians in Iraq is a natural one and they are one of the main components of this country, adding, "we look to our fellow Christians as brothers and partners in this homeland, and we are keen to protect them as we are with all the Iraqis because the Christians are a part of all Iraqis ".
This came in a congratulatory letter sent by his Eminence to his Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, the Pope of the Vatican for the occasion of the anniversary of the birth of Jesus Christ (PBUH).
His Eminence called for the need of making further efforts for peaceful coexistence among peoples and religions, stressing on the responsibility of the all to send a message of peace around the entire world for everyone to live a safe life away from the intolerance, as the Prophets called to respect the human life and dignity.
The following is the content of the letter of Sayeed al-Hakeem to His Holiness the Pope of the Vatican.
In the name of Allah, the most Gracious, the most Merciful
His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI
I would like to extend to you then to all the Christians around the world with my best congratulations and blessings for the occasion of the anniversary of the birth of Jesus son of Hail Mary (PBUH) the Messenger of peace and love, asking Allah to make this anniversary as an occasion to spread the peace and security upon mankind around the entire world.
What we are witnessing nowadays from oppression to the man, his dignity and rights, ask us to return to the great principles that the prophets brought to us, the principles that wanted for a person to live with humanity and dignity in this world, the principles preached by both Jesus Christ and the Great Prophet Muhammad (PBUT).
The prophets and messengers of Allah came to bring happiness to the human in this life and the next one, and determined the way to us towards the good and set us the curriculum through following it, the man will get to the real happiness in both lives, but the desires of the human soul and its wishes prevented and prevents the man in many aspects from seeing the clear way reaching to the satisfaction of Allah.
It is our duty as faithful followers of the prophets and messengers to remind the man always with this way by returning to the right principles that were followed by the Prophets and Messengers.
Our responsibility nowadays calls us to make further efforts for peaceful coexistence among peoples and among religions as well, many followers of religions living side by side today in many countries in a common life in everything.
Today we bear the responsibility of sending the message of peace to the entire world to make all live a safe life together away from the intolerance, as the Prophets called to respect the human life and dignity.
In Iraq, we look to our fellow Christians as brothers and partners in this homeland, and we are keen to protect them as we are with all the Iraqis because the Christians are a part of all Iraqis ".
In the past, our fellow Christians in Iraq were exposed to some criminal acts carried out by terrorists, which make them worry and scary of the future of their presence in Iraq, but we, through our sympathy and our defense of them assured them as we assure you now that our fellow Christians in Iraq should fell assured that their presence in Iraq is a natural and they are one of the main components of this country and we are making real efforts to protect them as we do to the entire Iraqis.
Your Holiness Pope, I look forward to the day that peace and faith would spread all over this world, to feel with the real justice, which heralded by the prophets and messenger of Allah.
I wish you the constant health and wellness, and to all Christians of the world security, peace and stability.
Head of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq
BAGHDAD - Muharram 1433
December 24, 2011