The famous Iranian Sunni scholar criticized strongly rulers on refusing Sunnis’ due rights and said 40 years had passed since the revolution and in future people may be disappointed.
The website of Shaikh Abdol-Hamid reported that he said in his speech of 14th Sep. 2018: “After 40 years people become mature in wisdom and experience. Thus Allah Almighty ordered prophets to start their mission after 40 years. Sunnis have been maintaining unity and peace along with the nation during 40 years.”
“Has the time not reached to look at Sunnis as “Iranians”? Has the time not reached to engage Sunnis’ elites in higher management on the level of country and province? Is not the time of giving Sunnis their due religious rights? Why they cannot establish prayers wherever they want? When exactly these demands will be fulfilled? Because we want to inform our people,” he questioned.
The most influential Iranian Sunni leader further said: “It is the time to rectify the mistakes of past about the Sunni community. We expect a full attention and basic change from the top officials. If there is no any solution after 40 years, we cannot give promises to our people and make them optimistic.”
Sectarianist directors side particular ethnic communities
In a part of his speech, Shaikh Abdol-Hamid reprehended some provincial directors and managers and said: “Some directors in public offices take sectarian steps which clearly prove their ethnic and religious bias.”
“These weak directors and officials have taken offices by different lobbying. But they have forgotten that different communities live in Sistan-Balochistan and they need unity. The weak directors just think of their ethnic interests and they make serious efforts to employ assistants from their own community,” he added more.
Khateeb of Sunnis said: “Such biased acts are against the interests of the country and Shia-Sunni unity. The diversity of ethnic and religious communities should be realized and capable members of all communities should be engaged.”
“The members of parliament and officials who just work hard for particular communities, they cannot be representatives of all people. Rather they are representatives of any particular community. The state and current government should think for all classes of the society,” he added more.
Imam Hussein stood against tyranny
In the first part of his speech, Shaikh-ul-Islam Mawlana Abdol-Hamid alluded to the uprising of Imam Hussein and termed “implementation of justice”, “enjoining to good and forbidding from bad” and “uprising against dictatorship” among the main aims of the grandson of the prophet, peace be upon him.
He shed light on the importance of “enjoining to good and forbidding from bad” and said: “All developments and positive points of human society are the fruits of the call to Allah – enjoining to good and forbidding from bad.”
“If all sides keep silent and avoid from their duty of enjoining to good and forbidding from bad, the whole world will be involved in corruption and misdeeds and then divine punishment comes,” president of Darululoom Zahedan urged.
He emphasized on uprooting all kinds of corruption and said: “There should be resistance against political, management, social, family, tribal and all kinds of corruption. It is an ethnic and tribal corruption when people fight with each other and open fire because of ethnic disputes. Tribes and races are for introduction not fighting.”
Shaikh Abdol-Hamid went on to say more about Imam Hussein, may Allah be pleased with him, and said: “Imam Hussein was the grandson of our beloved prophet, peace be upon him, and he was brought up by him as well his parents – Sayyidana Ali and Fatimah. None of our time’s people can be compared with Hussein bin Ali.”
“Hussein did not stand for conquest and gaining power; rather he stood for enjoining to good, forbidding from bad, reformation of society, implementation of justice and resistance against injustice and tyranny. He realized that the first man who was ruling on Muslims was a weak and incompetent as well as tyrant person. Hussein stood to protect the achievement of the prophet and the guided caliphs,” he further said.
The famous Iranian Sunni scholar said: “The households of the prophet are respectable for all Muslims. They do not belong to any particular sect of Muslims. Apart from showing love the Almighty, the Last Messenger, his companions and household, we should imitate their directions. Real devotees of Sahabah and Ahl-ul-Bait follow their footprints. Otherwise their claim of love is false.”
“If any Sunni does not respect or love the household of the prophet, we do not consider him ‘Sunni’ at all. If we do not dress in black and do not organize mourning ceremonies, it does not mean we are heedless about what was happened with them and their tragedies and disasters. It is just because our jurisprudence which has been derived from the Qur’an and Hadith does not allow such mourning rituals,” he added more.
Mawlana Abdol-Hamid called on all Muslims to protect respect of each other’s sanctity. He said: “Everyone is free to act according to his rulings and jurisprudence, but the respect of sects’ sanctities should be protected. Our mutual enemies seek opportunities to create disputes and conflicts among the Muslim sects.”
At the end of his Friday sermon, Khateeb of Sunnis expressed his regret on the rise of armed conflicts among young. He urged on parents and guardians of families to take care of young and disarm them.