During the Friday prayers on May 3, 2024, Shaikh-ul-Islam Mawlana Abdol-Hamid, the prominent Sunni religious leader, expressed strong criticism of the Iranian government’s inconsistent and contradictory policies regarding prayer practices. He vehemently called upon the authorities to grant Sunnis the right to perform their prayers freely without any restrictions.
According to a report by the website of the Office of the Friday Prayer Leader of the Sunnis of Zahedan, Mawlana Abdol-Hamid, referring to the approved budget for prayer and the contradictory and inconsistent policies in this regard, said: Many Sunnis in large cities have difficulty and are in a bind for performing prayers, and many prayer halls have been closed. Preventing people from prayer is an anti-Islamic act. In many cities, there is not enough space for Sunni mosques in proportion to the population and per capita, and permits for building mosques have not been granted.
Shaikh-ul-Islam Mawlana Abdol-Hamid said: It is astonishing that in a country known as the Islamic Republic, people are prevented from praying! This issue is disturbing.
He continued: The government should spend the prayer budget elsewhere and just allow Sunnis in minority cities to have mosques and prayer halls proportionate to their population and to pray freely. Preventing prayer is against Islam and the constitution. Religious extremists are creating problems, and they need to be stopped.


The responsible authorities must fulfill their duty to deal with the hostage-takers
The Friday prayer leader of the Sunnis of Zahedan has emphasized the responsibility of all members of society and the government to confront insecurity and hostage-taking, saying: “The government’s responsibility is very heavy. It is the responsibility of the officials to establish the security of individuals and society.”
He said: “It is a question that how in a city that is relatively militarized and where there are agents on all axes and they control everyone, people are taken hostage and no action is taken and it is not clear who is doing these things.”
Shaikh-ul-Islam Mawlana Abdol-Hamid added: “If the law enforcement, security and judicial authorities fulfill their responsibilities and identify and arrest these people and it is made clear who the perpetrators of the hostage-takings are, the security of the people will be guaranteed.” He also advised the families of the victims of hostage-taking not to pay ransom to the hostage-takers in order to prevent the increase of hostage-taking in society.


Officials have also admitted that the national currency has no value
The Friday prayer leader of the Sunnis of Zahedan congratulated the workers on the occasion of International Workers’ Day and said: “Workers play a fundamental and influential role everywhere in the world.”
He stated: “The most important issue in the country is the economy and the people’s livelihood. We do not know why the officials are not taking any steps to solve these problems. Are they incapable, and the situation is out of their control? Or are there other reasons?” The subsidy given to the people has no value, and the value of the national currency, according to a high-ranking official in the country, is equivalent to scrap paper. Everyone agrees that the national currency has no value. In such difficult and urgent circumstances, it is better to spend the country’s assets and income on the people’s livelihood.”


Spend the billion-dollar budget of the Seminaries to improve people’s livelihood
Shaikh-ul-Islam Mawlana Abdol-Hamid said: “In the same budget for the year 1403 (2024-2025), tens of thousands of billions of tomans have been allocated to centers and seminaries. We charitably say spend these budgets on workers, teachers, retirees and the homeless.”
He added: “The independence of clerics and seminaries is very vital, because they must order governments and society to do good and reform. When scholars and seminaries take money, they cannot speak and fulfill their duty, and this is a harm. Our sincere advice to clerics is to fulfill their primary duty to reform governments and not receive a rial from the government.”
The Friday prayer leader of the Sunnis of Zahedan also referred to May 1st and the occasion of “Teacher’s Day”, and congratulated the teachers on this day, pointing to the fundamental, constructive and important role of the teacher, and said: “The voices of the teachers must be heard and their problems solved.”


Punish the criminals of torture and rape regardless of their rank and status
Sheikh al-Islam Mawlana Abdol Hamid expressed concern about the killing of some Mahsa protest activists and said: These incidents should be investigated impartially. Officials in power today must be impartial towards the people and security forces at all levels. They should act impartially and transparently. If someone has committed a crime, they should be punished regardless of their position or rank. If a human being has been killed, even if the killer is a minister, they must be punished. He further added: Rape and torture are prohibited in Islam and the laws of the country, and if someone has committed such crimes, he should be punished based on the same law that has given legitimacy to the government – regardless of the person’s relationship and position.
Shaikh-ul-Islam Mawlana Abdol Hamid stated that the Prophet, may God bless him and grant him peace, and his precious Companions, the Righteous Caliphs, and Ahl al-Bayt started justice from themselves, and stated: Any government in the world cannot claim to implement justice until it starts justice from itself.


The awakened consciences worldwide demand an end to the war in Palestine
The Friday prayer leader of Zahedan, representing the Sunni community, addressed the recent uprising of American university students in support of Gaza. He stated that the destruction of Gaza and the relentless bombings by Israel deeply trouble the awakened consciences globally. The student uprising in universities, composed of various religions, nations, and ethnicities around the world, seeks an end to decades of slaughter, devastation, and war in Palestine.
He added: “Our recommendation is also that the continuation of the war is detrimental to the world and even to the Israeli regime. There are also opposing groups within Israel who are against the continuation of the war. We advise Hamas not to delay the release of hostages and urge various countries to pressure Israel for a ceasefire so that the shadow of war is lifted from the people of Palestine as soon as possible.”

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Published on : 4 May, 2024


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