The most influential Iranian Sunni leader alluded to the great potentials of Islam about peaceful co-existence in the first international conference held by Tehran University titled “Strategic Potentials of Islamic Teachings in Materialization of Peaceful Co-existence” on Wednesday 27th June, 2019.
The official website of Shaikh Abdol-Hamid reported his speech in the conference where he said: “Islam as the last divine religion guides mankind until the last day of this world. It is the religion of mercy, rationality, interaction and peaceful co-existence.”
“Islam enjoys a great potential and tolerates all thoughts and viewpoints as the Qur’an and Sunnah suggest. Islam has not forced anyone to accept it. We cannot force anyone to accept Islam. There is no force in Islam; Allah Almighty has dispatched prophets with divine texts to explain the truth for people. Even the rationale behind Jihad is not forcing people to accept Islam,” he underlined.
Shaikh-ul-Islam Mawlana Abdol-Hamid said: “Allah Almighty says in the Qur’an: “Allah only forbids you to be friends with those who have fought against you on account of religion and who have driven you out of your homes and have abetted in your expulsion. And any who make friends with them; they are the wrong-doers. [60:9]” This verse does not forbid Muslims from “tolerance”, but from “friendship”.”
“We have common interests with the followers of all divine and non-divine religions. Therefore, Islam encourages peaceful co-existence and good contiguity with others,” he added more.
President of Darululoom Zahedan emphasized: “Islam is not the religion of emotions, anger and extremism. Injustice, discrimination and extremism have no place in Islam. Islam is the religion of interaction, mercy, meditation, justice and taking care of due rights of all human beings.”
He pointed out to some examples of creating peaceful co-existence in the life of the prophet Mohammad, peace be upon him, and said: “Rasoulullah, peace be upon him, put an end to the 120-year-long fight of Aws and Khazraj tribes in Madinah by dialogue. He inked up an agreement with the Jews who were afraid and very furious that they could live peacefully among Muslims on the condition of avoiding from conspiracy against Muslims.”
Shaikh Abdol-Hamid termed the treaty of Hudaibiyyah and behavior of the prophet Mohammad PBUH as other examples that Islam is the religion of peace and co-existence. “Rasoulullah PBUH never chanted slogans of “down with hypocrite” and “down with Jew”, but he tolerated them,” he added more.
“Non-Muslims used to live peacefully among Muslims and they had been titled “Dhimmi”. Some people may think Dhimmi is an offensive word, while in fact the word means such non-Muslims are under the guardian of Allah, His messenger and Islam. The prophet PBUH and his caliphs enjoined about the rights of Dhimmi non-Muslims,” he made it clear.
Islam is the religion of tolerance
Shaikh Abdol-Hamid who was talking to the audience of an international conference held in Tehran University, said: “Rasoulullah PBUH used to respect holy objects of all religions and he never demolished worship place of anyone. Islam teaches tolerance, humanity, farsightedness and respecting mankind. So potential of Muslims should be more than others.”
“Today’s Muslims have been away from teachings and directions of the Qur’an and Sunnah, that’s why they have been suffering from various kinds of problems. Many of today’s Muslims, instead of tolerating non-Muslims, cannot tolerate each other,” he underlined.
Chairman of the Coordination Council of Sunni Seminaries in Sistan-Balochistan said: “Jihad is true and authentic, but it is important to know its correct place. Jihad is authentic against those who do not believe in dialogue and negotiation. Before any Jihad in the era of the prophet PBUH, we can see that there was a failed negotiation.”
At the end of his speech, Mawlana Abdol-Hamid expressed his regret on the growing differences of Muslim countries and said: “It is the conspiracy of the enemies of Islam and international Zionism movement to create differences and intensify them among Muslim rulers and leaders. All problems and arrayal of troops in the region return to our differences.”
“Muslim leaders should find any way to decrease their differences and they should not allow the enemies to misuse their differences in favour of the Zionists and other enemies,” he concluded his points.