Shaikh-ul-Islam Abdol-Hameed Isma’eelzahi urged on the exigency of minorities’ rights around the world putting ‘dialogue on the basis of equality and rationality’ the solution of many of the global crises in a part of his Friday sermon in Zahedan, Iran.
Talking to tens of thousands worshippers in Zahedan on May 10, 2013, he stated, “The main need of the world is justice and equality at this time. It is not only pertinent to the regimes and governments; every individual of the society must act justly. Many problems of the world, especially the crises of the Muslim world, can be resolved by fair, just and rational negotiations. All groups and rival sides including ‘moderate and extremists’ should trust on logical dialogue to solve their matters. The biggest crises such as terrorism, suicide attacks and etc can be resolved by dialogue.’’
The eminent Islamic scholar alluded to the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, saying the assault of the US and NATO on the pretext of ‘countering terrorism’ can not be accepted; it was an unforgivable sin. Most of the analysts and experts confess invasion of Iraq was a blunder that has brought this country to demolition.
“Durable peace in the region can be achieved only by liberation of Palestine. The global security has been linked with the Palestinian issue; it is the root cause of many international crises. If Palestine gets freedom, all security problems of the West and Muslims will be resolved. Disregarding demands and voices of nations made them obsessive and furious as we have been witnessing violent reactions. I do not justify such acts; but it is an analyzing idea. Insecurity can be rooted up by execution of justice and paying attention to voices of people around the world,” Shaikh-ul-Islam underlined.
Minorities must get their rights
The leading Sunni leader emphasized on listing to the voice of minorities and said, “I think the belligerent groups must pay attention to the voice of each others in order to resolve their problems by negotiation and dialogue in Syria, Iraq, Bahrain and other regions. The rights of minorities, regardless to their cult and sect, must be ensured.”
He asked the leaders of the Iranian regime to ensure the rights of Sunnis, saying the Iranian authorities should ensure the rights of the Iranian Sunni community; it is the second largest community in the country as Sunnis constitute the majority of Muslims in the world. We expect the pertinent officials and rulers respond to our complaints and problems; they must interrogate our matters.
Shaikh Isma’eelzahi pointed, “We believe in cooperation and dialogue; whoever is ready to listen to us, we will talk with him. Otherwise if ‘they’ deny listening to our complaints, we would cry to convey our voice to the Throne.”
Insulting Sahabah; Haram and big sin
In another part of his speech, Shaikh Abdol-Hameed, alluded to the incident of demolition of the tomb of ‘Hojr bin Oday’ in Syria, saying, “The demolition of the tomb of Hojr bin Oday was an unpleasant event; he was a companion of Holy Prophet, peace & blessings be upon him, according to some Muslims.”
The Companions, may Allah be pleased with all of them, saw the blessed face of Holy Prophet sacrificing their lives for his mission. Thus, they have a special status before Allah Almighty; all Muslims must respect Sahabah and it is essential, he added more.
Khateeb of Ahl-us-Sunnah further said respecting Sahabah is obligatory whether they are alive or dead. It is Haram, illegal in Islam, and a big sin to insult Sahabah including the Guided Caliphs, the Ten Companions (Asharah Mubasharah), Clean Wives and Households of the beloved prophet, peace be upon him. So exhumation is contrary to the customs and Shari’ah, we condemn demolition of the tomb of Sahabah in any country.
Shaikh-ul-Islam stated, “Although, we do not know surely who destroyed the tomb of Hojr bin Oday in Syria, but we consider the culprits ‘extremists’ of any sect. it is possible the agents of Zionists carried out this awkward act to create concision among Muslim masses forcing them to fight with each other. But such acts must unite Muslims more than past.”