Shaikh Abdol-Hamid of Zahedan, Iran pointed to the spread of COVID-19 in Sistan-Baluchistan in his Friday speech of May 15, 2020 and said: “Unfortunately, corona virus outbreak has increased in Sistan-Baluchistan province, especially in Zahedan. Many people do not obey health advice in this regard.”
Friday Imam of Sunnis in Zahedan emphasized on the necessity of adhering health advice saying: “Many people are crowding in markets; they gather at ceremonies, sit close to each other, shake hands and do not take care of health advice and recommendations.”
He added: “Some people refuse to follow health advice and say that whatever Allah wants will be the same; this is right, but Allah has provided a cause for everything. The Holy Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, also says in a hadith: “First tie camel’s knee and then put trust in Allah”. Leaving camel free and trusting in Allah is against the teachings of the Holy Prophet PBUH.”
The president of Darululoom Zahedan said: “My emphasized advice to dear people is to follow the WHO protocols and recommendations; to use masks and gloves outside of home during daily chores.”
Instead of destroying homes, allot lands for people
In another part of his speech, Shaikh Abdol-Hamid pointed to the housing problems and said: “People are in a very bad economic situation; officials should consider this critical situation and solve this problem with a proper and correct management.”
He added: “officials at the Housing Foundation and Natural Resources Organization should think about people’s housing. Many are suffering from lack of housing and are unable to pay their rent”.
The Imam of Grand Makki Mosque of Zahedan continued: “I’d like also ask the owners of houses and shops to cooperate with people in these critical economic conditions by giving discount or postponing the time of taking fare and rent.”
Iranian Sunnis’ eminent scholar in Iran emphasized: “My advice to officials is that instead of destroying people’s homes, try to solve their problems and allot them land generously in villages.”
“The current situation requires us to win the hearts of the people more than ever,” he said.
The Iranian Sunnis leader said: “It is very important to be with people and to win people’s hearts.”
Officials should be fair in distribution of positions among ethnic and religious communities
The Friday Imam of Sunnis in Zahedan emphasized on the necessity of “equality among ethnic and religious communities” and said: “My recommendation to national and provincial officials is to have an equal look at all, including ethnicities and sects and different tendencies.”
“The best way to strengthen brotherhood is to give equal opportunities to meritorious figures of all ethnic and religious communities”, the most influential scholar of Sunnis in Iran said.
He added: “Some tend to prefer some members of the nation over others, while all of them are Iranians who have come to the national events whenever the Supreme Leader and other officials asked; therefore, let’s respect the right of the whole nation and take action to solve their problems.”
At the end, Shaikh Abdol-Hamid emphasized: “There are policies in the country which should be changed and past experiences should be used. It is necessary to maintain unity and brotherhood in the country”, he said.