Criticizing the national and provincial officials for violating the rights of religious and ethnic communities in Iran, Shaikh Abdol-Hamid termed it a great injustice.
Talking to thousands of worshipers in Zahedan on Sep. 25, 2020, the Friday Imam of Sunnis said: “Our request to the provincial and national officials is to avoid any kind of discrimination against different tribes and followers of religions living in Iran.”
“Implementation of justice is very important. Citizens from various backgrounds should enjoy equal rights,” he said.
“Any discriminatory treatment against the nation is an injustice and an unforgivable betrayal to the country and to the people of Iran. According to the national constitution, all Iranians have equal rights. This is the viewpoint of the Supreme Leader as well”, said the Friday prayer leader of Sunnis in Zahedan.
“The narrow-minded officials who implement discrimination among the communities affiliated with which law?” Shaikh Abdol-Hamid questioned.
Addressing the officials, president of Darululoom Zahedan emphasized: “Those who act in favor of their own parties and violate other’s due rights, should reconsider their views and actions. Such a view is a betrayal to the constitution and to the nation. In fact, such people don’t deserve to serve their nation”.
“Let all Iranians have equal rights and opportunities to serve their country with courage”, Imam of the Grand Makki Mosque of Zahedan said.
“As an Iranian citizen and as a well-wisher to all, I consider it my duty to raise such issues in order to maintain durable security and unity and fraternity. To maintain unity and security, discrimination should be eliminated”, the most influential Sunni scholar of Iran said.
Continuing his criticism over discrimination against minorities in Iran, Shaikh Abdol-Hamid complained of injustice and discrimination in Sistan-Baluchistan, saying: “In Sistan-Baluchistan, Baluch people should achieve their due rights. They must be engaged in government posts and positions as others.
Regarding discrimination, I have received many complaints about the behavior of some officials. I wonder why discrimination is so common among some officials!”
Alluding to the occasion of “Sacred Defense Week” in Iran, Shaikh Abdol-Hamid noted: “All Iranians including different tribes and religious communities defended the territorial integrity of their country. All Iranians united in the eight years of the imposed war and defended their homeland”.