In Baghdad there exists two neighbourhoods that sit on opposite sides of the river Tigris, connected by the Aa’mah bridge over the river Tigris. These two neighbourhoods both have holy sites for Shias and Sunnis. In the Shia majority Kazmiah there lies two graves of Musa al-Kadhim and his grandson, Muhammad al-Jawad ibn Ali al-Ridha. And in Azamiyyah lies the grave and mosque of the founder of the Sunni Hanafi school.
On Wednesday the 13th of February a delegation of British Shia and Sunni Imams visited the Kazmiah and Azamiyyah neighbourhoods and paid visit to these shrines, along with local Iraqi Shia and Sunni scholars. Among the esteemed scholars that met the British delegation in Iraq was Sheikh Khalid Al Mulla, head of the Iraqi Scholars Association. The delegation also visited the Imam Ali Mosque in Najaf to pay their respects to a highly revered figure in Islam
The purpose of this trip was to strengthen ties between imams from the Shia and Sunni sects and to build understanding based on the common history and basic tenants.This joint visit was planned with the hope to inspire closer collaboration and promote understanding among British Muslims.