Shaikh-ul-Islam Mawlana Abdol-Hamid pointed out to the lessons and messages of the Karbala tragedy for Muslims in his Friday sermon of Sep. 29, 2017. He said Hussein bin Ali, may Allah be pleased with them, stood against tyranny and dictatorship.
He began his speech by the Noble verse of the Qur’an:«وَلاَ تَحْسَبَنَّ الَّذِينَ قُتِلُواْ فِي سَبِيلِ اللّهِ أَمْوَاتًا بَلْ أَحْيَاء عِندَ رَبِّهِمْ يُرْزَقُونَ» and said: “There have been decent and genteel men in the history who sacrificed their lives for the sake of Allah, implementation of justice and people’s interests. Hussein bin Ali, may Allah be pleased with both of them, was one of them who protected Islam by his blood.”
“Imagine if Muslims had not sacrificed in the battles of Badr, Ohod, Ahzab and other battles when the soldiers of infidels wanted to uproot Islam and martyr the prophet PBUH, what would happen? The Companions, may Allah be pleased with them, showed steadfastness in all fields to protect the prophet, peace be upon him, and preach Islam to the whole world,” he added more.
Friday imam of Sunnis in Zahedan said: “Imam Hussein never went for any battle; if he did, his children and family were not accompanying him and instead of 70 individuals, a division would accompany him in the field.”
“The grandson of the prophet, peace be upon him, came out to spread Islam and ensure justice by removing incompetent government. Imam Hussein was sure Yazid was a tyrant young who has no capability of ruling on Muslims and protect the achievements of the guided caliphs. When the people of Kufah invited him, he revolted,” Mawlana Abdol-Hamid pointed.
He further said: “When Imam Hussein reached Kufah, he was informed that the people of Kufah betrayed and martyred Aqeel. He asked the soldiers of Yazid to permit him to return, but they denied and wanted to seize him and take him towards Yazid. But he did not accept the abjection of captivity. The army of Yazid executed the heaviest cruelty about Imam Hussein and his comrades.”
The president of Darululoom Zahedan alluded to names of some martyrs of Karbala and said: “There were some brothers of Imam Hussein who were martyred before him; namely Abu-Bakr, Omar and Othman. Ali bin Abi-Talib chose the names of the guided caliphs for his children which proves they loved and respected each other.”
He said more: “The tragedy of Karbala has lots of lessons for Muslims. He stood against injustice and tyranny and sacrificed his blest soul. It is a lesson for all Muslims and free-minded human beings.”
“If we had lived at the time of Imam Hussein, we would have defended him and been martyred along with him,” Mawlana Abdol-Hamid concluded his points.
Dressing in black and mourning ceremony outlawed in Fiqh of Ahl-us-Sunnah
The prominent Islamic scholar shed light on the tenets of Ahl-us-Sunnah about “mourning” and said: “If we Sunnis do not dress in black and we do not hold mourning ceremonies, it does not mean we are not saddened. It is a juridical issue and against our tenets.”
“The point which is agreed upon by both Shia and Sunni Muslims is imitation of the life and characters of Imam Hussein and all companions. Their way of worship and piety should be followed. Everyone should act according to his tenets and we should preserve unity and fraternity in all conditions,” Shaikh Abdol-Hamid urged.
Territorial Integrity, Independence of Muslim States Vital
In the second part of his speech, the Friday imam of Sunnis in Zahedan urged on the importance of Muslim states’ territorial integrity and independence and the need of focusing on the rights of ethnic and religious communities.
He said: “Territorial integrity of all Muslim states is vital and important for us. We think different ethnic and religious communities should get their due rights, but they should try to not damage their national independence and territorial integrity,” he added more.
The most influential Iranian Sunni leader alluded to the Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum and said: “We know our dear Kurds in Iraq suffered from lots of cruelties; Saddam Hussein and Ba’th party oppressed them as brutally as it cannot be imagined. Really they tolerated heavy oppression.”
“The central government of Iraq should focus on the demands of Kurd people and behave with them altruistically. The government should conduct ‘positive discrimination’ for the oppressed communities who were massacred for their due rights,” he further said.
Mawlana Abdol-Hamid shed light on the factors which can ensure unity, national security and integrity of Muslim states and said: “Providing all ethnic and religious communities their due rights, respecting different cultures, preserving the respect of tenets and tendencies and implementation of justice ensure unity of countries.”
Pointing out to the recent letter of Ayatollah Khamenei about the rights of minorities in Iran, the president of Darululoom Zahedan termed the order “wise and appropriate”. He said: “We hope all authorities and organizations will take the message of the Supreme Leader ‘serious’ not ‘politic’. The best and biggest prudence is to execute justice and remove discriminations. His order is a fact and the constitution also approves it.”
Mawlana Abdol-Hamid addressed rulers and leaders of all countries and said: “We would like to recommend all central governments sincerely to take care of their ethnic and religious minorities saving them from the temptations of the satanic powers. Governments should respect and love their minorities and focus on their due demands.”
“We carry out whatever we can to maintain the peace of our country. Our country should be safe. All parts of the society have to work together in order to maintain unity and peace of the country. Security in Iran has been protected until now by the blessings of Allah. However some young people are angry with us and they talk vitriolically about us. The things we know, they do not know and we see farther in the light of the Qur’an and Sunnah by the help of Allah, but they cannot and thus they speak emotionally,” Shaikh Abdol-Hamid said.
Massacre of Muslims in Myanmar ‘irritating’/Int. community should save Rohingya by military act
Khateeb of Sunnis in Zahedan alluded to the crisis of Rohingya in Myanmar and said: “It is vexing and irritating to see how Muslims in Myanmar are massacred. The international community and global organizations, including the Security Council should stand against the criminals who conduct ethnic cleanup adding them in terrorists’ list. They should be persecuted.”
“The international community should interfere militarily; otherwise they should know Muslims in the world will not sit heedlessly. If some people approach Myanmar to defend and support Muslims, they should not be called ‘terrorists’; this is their right,” the prominent Islamic scholar made it clear.
He concluded his points and said: “The powers which sit around and do nothing nourish terrorists; they just want to talk and bring treatment by words. I hope international community and leaders of the Muslim states would carry out their responsibilities. All Muslims should think for the ways to protect and support oppressed Muslims.”