Shaikh-ul-Islam Abdol-Hameed Isma’eelzahi announced the schedule of the graduation ceremony of Darululoom Zahedan castigating state obstacles on the ceremony in a public speech in Zahedan on Friday, May 31, 2013.
He said, “At the end of each academic year in Islamic seminaries, mostly we see the graduation ceremonies. It is regrettable; some authorities create obstacles for people to not reach Zahedan. While our gathering is not any political meeting; it is only for spiritual and religious goals.”
“Such gatherings are against the interests of Zionists and global imperialism who are afraid of Islamic awakening. In some countries high-level officials take part in such Islamic meetings to get blessings and good prays of people. We expect, our officials will participate the gathering as well.”
Khateeb and Friday Imam of Sunnis in Zahedan further said, “We have condemned extremism and violence repeatedly; sobriety is our way. Our opponents are Shia and Sunni extremists. We will prove that only extremists are opposing us as fraternity is our method and principle.”
He went on to say more that as previous years, the governor, representative of the Supreme Leader and the chairman of the state-run World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thoughts have been invited to take part in the annual graduation ceremony of Darululoom Zahedan. If we were extremists, we would not have invited them.
Neither we are exterminators nor extortionate; we only want our legal rights. We talk about justice because we believe justice is the only way that leads to salvation and sobriety, the leading Sunni scholars underlined.
Talking to tens of thousands worshippers in Zahedan, Shaikh Abdol-Hameed criticized the role of the security officials saying, “The Iranian Sunni community does not expect security men to stop people of other regions and provinces at check points outside of the city in a Muslim regime! While they want to take part in a mere religious gathering; such behaviors are in contrast to principles of neighborhood and law.”
The member of the International Union of Muslim Scholars urged, “Our regime claims to be “Islamic Republic” but we do not see republicanism in Iran. People of Iran have not experienced democracy yet. In many states, there is no need of permission for political meetings and rallies. They freely hold meetings and rallies; on the other hand, our ceremony is only for religious goals holding the message of fraternity and Islamic awakening, but we face obstacles and problems to organize it. An Islamic university was established in India; they did not need to get permission and many of high-profile officials took part in the inaugural meeting proudly.”
He stated in the past some guests from foreign states used to participate the graduation ceremony. They and even the officials of Taqrib Forum admitted their presence in our gathering had great achievements for the regime. Now foreign guests are banned; if the process of their participation was continued, we would have seen more positive steps towards the unity of Muslims.
Addressing the authorities, Shaikh-ul-Islam said, “Do not close the way of Ahl-us-Sunnah, and let them carry out their religious rituals freely. If Iran’s Sunnis have freedom in their country, they will be the best ambassadors of Iran to convey the message of fraternity and solidarity to other Muslim states.”
It is noteworthy, the 22nd annual gradation ceremony of Darululoom Zahedan will be held on Thursday, June 06, 2013 near Darululoom Zahedan.