Shaikh Abdol-Hamid alluded to the critical situation of Chinese Muslims in his Friday sermon of August 14, 2020 and asked Iran, all Muslim countries and free nations to protest China’s crimes against the Muslim minority of Uighur.He said: “The Uighurs Muslims in China’s East Turkestan Province are oppressed. The Chinese were expected to take lessons from the bad consequences of COVID 19 which began in China, but unfortunately they didn’t. We are afraid that the Chinese will suffer a more severe punishment than the COIVD19”.
The Iranian Sunnis leader strongly criticized killing of innocent people and said: “One of the most important causes of pests and disasters in the world is the killing of oppressed people. In recent years, oppression and murder have increased in the Middle East and many other parts of the world. It does not matter if the oppressed person is a Muslim or a non-Muslim; God is dissatisfied with oppression and unjust killings and bloodshed”.
Referring to China’s inhumane crimes against Muslims, Shaikh Abdol-Hamid said that the Chinese officials were brutally torturing Muslims.
“In China, children are separated from their parents and taught in special camps. They want to divert them from their beliefs and change their culture and language”.
“What’s the delinquency of Uighur women who have been separated from their men and tortured and raped in special camps?! For what crime are they killed? Is it because of religious and ethnic reasons?” Shaikh Abdol-Hamid questioned.
“Human beings, both Muslims and non-Muslims, who have equal rights, should be treated equally”, he urged.
“It’s our responsibility to defend the oppressed people anywhere in the world. We should not remain silent in the face of oppression, but we should shout against the oppressors”, Shaikh Abdol-Hamid said.
President of Darululoom Zahedan continued: “If the Chinese people think that Iran is their second country, they are completely wrong; Iran and other Islamic countries are considered to be as the second country of China when the Chinese government stops oppressing Muslims. Today’s world is not like past where the oppressors could hide their crimes”.
He pointed out: “Oppression is against the interests of the Chinese government and people. Those who oppress others are hated by the world. The Chinese government and people should not treat Muslims in such a way that any Muslim who sees the Chinese people in his country hates them. The Chinese government must end the oppression against Muslims”.
Shaikh Abdol-Hamid continued: “Nowadays our officials are signing a long-term agreement with China. Although the nation is still unaware of the details of these agreements and is worried about the future of these agreements, but in any case, officials must consider Islamic principles.”
Friday Imam of Sunnis in Zahedan stated: “Islamic belief requires that we should not ignore our Islamic principles for economic reasons; Islam advises and emphasizes us to protest against oppression and oppressors. It does not matter if the oppressor is the US and Israel or China and another country; there must be a protest against all of them. Iran and other Islamic countries and free nations of the world must openly protest against China’s oppression on Muslims”.
Shaikh Abdol-Hamid pointed out: “Iran has to know that it represents a free nation; a nation that stood up against oppression. When our officials meet with Chinese officials to ink up contracts, they should warn the Chinese officials about the oppression they are committing against Muslims.
People are worried about contracts with China
Friday prayer leader of Sunnis in Zahedan continued his speech by emphasizing on the necessity of expertise the signing contracts with the Chinese government and said: “Contracts that are signed with China must be done with expertise. Our people, especially the people of the coastal areas whose income resources are only the sea and ports, are worried about the future of these contracts.”
“We have to think about the people of the coastal areas who have no income other than working at sea. I say openly that the best and most valuable part of our land are the ports. A large part of the country’s economy is provided by the seas, which requires the authorities to think about this issue,” he added more.
Everyone should act according to his own Jurisprudence
Alluding to the several commonalities between Shiites and Sunnis, Shaikh Abdol-Hamid urged on avoiding religious divisions and said: “In religious issues, we should not expect others to act in accordance with our religion and views”.
Referring to the arrival of Muharram, Shaikh Abdol-Hamid said that the Islamic Ummah achieves unity when we focus on common grounds.
In this regard, Friday prayer leader of Sunnis in Zahedan said: “The Supreme Leader also said that we have more commons than differences”.
Shaikh-ul-Islam Mawlana Abdol-Hamid continued: “In religious differences, we should act on commonalities and let followers of each religion and sect to act on their own way. For example, offering prayers is one of the common worships between Shiites and Sunnis. Shiites offer their prayers with open handed and Sunnis tie hands in a particular way; none of the followers of the two sects should expect others to offer prayers like them; this is an inappropriate expectation”.
President of Darululoom Zahedan said: “The Holy Prophet’s households (also called Ahlul-Bayt) are one of the most important commonalities between Shiites and Sunnis. Sayyidana Ali, Hassan, Hussein, Fatimah and other members of the households are in the hearts of all of us, but in Sunni jurisprudence there is no mourning or anniversary for religious elders. So, Shiites should not expect Sunnis to hold mourning ceremonies”.
Shaikh Abdol-Hamid continued: “We all are saddened because of the oppression that was inflicted on Imam Hussein in Karbala desert, may Allah be pleased with him. The incident of Karbala was one of the worst incidents in the history of Islam, but every religion has a method and acts according to its own method.
Shaikh Abdol-Hamid referred to the “incident of Ghadir” and said: “In the view of Sunnis, it was just to announce to Sahabah and people of Yemen that Ali was right in their difference about an issue took place in Yemen”.
“Shiites have a different concept from the event of Ghadir and consider it as “Eid”. Sunnis believe that there are only two Eids in Islam; Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. Each religion acts according to its own views and perceptions. You should not expect the Sunnis to congratulate such days as Eid”, the most influential Sunni scholar in Iran urged.
Zahedan’s Friday Khateeb added: “I advise the tribes to do not mix up religious and political issues. Shiites and Sunnis in Iran have one homeland and are together in political, economic and cultural issues. In religious matters, everyone should act according to his own jurisprudence”.
In this regard, Shaikh Abdol-Hamid advised the state-run TV and radio officials: “My request to the IRIB is to avoid showing illiterate people in front of the camera as Sunni clerics to say things which hurt the feelings of the Sunni brothers”.
“My advice to the scholars and other leaders is to take care of their words; respect the position of the companions of the Holy Prophet PBUH and not to say anything that would hurt the feelings of others” he concluded his points.
At the end of his speech, Khateeb of Sunnis alluded to the death of Hamidullah Sardarzehi and Haji Anushirvan Tamendani, two tribal elders in Iranian Balochistan and prayed to Allah asking Him to forgive them and place them in the best mercies.