The most outstanding Iranian Sunni leader denounced revocation of Kashmir’s special status by Indian government and termed it the bad fruit of Muslims’ disputes and differences with each other.
The official website of Shaikh Abdol-Hamid reported a part of his speech of Friday 9th August, 2019 where he said: “India has abrogated the special status of Jammu & Kashmir without consideration of the people of Kashmir. India has deployed thousands of more soldiers in Kashmir with a lockdown across the region. We strongly denounce this step of the Indian government.”
“Unfortunately, it has been for decades that people of Jammu & Kashmir suffer from fatal and pernicious calamities. They have been facing restrictions and obstacles to get their due rights and freedoms from the state of India. Despite passage of decades, the international community and India could not resolve the issue properly with discretion,” he added more.
President of Darululoom Zahedan expressed his views about one of the most important reasons behind the controversial decision of the Hindu-nationalist government of India and said: “Muslim countries and masses have been divided and they suffer from differences. Muslim countries cannot have a unanimous stance on the suppression put on Muslims. Muslims’ differences, religious and sectarian clashes and from the other side, extremism which has been spread among some Muslims paved the way for anti-Islam elements to misuse this bad atmosphere and make decisions against Muslims.”
“Before this, in Palestine, Myanmar and China the differences of Muslims have been misused and cruelty against Muslims has been intensified. Now the Indian government has taken benefit of this situation abrogating autonomy of Muslims in Kashmir,” he further said.
Mawlana Abdol-Hamid expressed his surprise on the stance of some Muslim countries about the anti-Uighur steps of the Chinese government and said: “It was really surprising for us that many of Muslim countries supported China over its injustice and discrimination on the Muslim minority. While what we see in China is not ‘war on terror’ as it is called, but it an obvious cruelty.”
“If Muslims were united as one hand and some groups did not misuse the title of Jihad with extremist thoughts, today some powers could not create problems for Muslims under the baseless pretext of ‘counter terrorism’,” he further said.
Khateeb of Sunnis made it clear: “Islam has taught us to be just and avoid from oppressing others. We are against cruelty and injustice. We think all human beings should tolerate each other and avoid from unjust acts.”
At the end of his speech, Shaikh Abdol-Hamid congratulated the national Journalists’ Day to media workers and activists expressing his hope that all journalists could “carry out their duties well” and “convey the facts to masses”.