Following the recent visit of the US president to Tel Aviv and then to Saudi Arabia, the most influential Iranian Sunni leader stated that the security of Israel depends on an independent Palestinian state and withdrawal of Israel from the occupied Palestinian lands.

Talking to tens of thousands of worshippers before the Friday prayers in Zahedan on July 15, 2022, Shaikh Abdol-Hamid said: “The liberation of Palestine and the retreat of Israeli forces from the occupied Palestinian territories is the only way to establish security in the Middle East and the world.”

“The US president Joe Biden had a trip to Tel Aviv and then to Saudi Arabia; making sure the security of Israel was one of the most important programs and aims of Biden. He wants to form an alliance consisting of the Arab countries in order to establish relationship between these countries with Israel”, said the Friday prayer leader of Sunnis in Zahedan.

The eminent Iranian Sunni leader said: “One of the biggest mistakes of the world powers, the American and European leaders is that they neglect the issue of Palestine, which is one of the most important issues in the world. They claim that they are fighting against terrorism and extremism and they are looking for a safe Middle East, while to fight terrorism and extremism, conflicts must be ended before anything else.”

“For decades, Jews have been building settlements in the Palestinian lands, this is a clear violation of the rights of the Palestinians that should receive the special attention of the world”, he said.

“Palestinians are fighting for freedom, when you aren’t considering their right, how you are going to establish security there?” Imam of the Grand Makki Mosque of Zahedan addressed the international powers.

“As Biden spoke on his trip to Tel Aviv about the “independent Palestine”, he must have convinced the Israelis to retreat from the occupied territories. Palestinians’ land belongs to the people of Palestine; they must have an independent state and two independent countries should work together”, said president of Darululoom Zahedan.

Mawlana Abdol-Hamid further noted: “We do not have a view that some people have about Israel that is the elimination of Israel. We believe that moderation is the best way. We emphasize that Israel must leave Jerusalem and other Palestinian territories and retreat from these areas.”

“If they do these things, there is no need for Joe Biden to form an alliance of Arab countries for Israel’s security”, he believed.

The most outstanding Iranian Sunni scholar stated: “As long as the Palestinian problem isn’t resolved, it’s impossible to establish security in Israel and in the Middle East and to unite the Arab countries with you. The people of these countries put pressure on their governments regarding the Palestinian issue.”

“If Palestine is liberated, all problems, including the problem of Israel and Palestine and the problem of the Islamic world, will be solved, and insecurity will end”, he added more.

“To deal with malignant cancer, the root of the cancer must be removed first. As long as the root of cancer is not uprooted, the disease will appear again and spread from another side. The long conflict between Israel and Palestine is like a malignant cancer. In order to deal with terrorism and extremism, injustice, aggression and occupation must be ended first”, said the prominent Sunni leader of Iranian Balochistan.

He believed: “Terrorism will not be eliminated by bombing and killing people, but by implementing justice, removing violations and confronting aggression, by negotiating with the oppressed and hearing their voice, and through confronting discrimination and oppression. These things don’t require travel and money”.

“The oppressor Israel and the oppressed Palestinians must negotiate with each other and return to logic and dialogue; the issue of Palestine must be resolved forever”, said the Friday Khateeb of Sunnis in Zahedan.

Muslim sisters should adhere to Islamic hijab/ Officials convince and encourage women for hijab
Referring to the issue of hijab in Iran and the severe actions of officials against those who do not adhere to Islamic hijab, while emphasizing the observance of hijab, the most influential Iranian Sunni leader called the authorities to avoid using force in the case of hijab.

“Without clothing, no one can be seen and people will run away from each other. Clothes make women beautiful. If we compare between a woman without hijab and a woman with hijab, the woman with hijab definitely looks more beautiful. The recommendation to wear hijab is not an insult to women”, said the Friday prayer leader of Sunnis in Zahedan.

He continued his speech by saying: “Some think that wearing hijab causes backwardness and Europeans progressed because they don’t wear hijab; such an idea is completely wrong. Europeans progressed because they acquired science, knowledge and technology.”

Shaikh Abdol-Hamid noted: “Learn science from the Europeans, but adhere to the Islamic hijab. We advise all Muslim sisters to observe the Islamic hijab. We are proud when we see Muslim women wearing headscarves in France, Germany and the US; such women respect the commands of Almighty Allah.”

“I’d like to suggest the authorities: Do not use force in fighting against those who do not observe the proper hijab code; cultivate Islamic hijab in the society. Instead of arresting women and pushing and throwing them in vans, convince them to wear hijab through persuasion and encouragement”, the most prominent Iranian Sunni leader said.

Imam of the Grand Makki Mosque of Zahedan continued: “As a citizen who teaches Islamic science, I don’t think it’s appropriate for women to be arrested by policemen, but women forces should deal with women. If a policeman touches a woman or the woman’s clothes are revealed during the arrest, such an act is a sin instead of enjoining good and forbidding evil.”

Shaikh Abdol-Hamid concluded his points by alluding to the current economic problems in Iran, saying: “Today Iranians are suffering from many other problems that should be resolved. In the current situation, the officials should solve the economic and livelihood problems, and deal with the issue of hijab, which is the order of Islam, through wisdom, persuasion, encouragement and by taking wise measures.

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Published on : 16 July, 2022


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