Note: The outstanding religious Sunni leader, Shaikh-ul-Islam Mawlana Abdol-Hameed Ismaeelzahi, made a trip in the early days of December 2012 to the southern regions of the Iranian Baluchistan. Two parts of the report of Shaikh’s journey have been published in his website lately. The following is the last part of the itinerary:
Shaikh in Fannuj:
Khateeb of Zahedan’s Sunnis addressed thousands of Fannuj’s residents in the grand mosque of the city after Maghrib prayers. He said before the revelation of the Noble Qur’an people were involved in shedding blood and injustice. But Islam put a curb on massacring innocents and saved mankind from elimination.
Mawlana Abdol-Hameed added more, “The Companions of holy prophet were the first who imitated the last messenger of Allah. They experienced a new life which led them from darkness of ignorance to the light of justice of Islam. Islam uprooted inequality replacing it with fraternity and equality. All, poor and rich, younger and older, Arab and non-Arab are equal in Islam.”
Unfortunately, many of Muslims have left Islam; they follow strange cultures. They only strive for money; unless they do not return to the true Islam, they would suffer from various sorts of troubles and failures, he urged.
At the end of talk with people of Fannuj, Shaikh said that residents of Fannuj and other corners of Baluchistan should struggle to revive their lives by returning to Islam and reforming them selves and others in the society.
Some Hoffadh, memorizers of the noble Qur’an, were honored by awards in the gathering.
Mawlana reaches “Mohtaramabad”:
The convoy of Shaikh Abdol-Hameed moved to “Kutech” and “Mohtaramabad” towns. On the way, Shaikh visited a seminary and mosque in “Siyahkan” village where dozens of young students get elementary education.
In Mohtaramabad, the rector of Darululoom Zahedan visited “Bu-Ali Sina” health centre; it has been founded and built by “Saadeqin” charity foundation. A huge number of students, youths, tribal chiefs and social elders had gathered in the newly-built grand mosque of the town to listen sermon of Shaikh Abdol-Hameed.
There is a popular ancient graveyard, Dan Shahidan, in the region. Local people believe there are tombs of some Sahabah, companions of holy prophet, who got martyrdom in the era of the second Caliph, Omar bin Khattab, may Allah be pleased with all of them. Also, there is a slate in the Eid prayers’ land, Mosalla, which is 147 years old.
The public gathering began its work by inaugural speech of Mufti Abdol-Haleem Qadhi, principal of “Banat-uz-Zahra” seminary and a prominent activist in the region. He presented a briefing on the educational and religious activities of the town and its surrounding areas.
Shaikh-ul-Islam Mawlana Abdol-Hameed alluded to the establishment of Ka’bah by prophets Abraham and Ishmael, peace be upon them, in his discourse, saying prophet Abraham built Ka’bah to revive the true religion in Makkah and entire world. So foundation of a grand mosque in Mohtaramabad should animate Islamic services of the town and other areas.
I reminded you the story of Prophet Abraham in order to bring this fact in your notice that whoever makes sincere efforts on the path of Allah and strives to develop spiritual life of people, his name will remain forever, and he added more.
The eminent Islamic scholar further said Islam is the greatest blessing of the Exalted for human beings. Muslims must follow prophets and dignified men of the history; they used to advise their children to seek knowledge. They were trying to bring up their offspring in an ideal way. Anti-Islam propaganda has reached your homes via modern sources of media and satellite channels; they work hard to make you and your children suspicious about Islam. Thus, we need to be more vigilant to save our children from massive cultural raids of the West.
Shaikh concluded his points by giving thanks to the principal of “Banat-uz-Zahra” seminary of sisters, as he provided a sufficient place and atmosphere for learning Islamic sciences and the Qur’an in “Mohtaramabad” town.
Kutech is located near Mohtaramabad. Shaikh stayed for a short time in “Madanj” village, 10 km of Mohtaramabad, on the way of Kutech where he met residents.
In Kutech, Friday Imam of the town, Molawi Abd-ur-Rahim Qadhi, presented a very applaudable rhythmic note to welcome Shaikh-ul-Islam and other scholars.
After speech of Hafedh Muhammad Karim Saleh, a nice Baluchi hymn was presented by Molawi Fadhlullah Raisi that animated the function.
Finally, Shaikh Abdol-Hameed appeared at the stage. He thanked Friday Imam of Kutech for nice organizing of the meeting, establishing a seminary for sisters and other appreciable activities. Shaikh also gave thanks to residents of Kutech and Rameshk for their enthusiastic attendance in the gathering.
Khateeb of Ahl-us-Sunnah began his sermon in Kutech by reading the Qur’anic verse: «یا أیها الذین آمنوا ادخلوا في السلم کافة», and interpreted the verse. He said Allah Almighty has addressed Muslims ordering them to enter in the boundaries of Islam completely.
He added more, “In previous verse, Allah has applauded a companion who was traveling to Madina from Makkah; infidels stopped him. He offered them his all wealth in Makkah for they leave his way. Allah praised his quid pro quo. In fact, Allah applauds everyone who gives sacrifices of his/her wealth and soul for gaining His pleasure.”
When we accept Islam, we make a promise to accept all commands of this religion. Some people say that they offer prayers in mosque but they do not pay Zakah making useless excuses. It is unacceptable before Allah, Shaikh pointed.
Indicating to break out of obscenity and moral abnormality in the society, Mawlana Ismaeelzahi counted satellite TV channels one of the main reasons of that. He said many satellite TV channels which are available even in our villages target Muslims’ modesty that is a part of faith. Muslim men and women should be alert; they must not follow strange cultures and fashions, instead they must imitate Islamic culture strongly. Muslim women must try to maintain their chastity; they can make Muslim men honorable by their modesty and Islamic covering.
Ethnic and religious clashes; blind disputes:
In another part of his discourse, Shaikh Abdol-Hameed declared ethnic and religious clashes “blind disputes” saying, “Visible and invisible Satans have been striving to create sectarian and ethnic disputes between rival sects and races; they want to excite Sunnis against each others as well as Shias against Sunnis. All sides must be vigilant; they should not give chance to the enemy. Unity and solidarity can be gained only by execution of justice.”
He rebuffed rumors of some fanatic websites and individuals saying it is clear for everyone that I do not carry any bag of money or basket of goods for the poor villages. I feel I am responsible for those who do not offer prayers; I just want to revive Islamic commands in these towns. So all claims of despiteful websites are baseless.
Next day, Wednesday 5th December 2012, Shaikh visited “Moskoutan” and “Chah Ali” villages of Bompour district where he participated in similar gatherings.
Speech of Shaikh Abdol-Hameed in Chah Ali:
Enthusiastic residents of Chah Ali and the suburb areas gathered in their grand mosque to listen to the advices of Shaikh.
Pointing out to the sacrifices of Sahabah, he said Sahabah of holy prophet succeeded to oust two super powers –which were planning to eliminate Islam and Muslims– of their era by the force of strong faith on Allah and reliance on Him.
Khateeb of Sunnis urged the Companions were very honest; Islam was a trust in their hands. They handed it over to next generations completely as it should be done. Unfortunately, in the present time Muslims have gone away of Islam showing negligence over their duty of trust; in the result some powerful states assaulted their countries.
At the end, he underlined Muslims must return to their religion to retake their due respect by worshipping only Allah.
Six-day long journey of Shaikh Abdol-Hameed Ismaeelzahi was over by visiting “Chah Ali” village. In evening, Wednesday, Shaikh left the village to Zahedan, his hometown.
General aims of the trip:
You may have noticed that rector of Darululoom Zahedan emphasized on religious awakening of people, their mass repentance, edification and purification of the soul. He advised people to exercise all commands and directions of Islam sincerely with piety.
Shaikh believes all Muslims particularly residents of Sistan-Baluchistan of Iran should be real Muslims and work hard to get education, both Islamic and modern ones.
He urges time and again Muslims should protect themselves from divine punishment by carrying out obligatory specially prayers and Zakah.