A senior Lebanese Shia cleric underlined that Takfiri groups are worlds apart from Sunni Muslims in terms of ideology and way of thinking.
Speaking in a meeting in Baghdad, Iraq, Sayyed Ali Fadlallah added that Shia and Sunni scholars and thinkers should work out joint strategies for confronting Takfiri and extremist groups ideologically, Libanonfiles website reported.
He stressed that promoting the true Islamic discourse is the right path to counter Takfiris.
Fadlallah further condemned the atrocities and crimes perpetrated by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) terrorist group in the region, noting that the Takfiri group seeks to distort the image of Islam under the pretext of defending Sunnis.
He described the rise of ISIL and other Takfiri terrorist groups in the region as the result of a colonial scheme devised by world powers to foment discord among Muslims and spread sectarian conflicts.
ISIL is a terrorist group believed to be supported by the West and some regional Arab countries.
The terrorist group made swift advances in northern and western Iraq over the summer of 2014, after capturing swaths of northern Syria.
However, a combination of concentrated attacks by the Iraqi military and the volunteer forces, who rushed to take arms after top Iraqi cleric Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani issued a fatwa calling for fight against the militants, have blunted the edge of the ISIL offensive and resulted in the freedom of many towns and villages in Iraq.