Khateeb of Ahl-us-Sunnah in Zahedan, Shaikh-ul-Islam Mawlana Abdol-Hameed Ismaeelzahi began his latest Friday sermon, June 22, by reciting the Qur’anic verse: «يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا قُوا أَنفُسَكُمْ وَأَهْلِيكُمْ نَارًا وَقُودُهَا النَّاسُ وَالْحِجَارَةُ عَلَيْهَا مَلَائِكَةٌ غِلَاظٌ شِدَادٌ لَا يَعْصُونَ اللَّهَ مَا أَمَرَهُمْ وَيَفْعَلُونَ مَا يُؤْمَرُونَ» [التحریم:6] , (O you who believe, save yourselves and your families from a fire, the fuel of which is human beings and stones, appointed on which are angels, stern and severe, who do not disobey Allah in what He orders them, and do whatever they are ordered to do.)
Talking to thousands of Sunni worshipers in the Grand Mosalla of Zahedan, he said, ‘Holy Qur’an has stated that there were only two terminations before every one; one is the Paradise. It is wider than the earth and sky. Allah’s righteous servants will be served over there. There are such blessings which have not been eared, seen and thought by any one. There are rewards for good servants who acted upon Allah’s commands.’
Shaikh Ismaeelzahi added more saying that Holy Qur’an has mentioned the second and last choice of mankind; it is the Hell. Allah has stated in many places the fearfulness and danger of Hell. Human beings can not imagine how much it is awesome and frightful. It has been prepared for sinful and disloyal slaves.
He quoted some verse of Holy Qur’an about the conditions of hellish people; Allah says: «لَهُمْ فِيهَا زَفِيرٌ وَهُمْ فِيهَا لَا يَسْمَعُونَ» [الأنبیاء: 100], (For them, there will be screams in it and they will not hear.) In another place it has come: «فَأَمَّا الَّذِينَ شَقُواْ فَفِي النَّارِ لَهُمْ فِيهَا زَفِيرٌ وَشَهِيقٌ» [هود: 106], (As for those who are wretched, they shall be in the Fire. For them there is (nothing but) crying and howling.) Those who enter Hell would sob and scream like donkeys.
Khateeb of Ahl-us-Sunnah in Zahedan further said, ‘Allah Almighty has guided His servants towards the path that leads to paradise. This path salves people from the Hell. Holy Qur’an states that you should not only strive to salve yourself, but you should also struggle to save others, children and family, from the Fire.’
He pointed more saying that sinful people must work hard to turn to Allah before it is so late. Because, when the time is over, on the Resurrection Day, Allah would address disbelievers: «يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا لَا تَعْتَذِرُوا الْيَوْمَ إِنَّمَا تُجْزَوْنَ مَا كُنتُمْ تَعْمَلُونَ», (O you who disbelieve, do not make excuses today. You will only be recompensed for what you have been doing.) Yes! On that day excuses will not be accepted. Repentance should be before death. Then Allah calls on believers: «يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا تُوبُوا إِلَى اللَّهِ تَوْبَةً نَّصُوحًا», (O ye who believe! Turn to Allah with sincere repentance.)
The eminent Islamic scholar addressed the audience, ‘Take care of yourself and your children and family lest you go to the Hell, Allah forbids. Fear from the day our children complain before Allah: Our father did not plan to provide us edification.’
He went on to point that Holy Prophet, peace & blessings be upon him, said: «کلکم راع و کلکم مسئول عن رعیته», all of you are guardian and all of you would be questioned over his villain. Prophets were the guardian for their nations. Scholars and rulers as well as tribal chiefs are guardians; they should take care of others inviting them towards Allah and righteous deeds.
At the end of his discourse, Shaikh Abdol-Hameed reminded the audience saying, ‘The only remedy to get rid of the Fire is imitation of Shari’ah and adopting Islam’s commands and orders. We should avoid misguidance of Satan and the concupiscence.’
He said more that for some months the Friday prayers will be established in the Grand Mosalla instead of Grand Makki Masjid. It is due to ongoing constructional works in the mosque.
Shaikh Ismaeelzahi refused claims of some officials that there is a conspiracy behind this move saying that it is a compulsory.