Shaikh Abdol-Hamid began his speech of Sep. 21, 2018 by recitation of the verses 30-32 of Baqarah chapter of the Qur’an and shed light on the importance of science and its role in the new world. He urged on the audience to educate their children and spend money on their education.
The official website of Khateeb of Sunnis reported his Friday sermon where he said: “Science is a necessary part of human life. Human life can advance and get perfection when people seek education, science and knowledge. The duty of caliphate cannot be achieved without science.”
“The angels are innocent, but they could not be ‘caliphs’ of the Almighty on the earth, because they had not the potential of learning science and managing worldly issues. Allah Almighty satisfied the angels with evidence that they cannot be caliphs of Him on the earth. But Adam learnt science of the world as he had the ability of learning such things. It made human beings superior to angels and thus they were ordered to bow down before Adam,” he added more.
President of Darululoom Zahedan said: “The first teacher of human being is Allah Almighty. He has put the ability of invention and innovation. Creativeness is the character of human beings. All developments of today’s human beings belong to Allah as He guided them.”
He further said: “Human beings need both of the modern sciences and theology to pass the life and recognize their real Lord, too. Science is for managing the world and Islamic sciences are for approaching us to the Sublime and recognition of the inner enemies and their plots.”
Future is for educated nations
Mawlana Abdol-Hamid emphasized on the importance of “wisdom” and “revelation” and said: “Human beings cannot reach to Allah only by wisdom; wisdom and the revelation both together connect human beings to Allah. People need teacher and mentor. Prophets are the greatest mentors and guides.”
“Muslim Ummah can be changed into an unexampled nation by utilizing both material and spiritual sciences. Advancement only in one side is not enough. In this regard, Muslims can be an example for other nations. Our people should receive both kinds of education; the science of Shari’ah and modern education in universities,” he underlined.
The eminent Islamic scholar said: “Future is in the hands of educated nations. People of the world need educated nations. Education plays a key role in the changes of the world. In the same time, our children should learn the Noble Qur’an. It is a book which protects them from fitnas.”
“If you spend money on Islamic or modern education of your children, it will be spent on the best expenses. The best wealth of you is your children and education. Knowledge, morality, faith and good upbringing are the best inheritance of parents for their children,” he added more.
Educational institutes should not be monopoly for particular sects
In another part of his speech, Shaikh Abdol-Hamid warned on monopolization of universities and educational institutes.
He said: “It is the worst kind of meanness to not allow children of any particular sect, race or tendency to develop in education; it is a mere misery and Allah does not forgive such mean people.”
“Universities are among the most important educational centers for training and upbringing educated individuals. There should not be sectarian thoughts in the Ministry of Education and its provincial bureaus and universities. Rather national thoughts should rule in such offices and all sects should have share in them,” Shaikh Abdol-Hamid underlined.
“The way should be paved for all equally and fairly to get education. Employing teachers and directors also should be fairly without any discrimination in Sunni-populated areas,” he added more.
The most influential Iranian Sunni scholar expressed his regret over lack of university graduates among the Sunni community and said: “Unfortunately, the Iranian Sunni community, especially in Sistan-Balochistan, has been victim of sectarian discrimination in education and getting higher degrees in universities. Discrimination deprived our children from continuing their education process.”
“We also show negligence and we have not planned and invested on our children’s education as we should have done. Families should not allow their children to drop out of schools. If it is needed, sell out home stuff for school expenses of your children,” he stressed.
Equality is strategy of the prophet, his companions and households
Shaikh-ul-Islam Mawlana Abdol-Hamid went on to say more: “By slogan nothing can be done. There should be acts. We have been hearing lots of slogans since the revolution in the past 40 years but few acts. There should not be any discrimination among ethnic and religious sects.”
“It is the strategy of our enemies to create disputes and provoke us against each other. We should prove by act that there is no difference between Shia and Sunni communities in the country,” he added more.
Khateeb of Sunni said: “The correct and divinely approved strategy is the one which is away from discrimination and injustice. Allah does not accept a strategy which creates differences among communities. Equality is the strategy of Islam followed by the prophet, peace be upon him, and his companions and households.”
He informed that there were offices and bureaus run by one family. He said: “There must be a resistance against monopoly. Some directors employ only their relatives and family members. There are familial offices run by those who proclaim to be loyal to the supreme leader.”
“Those who claim to be loyal to the supreme leader/Velayat-e Faqih, they should know the supreme leader does not belong only to any particular sect. if he is restricted to one sect, then where should go the other ones?” Shaikh questioned.
He said: “When rulers and higher authorities trust on any director and engage him on any post, he should see all ethnic and religious sects. This can make us united. Short-sightedness is against the interests of Islamic Republic of Iran.”
Mawlana Abdol-Hamid urged on religious freedom of Sunnis in Iran and said: “When people want to build a mosque or offer prayers, they should not be forbidden. No one is allowed to restrict people’s due freedoms and ban on the prayers.”
At the end of his speech, he expressed his happiness with admission of 17 students of one high school of Saravan in medical sciences and medicine major and applauded Abdullah Raisi, a student from Saravan who stood second in the whole country in humane sciences entrance exams of the current year.