Following the US-led forces’ invasion of Afghanistan and resistance of Taliban movement against occupiers for 20 years which ultimately led to the victory of Taliban, Shaikh Abdol-Hameed congratulated this victory to the people of Afghanistan, Ulama and Taliban.
Here is the text of the statement of Shaikh-ul-Islam Mawlana Abdol-Hameed, the most influential Iranian Sunni leader:
I congratulate the great and salient victory of Taliban to Ulama of Afghanistan, the movement of Taliban and to the brave nation of this country. This victory was the result of jihad, patience and resistance against the occupiers.
After years of resistance against the occupiers, ultimately Taliban have won the war. Undoubtedly, Taliban achieved this victory by the help of Allah and through the support of the people. This is the result of the sighs of the oppressed people and families of the martyrs.
Serving the people and seeking the pleasure of Allah the Almighty should be the main goal of the new system. All should supplicate before Allah.
Islam has the highest capacities. There is no law more just than the laws of Islam. Release of the captives and announcement of a general amnesty for the opponents by Taliban movement were examples of that high capacity.
Respecting women’s rights, freedom of speech and press and listening to critics are among the capacities of Islam. If there is a problem, it can be resolved.
I would like to tell the world that today’s Taliban are not Taliban of twenty years ago; now they’re experienced and have changed their policies and vision. As a close neighbor of Afghanistan, we know Taliban better than anyone else.
I believe it is too early to judge Taliban, let them have a chance to show their behavior over time. Do not pay attention to media propagandas against this movement. Also, media should remain unbiased and avoid lies and rumors.
I expect Taliban to form a comprehensive government with participation of all religions, sects and ethnic communities. In the fields of science and technology, industrial products, mines, natural resources and so on, they should use experienced elites and scientists. In the field of education, ethics and science, Taliban must have special programs.
I hope Taliban and the people of Afghanistan will prove by their acts that anxieties of the international community are baseless. I call on all countries to take serious steps towards the development of Afghanistan and establish good relations with this country. The way should be paved for Afghan refugees to return to their country as soon as possible.
I would like to advise the Taliban movement to be aware of the conspiracies of the enemies; they should not let anyone to destroy their country again. All factions in Afghanistan must tolerate and embrace each other warmly, live together and work for the development of Afghanistan.