The Sunni Waqf office in Iraq announced it will launch an awareness campaign about the threats of terrorism when Ramadan begins later this month.
The campaign will target religious scholars, mosque preachers, and the general public about the the need to confront the plans of terrorist groups to inflict strife that creates chaos in the country.
Sheikh Mahmoud al-Sumaidae, the deputy head of the office, said the campaign provides instructions to all religious scholars and preachers to focus on a moderate discourse, emphasise moderation in Islam, renounce violence and terrorism, and re-state previous fatwas which condemn terrorist acts and criminalise al-Qaeda in Iraq's actions.
Sumaidae said unified sermons will be delivered in Iraqi mosques nationwide explaining the dangers of ongoing terrorist strikes and their impact on the future of all Iraqis.
"The Friday sermons will call on all Iraqis to apply the teachings of Islam, peace, rejection of violence and terror, and the requirement to co-operate with the Iraqi security forces," he said.
Faris al-Mahdawi, spokesman for the Sunni Waqf office in Iraq, said Friday sermons during Ramadan will be titled "Dialogue, the prevalence of reason, and calls for national unity and solidarity against terror."
"Worshippers will find explanations for the true meaning of Islam, which are unrelated to terror and religious extremism, and the ideologies which are linked to hard-line positions that incite religious or sectarian tensions or prejudices which are not constructive for the country," Mahdawi said.
Mahdawi said the campaign will focus on the daily speeches and Friday sermons and include religious lectures during Ramadan evenings and theological lessons.
Sheikh Khalid al-Mulla, chairman of the League of Iraqi Scholars and Intellectuals' southern branch, said the campaign will continue after the holy month of Ramadan.
"Clerics will commit themselves to playing a major role in increasing awareness among citizens about the dangers of terrorism, hatred, prejudice, and other psychological illnesses, and the need for unity and compassion if they want to live in peace," he said.
"Terrorists will see the spark of the citizens' passion from inside the Sunnis mosques, whom they falsely claim to represent," al-Mulla said.
Habib al-Musawi, a Shia cleric and deputy chairman of the Commission on Hajj and Umrah, welcomed the campaign.
"We are proud of such calls and consider them to be a positive step from our Sunni brothers with whom we share the same fate," he said. "We are making the same call to refrain from terror which is killing us and them by using the same weapons from the rostrums and the mosques."
"We will reinforce the spirit of co-existence and call on worshippers in husseiniyas and holy sites for unity, closing the ranks, and avoiding al-Qaeda's ideas which are aimed at tampering with our unity and our security," Musawi said.