Imam and Khateeb of Ahl-us-Sunnah in Zahedan, Shaikh Abdol-Hameed Ismaeelzahi, put solidarity and unification among Muslim sects an undeniable need of Muslims in the inaugural session of the 23rd meeting of the Research and Scientific Conference for Islamic Sects. It was held here in Zahedan, Iran, few days ago on Feb. 13, 2012.
He underlined that besides scientific and research conferences, it is essential to hold seminars and conferences for discussing over the roots of social and political crises in the country.
Shaikh Ismaeelzahi stated in the inaugural session of the conference saying, ‘No one can deny the dire necessity of Muslim Ummah’s unification and solidarity among Muslim sects; Islamic texts urge that Muslims must be united supporting each others.’
He added more, ‘Holy Qur’an and Sunnah forbid us strongly from partiality, factionalism and dispute. A sane person also accepts this fact that Muslims should have solidarity and unification.’
Khateeb of Ahl-us-Sunnah declared the chosen religion, Islam, as the most important cause for Muslims’ unity saying, ‘We (Muslims) all belong to Islam having lots of things in common; we should highlight the common points. Most of differences are either in juridical matters or in doctrinal (beliefs) affairs. Juridical different views are the results of Ijtihad (etymology) and research in the narrations. As well as, differences in beliefs derived from inference in historical and Kalami (theology) subjects.’
The eminent Islamic scholars pointed that followers of all sects should worship Allah and practice their rituals according to their concepts of the Qur’an and Sunnah. Allah Almighty will decide on the resurrection day that who was correct or committed mistake? Exalted Allah will adjudicate all sorts of differences; juridical, doctrinal, economical and political ones.
The most influential Islamic Sunni scholar in Iran went on to say, ‘I am not against scientific discussions and establishment of such conferences where followers of all sects can elaborate his views and following school of thought in a friendly environment. It is fruitful but it made us worried that sometimes we see one-sided final statements released at the end of conferences. In previous years, when I used to take part in these conferences I felt this problem; the final communiqués were not agreed by all participants of the conferences.’
Shaikh Abdol-Hameed Ismaeelzahi emphasized that the statements issued by the establishers of the state-held conferences are not the views of all Sunnis or Shias. It is possible many intellectuals disagree with communiqués of such meetings. Mr. Suleimani (the representative of Ayatollah Khamenehi in Sistan-Baluchistan) is requested to discuss this matter with others.
Maulana Ismaeelzahi further said that an equal look at all can strengthen the unity. Smuggling of drugs, insecurity incidents and bombings in the province have no roots in religious beliefs. A conference should be held analyzing such crises of the society; some people think that Sunni scholars allow trading of narcotics though they have verdicts severer than Shiite’s views in some cases. Some people are unaware of these points because there has not been held any seminars or meetings for discussions.
Shaikh Abdol-Hameed concluded his points by saying that this conference should not be limited to discuss only juridical and etymological issues; rather it must include social crises and problems of people. Such affairs should be debated with carefulness and a broad heart.